Keynote Speakers

Name: Mohamed Ally, Ph.D.
Designation: Director and Professor
Affiliation: Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
Topic: Mobile learning to transform the delivery of education: Are we ready?

Description: As students and citizens of countries acquire mobile technology, they will demand that they learn using the technology. Owners of mobile technology already use technology for entertainment, to socialize, conduct everyday business, and access formation. They will ask the question ''Why cannot we learn using the mobile technology?'' Educators will have to design learning materials for access by learners in their own contexts and at their convenience. The technology will have to adapt the learning materials to the learner needs and the context in which the learner is located. The educator will have to provide support to learners using mobile technology. The use of mobile technology will allow educators to transform the delivery of education for the 21st century. The question is ''Are we ready for this transformation?''.

Bio: Dr. Mohamed Ally is the Director of the Centre for Distance Education and Professor in Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada. Dr. Ally obtained his Ph.D. from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Ally's research areas include mobile learning, e-Learning, workplace learning, and the use of emerging technologies in education and training. Dr. Ally has published three edited books on the use of mobile technology in education, training, and libraries. His book on mobile learning won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution in distance education. Two of his research papers won the best research paper award at national and international conferences. Dr. Ally is a researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. He was President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) which is a federation of training organizations around the world with over half a million members in fifty countries. Dr. Ally is also one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IAML) and is on the board of the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD). He chaired the Fifth World Conference on Mobile Learning and co-chaired the First International Conference on Mobile Libraries. Dr. Ally has published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and encyclopedia and served on many journal boards and conference committees. He has presented keynote speeches, workshops, papers, and seminars in twenty-one countries.

Name: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, PhD.
Designation: Professor and Director of the Next Generation Distance Learning research programme
Affiliation: The Open University, UK
Topic: Conversations En Route to Learning

Description: It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought, observed the essayist Agnes Repplier many decades ago. In recent years, technologies and media for swiftly getting in touch and maintaining contact with others have multiplied. Talking to oneself has become more socially acceptable, and chatting online to strangers is interpreted as a sign of self-direction and peer learning as well as a potentially dangerous pursuit. Opportunities for elation abound. How do the new ways of communicating enrich learning, and what specifically does mobile technology offer? This presentation will give a guided tour of mobile communication in the early 21st century, drawing on learners' own accounts of how and why they talk, chat, gossip, banter, canvass, argue, debate and converse on their way to learning.

Bio: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, where she directs the Next Generation Distance Learning research programme and contributes to the university's professional development activities for course teams. Her original discipline background is in linguistics and foreign language teaching. Agnes has been researching mobile learning since 2001. She is co-editor of Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers and Researching Mobile Learning: Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs. Her recent work includes special issues of ReCALL on Mobile-Assisted Language Learning and ALT-J on Mobile and Contextual Learning. She is on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Mobile Learning. Agnes has led numerous projects investigating innovative practice with learning technologies in post-16 education and learners' perspectives on using mobile devices in learning, social interaction, work and entertainment.

Name: Andy Goff
Designation: Education Director
Affiliation: ConnectED; Exclusive UK Distributors in education & training for SONY PlayStation and SONY Virtuoso
Topic: Augmented Reality for Learning

Description: Find out about the latest and most compelling advances in mobile learning with a demo of SONY PlayStation Portable and Second Sight. Second Sight works with SONY PSP allowing students to access media rich content ... images, audio, video and 3D objects, greatly enhancing the learning experience. Second Sight enables teachers to blend the use of their established text books, display materials and audio visual content in a way that has not been easy to deploy in the classroom before. Our workshop, as well as focusing on Second Sight and SONY PSP will also cover advances in mobile technology including mobile phones, i-Pod and Nintendo DS. We will also touch on how to maximise the use of this emerging technology and how to find and create compelling content.

Bio: Andy has both a teaching and a corporate IT background which he combines as an expert on technology for teaching and learning. He regularly delivers workshops on advances in technology in schools. He is an expert on the use of mobile technology in education and in particular has worked with Sony PlayStation to maximise learning outcomes from the device at all levels of education. In addition he has an in-depth knowledge of how to maximise the use of emerging innovative technology in education and how to find and create compelling content. Andy's professional focus at present is on creating learning opportunities from education and the digital industries engaging, and in providing large scale access online to subject matter experts through live online video.

Name: Inaki Berroeta
Designation: CEO
Affiliation: Vodafone Malta Ltd.,
Topic: T.B.A.

Description: T.B.A.

Bio: Inaki Berroeta was appointed CEO of Vodafone Malta Limited on July 2007. Inaki holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and he has held various leading posts since he joined Vodafone in 1995 when Vodafone Spain was still Airtel Movil, S.A.
In 1997, Inaki moved to California USA, joining AirTouch International as an Information Technology Manager and in 1999 he joined Global Star USA as Customer Care & Billing System Manager.
Between 2000 and 2007, he moved back to Vodafone Spain as Director of Software Development Centre, later as Head of Enterprise Products and Services and finally as Head of Sales Enterprise, business unit for the Northern Region.
Inaki was one of the very first few employees from the Vodafone Group to participate in the new Global Leadership Program in 2000. He then continued to further his studies by obtaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK.