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Leveraging Web Applications and Enterprise Integration to Enable Innovation and Creativity in Teaching and Learning
Learning Impact 2009 is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference that brings together the world's leading creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to participate in program tracks focused on the latest innovations in learning systems, digital learning content, the learning enterprise, and open technologies. Presenters answer a key challenge question designed to inform the attendees on the state of innovation and best practices.
The Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges is a gathering of industry leaders to introduce and debate ideas on issues impacting the growth of learning worldwide. This is a unique and highly direct conversation for the purpose of illuminating the key business challenges facing the learning industry. The Summit is facilitated by a focused set of highly interactive panel sessions with audience participation.
The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution.
Learning Impact 2009 will be held at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona SPAIN.
Hotel Fira Palace Barcelona
Dr. Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary, Joint Information Systems Committee, United Kingdom
Dr. Malcolm Read graduated in 1973 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester on the hydrometeorology of a glacial catchment. He then worked in the Overseas Development Administration before moving to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in 1979. He ran the computer department at the Institute of Hydrology before moving into administrative computing to head the Joint Administrative Computing Service of NERC and the, then, Science and Engineering Research Council in 1988.
Since July 1993 Dr. Read has worked for the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils as the Executive Secretary to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Apart from his overall responsibility for the Executive he has been particularly involved in ICT policy and strategy development in post 16 education and research. He is also Chairman of the European Networking Policy Group.
Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz has degrees in architecture and in urban planning from the School of Architecture, (Polytechnic University - Madrid, 1971). She was a Postgraduate Researcher at the Planning Research Unit, University of Edinburgh; specialist in computer-aided planning techniques. After some years as Consultant, she was appointed as Head of the Centre for Information and Documentation of the Madrid Regional Government, in charge of both technical and citizen oriented information systems.
She joined the European Commission in 1988, as specialist in new technologies. First, as Deputy Head of the Central Library, in charge of its modernisation and networking. Since 1995, as Head of the Publications Unit, member of the Europa server launching team and of the interinstitutional editorial board. In October 1999, she became Head of the new unit Multimedia - Culture, Education, Training, in charge of the eLearning initiative and today she is Adviser to the Director of Lifelong Learning: European Year of Creativity and Innovation at European Commission, EAC.
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick is Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at The Open University. Her portfolio includes strategic leadership of the University's distance learning design, development and delivery. She leads the research of technology enhanced learning and teaching, and for overseeing Quality Assurance policy, practice and standards.
Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at La Trobe University in Australia and has worked in a number of Australian universities, leading and managing distance learning operations and as an academic. She has a PhD in teaching and learning and has worked extensively in the area of teaching and learning policy and practice, with an emphasis on the use of new media in on and off campus learning.
Denise’s recent research investigates the ways Millennials approach learning and ways of creating effective and engaging learning experiences for these students. Her previous research has investigated effective design for learning with new technologies and student engagement in e-learning. She developed the award winning Mekong e-Sim, an online role play simulation which was used to teach students in Australian and Malaysian universities and was a member of the team responsible for the CATS project - Creating Accessible Teaching and Support - a suite of projects to support staff teaching students with disabilities.
Denise was President of the Australasian Council on Open Distance E-Learning (ACODE) for four years and led the establishment of ACODE benchmarks for technology supported learning and the introduction of the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. Denise has worked as an educational consultant in Australasia, South East Asia and Africa. She is a member of the Executive Board of ICDE (International Council on Distance and eLearning, Pearson Strategic Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.
Michael L. Chasen
Llorence Valverde , Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC)
Llorence Valverde is the Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), a fully online university with more than 40.000 students, several undergraduate and graduate degrees and a PhD program on Information and Knowledge Society (IKS). He is also a tenured Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence full professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) since 1989.
More recently, his focus has been in theÂ IKS area, assessing companies and institutions such as the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Council of Mallorca, and helping them define and develop strategies for IKS.
Professor Valverde has been the Head of the Computer Science Department at the UIB from 1995 to 2004. He has also been the technical director of the digital edition of the journalÂ Diari de Balears (1998) and, during 2005, he was the executive director of FOBSIC, a Foundation dedicated to the Obervation and monitoring the IKS in Catalunya. He actively collaborates with several media, has a weekly column on technology issues on a newspaper and has published two books on the subject.
At the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), he leads several teams in the design and development of e-learning technologies as well as being responsible for setting the direction and leading all technology resources at the University.
Greg Butler is currently responsible for education audience and government relations development for Microsoft Education Product Group through supporting strategic partnerships and programs that align Microsoft’s Citizenship activities and Commercial efforts. Through this role Greg works with key global organizations such as UNESCO, World Bank, European Union and OECD.
After spending 15 years as a teacher, principal, technology consultant and university lecturer, Greg founded two successful companies and a not-for-profit organization. He joined Microsoft in 2001 to lead all academic programs for Microsoft in the US, moving on to the role of Worldwide Director for K12 Strategy, Solutions and Programs. Greg’s most significant accomplishment during this period was playing a leadership role in the design and implementation of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative. This initiative continues to be a major focus of Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts, with an investment of nearly US$500M and 100 dedicated people for worldwide implementation.
Following on, Greg was appointed NSW Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia. In this role he lead Microsoft’s Education, Government and Healthcare teams in NSW, working with government to improve student outcomes and government services through the use of technology.
Greg is passionate about partnerships as a model to tap into the power of ICT to transform learning, engagement and improving student outcomes. He also loves spending time riding his motorcycle.
Kendrick McLish, Vice President of Product and Strategy, Pearson eCollege
As a Pearson company, eCollege is part of the largest supplier of educational content, support systems and products in the world. Through strategic alliances and organic growth, Pearson has put in place all the pieces necessary to create the world's leading education technology company. With Pearson eCollege, institutions receive the support of systems engineers, IT specialists, product managers, trainers, course developers, instructional designers, multimedia consultants, operational support and help desk representatives. All of these services are provided from a single company, Pearson eCollege.
Mr. McLish leads the product development of Pearson eCollege’s SaaS, cloud-computing eLearning platform. In partnership with dozens of Pearson Education entities and business partners, Pearson eCollege is redefining K-12 and higher education offerings with world-class collaboration, personalization, analytics and assessment tools. Previously, Mr. McLish was Pearson eCollege’s Director of Account Management and Operations, working directly with some of the largest online education programs in the world. Prior to Pearson eCollege, Mr. McLish worked for Routledge, an academic publishing division of Thomson, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Fabrizio Cardinali, ELIG chair and Giunti Labs CEO
Fabrizio Cardinali is the CEO of Giunti Labs (www.giuntilabs.com), Europe's leading online and mobile learning content management solutions (LCMS) provider. Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS suite now also includes the Hive Digital Repository product line, recently acquired by Giunti Labs from the Australian Company, HarvestRoad. Fabrizio is one of Europe's leading e-learning experts and author of numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he serves as Chair of the European eLearning Industry Group (ELIG), a group which encompasses all major EU stakeholders in the learning industry innovation cycle (www.elig.org). He is also Global Strategy Advisor to MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative; a Member of the European Commission Experts Group on eContent, and a Member of several EU Study Groups on the future of learning resources' digital marketplaces. He has given invited speeches at the Italian, Polish and Hungarian Ministries of Education and to the Russian State Duma Group on eLearning.
Frank Menchaca, Executive Vice President, Publishing, Gale, A part of Cengage Learning
Mr. Menchaca began his career with Gale in 1994 and was most recently publisher and vice president, History, Social Science, Science and Spanish. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Gale, including vice president and publisher of four Gale imprints: Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Reference USA, Schirmer Reference and Twayne Publishers.
Mr. Menchaca's professional activities are many. He currently serves on the Friends Foundation of the Detroit Public Library. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Publishing. He has contributed articles to scholarly journals and books in the field of digital information and libraries. He is also a frequent speaker and has given talks at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Michigan and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation. Mr. Menchaca has taught classes in publishing and information technology at Pace University and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
In addition to being a publishing executive, Mr. Menchaca is a published author and translator. He has written and published poetry, criticisms, reviews and video scripts. He won the Thomas Wolfe Awards for Poetry in 1982 and 1983. His books of poetry include Nicolo G---- and the Days of November (1991) and AL (1999).
He earned his M.A. in English Literature, with Honors, from Yale University, and a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University.