Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mario Barajas Frutos, University of Barcelona, Spain


He is a Doctor in Education from the University of Barcelona and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in the USA. He holds degrees in Engineering and in Philosophy and previously taught Mathematics in secondary education. He teaches about Digital Learning Environments, and in the doctoral program ‘Education and Society’ at the Faculty of Education of the University of Barcelona. He is a founder of the new Institute of Educational Research of the same University. He is a member of different Research Committees, Journals and Conferences at an international level. During the last two decades, Dr. Barajas has coordinated and participated in a large number of the European Union funded projects and leads the research group Future Learning (

Prof. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy, School of Education, National University, USA


Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy had extensive experience in teaching students from pre-school through high school in regular education, gifted education, at-risk education, and special education. She has taught in higher education for the past eleven years, with her current focus emphasizing innovation in online pedagogy. She has given numerous national and international presentations on group collaboration with individual accountability with the recent addition of creativity in the online venue. As an award winning course designer, she presented some of her course innovations at last year’s Quality Matters conference in Louisville, KY, USA. Recent 2012 publications addressed issues involving the use of iPads with self-directed adult learners and with students who have Autism. Dr. Kutaka-Kennedy has just accepted an invitation to join a consortium led by the University of Kansas to research differences in perception of online visual elements among culturally diverse groups. She recently completed a successful multiyear grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education which prepared paraprofessionals to teach in special education. Her current responsibilities include course design and oversight, field work supervision, and mentoring new faculty in higher education. Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy serves as an officer of the California Association of Professors of Special Education, mentors prospective grant writers, completes program reviews for national accreditation and performs editorial reviews for professional publications.

New Possibilities in Higher Education at the Nexus of Generational Change and Technological Innovation

Prof. Shuliang Li,  University of Westminster, UK


Dr Shuliang Li is a Reader in Business Information Management at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. He acted as BIM&O departmental Research Leader from January 2010 to July 2013.

Dr Li is also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at SWJTU in China for research collaboration purposes. He is a life Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

Quantum strategies, quantum knowledge management, hybrid density analysis with interaction equilibrium dynamics and quantum evolution, big data, deshopping simulation, and hybrid intelligent marketing & digital marketing strategy support systems for training, teaching & learning in education

Dr. Fang Lou, University of Hertfordshire, UK


Dr. Fang Lou was born in 1963 in Hangzhou, China. She obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China (1986), and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the Lund University, Sweden (1994). She did post doctorial research at the Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, in muscle physiology.

Dr. Fang Lou joined the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, in 2002 as a lecturer in Physiology. She is interested in pedagogy with the application of blended learning, particularly in peer assessment and group work. She has been seconded to the Learning and Teaching Institute between September 2009 to August 2014 as a principal lecturer. She has been involved in the management and staff training of the online teaching tool Elluminate/Collaborate and Adobe Connect across the university. She works with many colleagues in the university on assessment for learning and flexible learning. She is the Departmental Lead in Learning and Teaching.

Dr. Fang Lou is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and member of the Physiological Society. Her publications cover both the physiology and learning and teaching fields.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Minoru Nakayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


Minoru Nakayama is a professor of educational technology at Human System Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University in 1983 and completed the Master of Education program in 1985, and received a Doctor of Engineering degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1990. His research concerns educational technology and human visual perception.

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