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ITTES 2019 - Keynote Speakers

Prof. Neil Slwyn

Core expertise

Technology and digital media in education
Neil Selwyn is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research and teaching focuses on the place of digital media in everyday life, and the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings.
Neil has written extensively on a number of issues, including digital exclusion, education technology policymaking and the student experience of technology-based learning. He has carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Australian Research Council (ARC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Gates Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Save The Children, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities in the UK.
Neil is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and a core member of the 'Digital Education Research' group within Monash.
Prof. Ramesh C. Sharma

Dr. Ramesh C. SHARMA served Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India since 1996 as Regional Director of six of IGNOU’s regional centres. Dr. Sharma steered the distance education activities of the University of Guyana, Guyana, South America from July 2009 to June 2011 as Director of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE). He had been a member of Advisory Group on Human Resources Development for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). While at IDCE he also collaborated with UNDP for its Enhanced Public Trust, Security and Inclusion (EPTSI) project, Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) to develop suitable educational opportunities for communities and youth.

Dr. Sharma has been involved in the planning, design and development of teaching and learning materials for IGNOU; M P Bhoj Open University, Bhopal; Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota and Maharshi Dayanand University, India. He has been associated with several peer reviewed journals as Reviewer, Editor and Editorial Advisory Board member in the field of Open and Distance Learning. An author/editor of several books and research papers on educational technology, educational multimedia and eLearning, Dr. Sharma is a leading scholar and practitioner promoting Open Educational Resources (OER). He has been a trainer and capacity builder in the field of educational technology, and has supervised doctoral research in the field. He has conducted workshops and evaluation activities for IGNOU, CEMCA, COL, UNCTAD, and Aga Khan Foundation, amongst others. With a PhD in Education (in area of Educational Technology) from Maharishi Dayanand University, India and additional post graduate qualifications in distance education and computer science, Dr. Sharma has around 20 years of experience in open and distance and technology mediated learning.
Prof. Mohamed Jemni

Mohamed  JEMNI  is  a  Professor  of  Computer  Science  and  Educational  Technologies  at  the University  of  Tunis,  Tunisia.  He  is  the  Director  of  ICT  Department  at  The  Arab  League Educational,  Cultural  and  Scientific  Organization  (www.alecso.org)  from  October  2013.  He has been the General Director of the Computing Center El Khawarizmi, the Internet services provider  for  the  sector  of  higher  education  and  scientific  research  in  Tunisia,  from  2008  to 2013.  

At ALECSO, he is currently leading several projects related to the promotion of effective use of  ICT    in  education  in  the  Arab  world,  namely,  OER,  MOOCs,  cloud  computing  and  the strategic   project   ALECSP-APPS   with   three   main   components:   ALecsoApps   Store, AlecsoApps  Editor  and  AlecsoApps  Award  (www.alecsoapps.com),  aiming    to  provide  a technological  environment  for  the  promotion  of  an  emerging  digital  creative  Arab  Mobile industry, related to the fields of education, culture and science. He produced two patents and published  more  than  300  papers  in  international  journals,  conferences  and  books.  He produced many studies for international organizations such as UNESCO and ITU. 

Prof. Jemni has been awarded the honorary distinction of Commander of the Order of the Tunisian Republic in May 2009 and the Order of Educational Merit in July 2007. 

Prof.  Jemni  and  his  research  Laboratory  have  received  several  awards,  including  the  Silver medal of the International Fair of Inventions in Kuwait 2007, the UNESCO Prize 2008 for the e-learning  curriculum  they  developed  for  visually  impaired,  President's  Award  for  the integration of persons with disabilities 2009 and the "World Summit Award (WSA) - Mobile 2010"  in  the  field  of  social  inclusion.  In  April  2012,  his  laboratory  LaTICE  received  the Google Student AWARD and he has received the Best Communication Paper of the Web For All  2012.  Prof.  Jemni  received  the  International  Telecommunication  Union  Award:  “ICT Innovation  application  challenge”  during  the  WSIS  Forum  in  Geneva  in  May  2013,  and recently,   the   project   “ALECSO   APPS”   that   he   is   leading   at   ALECSO   received   the Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award (in the Technology topic), in May 2017.

Prof. Jemni is IEEE Senior member and member of the Executive board of   IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology. He is co-editor of Springer Lecture Notes in educational Technology  (www.springer.com/series/11777)  and  member  of  the  steering  committee  of G3ICT  –  United  Nations,  Global  initiative  for  Inclusive  Information  and  Communication Technologies  and  he  is  also  the  president  of  a  Tunisian  NGO  created  in  June  2011:  the Tunisian  Association  of  e-accessibility  (www.e-access.tn).  He  has  launched  many  initiatives to promote ICT accessibility in the Arab region including the project of WCAG2.0 translation to Arabic (www.alecso.org/wcag2.0/) to promote accessibility of Arabic Web Content and the 2009 initiative for using ICT to develop Arab Sign language.
Prof. Ebba Ossiannilsson

Professor Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson is the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Open Educational Resources (OER) Advocacy Committee Chair and ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OERs. In addition, she is a member of the ICDE Global Quality Network Europe, and she is on the advisory board for the ICDE strategy plan 2020–-2022. She is an independent international researcher, expert, advisor, consultant, and quality reviewer in the fields of open online flexible and distance learning, including e-learning and technology-enabled learning (TEL), (OOFAT), which include OERs and Massive Open Online Courses ( MOOCs.) Her focus is on quality, innovation, leadership, personal learning, and learning “just for me.” Since 2000, she has worked at Lund University in Sweden. In addition, she is a consultant and quality reviewer at several prestigious national universities. Ossiannilsson is the Vice President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) and the Vice President of the Swedish Organization for E-Competence (REK). She is a member of the European Distance and Elearning Netowork (EDEN) Executive Committee and was awarded the title of EDEN Fellow in 2014. She became an Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015. In 2018, she was awarded the title of the Council of EDEN Fellow. Ossiannilsson earned her PhD at Oulu University, Finland in 2012 with a dissertation titled: Benchmarking e-learning in higher education: lessons learned from international projects. Her dissertation has had a very large outreach and has been cited often. Ossiannilsson has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as technical reports.
Prof. Vasıf Nabiyev

Prof. Dr. Vasif Nabiyev, after completing his high school education in 1st grade, successfully completed his BS and MS degrees in 1983 and 1985 at the Computer Engineering Faculty of the Technical University of St.Petersburg (Russia). He received his Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Moscow Technical University in 1990. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Problem Solving, Combinator Algorithms, Data Security, Discrete Mathematics, Biometrics and Intelligent Methods in Education. He is the author of the books Artificial Intelligence: Problems, Methods, Algorithms (2016, 5th Edition, 792 p.), Algorithms: From Theory to Applications Baskı (2016, 5th Edition, 872 s) and close to 300 articles and reports. He has trained more than 20 PhD and MA students and has received many national and international awards. More than 10 TÜBİTAK, SANTEZ, BAP etc. project.