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Keynote speakers

Plenary lectures

Professor Dr.Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University

Presentation: Academic Education in Era of Digital Culture
Ilya Levin received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 1987, when he was the Head of the Computer Science Department in the Leningrad Institute of New Technologies (in the former USSR). Between 1993 and 1997, Ilya Levin was the Head of the Computer Systems Department in Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. In 1997, he worked as a Research fellow in the Computer Science Department of University of Massachusetts, USA. Between 2003-2006, Ilya Levin was an Associate Professor of the School of Engineering in the Bar Ilan University, Israel. Presently, Prof. Ilya Levin is a Head of Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education of the Tel Aviv University. His recent research interests include: Computer Design, Human Concepts Learning, Social Media, Culturology of Information Society. Ilya Levin is the author of about 150 research papers both in Computer Engineering and in Education.
PD Dr.Michael Nentwich, Director of the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Presentation: From Cyberscience to Cyberscience 2.0 and beyond.
Michael Nentwich, originally a lawyer, is a science and technology scholar, a passionate technology assessor and, since 2006, the director of the ITA. His main research field in technology assessment is the Internet and its influence on society and science. He studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and political science and law at the University of Vienna, where he graduated with an LL.M. in 1988, acquiring his Ph.D in 1995 with a thesis on European food law. In 1989/90 he pursued post-graduate studies at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium). In 2004 he received his venia docendi ("habilitation") in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from the University of Vienna on the basis of his book on the impact of the Internet on academia. From 1996 to 2005 he persued research as a junior, later senior scientist at the ITA, mainly in the field of the information society. A further year abroad in 1998/99 as a guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, was devoted to his research on cyberscience. Since 2006 he has been the director of the ITA, and, from 2011, also the deputy chairman of the Conference of the heads of research institutes of the OeAW. His publication list includes a number of books, among them the two volumes "Cyberscience. Research in the Age of the Internet" (2003) and "Cyberscience 2.0 –Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks" (2012), as well as numerous articles in scientific journals and edited volumes.
Professor Dr.Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara, Romania

Presentation: A new job or a new skill for Academia? How to be a Social Media Educational Archaeologist
Gabriela Grosseck is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the West University of Timisoara, Romania. She has particular expertise in ICT in education (teaching, learning and researching), a solid experience in students'/teachers' training both f2f and online environments. For almost a decade she was an editor-in-chief of Romanian Journal of Social Informatics. An author of many articles in the field of e-learning 2.0, a speaker at different international events, workshop organizer and member of editorial committees (journals and conferences), her research interests cover main aspects of Web 2.0 tools and technologies in higher education, collaborative aspects and proper use of social media (by teachers, students, researchers, policy makers and other educational actors). Her papers are highly cited by researchers in social media and ICT education.
Dr Charlotte Holland, Dublin City University, Ireland

Presentation: Learning 2.0 - Pedagogy and Social Media: A critique of pedagogical models/ approaches deployed in the infusion of social media in higher education.
Dr. Charlotte Holland is Chair of Undergraduate Studies and lectures in technology in education, education for sustainable development and creative instructional design in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University. She promotes an interdisciplinary approach to educational practice and research, given the multi-disciplinary nature of her own educational pathway through higher education (with qualifications that include: B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Higher Diploma in Education, Masters in Computers, and a PhD focused on technology in education). She held the Chair of the Institute of Educational Research in Ireland from 2010-2011. She continues to be very successful in attracting research funding at national and EU levels, and actively undertakes research, supervises doctoral research and publishes in the areas of technology-enabled learning, education for sustainability and values-based learning. Her research interests more specifically include: Sustainable online learning communities, Learning 2.0, Science and citizenship education, and Meta-cognition in independent learning.
Professor Dr.Sandra Hofhues, University of Education Heidelberg, Germany

Presentation: Education beyond Facebook. Critical Reflections at the Current Status of ICT in Higher Education (I)
Since October 2012, Sandra Hofhues is Professor of Media Didactics at the University of Education Heidelberg. She was a Research Fellow in e-learning and blended-learning at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Between 2007 and 2011, she worked in the field of media pedagogy in the Institute of Media and Educational Technology at Augsburg University where she finished her interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master studies Media and Communication from 2002 to 2007. In early 2012, she received her PhD on Learning through cooperation at the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany. Her PhD is based on the evaluation of the corporate volunteering project business@school - an initiative of The Boston Consulting Group. In Augsburg, she was responsible for several media-related projects in (higher) education, e.g., w.e.b.Square and vitamin b.
Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Presentation: Education beyond Facebook. Critical Reflections at the Current Status of ICT in Higher Education (II)
Since 2011, Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is Senior Researcher at University Duisburg-Essen, Department of Educational Media & Knowledge Management. She received a PhD on "Information and Media Literacy in Teacher Education" and got a Master degree in educational science, information science and art history. Her research interests are in the field of information and media literacy and teaching and learning in schools and higher education. Her previous academic positions include deputy head of the Center for University Teaching and Learning, from University of Zurich, Switzerland, and research assistant in Basel, Switzerland, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
Jonathan Bishop, Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, Swansea University, UK

Presentation: Preparing Higher Education for Digital Teens: The role of Classroom 2.0 and Gamification
Jonathan Bishop is an information technology executive, researcher and writer. He is a former town councillor for Pontypridd Town Council and at present is a school governor for a primary school in that locality. He is known for founding the Classroom 2.0 initiative, which links education establishments to homes, mobile technologies and other institutions, while at the same time providing tailored education to students. He also regularly writes articles and does research in the areas of Internet trolling, Digital Teens and Gamification. Jonathan is the founder of the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems (Crocels) at Swansea University. He has gone on to found firms like Crocels CMG CYF and The Crocels Press Limited, as well as related initiatives like Crocels News and the Crocels Trolling Academy. Jonathan holds three Masters degrees, in E-Learning, European Union Law and Information Systems. He has fellowships from the Royal Society of Arts and BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. Together with Ashu M. G. Solo, Jon is editing the book Politics and Policy in the Information Age (Springer, 2013).

Workshop / Round tables

Dr. Carmel Mulcahy, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Workshop: Issues of e-Education for Sustainable Development in Web 2.0 Era
Carmel Mulcahy is a former Head of The School of Education Studies, at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. Since joining DCU in 1997, she has been part of a team within the school that has developed a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She lectures in the areas of values, interculturalism, managing diversity and professional skills. To date her research has covered a wide canvas across all levels of education from Primary to Tertiary. Her main interest has continued to be in the area of access and inclusion in education, in particular from the perspective of inclusive citizenship. Her research work has encompassed studies on how Ireland has responded to a rapidly increasing pluralist society.
Mrs. Carmen Holotescu, Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania

Round table 1: Personal Learning Environments
Carmen Holotescu teaches at the Computer Science Department of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, having a large experience in using Social Media / Web2.0 technologies in education and collaboration. She has participated in many European projects, and has written papers and books/ebooks related to eLearning, Web2.0 technologies, teacher training. Ms. Holotescu is also the Director of Timsoft, a company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications, and a certified online instructor for University of Maryland University College, USA since 2001.
Dr. Mihai Jalobeanu, Vasile Goldis West University of Arad, Romania

Round table 2: Romanian education dealing with the social virtual environments (in Romanian)
Dr. Jalobeanu started his professional career as a mathematician and computer scientist in a physics research institute. His doctoral thesis is entitled "The Relational Systems and their use in Computer Science" (1977). Since 1997 he teaches courses of computer science, e-learning at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj and Vasile Goldis University of Arad, Romania. Dr. Jalobeanu expertise includes: distance education, computers in art, communication and ethics in Internet. Mr. Mihai Jalobeanu is member of EDEN, IEEE and ACM organizations. He was member of Free Unix for Romania, too. Since 1997, together with Nic Nistor, Dr. Jalobeanu has organized "Romanian Internet Learning Workshop", as well as the workshop "Linux and Virtual Learning Environments".
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