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Dr Helen Barrett: Internationally-known expert on Electronic Portfolio Development for learners of all ages (Keynote speaker)

Dr. Helen Barrett recently retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is living in the Seattle area. She has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios since 1991, publishing a website (, an Apple Learning Interchange exhibit (, chapters in several books on Electronic Portfolios, and numerous articles. She was on loan to the International Society for Technology in Education between 2001 and early 2005, working as the Assessment Coordinator for ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards and providing training and technical assistance on electronic portfolios for teacher education programs throughout the U.S.under a federal PT3 grant. In 2005, Dr. Barrett became the Research Project Director for The REFLECT Initiative, an international research project, underwritten by TaskStream, to assess the impact of electronic portfolios on student learning, motivation and engagement in secondary schools. She is currently working on several book projects on electronic portfolios. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a George Lucas Educational Foundation Faculty Associate.

Dr Linda Delene: Provost of Western Michigan University (Keynote speaker)

Linda M. Delene is Professor of Marketing and currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is Western Michigan University's chief academic officer, with stewardship responsibility for the academic programs, degrees, and related institutional support services. Delene also serves as a consultant-evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL.


Prior to this administrative appointment, Professor Delene served four years as vice provost for assessment and academic planning, initiating an academic program planning process and revitalizing institutional and general education assessment programs. As a faculty member in the Haworth College of Business, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and conducted research in marketing management, marketing strategy, international marketing, health care marketing, and services marketing in the Marketing Department. In 1979, Delene received the Teaching Excellence Award, the University's highest award for teaching excellence. She served on the AAUP Executive Committee and as a member of the 1984 AAUP collective bargaining team, chair of the Research Policies and Undergraduate Studies Councils, President of the Faculty Senate in 1989-90 and 1990-91, and chair of the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund program. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Toledo.

Dr Delene is in the process of implementing electronic portfolios (iWebfolio) to 29,000 students, faculty and staff in what is one of the largest eportfolio implementations in the world in an academic institution.

Serge Ravet: CEO European Institute for E-learning (Keynote speaker )

Serge Ravet is Chief Executive of the European Institute for e-Learning, a cross-sectoral professional body created in February 2001 with the aim of becoming the reference point for e-learning practitioners in Europe. Key Institute activities include the production of a set of standards of professional competence; an e-learning tools and market observatory; the creation of the European Consortium for the ePortfolio; the establishment of a European Centre exploring (e)learning quality and (e)learning regions; participation in, and co-ordination of several European projects in e-learning. With a background in information technology and learning technologies, Serge combines both technological and pedagogical expertise. He is also Director of Dimension Compétence, a training consultancy specialising in e-learning and the development of competence-based learning and assessment. He is retained as an expert in the assessment of innovative projects for a French government department and for the European Commission. Publications include "Technology-based Training" (Kogan Page, 1997) and "Valider les Compétences avec les NVQs" (DEMOS, 1999); a Guide to e-learning Solutions (2001) and numerous articles.

International ePortfolio experts

Barbara L. Cambridge: Vice President for Fields of Inquiry and Action, American Association for Higher Education. (Parallel Session speaker 4C and International expert)

Barbara L. Cambridge is vice president for fields of inquiry and action at AAHE, AAHE director of the Carnegie Academy Campus Program, and director of the Building Engagement and Access of Minority Students project. Within these projects she works closely with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the National Survey of Student Engagement as well as with many disciplinary and professional associations.

At her home campus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she is professor of English and associate dean of the faculties. Her areas of expertise include assessment of student learning, electronic portfolios, peer review of teaching, and fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning. Cambridge has extensive experience coordinating initiatives across individual campuses and among campuses, promoting faculty leadership, and representing higher education to external publics. Former president of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators, she currently serves as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Cambridge is an executive editor of Change magazine and editor of the Journal of Teaching Writing. Cambridge's most recent publications include Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning, and Campus Progress: Supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dr Kathryn Chang Barker:  President  FuturEd Consulting Education Futurists (Expert and parallel session speaker 4A) 

Dr. Kathryn Chang Barker is a consulting education futurist with a PhD in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Alberta (1994). She has been engaged at all levels of Canada's education and training system, and having started as a teacher and college administrator in Alberta, she has worked across Canada and internationally as a consultant and writer. As founder and president of FuturEd Consulting Education Futurists Inc., Barker has provided research and development in the education industry since 1995. Numerous papers and presentations are in the eLibrary and Corporate ePortfolio on the FuturEd website. Her current passion is the ePortfolio "the electronic record of a person's acquired skills and knowledge" and she is working to animate "an ePortfolio for each and every Canadian" and one ePortfolio for life.
Barker has become a "consumer's advocate" in the field of education and training. She is concerned that the end-users get the information they need to make informed choices, and this is reflected in such FuturEd projects as the Consumer's Guide to eLearning and a Consumer's Guide to ePortfolio Products and Services. Barker is the founding Chair of the Learning Innovations Forum d'Innovation Apprentissage, and also serves on the boards of the Canadian Education Association, the Innovate online journal, and the European Institute for eLearning. She is honored to have been invited to join the Board of e-TQM in the United Arab Emirates


Barbara Alessandrini (Moderator Parallel Session 3C)

Barbara is Head of the Department for eLearning and staff members and international training at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise (IZSA&M), Teramo, Italy. She is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the staff members training plan, of technical and management courses, eLearning courses and the implementation of ePortfolio within IZSA&M. Barbara collaborates in the management of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Training, Epidemiology, Food Safety and Animal Welfare, dealing with international training activities, and animal welfare. Barbara is also involved in Quality System with regard to analysis, design, provision and evaluation of specialist and management training services in health field in compliance with the requirements of UNI EN ISO 9001:2000

Rob Arntsen (Presenter Parallel Session 4A)

Rob Arntsen founded the learning technology company MyKnowledgeMap in 2000, after holding senior positions within IBM. He's served on Working Groups for the National Advisory Council for Continuous Education and Lifelong Learning, the Council for Industry and Higher Education, and the original IPPR group that proposed the University for Industry.

Graham Attwell (Presenter Parallel Session 2B)

Graham Attwell is senior researcher for the educational consultancy, Pontydysgu, and a founder member of KnowNet. He was formerly employed by the Welsh Joint Education Committee as European Officer prior to working as a senior Researcher at the University of Bremen in Germany. He has been responsible for the management and undertaking of a wide range of European and national research projects for private, regional, national and European organisations and sponsors. He is a specialist in the areas of continuing professional development for teachers and trainers, the use of Information and Communication technologies and education, school to work transition and the development of 'knowledge bases' for comparative and collaborative research. Recent interests include service-oriented architectures for e-learning and e-Portfolios for personalised and work-based learning.

Mette Beyer Paulsen (Presenter Parallel Session 3A)

Mette Beyer Paulsen currently works as a project manager in Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is mainly dealing with the topics "Transparency of qualifications" and "Validation of non-formal and informal learning", in the framework of Lifelong Learning. With a background in teaching, she has many years of experience as a civil servant in the Danish Ministry of Education, where she dealt with policy making in international and EU matters, mainly within Vocational Education and Training. Focus has been on international recognition, comparability, and transparency of qualifications. She has been a member of numerous expert working groups under the European Commission.

Darren Cambridge (Presenter Parallel Session 2B)

Darren Cambridge returns to the classroom this fall as Assistant Professor of Internet Studies and Information Literacy in New Century College or George Mason University after several years working with AAHE and EDUCAUSE. As Director of Web Projects at AAHE, he worked with academics and technologists to envision, build and use online collaboration tools to support such programs as the Carnegie Academy Campus Program and Engaged Campus in a Diverse Democracy. As a National Learning Infrastructure Initiative Fellow, he co-lead EDUCAUSE's virtual community of practice initiative and researched ePortfolios and lifelong learning. While at the University of Texas at Austin, he lead the design of the award-winning Learning Record Online electronic portfolio system. Currently, he facilitates EPAC: The Electronic Portfolios Community of Practice, and chairs a development group on ePortfolios for the IMS Global Learning Consortium that is developing an interoperability specification for electronic portfolios.

Tom Cochrane (Presenter Parallel Session 2A)

Tom Cochrane is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at QUT. Structurally the position heads a Division of 500 staff which includes all IT, library and teaching and learning support services for the University. He serves ex-officio on all the academic governance committees of the University including Academic Board, and its Research and Development and Teaching and Learning Committees. In his current role Tom's external duties include Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Director, Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing; Director, Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Foundation; and Chair, Australian Libraries Copyright Committee. He is a member of the Australian Research Information Infrastructure Committee established by DEST in 2003 and other cross sectoral committees and Boards.

David Cooke (Presenter parallel session 1C)

David Cooke is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science at Cannock Chase Technical College, teaching subjects including anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition. David has recently completed a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education at the University of Wolverhampton. During this time David was a member of a pilot group helping to develop the use of ePortfolio as a tool to enhance reflection and personal development amongst trainee teachers. David's interests in ePortfolio concern its use in developing reflective writing and also in creating support communities for learners.

Theresa Correia (Moderator Parallel Session 4A)

Theresa Correia is currently Manager of Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire's Specialist Support Team. Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire is part of the Scottish Enterprise Network, Scotland's main economic Development Agency. Theresa has been involved in several e-learning projects since 1999 and her interest in ePortfolios is around their use in the delivery of Modern Apprenticeships (MAs), specifically, in how integration with other systems can achieve efficiencies in delivery and reduce bureaucracy.

Simon Cotterill (Presenter Parallel Session 3C)

Simon Cotterill from Newcastle University is involved in a number of ePortfolio projects. The team based in the School of Medical Education Development at Newcastle have developed a "generic' ePortfolio framework as part of a HEFCE funded project:  The portfolio supports the evidencing of learning outcomes and aims to brings personal development planning back into the curriculum context. It is highly customisable and can support key skills or programme specific learning outcomes. The ePortfolio has been evaluated in undergraduate medicine and has also been adapted for dentistry (a national project crossing the undergraduate  postgraduate arena), biosciences, and for the support of contract research staff.

Hilarie Davies (Co- Presenter Parallel Session 4B)

Dr. Hilarie Davis has used video in education since 1976 to help students to understand themselves and the world better. She has worked with middle school non-readers, native American students, and urban minority students using technology for learning. Prior to her work with Technology for Learning Consortium, she was a research specialist for the Northeast Regional Lab and the Education Alliance She has designed web-based environments for data collection, conducted qualitative and quantitative research and been a keynote at national conferences in the US and abroad. Her particular interest is in creating interactive learning environments that begin with student questions and reflection. This interest has led her to write about questioning strategies, to design highly engaging learning environments, to design and use digital portfolios and to do collaborative evaluations.

Colin Daziel (Presenter Parallel Session 1D)

Moving from a professional background in media research and design Colin has worked in Higher Education for over 9 years developing systems and processes that support networked learning. As a director of Pebble Learning Colin supports staff and student use of the PebblePAD ePortfolio at universities and colleges across the UK.

Karim Derrick (Co-Presenter Parallel Session 1A)

Karim Derrick has been Senior Developer and Project Manager for 5 years at TAG Learning Ltd, pioneering the MAPS Managed Assessment Portfolio System and a number of online project profiling solutions for a range of organisations. Karim also edits the TagTeacherNet newsletter - which has over 48,000 subscribers(

Claudio Dondi (Moderator Parallel Session 2A)

Claudio Dondi, born in Modena in 1958 and an industrial economist as a university background, is the President of SCIENTER - a non-profit research organisation based in Bologna and active Europe-wide in the field of innovation of education and training systems - since its establishment in 1988. In this position his main activities are the co-ordination of large national and European projects, as well as policy advice and evaluation at regional, national and international level. His other positions include: Professor of Human Resource Development at the College of Europe in Bruges (1998 - 2003), Member of the Board of the MENON EEIG (enabling eLearning) in Brussels, Member of the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Educational Technology and of the European Journal of ODL, Vice-President of Eifel - the European Institute for e-learning, Vice-President of EDEN - European Distance Education Network.

Jane Edwards (Parallel Session speaker)

Jane Edwards is a lecturer in Tourism at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies, teaching subjects including Tourism Planning, Professional Business Skills and Proposing Business Improvements. Jane has recently completed a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education at the University of Wolverhampton. During this time Jane was a member of a pilot group helping to enhance reflective writing and develop the use of eportfolios among students teachers. Jane's interests in ePortfolio conern the use of the eportfolio to support students, particuarly within the tutorial process.)

Andrew Flowerdew (Parallel Session 4B)

Andrew Flowerdew has worked with technology in education for over twenty-five years. His work in schools led to him being appointed as a regional co-ordinator for Independent schools and then as National Co-ordinator for Information & Communication Technology, developing training, support and advice for schools within the UK and internationally. Alongside his work in education Andrew also ran a multimedia software company, developing cross-platform CD ROM software for both education and business.  His was Senior Adviser ICT for Stoke-on-Trent LEA, involved in the development and delivery of a City-wide strategy for the use of digital technologies to support learning within the City's 100+ institutions. He has now started Innovicity (, providing a range of consultancy services, and is developing a strategy for the implementation of the ICT component of Building Schools for the Future within Stoke-on-Trent which will see £21 million spent on the City's Secondary Schools.

Fabrizio Giorgini  (Parallel Session moderator 1D)

 Fabrizio Giorgini has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. In 2000 joined GIUNTI Interactive Labs (a company of Giunti Publisher) as R&D Project Manager. Actually he is R&D Area Manager where main activities are multimedia and multi-modal publishing and advanced technologies (mobile, RFID,..) for e-learning.

Patrick Grant (Presenter Parallel Session 1A)

Patrick has a strong background in Project Management, predominantly in the financial services sector (most latest being AXA Sun Life),  but has since migrated his project management methods across to the education sector (OCR, the UK Awarding Body Business Stream within the Cambridge Assessment group (formerly UCLES)). Patrick has worked on a diverse range of projects, in both these sectors, which has included the implementation of a secure extranet, moving a customer service operation, of c.1700 staff, into a totally paperless environment with electronic imaging & workflow and managing OCR's e-portfolio programme spanning across a wide range General and Vocational qualifications.

Simon Grant (Presenter Parallel Session 1D)

Simon has a cognitive science PhD, and has been an educator at many levels. From 1997 to 2000 he helped design LUSID, the University of Liverpool's PDP-focused e-portfolio system. Since 2002 he has become a key player in the development of e-portfolio interoperability standards and specifications, and in related projects

Zinan Guo (Presenter Parallel Session 3B)

Zinan Guo is a graduate student in the ARIES Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Professor Jim Greer. Zinan's main research interests are ePortfolios as well as personalization and user modelling in eLearning.

Alex Haig (Presenter Parallel Session 3C)

Alex Haig is the Information Scientist for NHS Education for Scotland, leading a variety of research and development projects. In addition to piloting the e-portfolio for medical trainees in Scotland, he is researching topics in the evaluation and dissemination of evidence in primary care, the efficacy of self-assessment and the creation of a taxonomy for medical education.

Alison Halstead (Presenter Parallel Session 3D)

Alison is the Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She recently secured £4.5 million to establish and lead a Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. A key element of the Centre is to use ePortfolio to enhance student learning and achievement. She has an avid interest in its use in personal and professional development and was instrumental in the recent decision to adopt Pebble Learning's ePortfolio across the Institution.

Philip Harley (Co-Presenter Parallel Session 3A)

Philip Harley, 14-19 Transition Strategy Manager for the City of Nottingham Education Department,UK. In this role he has been working with schools, colleges and local universities to develop a transition strategy centred on an e-Portfolio. He has developed an e-Portfolio called the City of Nottingham Passport which currently has 3,500 users. He is working on a more interactive model to be called the PassPortFolio. He is working closely with the University of Nottingham as part of its JISC funded projects on distributed e-learning and a reference model. Formerly a senior manager in a 14-19 Community College Philip is also Associate Director: Schools for Action on Access, a co-ordination team for widening participation.

Andy Heath (Parallel Session 1B moderator)

Andy Heath, Communications and Computing Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Computing and has worked in Learning Technology Standards for interoperability for 5 years. He is active in many Learning Technology Standards organisations, including IMS, CEN-ISSS Learning Technologies Workshop, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 Standards for Information Technology for Learning, Education and Training and British Standards Institution and has worked on many specifications. He founded and leads the CEN-ISSS Learning Technologies Workshop group Accessibility Properties for Learning Resources, is leading work developing a British Standard for the Accessibility of eLearning Systems and Content and currently co-chairs the IMS ePortfolio Group taking an eye to accessibility and social inclusion aspects of that work.

Anna Home (Presenter Parallel Session 1B)

Trained as a Social Scientist, Anna has put her research skills to use in several interdisciplinary projects (Politics, Sociology, Law) over the past 10 years. She is currently engaged in a JISC study on legal issues relating to the lifelong learner record/e-portfolio, and publishing on e-portfolios and social inclusion.

Martin Homik (Presenter Parallel Session 2D)

Martin Homik is a computer science PhD student at the University of Saarland. He is also a member of the DFKI ActiveMath group. His main research interests are ePortfolios, intelligent tutoring systems, and electronic learning logs.

Tony Hudson (Presenter Parallel Session 1C)

Tony is currently Senior Projects Manager for CfBT and leads on the development and delivery of a number of National initiatives, including Performance Management, the National Continuing Professional Development website projects and the development of Coaching Skills within the FE sector. He has a particular interest in the areas of eLearning and the development of ICT resources to aid learning, the development of online materials and building learning communities in a range of contexts both in the UK and overseas. He is currently working with a number of international agencies and bodies in a range of educational initiatives and regularly presents at national and international conferences and workshops.

Julie Hughes (Presenter  plenary session - user testimony)
Julie Hughes is a Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Julie has recently been seconded to the University's CETL (Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning) to work with students and staff to develop innovation and creativity in virtual and real classrooms. Julie's primary teaching involves the education of new teachers for the Post-Compulsory Education sector and her research interests include the development of reflective practitioners through communities of practice and the possibilities and pleasures of ePortfolios as teaching and learning tools and arenas.

Richard Ingram (Presenter Parallel Session 2C)

Richard Ingram is a Teaching Fellow in the Social Work Department at the University of Dundee. His teaches across a range of subject areas including groupwork, communication skills and contemporary social work debates. He is currently involved in researching the use of ePortfolios in social work education.

Glen Johnson (Presenter Parallel Session 4C)

Instructional designer and project manager for Penn State's e-Portfolio Initiative. Housed in the College of Earth and Mineral Science's e-Education Institute, this position is funded by both Information Technology Services and the Division of Student Affairs. Glenn promotes e-portfolio development and collaboratively supports faculty, students and staff involved in this endeavour.

Ali Jafari (Presenter Parallel Session 2B)

Ali Jafari is Professor of Computer and Information Technology and Director of the CyberLab at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI (Indiana University), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.   Dr. Jafari is the founder, project director, and conceptual architect of several highly successful software environments including the ANGEL Learning Management System marketed by the, the Oncourse Course Management System currently serving all the eight campuses of Indiana University, and the new Epsilen Environment.  Epsilen is intended to offer a "new" conceptual framework and technology platform for the next generation of learning, lifelong portfolios and personal portal within an intelligent software environment.  In 2001, Jafari created the currently serving hundreds of ePortfolio interest communities, researchers, and technologists.

Stuart Jones Becta - Assistant Director; Learning and Teaching (Parallel Session 3A speaker)

Stuart's main role is to work with Government and key strategic partners to create policy frameworks which support and sustain change in teaching and learning. He provides support and influence for the embedding of ICT and e-learning within existing and future policy. This includes supporting ICT in schools; sixth form, further education colleges, work based and adult community based learning programmes. Stuart coordinates and leads Becta's strategic direction for NLN Online, e-strategy within the Post-16 Sector and also Becta's coordination roles for e-portfolios and e-assessment.

Stuart has a varied career background in both the private and public sectors. He has taught computer science in Sixth Form Schools and FE, Human Resource and Quality Management in Colleges and has also owned and run an industry training and consultancy business, specialising in leadership and change management.

Palmira Juceviciene (Presenter Parallel Session 3D)

Dr. Palmira Juceviciene is a full professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Head of the Department of Educational Systems and Director of the Institute of Educational Studies, Elected Member-Expert of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. She has published more than 170 publications.

Marcel Kemper (Presenter Parallel Session 2C)

Developer ICT & Education, INHOLLAND University, the Netherlands Marcel Kemper works for the department ICT & Education at the INHOLLAND University. During 2003-2005 he was advisor in the building process of the e-portfolio system and responsible for the implementation of this system for all 13,000 first year students.

Alex Kemps (Presenter Parallel Session 2C)

Alex Kemps is Educational Advisor at the Centre of Excellence Competence Based Learning, INHOLLAND University, Netherlands. Together with his colleagues he published a book about the INHOLLAND Educational Concept, good practice and change policy. He started working with portfolio for coaching-purposes in 2000 at the School of Agriculture and Technology. His primary role is to advise and support Schools with the introduction of competence based learning (cbl) and electronic portfolio's in special. Alex takes part in projects about the exploration of implementing cbl and electronic portfolio's by the Digital University of The Netherlands. He is a member of the SURF SIG NL Portfolio. This SIG has asked Wilfred Rubens, Utrecht University, and Alex to make an inventory of  portfolio-implementation in Dutch Higher Education, autumn 2005.

Richard Kimbell (Co-Presenter Parallel Session 4D)

Richard Kimbell was the first professor of Technology Education in London University. He has taught technology in schools and been course director for undergraduate and postgraduate courses of teacher education. In 1990, he founded the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths College London as the base from which to manage his expanding research portfolio. In the subsequent period, research sponsors include research councils (eg ESRC, NSF [USA]), industry (eg LEGO, BP), government departments (eg DfES, DfID), as well as professional and charitable organisations (eg Engineering Council, Royal Society of Arts, Design Museum). His current research is centred on an e-assessment project for the DfES/QCA that involves the use of hand-held digital tools to support 15 yr old learners to create virtual design portfolios.

Maureen Layte: (Parallel Session Moderator 3A and Presenter - Conference Conclusions)

Maureen Layte is a specialist in competency-based development and assessment, and open and flexible learning and e-learning. She is currently Director of Development for EIfEL responsible for the international development of the Institute as well as the production and implementation of standards of competence for e-learning practitioners.  Maureen holds a BA, MA, PGCE an Advanced Diploma in Educational Management and is a qualified assessor and verifier for competence-based qualifications. Before setting up her own training consultancy company, Dimension Compétence, in France, she worked in the UK as a senior lecturer in further education and as Business Development Manager for a training consultancy. She is co-author of Technology Based Training (Kogan Page 1997) and Valider les compétences avec les NVQs (Demos, 1998).

Victor Leginsky (Parallel Session Moderator 3D)

A businessperson, teacher and lawyer, Victor Leginsky was admitted to the Bars of Alberta ('84), Ontario ('94) and British Columbia ('95), after teaching for three years. Victor is a Founding Director and Secretary-Treasurer of Learning Innovations Forum d'Innovations d'Apprentissage, (LIfIA) a not-for-profit company, affiliated with EifEL in Europe, bringing learning innovations to the Americas. LIfIA and EIfEL jointly are responsible for the Open eQuality Learning Standards, the Open eQLs, the leading standards of excellence in online education and training.  As a businessperson, Victor serves as Chief Executive Officer of QualitE-Learning Assurance Inc., an online enterprise with a global focus. This company specializes in the application of consumer-oriented quality standards for e-learning products and services and licensing of certification mark- the eQcheck®. Victor has experience in the development of online tools and business web applications and is developing expertise in online marketing. Victor practices law at Leginsky Consulting Counsel

Olatz Lopez (Presenter Parallel Session 1A)

My interest in ePortfolio comes from the fact that I am doing my dissertation in Digital Portfolio in Higher Education in the Institute of Educational Sciences (University of Barcelona), inside the GREAM research group with the fund of the Ministry of Education, Cultures and Sport of Spain.

David Niguidula (Presenter Parallel Session 4B)

Dr. David Niguidula is the Founder of Ideas Consulting, and has worked on digital portfolio projects throughout the U.S. He led the original research on digital portfolios in K-12 environments at the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University, and continues to work on issues of technology and school reform.

Tommy Nordeng (Presenter Parallel Session 2D)

Tommy Nordeng is the CEO of Cerpus AS, a small Norwegian company ( Nordeng holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the Univerisity of Oslo and has post doctoral experience from Harvard Medical School. In addition, he has pedagogical education and experience. Cerpus has developed BrainBank Learning, the first pedagogical learning tool and ePortfolio system based on the new Topic Maps standard.

Joke Oosterhuis-Geers (Presenter Parallel Session 3B)

Joke Oosterhuis-Geers has been head of the Department of Educational Design and Quality Assurance (KtweeO) of ArtEZ, Institute of  the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands since 2003. Together with she designed DigOport, a portal and content management system for quality assurance in higher arts education.  From 1979 to 2003 she worked as a researcher, educational designer and consultant at Twente University.  She did research to design rules for skill training and to use of portfolio's in higher education. Her teaching courses included "competencemanagement" and "designing digital show case portfolio's". Joke was also chairman of the National Committee of Study Competences (LOS), chairman of organisational committee of National Conference on Study competencies (LDS'99) and member of the board of the Association of Educational Research (VOR, division Higher Education). 

John Phelps (Presenter Parallel Session 1B)

Dr John Phelps is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in Learning Technology for over 7 years supporting academic staff in using technology. His interests include development of portfolios and widening access to technology.

Erik Ploeger (Presenter Parallel Session 4C)

Drs. Erik Ploeger - Windesheim University of Professional Education, Zwolle, The Netherlands. Erik works at Digididact, Centre of Expertise on ICT and Elearning, of the Windesheim University. He is project manager of development and implementation of the Digital Portfolio.

Gail Ring (Co-Presenter Parallel Session 4B)

Dr. Gail Ring has used video as a tool to encourage reflection with k-12 students, Teacher Education students, and teachers. She is the Director of Technology in Education in the Teachers College at Ball State University where she is working with k-12 teachers, students and administrators in the integration of technology in the curriculum. She is the Director of the Center for Technology in Education at Ball State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Ball State she implemented and managed the electronic portfolio project and faculty development activities in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Ring has consulted with universities and school districts across the US on the implementation of electronic portfolios in teacher education. Dr. Ring's research interests involve the study of innovation diffusion in an academic setting, and has recently begun working with K-12 schools on the implementation of electronic portfolios in the K-12 curriculum.

Desmond Rodney (Presenter Parallel Session 1C)

Desmond Rodney is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in instructional technology at Florida Atlantic University in the USA. His research interests include the role of culture and systems theory in integrating technology into instructional environments. He is writing his dissertation on the use of computer-based video observation protocols in assessing occurrences of scientifically ascertained instructional principles in international classroom settings.

Lisbet Rønningsbakk (Presenter Parallel Session 4B )

Assistant Professor and Head of Studies Tromsø University College, Faculty of Education. Educated general teacher 1986, teaching experience from all parts of the Norwegian 10-year compulsary school and special education. Master degree in pedagogics 1998. Assistant professor since 1998. Project leader of the project "ICT in Norwegian teacher education" at the Tromsø University College, Faculty of Education 2002-2003. Head of Studies of the Special Subject Teacher Education in Practical and Aesthetic Subjects since 2003. Engaged in implementing use of ICT in the teacher education, specially interested in how learning processes and knowledge constructions can be motivated and supported by using ICT. Have taken great interest in Cerpus' work with the Brain Bank Learning for a couple of years, and find a lot of possibilities that needs to be further researched.

Wilfred Rubens (Presenter Parallel Session 3D)

Wilfred Rubens (1964) works at IVLOS, Institute of Education (Utrecht University) as an e-learning consultant. He is involved in several e-learning projects, including the implementation of electronic portfolio. Wilfred is member of the Special Interest Group NL Portfolio of the Dutch Surf Foundation.

Angela Smallwood (Co-Presenter Parallel Session 3A)

Dr Angela Smallwood, Director, International Centre for ePortfolio Development and Co-Director (eportfolios), Centre for Integrative Learning, University of Nottingham, UK, is currently leading two JISC projects on (i) developing a reference model for eportfolio for lifelong learning and on (ii) regional interoperability of portfolios in colleges, universities and employment

Shane Sutherland (Presenter Parallel Session 2C )

Shane is the ePortfolio Project Director at the University of Wolverhampton ( and Director of the spin-out company responsible for the development of the PebblePAD ePortfolio system ( ). Shane's background is in teacher education and he is particularly enthusiastic about harnessing technology to support learning. Shane still finds time to teach in areas as diverse as sailing; PGCert HE and 1st Year undergraduate studies. Throughout the year Shane also runs eLearning Retreats for fellow teachers exploring the innovative use of ePortfolios, Virtual Learning Environments, WebQuests and other web-based systems.


David Tosh (Presenter Parallel Session 3B)

Coming from an inter-disciplinary background David obtained his first degree in geography, he then went on to gain a Masters in software development and is currently writing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh researching e-portfolios supervised by Dr Jeff Haywood. Other research includes developing an e-portfolio proof of concept system and exploring ways to homogenise everyday web community technologies and practises to enhance the e-portfolio model.

Riina Vuorikari : (Parallel Session Presenter 2A and Moderator 1C)

Riina Vuorikari has worked in European Schoolnet (EUN) since March 2000 as a research analyst, and currently pursues her PhD in the area of learning technologies. She deals with a wide variety of issues ranging from e-learning interoperability to the collaborative use of ICTs in schools. She is the editor for She has degrees in education and hypermedia.

Greg Watson MA, FRSA - Chief Executive, OCR : (Welcome address)

Greg Watson became Chief Executive of OCR in May 2004. He joined OCR just after its formation in 1998, and spent three years as its first Marketing & Sales Director, before becoming Managing Director and Deputy Chief Executive in 2001.  Greg is also the Chairman of Qualdat, the joint venture company set up by OCR, Edexcel and AQA to bring together records of learners' achievements over time and across different awarding bodies. Greg graduated in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1987. He worked for ten years in the Shell Group, in a variety of marketing and business development roles across retail and business-to-business sectors. He was also involved there in IT systems development, logistics, quality management and process improvement.

Will Wharfe: (Co- presenter Parallel Session 1A)

Will Wharfe has been working in innovative educational IT projects since 1994. As Development Director at TAG Learning Ltd Will has worked with Karim Derrick to develop a system of eportfolios both for teachers and pupils called the Managed Assessment Portfolio System (MAPS) (

Tony Wheeler (Co-presenter parallel session 4D)

Independent designer, publisher, researcher, founder member of Creating Spaces and co-founder of TAG Learning. Tony is a senior partner at NewBlueDoor a small educational consultancy and is currently working with the QCA and Goldsmiths college exploring innovative approaches to assessing creativity. Tony has planned and taught design related courses at most stages of education, from primary through to post graduate level. He has lectured internationally and examined at advanced and graduate level. While creative director at TAG Learning Tony designed and published many software titles, teacher guides and helped to established four national web communities. Tony has produced teaching packs for the V&A, developed multimedia materials for the BBC, published learning resources for English Heritage and continues to work closely with the visual arts education team at Arts Council England.

Ian Williams: (Co-presenter parallel session 4D)

Ian has been with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and its forerunner organisation the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) since 1997. He has responsibility for monitoring curriculum provision and accrediting assessment in Design and Technology related subjects for pupils in the 3 to 19 age range in England. Earlier in his career he worked for 17 years as a teacher of Design and Technology subjects in secondary schools, most of this time as a head of department or faculty. He was a Curriculum Leader for Technology in the London Borough of Hillingdon for 4 years during their Technical and Vocational Initiative (TVEI) Project, and worked as an Advisor for Design and Technology in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Local Education Authorities in South Wales for two years.


  Conference Organisation

Angela Baker (ePortfolio Manager and ePortfolio 2005 Conference organiser)

Angela Baker holds the current position of ePortfolio Manager at the European Institute for E-Learning (EifEL) where she is responsible for developing and managing the activities of Europortfolio, a Consortium of ePortfolio providers and practitioners. Angela is also currently managing 2 European projects in the field of ePortfolios as well as coordinating International and National Conferences in this field. Before joining EifEL in 2004 Angela spent four years at ARTTIC a management consulting company specialised in setting up and managing large European Collaborative projects. Before joining ARTTIC, Angela worked in the field of professional and vocational training and assessment both in the UK and France. For several years Angela was Director of Franco-British Educational Services, the educational body of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry. During her time there she managed a network of over 56 European and world-wide exam centres and assured the quality control of all exam related activities. Angela holds a B.A. Hons. from the University of Durham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge UK.

Marc Van Coillie: (CTO and ePortfolio 2005 Plugfest Organiser)

Marc Van Coillie: holds a DESS in multimedia information system from DEP Amiens, 1996 and a Masters degree in Educational Science, Amiens, 1998. He worked as a Multimedia developer for national education between 1996 and 1999 and an e-learning and multimedia project manager for AFT-IFTIM (training company for transport and logistic) between 1999 and 2001 (European project Eurotra). He was a consultant in e-learning from Alcyne company for France Telecom R&D; between 2001 and 2004 (European project MetaCampus). Currently Marc is the Chief technical officer for EIfEL and involved in the European project Telcert and EPICC.

Martine Legris (Conference registration manager)

Martine Legris, administrative and membership Officer has been working with EIfEL for three years now. She deals with the every logistics and administration of EIFEL's projects and events : Conferences, european projects, memberships and other events organized by EIfEL. She is in charge of event registration and EIfEL membership management.

Philippe Verstraete (Marketing and Communications Manager)

Philippe Verstraete currently holds the position of Marketing and Communications Manager for the European Institute for E-Learning (EIfEL), where he is in charge of sales, client relations, operational marketing, internal and external communication, and event management. From a very diverse international living and learning background, Philippe has degrees in biotechnology, pedagogy, and eLearning; and is fluent in English, French and Italian. Before joining EIfEL he worked in Belgium for an international marketing group as data validation officer and international correspondent for the French validation team. Communication, networking and innovative technology are constants in his academic and professional development. He has also founded a regional user group, undertaken many online eLearning-oriented initiatives, and taken part in events, interest groups, online communities and eLearning research projects.


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