Keynote Speakers

1. Christopher DEDE
Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies
Technology, Innovation, and Education Program
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University
        Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvards Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes five grants from NSF and the Gates Foundation to design and study immersive simulations, transformed social interactions, and online professional development. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
        Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His latest co-edited book, Digital Teaching Platforms, was published by Teachers College Press in 2012.

Keynote Speech: The Future of Digital Learning in Higher Education
        Advances in technology and in knowledge about expertise, learning, and assessment have the potential to reshape higher education. In the next decade, colleges and universities can leverage models based on emerging technologies that make learning more efficient and improve student support, all at lower cost for a broader range of learners. In particular, "massive" learning experiences present unique opportunities and challenges, especially if they move beyond simple MOOCs based on presentational/assimilative pedagogies.

2. Marcus SPECHT
Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies
Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC)
Open University of the Netherlands
        Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht is Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands and director of the Learning Innovation Labs. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 1998 until 2001 he worked as senior researcher at the GMD research center on HCI and mobile information technology. From 2001 he headed the department "Mobile Knowledge" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT).
        He is currently involved in several national and international research projects on competence based lifelong learning, personalized information support and contextualized and mobile learning. His research focus is on Mobile and Contextualized Learning Technologies, Learning Network Services, and Social and Immersive Media for Learning. Prof. Specht is a member of ACM, IEEE, the SIKS and ICO research schools in the Netherlands and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. Since 2013 he is President of the International Association for Mobile Learning.

Keynote Speech: Personal Seamless Learning Technologies
        Abstract: Seamless technologies are with us everyday. We use personal technologies that link our physical reality and environment with digital friends, media, social contexts. Sensor technology, ambient displays and augmented reality will broaden our current understanding of mobile learning towards a vision of embedded and ubiquitous learning support with technology. Some key components of learning are curiosity, focus, flow, endurance, or the framing of new knowledge in relation to earlier experiences and knowledge. Personal Seamless Learning Technologies enable some of these but they also hinder some of these. The keynote will give some ideas on how to design seamless learning technologies in a mindful way to enable focus, avoid distraction, foster endurance and curiosity, or enable framing of experiences.

3. YANG Zhijian
The Open University of China
        Yang Zhijian is currently President of the Open University of China, President of China Association of Educational Technology (CAET) and Vice President of China Association of Legal Education. He is now on the ICDE Executive Board. He received his doctorate degree in education from Peking University.
        Since being appointed as President of China Central Radio and TV University (CCRTVU) in July, 2010, Yang Zhijian has been proactively and vigorously promoting the strategic transformation of China Radio and TV Universities, following closely the recent development in distance education and modern information technology worldwide as well as taking Chinas own circumstances into consideration. In June 2012, the establishment of the Open University of China (OUC) was officially approved by the Chinese government and Dr. Yang Zhijian was appointed as President of OUC.
        Previously, he had been engaged in general administration of higher education in the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China since 1983. He served as Deputy Director of Liberal Arts Division, Director of Finance, Political Studies and Law Division, Deputy Director-General of Department of Higher Education of MOE. He contributed to drafting some of the important laws, regulations and documents, including Higher Education Law of the Peoples Republic of China, Outline of Chinas National Plan for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020), Reform Plan of Teaching Content and Curriculum in Higher Education for 21st Century, Teaching Reform Project of Higher Education in the New Century, Project of Teaching Quality and Teaching Reform in Undergraduate Education, Action Plan for Invigorating Colleges and Universities in the Middle and West Regions of China. Moreover, he proactively facilitated the implementation of the relevant projects and tasks.

Keynote Speech: Between Ideal and Reality
        Learning is an existential consciousness innate in humans and also a natural way and demonstration of existence. The ubiquity of learning is not only an objective requirement, but a subjective desire as well. In the new era, ubiquitous learning, as a lofty ideal, has gradually evolved into reality in North America, Europe, large cities and economically developed areas. However, in Asia, Africa and Latin America, especially in rural, remote and ethnic minority areas, it remains a distant dream. Fortunately, modern information technology offers a short cut to achieving the ubiquity of learning, as it breaks the barriers of time and space and makes anywhere anytime learning for all a possibility. In China, open universities including the Open University of China and Shanghai Open University are employing the information technology to build a bridge between the ideal of learning and the frustrating reality.

4. JIANG Hong
President of Shanghai Distance Education Group
President of Shanghai Open University
         Jiang Hong, B.Eng. and M.S., is President of Shanghai Distance Education Group and Shanghai Open University (the former Shanghai TV University). He has been a teacher for 13 years in China Textile University and holder of Deputy Director of the Engineering Department in the same University. Then served as Director of Equipment Department, Director of Science and Technology Department, Deputy Secretary-General, and Secretary-General, he has worked at Shanghai Municipal Education Commission for 17 years. Based on his management practices, Prof. Jiang Hong has made significant achievements in his interested research areas in education and management of science and technology. Of his research projects, three were awarded the prizes of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award by Shanghai Municipal government and two received the prizes for Excellent Soft Research Subjects Achievement issued by the State Intellectual Property Office.

5. CHENG Jiangang
Cheng Jiangang, Doctor of Engineering, Professor, PhD mentor
President of Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET)
Deputy Director of Academic Committee, China Association for Educational Technology
Consultant of the Committee for Information-based Teaching in Vocational Institutions, Ministry of Education
Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the Contest of Information-based Teaching in Vocational Institutions, Ministry of Education
Team leader of the Evaluation Committee of Experts for Vocational and Higher Institutions in the National Contest of Information-based Teaching
Academic leader of Educational Technology, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University
         Prof. Chengs team, consisting of more than 70 full-time researchers and over 20 masters, PhDs and post-PhDs candidates, has been active in the research and practice of online education since 1998. The team has been organizing international and national conferences on E-learning once and twice a year respectively since 2010 and developed a cooperative relationship with colleagues in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and the U.S. In 2013, the research funds added up to 25 million RMB, making it a remarkable team among counterparts in Asia-Pacific region. The web-based instructional platform, Tsinghua Education Online that was designed and developed by the team, has been implemented in over 400 higher institutions in China.