International Seminar
e-Learning Around the World: Achievements,
Challenges and Broken Promises

7 June 2013 at Caixa Forum Barcelona



Terry Anderson

Dr. Terry Anderson

Athabasca University, Canada
Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education


Research interest: social software use in distance education

As a Canadian Research Chair he is involved in a variety of research, teaching and service activities. His activities include research carried out at Technology Enhanced Learning Research Institute of the Athabasca University, the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research (CIDER). All references and/or full text of most of his research and professional publications are available from AUSpace, the Athabasca University archive.

He serves on advisory committees with the Alberta and Canadian governments. He is currently the Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Distance Education, the American Journal of Distance Education, Internet in Higher Education, the Canadian Journal of Educational Communication, the Journal of Interactive Media in Education and the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society.

He teaches and advises students in the Masters of Distance Education, Master of Arts Integrated Studies (MAIS) program and the Education Doctoral (EdD) program at Athabasca University. He currently teaches two subjects on at the Master: Emerging Distance Education Technologies and Planning and Management in Distance Education and Training. He also serves on committees and has acted as external examiner for Masters and PhD programs globally. Open Access and paper copies of the award winning edited text Theory and Practice of Online Learning are available from Athabasca University Press.

He is active keynote and regular session speaker at a variety of education, distance education and net based learning conferences. During the past 8 years he has been a keynote speaker at 31 such conferences.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Betty Collis

Dr. Betty Collis

University of Twente, The Netherlands
Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Behavioural
Moonen & Collis Learning Technology Consultants, B. V.


Research interest: Application of technology for strategy, learning and change in educational institutions and corporate training

Prof. Dr. Betty Collis (B.A., Mathematics, University of Michigan; M.A., Mathematics Education, Stanford University; and PhD, Measurement and Evaluation of Computer Applications in Education and Training, University of Victoria, Canada) is a specialist in the application of technology for strategy, learning and change in educational institutions and corporate training.

She was a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria from 1976-1988 and a member of the Faculty of Educational Science and Technology (now, Behavioural Sciences) at the University of Twente from 1988 until she took early retirement at the end of 2005.

At the University of Twente she was head of the research team "Technology for Strategy, Learning and Change". Now she works as a consultant with her husband and professional partner Prof. Jef Moonen. Among her many professional activities since her early retirement, she continued her work as learning innovation consultant with Shell Learning (2000-2008), was a senior consultant for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK (2006-2008) and continues to work as an advisor in various universities.

She is a prolific author with approximately 700 scientific publications, a frequently-invited conference speaker (with close to 700 presentations including more than 50 keynotes in more than 35 countries), and someone who sees technology as a learning workbench whereby learners can contribute to their own learning as well as the learning of others.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Sarah Guri-Rosenblit

Dr. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit

The Open University of Israel
Department of Education and Psychology


Research interest: Comparative higher education; Information and Communication Technologies; Distance Education, Teacher Training

Prof. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit is the Director of International Academic Outreach and the head of Graduate Studies in Education at the Open University of Israel. In the last fifteen years most of her studies have been conducted in the field of comparative research of higher education systems, distance education and e-learning. She was selected in 2005/6 as one of the 30 New Century Scholars in the Fulbright Program on: 'Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response'.

Since 2003 she has been a member of the Scientific Committee of Europe and North America in the UNESCO Forum of Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. Her last book is Digital Technologies in Higher Education: Sweeping Expectations and Actual Effects, published by Nova Science in 2011.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Ferran Ruiz Tarrag

Ferran Ruiz Tarrag

President, School Education Council of Catalonia


Ferran Ruiz has a Degree in Physics and Postgraduate studies in management and methodologies of training. He was Professor of Mathematics in secondary school and former director of a High School. He is currently responsible for evaluation and forecasting of ICT in the educational system in the Assessment Board (Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalonia). He was previously Deputy Director General of Information Technology (SGTI) and Director of Computer Education Department of Education.

He is member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP, technical education committee, working group of high school); National Research Coordinator for Catalonia's Second Information Technology in Education Study (SITES 2006) and International Association for the Evaluation of the Educational Achievement (IEA).

Lecturer and speaker in activities related to ICT and education in twenty countries and author or co-authored over 50 articles and papers on computer science and education. EPSON awarded the Nobel Prize of Computer Science and disclosure of the Foundation Essay Ever (The new education, LID Editorial Empresarial, 2007) and Laure by ComputerWorld Honors Program (USA).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Marta Stone Wiske

Dr. Martha Stone-Wiske

Harvard University, USA
Graduate School of Education


Research interest: Integration of new technologies and the incorporation of learnercentered teaching for understanding into educational settings

Martha Stone Wiske teaches, conducts collaborative action research, and consults with educators both nationally and internationally. Her main goal is the improvement of public education and effective research through fostering mutually beneficial connections between educational research and practice. Special interests include the integration of new technologies and the incorporation of learner-centered teaching for understanding into educational settings, including schools, universities, and other settings.

Her recent work focuses on the creation and assessment of online learning environments and activities, and the development of networked communities of practice. She directs the Education with New Technologies Web site, a networked learning environment to support teaching for understanding with new technologies. It combines interactive tools, online courses, a library of resources, pictures of practice, and electronic forums for over 3,000 registered members.

Wiske teaches and conducts research on online professional development courses through WIDE World (Wide-Scale Interactive Development for Educators). WIDE World fosters the improvement of teaching through online courses and communities that both model student researchbased educational practices. She published Teaching for Understanding with Technology (Wiley, 2005). Wiske also edited Teaching for Understanding: Linking Research with Practice and is cofounder of ECi (Education, Communication, and Information), an international journal for dialogue about new developments in educational theory, practice, and technology. ECi is published by Routledge in print form and online at

Member of the Scientific Committee of the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.