Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speakers & Invited Speakers

This year the conference has an exciting array of keynote  & invited topics including, ICT in Education: A powerful enabler and equalizer (Prof Peck Cho) & Uncovering what enables and constrains ‘open practices’ in the Global South: Reflections from the ROER4D Project (Prof Hodgkinson-Williams)


Other include presentations include:

·   a high level  panel by Board members of the Open Education Consortium (Larry Cooperman, Stavros P Xanthopoylos, Sophie Touzé.

·   (Get title) Dick Ngambi

Peck Cho

Peck Cho is Distinguished Professor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Dongguk University in Korea. He gave invited lectures to professors at 182 universities and currently offers the most popular online course for teachers in Korea. During his 20 year tenure as a professor in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Cho served as the Director of Innovation Center, the Director of Learning Center, and the Director of Student Success Center. A member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea, Cho has received numerous awards, such as Research Initiation Award from NSF, Distinguished Faculty Award by the State of Michigan, and Outstanding Teaching Award from American Society of Engineering Education. Cho is on the Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education and co-chaired the National Committee on Student Violence with the Prime Minister of Korea. Cho served as the Board Chairman of the Dream Tree Village for orphans, the Director of the National Center for Students at Risk, and the Director of the Center for Young and Gifted Entrepreneurs. Cho has authored many books and produced many TV documentaries on education.

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

Hodgkinson-WilliamsCheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She holds a PhD in computer-assisted learning and has taught and supervised in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) in education since 1998, first at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and then at UCT from 2008. She teaches Online Learning Design and Advanced Research Design courses to Postgraduate students.  Her particular research interests include online learning design, electronic portfolios, open education, the adoption and impact of open educational resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

She is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded international Research on OER in the Global South (ROER4D) project and an Associate Editor of the Critical Studies in Teaching & Learning (CriSTal) journal.


Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos

stavrosVice-Dean of FGV-IDE – Executive Educational Unit at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Dean of FGV Online – Distance Education Unit of FGV, part of IDE, former Associate Dean of the OneMBA program at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP), and Professor of the Production and Operations Management Department at FGV-EASP. Xanthopoylos has been involved with distance and corporate education for over 20 years, as an author, coordinator and lecturer. He is the Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association (ABED) and member of the Advisory Board of the Open Education Consortium (OEC). He has been involved in research and implementation of OER´s practices in Brazil and Internationally.

He is engaged in efforts to expand the OER´s initiatives in the developing countries as a means of access for knowledge, learning and education, especially in Brazil and in South America, through ABED and his initiatives at FGV.

Currently, He is a member of the executive committee and advisor of a project in the ROER4D (Research for OER in the Developing South) a research project funded by IDRC.