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Prof. Dragan Gasevic

Monash University, Australia

Dragan Gašević is Professor of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Information Technology and Director of the Centre for Learning Analytics at Monash University. He is a founder and served as the President (2015-2017) of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). He has also held several honorary appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. In 2019-2021, he was recognized as the national field leader in educational technology in The Australian’s Research Magazine. He led the EU-funded SHEILA project that received the Best Research Project of the Year Award (2019) from the Association for Learning Technology. In 2022, he received the Lifetime Member Award, the highest distinction of SoLAR. Dragan’s research interests centre around the development of computational and design methods that can advance understanding of self-regulated and collaborative learning.

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Prof. Minjuan Wang

San Diego State University, USA

Dr. M. Wang is Professor of Learning Design and Tech at San Diego State University, iLRN's VP in International Relations, and Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT).

Her research specialties focus on the sociocultural aspects of online learning, mobile learning, immersive learning using X-reality, and entrepreneurship education. She served as the chief editor for one international journal (EAI Transactions on E-Learning), and as guest editor for Virtual Reality and the Journal of Interactive Learning. She was either a Co-PI or senior personnel on several national and international grant programs. Currently she serves as co-PI on NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems project led by SDSU’s Department of Geography (2018 to 2022). In addition, Dr. Wang is an internationally recognized scholar and has keynoted more than 25 international conferences.

Speech Title: Metaverse, Metaversity, and The Future of Education

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Prof. Kui Xie

The Ohio State University, USA

Dr. Kui Xie is Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Technologies in Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. He is the director of The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning at OSU. Xie research investigates areas related to motivation and engagement in digital learning, K-12 technology integration and teacher professional development, technology intervention and learning environment, learning analytics and research methods. He focuses on building translational research in partnership with K-12 schools across the state of Ohio. His research has been funded by Institute of Educational Sciences, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Spencer Foundation, and various school districts. He has numerous publications in flagship journals in crossover fields of Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, Teacher Education, and others. Xie serves as the associate editor for two journals: The Internet and Higher Education and Frontiers in Psychology. He served as a guest editor for Journal of Research on Technology in Education. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Educational Psychology and Journal of Educational Psychology. He served as chair for American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG Instructional Technology, SIG Design and Technology, and section chair for Division C Section 3.A. Learning Environments and Section 3.B. Technology-Based Environments. In 2015, Xie was named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor. In 2017, Xie received the EHE Distinguished Research Award from The Ohio State University. He also received a Chang Jiang Scholar Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 2021, Xie was identified among the top 2% of scientists worldwide according to the rankings published by Elsevier and Stanford University.

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