The EscapED Escape Room Experience: Interactive Gaming for LearningDescription
The EscapED Escape Room Experience: Interactive Gaming for Learning
This hands-on, interactive session will actively engage you from the outset.
Through playing EscapED, an escape room game developed and facilitated by skilled game designers and researchers, you will be introduced to the template for developing escape room experiences in multiple educational contexts.
There will be a discussion on what technologies can be used, including rich digital media and 360° VR and by the end of the session, you will have the experience and a framework to develop your own escape room experience.
As seats are limited, please make sure to sign up for this session at the event.
Coventry University, UK
Helen Keegan is a UK National Teaching Fellow, currently holding a dual role as Principal Project Lead for the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (University of Coventry) and Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the University of Salford, MediaCity UK.
Her expertise lies in curriculum innovation using mobile and participatory media, with a focus on creativity, interdisciplinarity and playful learning. She is particularly known for her work on alternate reality gaming, digital cultures and identities, and the interplay between formal and informal learning. Helen works across sciences and media arts, developing partnerships and creative approaches to learning and collaboration, both in the UK and overseas.
As a regular international speaker, Helen has delivered keynotes and invited talks across Europe, the US and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, at events ranging from research seminars and academic conferences through to film festivals, BBC Global News, and the New Media Consortium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Alongside consulting and advising institutions on the use of social technologies in Higher Education, Helen has published in journals and edited collections including the European Journal of Open and Distance Learning, Selected Papers of Internet Research, A Manifesto for Media Education and the Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies.
Coventry University, UK
I have a master in psychology, with a particular focus on learning and social-systemic perspectives, and a Ph.D. in Education and Communication obtained at the University of Milano Bicocca. My main area of research pertained the creation of games in informal participatory communities, both online and in real contexts, and its implications for the future of learning ecosystems. I am currently working on both H2020 and local projects at Coventry University, as to explore innovative, ethical and participatory ways to include game creation practices in learning institutions.
Who Killed the MOOC? Join the JuryDescription
Who Killed the MOOC? Join the Jury
In December 2016, OEB will call a range of witnesses to the stage in order to resolve doubt and solve a problem around a specific issue in the realm of learning and technology. You, the audience, are asked to provide a final verdict on the case which holds the global education sector in suspense under the headline: Who Killed The MOOC.
A few weeks ago a body was found in a locked apartment in London. Fingerprint, dental and DNA identification turned up no matches. The police were initially mystified but a more detailed search revealed a scrap of paper tucked in a corner of the room, which looked like it had come from a conference badge, with the letter T and the word “Mooc” just about visible. Was there a letter k after the c? Some said yes, most felt no. The body, tall and thin, was dressed in an unflattering combination of casual and business clothes which would not have won any prizes at a fashion or style event.
There were not many people in London whose surnames were Mooc or Moock. None of them were missing. Enquiries were made of the landlord - but all he could say was that the apartment was rented to a company with the ambitious name of “Global Universal Learning Free” registered in Panama City. Of course the owners could not be identified.
Because of that Panama link, the body’s build and the way the body was dressed, rumours began to surface that the body was that of the mysterious person called “The MOOC”. Many around the world had heard this character or seen The MOOC at a distance or online but few had met The MOOC face to face. Those few told contradictory stories. Some said that The MOOC was talkative, some said taciturn. Others said that The MOOC had often spoken to them about soon becoming very rich, but had always asked them to buy the coffee or food. On a few occasions The MOOC gave away free books on interesting topics, but mostly The MOOC tried to sell them. Did The MOOC have lots of friends or was The MOOC very lonely? Or maybe even had enemies? No one could agree.
The one thing that most agreed on was that The MOOC often slipped away when they were not paying attention, only to turn up days or weeks later in a different city.
The purpose of this coroner’s court of inquiry is first to determine what was the cause of death of the body believed to be The MOOC. Was The MOOC murdered or did The MOOC die of natural causes? Or was the body not that of The MOOC but of somebody else who just happened to look and dress a bit similarly? In that case, where in this world (or another?) was the real The MOOC?
The coroner, Paul Bacsich, will question pre-selected members of the audience known to have views on the issue. After each witness has answered the coroner’s questions, the audience (all deemed to be interested parties) can ask each a few questions. At the end of this inquiry at OEB 2016, based on the evidence and questions we will ask your vote.
Sero Consulting Ltd, UK
Paul Bacsich is working for Matic Media Ltd.
He was Senior Consultant at Sero Consulting Ltd. He is Project Manager of the EU project POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake), funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme. Formerly he was Project Manager of the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) and played a leading role in the Erasmus project Re.ViCa (Review of Virtual Campuses).
He is also active in benchmarking, change management, and market research for online providers.
In addition to open and distance learning, and open and online resources, he has a long-standing interest in competency-based education and in particular generic skills.
In his former academic career he was a researcher at Oxford University, lecturer and researcher at the UK Open University, and Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University.
Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
Brian Mulligan is a Civil Engineer who originally worked originally in mathematical modelling and simulation and the application of information technology in engineering. He is currently on secondment as a Programme Manager responsible for online learning development in the Centre for Online Learning at the Institute of Technology Sligo where he has lectured since 1984. He has been the key driver in the rapid growth in online learning in IT Sligo since 2002 and significantly involved in the growth of e-learning in Ireland since 1999, organising the EdTech series of conferences since 2000 and as a founding member of the Irish Learning Technology Association in 2002. His main areas of expertise are now in web-casting, webinar management, synchronous online training, instructor-led online training, lecture capture, open education (MOOCs and OER) and the rapid development of online content. He currently is the leader of the Erasmus+ funded LoCoMoTion project - Making MOOCs on a Budget.
University of Edinburgh, UK
Melissa is Director of Learning, Teaching & Web at University of Edinburgh, Information Services. She is part of the senior management team leading institution-wide strategic projects and services. She has significant management level experience in the higher education sector delivering technology projects with global reach.
Before University of Edinburgh she was Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford for 6 years and worked in University of Leeds, Royal Holloway University of London and Edinburgh Napier University. Melissa has a reputation for innovation/creative thinking and a track record of success in transforming the organisations of which she has been part. She has a background in facilitating change in complex institutions and experience in working with academic leadership teams. An advocate of values-based leadership, she is committed to principles of access, diversity, inclusion and openness in higher education and has the enthusiasm to continue to champion these.
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Germany
Dr. Jeanny Wildi-Yune is Senior Manager in Consulting Data & Analytics of KPMG Germany. She is currently the Manager of the KPMG Insights Center in Frankfurt. Her area of expertise lies in digital learning. Jeanny has over 20 years of experience in education management covering both the industry and academic sectors. Prior, she was key account manager for corporate programs of major international companies and relationship manager for selected universities. From these activities, she gained deep insight into diverse corporate programs and executive education at leading universities.
State of North Carolina, USA
Jane Bozarth is a veteran classroom trainer who transitioned to eLearning in the late 1990s and never looked back. As leader of the State of North Carolina USA's award-winning eLearning program, Dr. Bozarth specializes in finding low-cost ways of providing online training solutions. Her abiding interest in social learning and communities of practice framed her graduate work and dissertation and led to the publication of her bestselling book Social Media for Trainers and the new Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud. She is the author of several other books, including eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring, Better than Bullet Points, and From Analysis to Evaluation. She frequently contributes material to trade publications and writes the monthly "Nuts & Bolts" column for Learning Solutions Magazine. A popular conference speaker, Dr. Bozarth has keynoted events in the US, Canada, Australia, Turkey, and Scotland. She and her husband live with Thomas the Corgi in Durham, North Carolina, USA
Edupreneurs and Their Take on LearningDescription
Edupreneurs and Their Take on Learning
What drives edupreneurs to take part in the business? What is the pain they want to relieve, and what is the business model around it? In this session, edupreneurs talk about their angle towards making learning and knowledge sharing even better. Join to learn about the existing knowledge they build on and the fresh perspectives they bring.
Amongst others, speakers will include:
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - Department: Fraunhofer Academy, Germany
Design Skills for Making Great Mobile Learning Apps
Eva Poxleitner- Learning Technologies & Education Management
Since Febuary 2012 Eva Poxleitner is responsible for program management and learning technologies in the Fraunhofer Academy’s education management team. In particular for the project "iAcademy - Mobile Learning with the Fraunhofer Academy".
After graduating with a diploma in multimedia design (design and computer science) from the University of Augsburg, in which she mainly dealt with e-learning, she worked as a software developer in the IT industry.
She then studied Master of Science in Industrial Design at the TU Munich (2009 to 2011). Mrs. Poxleitner was involved in the development of projects for start-up companies and industrial customers, in the field of applications for mobile devices amongst other things.
AlgebraKIT, The Netherlands
Powering Innovation in Math Education with AlgebraKIT
I am the founder and director of AlgebraKIT, a Dutch company that develops and licenses software for interactive mathematics education.
In 1997 I finished my masters in engineering mathematics. I have extensive experience in the high-tech industry as engineer and account manager. One of my activities was the successful launch of Districs, a logistics company that reduces parcel volume by 30% using advanced mathematical optimization.
I have also been a math teacher for five years and I am board member of Math4all, the Dutch society of online math education in the Netherlands.
Dr Norbert Morawetz is a creative business academic and digital entrepreneur. Prior to joining Henley Business School, Norbert built up and ran the largest entrepreneurship programme in the UK at the University of Hertfordshire, for which he received the National Enterprise Educator Award from the UK Higher Education Academy.
He is the founder of ed-tech startup potential.ly, where he fuses psychology and technology to enhance personal development, collaborative learning and employability.
Norbert's research focuses on technology entrepreneurship, psychometrics, team analytics, online education and economics of creative industries, especially the film industry.
As a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School, he teaches undergrads and MBAs and looks after the BA Entrepreneurship as UG Programme Director for Entrepreneurship.
Revolutionizing Student Engagement In and Out of the Classroom
Co-Founded NoteBowl as a freshman in college at the University of Arizona. Advocated for student entrepreneurship to University of Arizona Administration. Successfully created Innovate UA for startups and entrepreneurs. Worked at Microsoft as Student Partner, Senior Student Partner and Student Developer Evangelist.
Coining the Concept: Tech LAB on Concept Building for Educational VideoDescription
Coining the Concept: Tech LAB on Concept Building for Educational Video
Interactive video, using different types of media within the same frame, can provide learners with a more immersive, personalised experience and a greater sense of empowerment. This inspirational tech lab will provide perspectives on the conceptualisation of interactive videos before you press ’record’.
As seats are limited, please make sure to sign up for this session at the event.
University College Sjælland, Denmark
As a professional within the fields of cameras and communication, I plan, shoot and edit videos in collaboration with educators. I also help design the formats, standards and workflow associated with producing video content for online courses. On top of that I do workshops with my colleagues aiming to give professional educators better video performance skills.
My interestes include 360 VR video, interactive videos, communication and all things relating to cameras and lighting.
Originally a photojournalist, I have since taken the journey to video and brought it with me to the exciting field of online education.
Initiatives for Displaced Populations to Own LearningDescription
Initiatives for Displaced Populations to Own Learning
Education, certification of existing skills and competencies, and introductions to relevant networks can be crucial for successful integration into a host society.
Join this boardroom with a panel of experts to discuss how quality, digital, inclusive, and culturally appropriate content can offer support for displaced populations. Discuss and discover which technologies and modes of delivery fit with challenging circumstances. Also, find out how projects get stakeholders on board; from national and local authorities to businesses, individuals and targeted users.
Maggie Mitchell Salem
Qatar Foundation International, USA
As Executive Director of Qatar Foundation International, Maggie champions K-12 Arabic language & Arab culture education and interactions between young people across geographic, cultural and social boundaries. Prior to joining QFI, Maggie was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), a leading democracy and governance NGO, where she implemented innovative programs in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen. Previously, Maggie worked as an independent communications consultant to leading U.S., European and Middle Eastern companies, nongovernmental organizations and academic groups. She also served as director of communications and external relations at the Middle East Institute where she developed a five-year strategic communications plan and placed more than a dozen op-eds and letters to the editor in American newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker. Maggie's career began as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department where she served as a special assistant to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and as a staff assistant to Ambassador Martin S. Indyk at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. A Fulbright to Syria in 1990-92 shaped her understanding of the peoples of the region as well as her career aspirations. Maggie completed coursework for a master’s degree in contemporary Arab studies at Georgetown University and holds bachelor’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in political science and psychology.
David Banes - Access and Inclusion, Qatar
Director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and formerly CEO, at the Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center, David has developed services ensuring the digital inclusion of disabled people. He works across Middle East and Europe to address how access is maintained during periods of technical and social change, seeking to build capacity, linking awareness, policy, technology development and the need for training.
With a background in special needs education and supporting digital inclusion in Europe, he supports emerging access ecosystems promoting cooperation between states, supports development of accesisble technology solutions and content.
Recent work includes a framework for contextualisation of access technology, transference of knowledge across communities and a policy framework to address the rights of people with a disability. His current activity includes educational support for refugees and the disruptive innovation upon the access industry.
Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH, Germany
Vincent Zimmer is a Co-Founder of Kiron Open Higher Education, a blended learning educational platform for refugees. He completed two master’s degree study programmes, “International Economics” at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and “Public Policy and Administration” at the London School of Economics. Vincent Zimmer has a lot of experience in the startup area, and has been already involved in several foundings. Furthermore he worked in a consultancy (Rambøll Management Consulting) and with students in crisis during his time at “Study without borders”. His experiences in the refugees area and a research stay in Istanbul, moved him to found Kiron together with Markus Kressler in 2015.
Stuff Magazine, South Africa
Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa.
Toby is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine; is a contributor to Forbes and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He has been co-hosting a weekly TV show on CNBC Africa for the past three years.
He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN, The Guardian in London and for Forbes. He is writing a book on innovation in Africa, looking at how the problems Africa is solving for itself will benefit the rest of the world.
Toby has spoken at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, (thrice) on how mobile is being used in Africa (2013) and how music is being consumed (2014); and The Guardian's Activate: Johannesburg on innovation out of necessity.
Toby was named in GQ's top 30 men in media and the Mail & Guardian newspaper's 300 influential young South Africans list; and has won the ICT Journalist of the Year. GQ said he "has become the most high-profile technology journalist in the country" while the M&G wrote: "Toby Shapshak is all things tech... he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech."
As a news and political journalist, he ran Mail & Guardian newspaper’s website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Voice of the LearnerDescription
The Voice of the Learner
Let’s use technologies to connect learners and give them a voice and the confidence of critical thinkers, empowered and capable to organise their learning. The panel in this session will share how to make this a reality with the support of different stakeholders, whilst taking into consideration the role of the educator coping with demands, changes and challenges.