STELLARnet Podcast: STELLAR interviews TEL stars

The STELLAR TEL stars interview series aims to provide insights from Technology Enhanced Learning visionaries, learning executives, policy makers, and specialists in eLearning and related disciplines. The STELLAR Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning is seeking to open a strategic conversation about the Grand Challenge for TEL.

There are 11 tracks in this podcast:

Dr. Jillian Darwish
STELLAR's general manager Fridolin Wild interviews Dr. Jillian Darwish is Executive Director at the Knowledge Works Foundation. She chairs the Institute for Creative Collaboration (ICC), which works to build the capacity of groups to think and learn in new ways that support innovation and the creation of a world of learning. ICC carries out its work in three ways – creating innovative regional and national partnerships and programs; developing knowledge and resources for the future of learning, and designing strategic learning experiences.
Dr. Volker Zimmermann
Dr. Volker Zimmermann is co-founder of IMC Information Multimedia Communication AG. As Member of the Executive Board he is responsible for New Business (Research, Innovations und New Business) and HR. Dr. Volker Zimmermann studied business administration at the University of Saarland and at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He wrote his dissertation, which was awarded "summa cum laude", in 1998 at the Institute for Business Information Technology (Head: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer) of the University of Saarland on the issue "Object-oriented business process management". In 1999, he was awarded the dissertation prize of the Institute for Empirical Economics in Saarbruecken. Dr. Zimmermann has written several books and more than forty other publications. He has extensive experience in the fields of web-based training and e-learning, also based on the results of academic research.
Dr. Martin Wolpers
Dr. Martin Wolpers is the research group leader of the CAPLE project. CAPLE stands for "Context and Attenion in Personalized Learning Experiences" and receives funding from the FhG Attract program. His group is situated within the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) in Sankt Augustin, Germany.
Prof. Dr. Peter Reimann (University of Sydney, Australia)
Peter Reimann co-directs the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition at the University of Sydney, which has grown to 20+ researchers and PhD students. Since 2005 he additionally directs the ICT unit of the Faculty of Education and Social Work. His focus is on cognitive learning research with emphasis on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Before joining the university of Sydney, Peter has been a professor for educational psychology at the University of Heidelberg (1996 - 2003) and holds the position of the programme research coordinator of the ESF research programme 'Learning in Humans and Machines' (since 1994). He also advises the European Commission and reviews in various of its research programs, most recently for the Evaluation of the First Call for Proposals of the Framework 7 Program.
Dr. Effie Law
Dr. Effie Law is a post-doc researcher at the University of Leicester. During the last five years, she has been actively involving in two large- scale technology-enhanced learning (TEL) projects funded by the EU, namely Universal (2000-03), Prolearn (2004-08), and iCamp (2005-08). Her main expertise is evaluation methodologies in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and their applications in TEL.
Dr. Ralf Klamma
Dr. Ralf Klamma has a diploma degree (1995) and a doctoral degree (2000) both in computer science from RWTH Aachen University for works on process centered requirements engineering environments resp. on repositories for organizational memory systems. He worked in several international and national research projects, mostly in an interdisciplinary and basic research setting in areas like multimedia metadata, social software, technology enhanced learning, requirements engineering, and knowledge management. Currently, Ralf Klamma leads the research group “metadata in community information systems” at the information systems chair, RWTH Aachen University. His research covers information systems theory, the application of information systems in engineering, cultural sciences, and virtual communities, social software, social network analysis, technology enhanced learning, geographic information systems, cultural heritage management, and new product development.
Prof. Dr. Liliane Esnault
Prof. Dr. Liliane Esnault is Project Manager in e-learning development and Professor in Information Systems management, e-Business and Project Management at E.M.LYON. She graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie de Paris (ESPCI) and has a Doctorate in Fundamental Molecular Physics. She is also teaching an e-Business course in a French-Chinese Executive MBA organized by the Rhône-Alpes Region and Shanghai University. She is involved in the European Research project PALETTE (Organizational Learning and Knowledge Managment in communities of Practice), after several other European projects in the same area. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies - Idea Group Publishing. She is the author of several writings linked with her areas of expertise: Information Systems and Technology Management, Project management, Management of Organizational Networks, e-learning and pedagogy. She also is a member of several associations devoted to International Information Resources Management, International Projects Management, and Information Technology Management for the Rhone-Alpes Region development.
Prof. Dr. John Dron
Prof. Dr. John Dron is an associate professor at Athabasca University in the School of Computing and Information Systems. Additionally, John is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton. He is a national teaching fellow of the UK. John focuses on how systems affect behaviour and how behaviour can affect systems. John is the author of Control & Constraint in E-Learning in which he presents a theory of control in education, and applies it to a range of e-learning tools and processes. The main arguments of the book lead inexorably to the conclusion that social software, in which the group is a first class object in the system, is a really good idea but that, in order for it to really work well, it should be designed and used in accordance with a set of ten principles.
Prof. Dr. John Cook
Prof. Dr. John Cook is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) at the Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. He has a cross-university role of E-Learning Project Leader and sits on the University's small core planning group for Teaching, assessment, learning and TEL. John has over 14 years previous experience as a full-time lecturer at various Higher Education Institutes and in 2007 was made a University Teaching Fellow. He has over 8 years project management experience, which includes research council, UK Government an EC funded work. He has been part of research and development grant proposals that have attracted £4 million in competitive external funding. In addition, he has published/presented around 200 refereed articles and invited talks in the area of TEL, having a specific interest in four related areas: informal learning, mobile learning, appropriation and ICT Leadership & Innovation. He was Chair/President of the Association for Learning Technology (2004-06), he is the Vice-Chair of ALT’s Research Committee and is a member of the Joint Information Systems Committee ‘Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group’. John sits on various journal editorial boards and conducts Assessor and review work for UK research councils, EU and Science Foundation of Ireland.
Graham Attwell
Graham Attwell is Director of Pontydysgu. He is an Associate Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a Gastwissenschaftler at the Insititut Technik und Bildung, University of Bremen. He was previously Director of the Centre for Research and Educational Development at Gwent Tertiary College (1993-1996) and a Senior Researcher at the University of Bremen (1996-9). He is specialised in research and development into pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning. Graham is consultant to OECD and UNESCO on open content development and consultant to the European Centre for Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP) on virtual communities and knowledge harvesting. He is evaluator for the DG Research IST programme, evaluator of the HEFC JISC e-Learning programme and currently consultant for the JISC Emerge programme.
Colin Milligan (Caledonian Academy, UK)
Colin discusses grand challenges for workplace learning: connecting learners is the key and impedes the design of informal learning environments.

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