4th World conference on mLearning
Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Handheld Learning, a consultancy and software developer based in London. He also operates the online Handheld Learning Forum (www.handheldlearning.co.uk) that is a rich discussion environment for academics, educators and developers to share knowledge, experiences and ideas. His 20 year career has been divided between developing leading edge technology for education and working in the entertainment software industries.
Desmond Keegan was the founding chief executive of the Italian open university system, the Consorzio per l'Universita a Distanza. Prior to that he worked for many years in distance education in Australia. Today he is managing director of Distance Education International in Dublin, Ireland.
He has designed, administered and brought to a successful conclusion a wide range of European Commission in the Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and Interreg programmes.
He has contributed to the literature of distance education, e-learning and m-learning. Among his publications are: Distance education: international perspectives.(Croom Helm 1983), Foundations of distance education.(Croom Helm.1986) Theoretical principles of distance education.(Routledge 1993) Distance education: new perspectives. (Routledge 1993) The industrialization of teaching and learning. (Routledge.1994). Distance training in the European Union. (European Commission 1997) Distance training: taking stock at a time of change Routledge, 2000). From e-learning to m-learning (FernUniversitat 2002).
Cathleen A. Norris is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Cognition, College of Education at the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX. Dr. Norris' efforts in research, teaching and service all have a common focus: integrate learning technologies more effectively into classrooms, in K-12 as well as post-secondary education. Norris was a President of the National Educational Computer Association (NECA) the organizing body for the country's leading education and technology conference, the National Educational Computing Conference, and she was a President of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. In the Snapshotsurvey.org Project, Norris has carried out a multi-year, multi-thousand, country-wide survey of K-12 educators as to their technology needs, beliefs, and uses. The WebKids Project is exploring design guidelines that address the unique needs of children as they use the Internet and in the Convergent Analysis Project, Norris is developing strategies to help educators extract value from the research literature on technology in education. In her most recent effort, the Handheld-Centric Classroom Project, Norris is exploring the use of low-cost, mobile computing and communications technologies to more effectively address the learning needs of todayís digital age children.
Chief Operating Officer: Department of Science and Technology, SA
Dr Adi Paterson was born in Durban, South Africa in1956. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. (Engineering). Following a period of research on ceramic materials, including a post-doctoral year at the University of Leeds in the UK, he became Director of the Division of Materials Science and Technology at the CSIR in 1990. He became an Executive Vice-President: Technology and Policy in 1996 and became joint CIO of the CSIR and University of Pretoria during 2000 and 2001. In October 2001 he was seconded to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, now the Department of Science and Technology. He is currently holding the position of Chief Operating Officer.
He was a member of the task team that drafted the South African Green Paper on Science and Technology in 1995. In November 1998 he was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Innovation (NACI), the highest-level body providing advice to government on science, technology and innovation issues. He serves on the Executive of NACI.
He was elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa in 1994 and to the South African Academy of Engineering in 2002. He is the international and policy executive member of the newly established South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).
For the past 15 years, Elliot Soloway and his colleagues in the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (HI-CE) have been exploring the new opportunities for teaching and learning afforded by computing technologies. Taking advantage of the recent emergence of mobile, wireless, handheld technologies - at a cost of a pair of tennis shoes - Soloway and his colleagues are developing scaffolded learning environments based on this new technology that support gains in achievement and motivation. In 2002, Soloway was selected by University of Michigan students as the winner of the Golden Apple Award as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year; in 2004, Soloway was selected by engineering students as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in UMís Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
Dr. Stan Trollip is an internationally recognized instructional designer. He has been active in the areas of computer-based training, multimedia training and distance education all of his professional life. He has also been involved in the design, development and distribution of effective assessment tools, such as tests, examinations and simulations, for both traditional and computer-based delivery. Stan serves as the President of his own company - a role in which he has helped many domestic and international organizations understand how to incorporate technology effectively for training and assessment, and how to avoid the many pitfalls that are typically encountered in the move beyond traditional classroom delivery.
He has been on the faculties of the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Minnesota, and North Dakota. He also served first as Director of Instructional Strategies and then as Director of e-Learning Research and Development at the Web-based Capella University from 1997 until 2003
Stan has designed training programs for many companies, such as The St. Paul Companies, Ceridian, Deluxe Corporation, Bergner Brothers, American Express, and Cargill. Stan has also assisted numerous organizations with the development of effective testing procedures. His client list includes Arthur Anderson, Twentieth Century Mutual Funds, Abbey National and Legal and General in England, St. Jude Medical, and the Bank Administration Institute, for which he managed their national bank auditor certification program. He is an adjunct professor at the Tshwane University of Technology, the University of Pretoria, Capella University, and the University of Minnesota.
He has designed two computer-based testing systems, Exambase and The Examiner, and is the co-author of Multimedia for Learning: Methods and Development (3rd Edition) (Allyn and Bacon: 2000). The book is widely used as a graduate textbook and as a reference for corporate developers.