Keynote Talks

Self-determined learning: Creating personal learning environments for lifelong learning

Prof. Lisa Marie Blaschke

Prof. Lisa Marie Blaschke is program director of the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning (MDE) graduate program at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, as well as an associate professor (adjunct faculty) within the MDE at the University of Maryland University College, USA. She is an executive committee member of the European Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and an EDEN Fellow. Her research interests are in the areas of lifelong and self-determined learning (heutagogy) and the pedagogical application of Web 2.0 technologies. Before rejoining academia in 2006, Lisa worked within international corporate environments in the software industry, leading and implementing enterprise-wide knowledge management and training solutions. Lisa is also head of a communications consulting firm, which offers a wide range of education services, from e-learning design and development to project management.

Abstract: We live in a networked world that gives us a multitude of opportunities for creating, connecting, collaborating, and networking, allowing us to build multi-faceted learning environments of exploration and inquiry. Self-determined learning, or heutagogy, is one pedagogical approach that be can applied for taking advantage of these opportunities across all levels of schooling – starting from pre-school and kindergarten to post-secondary education and lifelong learning. Combined with technology, self-determined learning becomes a powerful means of creating personal learning environments that support lifelong learning. During this session, we will look at ways in which a self-determined learning approach has been applied across all learning communities and discuss how the approach can be used in practice, from the early years through formal education to lifelong learning. 



Reframing the Networked World: Transformative Life-long Learning for All

Prof. Mark Brown

Professor Mark Brown is Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) based at Dublin City University (DCU). Before taking up this position and Ireland’s first Chair in Digital Learning in February of 2014, Mark was previously Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University in New Zealand. At Massey he was also Director of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA).

Over the last decade Mark has played key leadership roles in the implementation of several major university-wide digital learning and teaching initiatives, including the enterprise wide deployment of Moodle, the original design and development of the Mahara e-portfolio system, and the university-wide implementation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform [Open2Study].

Professor Brown’s main research interests are in Higher Education and in particular the areas of policy development, the societal benefits of university-level education, teaching and learning development, online, blended and digital learning, student success and engagement, and the nature of the student learning experience. Mark serves on several international journal editorial boards and has published extensively in the areas of online, blended and digital learning. In total, Mark has produced overly 300 scholarly publications and presentations.

Mark was President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) prior to his arrival at DCU, and was until recently Treasurer and an executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). Ascilite is the peak professional body for digital learning in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and remains a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Mark currently chairs the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). 

Abstract: This keynote adopts a critical perspective towards the so-called new Networked World. It frames the presentation in a number of inconvenient truths facing humanity and some of the grand challenges confronting formal education systems in the post digital era. The presentation then invites debate on some of the claims and counter clams about the potential of new digital technology to transform teaching and learning in the 21st Century. In reflecting more specifically on the conference theme the question is asked can learning really be designed? And if so what are the implications for teachers, institutions and policy-makers? While learning and teaching is seen as a messy process a number of contemporary models and frameworks are introduced to scaffold the learning design process in order to promote more active, engaging and connected learning experiences. Finally, we explore some of the dilemmas and often unspoken realities facing today’s educators wishing to harness the transformative potential of technology for life-long learning. Overall this final keynote is designed to help participants critically reflect on the digital future, and think more deeply about the opportunities, challenges and threats facing the Networked World in such uncertain times.


Learning Technologies and skills in the EC:
(European Commission invited keynote speaker)

Juan Pelegrín

Juan Pelegrín is a Principal Administrator at the Inclusion, Skills and Youth Unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission European Commission DG Connect. The Unit “Inclusion, Skills and Youth” of DG CONNECT supports, inter alia, European research activities on enhancing learning through ICT. He has specific responsabilites in the area of technology-enhanced learning including the definition of research agenda, the supervision and monitoring of research projects and dissemination activities.

Mr Pelegrin will provide a brief overview on the latest developments in the area of Learning Technologies and skills in the EC and will present an outline of future H2020 Learning Technologies actions.

EC-TEL 2015

Supporting Organisations

Jožef Stefan InstituteUniversity of LeicesterTechnische Universität DarmstadtUmeå UniversityUniversité Jean Moulin Lyon 3Universität PotsdamInstitut Mines-TélécomAtosIBL Studios

Diamond sponsor:

Mc Graw Hill Education

Silver sponsors:

Innovative Methods for Award procedures ICT Learning Europe (IMAILE)IMC


European Association On Technology Enhanced LearningOpen Education EuropaSpringer - Lecture Notes in Computer ScienceeMadrid: R&D Network on educational technology in the Region of MadridUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid