About the Speakers

Gráinne Conole is Professor of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester in the UK.  Her research interests focus on the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and the impact on organisational change.


Helen Keegan is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Interactive Media and Social Technologies at the University of Salford in the UK. Her expertise lies in curriculum innovation and the development of new pedagogies through social and participatory media. She plays a key role in staff and curriculum development, specialising in emerging technologies, online communities, digital identity and digital literacy.


Lieve Van den Brande is a Principal Administrator at the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. She is responsible for "ICT for learning" both in terms of policies and as parts of the Lifelong learning programme. She has been working for more than 20 years at the European Commission. Since 4 years she works at DG EAC on e-Learning and digital competences.



Tom Wambeke is Programme Officer within the DELTA unit at the United Nation ILO, specializing in innovative educational technology, instructional design, lifelong e-learning, social media and knowledge management. Before joining the Centre, he was an assistant professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a specialist in distance learning innovation in higher education.


Francesca Carmagnola holds a PhD in Communication Science in the area of distributed and interoperable social applications. Since 2008 she works in ENGIM PIEMONTE where she coordinates and teaches technical courses in computer science. In this position she also coordinates the research team that studies the use of web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning, as well as the new methodologies for collaborative community management.


Mark Stiles is Professor of Technology Supported Learning and Head of Learning Development and Innovation at Staffordshire University. Mark's team is responsible for managing and facilitating eLearning, and for research and development in strategy, policy, technology, and pedagogy for eLearning. Recently, he and his team have been working on organisational issues around the embedding of eLearning, and their work on eLearning Policy and quality assurance for eLearning has received considerable national attention.


Steven Verjans is lecturer and researcher in e-learning and learning technologies at the Open Universiteit in The Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Management Information Systems and has worked as researcher and project leader in areas related to technological innovation and its impact on individuals and organisations. His current research focus is on the use of social media in lifelong learning, and on implementing learning innovations in practice.


Lara Marcellin is area manager at CSP Innovazione nelle ICT. She holds a Master Degree in Communication in the Information Society at the University of Torino, Italy. She took part as project manager in several projects involving the development of innovative services based on the exploitation of new technological and communication tools within public administrations and cultural bodies.


Petra Newrly is project manager e-Learning at MFG Baden-Württemberg, the public innovation agency for ICT and Media. During the last 4 years she has managed different European digital literacy and e-Learning projects. Additionally she is working in the project development team at MFG where she is responsible for setting up project proposals in the field of lifelong learning and creative industries. Petra Newrly holds a diploma in Political Sciences from the University of Potsdam.


Tony Toole is an educational consultant specialising in online learning. In the last 10 years he has successfully managed over 20 large-scale multi-institutional e-learning projects in Wales, the UK and Europe. Tony is a Visiting Professor at two UK Universities and is an advisor to a number of other institutions and government agencies in the field of online learning. Tony Toole holds a PhD in Physics from the University of London (UK) as well as Masters and Undergraduate degrees from four other UK Universities.

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