Keynote Speakers

Steve Wheeler - Plymouth Institute of Education (UK)

Steve Wheeler

Transitioning to Personalised and Personal Learning

In this presentation I will explore the needs of students in a rapidly changing society, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. One significant change has been the requirement of many schools, colleges and universities to close their traditional study environments and move all learning online. This transformation presents educators with a unique opportunity to change pedagogy. A transition from en masse, ‘one size fits all’ education toward a personalised, and personal offering can be achieved using appropriate technology and pedagogical approaches. In this presentation I will differentiate between personalised and personal learning, and provide some examples of each in the context of online learning.

About Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and Science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures. He is author of over 150 scholarly articles, with almost 8000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of 8.5 million unique visitors.

Bryan Alexander. BAC (USA)

Bryan Alexander

About Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.
Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.
From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.
In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.

Monica Ares - Facebook (USA)

Monica Ares

Transforming Education through Immersive Technology

Education is on the cusp of a technology revolution that will transform teaching and learning to an experience-based approach. At Facebook, we are creating immersive hardware, tools and experiences to pioneer this movement. This talk will cover how Augmented and Virtual Reality are the next step in the natural evolution of computer-based instruction and how they are redefining the way we teach and learn. We believe that immersive technology has the power to transform education and turn classrooms into 21st-century technologically advanced places of learning. The technology and content will not only increase engagement and knowledge retention, it will provide access to education regardless of distance and help students become innovative creators. After all, our generation built the technology, but it's going to take the next generation to make it great!

About Monica Ares

Through Virtual and Augmented Reality, Monica hopes to empower people to teach and learn in ways they never thought possible before. She believes that quality content, along with virtual collaboration and student creation are powering what’s possible in immersive education. As a former educator of 10 years, Monica is thrilled to be developing products and programs to make learning more personal, powerful and connected to the real world. At Facebook, Monica leads Innovative Technology for Education.