Invited Speakers

Prof. José María Ruiz Ruiz
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

José María Ruiz Ruiz is a Professor of the Faculty of Education in the Complutense University of Madrid. Honorary Professor of three Universities: National University San Marcos de Lima, Winner University and Cesar Vallejo University (Peru). Visiting Professor of the National University of Cartagena (Colombia). Counselor of the School Council of the Community of Madrid (BOCM, 2017). Director of the MOOC training course in collaboration with Telefónica: Six basic strategies for learning in teaching competencies in undergraduate degrees. (2020). Member of Team Europe (Brussels). Member of the Excellent Center Jean Monet "Antonio Truyol". INVESTIGATION GROUPS: Part of the Stable Research Group “ILSA” recognized by the University Complutense. RESEARCH PROJECTS. The improvement of communication in collaborative work through the socrative program in five Faculties of the University of Complutense (UCM, 2017-2019). ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS Author of 8 books and more than 40 chapters / articles specialized in Evaluation and Curriculum. Ruiz, J. M. R. (2011). The Organization and Management of Educational Centers and Contexts. Chapter nº 10. Permanent Institutional Documents. Ruiz, J. M. R. (2013). How to Improve Educational Institutions: Evaluation of Innovations. Cooperativa Editorial Magisterio. Santa Fe de Bogota. Colombia. INVENTATION PATENTS. Device for retention and examination of eyes with rats and mice. Publication Number: 2699413. Duration: 20 years.


Prof. Liz Browne
Oxford Brookes University, UK

Dr. Liz Browne is a Professor of Education working in the Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD). As an educationalist she has held senior posts in a number of secondary schools and in the Further Education sector. Whilst working at Oxford Brookes University she has managed the quality assurance of a national quality improvement programme for the Further Education sector, working on behalf of the DfE. She was successful in bidding for funding to create a Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training and managed the Centre between 2008 and 2014.

Prof. Liz Browne is head of the Centre of Education Consultancy and Development and co-research lead for the Policy, Partnership and Leadership research group. Her research interests are in the area of educational policy and leadership and she has worked on a number of consultancy projects with national organisations working in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Speech Title: Delivering Global Education in Times of Challenge

Abstract: In assessing the many challenges facing educationalists in the current times this presentation discusses the VUCA ( volatile , uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world we know inhabit. Consideration is given to the challenges and opportunities VUCA offers those of us who work in education and poses new approaches to change based on an atomic model of activity which advocates small steps and slow progress towards change rather than major upheavals. In advocating atomic change the theme of this presentation will be stability in a changing world to enhance student health, staffing stability and academic credibility in these times of unprecedented change.

Prof. Betsy J. Bannier
Lake Region State College, USA

Betsy J. Bannier earned her Ph.D. in adult & continuing education with an emphasis in online chemistry education at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (USA) in 2009. She earned her M.S. in analytical chemistry with a cognate in chemical education at University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND USA) in 2000, and her B.A. in mathematics and chemistry at Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI USA) in 1997.

She is a tenured Professor of Chemistry at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, North Dakota. She has over twenty years of experience teaching in higher education, primarily in the field of undergraduate, online laboratory chemistry. She serves on several national and international review boards and her work has been published in a wide variety of journals. Her current research interests include teaching at the intersection of chemistry and space science, learning strategies in online classrooms, and transnational online education.

Speech Title: Examining the Impact of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic on Student Achievement in Online, Undergraduate Chemistry Courses in the United States

 The global COVID-19 pandemic created turmoil in many institutions of higher learning. Social distancing and quarantine guidelines led many colleges and universities to rapidly shift their courses to distance learning modes. This study attempted to measure the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic upon students enrolled in fully online, undergraduate chemistry courses. Survey data was used to examine the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic upon students’ decisions to enroll in a fully online chemistry course. Unpaired t-test analyses were used to compare exam data from Spring 2020 (n=69) to Spring 2019 (n=101) and again from Summer 2020 (n=52) to Summer 2019 (n=62) in four different undergraduate chemistry courses. Statistically significant differences in exam scores were observed in the chemistry course required for students enrolled in nursing degree programs.


Assoc. Prof. Kumar Laxman
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Kumar Laxman is an associate professor of education with the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. He graduated with a PhD in instructional design and technology from Macquarie University, Australia. His other qualifications include a masters degree in educational technology from the National Institute of Education (Singapore), a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore and a postgraduate diploma in education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). He has worked in various capacities both as an educator and instructional designer with many reputable educational organizations and tertiary institutions such as Ministry of Education (Singapore), Republic Polytechnic, University of New South Wales and National Institute of Education.

Dr Kumar Laxman has been actively promoting the use of technology to advance innovation in teaching and learning and he has served as a catalytic leader in participating in numerous
e-learning and educational initiatives. He is knowledgeable in the various aspects of the field of educational design, having published widely in reputable journals and presented at numerous international conferences. He has also provided consultancy to a number of organizations in the domain of education, particularly enabling them to leverage upon technologies in enhancing teaching and learning. He has also independently carried out high quality research in education and achieved cutting-edge research outcomes. Possessing excellent communication and management skills, he is able to keep his participant audience engaged with his impressive style of training delivery.

Speech Title: Learning with Digital Mobile Devices: What Does Past Research Tell Us?

Abstract: In this presentation, I will be looking at trends from past research on mobile learning, what factors contribute to and inhibit effective implementation of mobile learning, what considerations need to be noted in adopting mobile learning in schools. The best practices and strategies in how mobile learning can be implemented in schools so as to maximize learning gains will also be discussed. Finally future trends of pedagogical innovations through the use of mobile learning will be examined so that best alignments of pedagogy and technology can be achieved.


Prof. Alan Garfield
University of Dubuque, USA

Alan Garfield is Chair of the Digital Art and Design Department at the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa USA. He has also served as Director of the Bisignano Art Gallery since 2008. His formal education is eclectic: BA, University of Iowa; MA, State University of New York-Binghamton; Postgraduate work Wadham College, Oxford. His interests, as measured by recent publications, include 2D and 3D fractal algorithms, imagery in contemporary politics, 19th century French philosophies, Holocaust studies, Beat art and poetry and video game content. He teaches in Iowa; he lives in Ireland.

Speech Title: Spreading across Boundaries: The Coronavirus Pandemic and our Computers

Abstract: With the new coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents and every island nation, and traveling faster than SARS, driving it out of existence is looking increasingly unlikely. Actually, the same might be (and has been) said about the state of computer viruses and malware. Everything’s going to be different, on the other side of this – whether this is our body health or computer health. What, really, are the similarities and differences between the effects of that one word – virus – on human biological systems and our digital computing systems? This keynote will address issues that we as educators should be aware of.