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 (

Mapping Creative Pedagogies in the Digital Culture

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


Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy has served in the Department of Special Education at Sanford College of Education since 2003, almost 15 years. She earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Mild/Moderate Special Education, completing her dissertation titled “Inclusion in secondary general education classes: What do students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders think?” Prior to becoming an academic, she honed her teaching skills and K-12 expertise through 18 years of teaching in grades pre-K to 12 in general, special, gifted and at-risk education. She began in self-contained general education multiple subjects classrooms and single subject classrooms in English/Language Arts, World History, Biology, and Physics. She also taught a weekly pull-out of gifted students for a semester and a self-contained 4/5 class for students identified as highly gifted for a year, plus at-risk students in a court/community school setting. She entered special education and taught high school students with emotional and behavioral disorders and early childhood special education students at the county office level. She presents at numerous national and international conferences, often as a keynote speaker, on topics such as the impact of augmented and virtual reality on learning, online instruction for the 21st century, generational differences in educational technology preferences, online supervision of online K-12 teaching, online mentoring, and online course design to enhance creativity and collaboration. Her current responsibilities include course design and oversight, field work supervision, and mentoring new faculty in higher education. She serves as the Treasurer of the California Association of Professors of Special Education, completes program reviews for national accreditation, and performs editorial reviews for professional journals.

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

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.

Group work for assessment – how to support our students?

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.

Changes in Student's Reflections on their Learning Activity due to Note-taking Skill Instructions given during a Blended Learning Course

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