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Dr Stephen Downes, National Research Council (Canada)

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Stephen Downes lived and worked across Canada before joining the National Research Council as a senior researcher in November, 2001. Currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick, at the Institute for Information Technology's Internet Logic Research Group, Stephen has become a leading voice in the areas of learning objects and metadata, weblogs in education, content syndication, digital rights and related issues.

Stephen is perhaps best known for his daily research newsletter, OLDaily (short for Online Learning Daily), which reaches thousands of readers across Canada and around the world. His work also includes the development of educational content syndication systems such as Edu_RSS and DLORN along and the design of a digital rights management system for learning resources. Stephen is also frequently to be found the road giving seminars and lectures on the field of online learning.



Dr. Helen Barrett, International Researcher and Consultant(USA)

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.


Ar Foll Fulup, SUN (France)

Fulup Ar Foll is currently working for Sun Microsystems. His education background is a master from French Military School in Computer Science. Before joining Sun he was a research engineer for the French DoD and taught at South Brittany University. For Sun he has been the lead Internet Architect for many European projects. In the recent past he helped governments to move toward Liberty Alliance Federated model.
Fulup is currently master architect inside Sun global software practice and focus on federated identity problematic. He represents Sun global software practice inside Liberty Alliance Technology Expert Group standardization comity and works as lead architect for major identity projects at a world wide level.

Serge Ravet, EIfEL (France)

Serge Ravet Chief Executive of the European Institute for E-Learning (EIfEL), a cross-sectoral professional body whose mission is to support the development of a knowledge and learning society. EIfEL is at the forefront of the ePortfolio movement in Europe, setting as objective that in 2010, every citizen will have access to an ePortfolio. He is also Vice-President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL). Combining both technological and pedagogical expertise (20 years experience in training and human resources development) with working experience in Europe and the US, he is retained as an expert and a consultant in learning technology projects. He has published books and articles on eLearning, competencies, quality, learning technologies and ePortfolios - "Technology-based Training" (Kogan Page, 1997) "Valider les Compétences avec les NVQs" (DEMOS, 1999); a Guide to e-learning Solutions (2001).

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Sebastian ten Holter, Winvision (The Netherlands)

Sebastian is co-owner and responsible for the Winvision products and International activities. Winvision. Winvision is a Microsoft Gold Partner and focuses on the Information Worker technology in mainly Public Sector organizations with focus on education. As many educational institutions have similar needs, Winvision wanted to productize and internationalize its offerings.

Prior to this role he worked for three years at Microsoft in a variety of roles in the Europe. Middle East & Africa HQ. From 2000-2003 Sebastian started and expanded Blackboard’s EMEA operations with full Sales, Marketing and P&L responsibility. Prior to the entrepreneurial role at Blackboard he was responsible for PeopleSoft’s activities in the Public Sector in the Benelux during which time he introduced the PeopleSoft Student Administration product to the European market. He left Microsoft to start Winvision Products to develop and implement more competence-based, student-oriented applications.

Winvision is a System Integrator and Independent Software Vendor. With 10 Gold Competencies, Winvision consults, builds, implements and productizes solutions for education across the Microsoft stack. Our Digital Portfolio on Microsoft SharePoint is a leading product, helping to support institutions on their journey to a new way of supporting the learning process: more student-centered and competence-oriented. We also deploy CRM for Education (Alumni, Recruitment and Work Placements) as well as Business Intelligence and Learning Content Management in SharePoint)

Lesly Farmer, California State University (USA)

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. Dr. Farmer serves as IASL VP for Association Relations, chairs the Education Division of Special Library Association, and participates actively in other professional organizations. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Dr. Farmer’s most recent books are Information Literacy Assessment in K12 Settings (Scarecrow Press, 2007) and The Human Side of Reference and Information Services in Academic Libraries (Chandos, 2007). In 2007 she received a Distinguished Scholarly and Academic Achievement Award from her campus, and was selected as California Library Association Member of the Year. Her research interests include information literacy, collaboration, equity in library services, and educational technology.


Mary Elizabeth O’Toole, xEd Consulting (Canada)

Mary Elizabeth O’Toole, Director, xEd Consulting, has been involved in Training and Development for over 20 years. During that time, she has designed and implemented training in academic and business environments and has developed tools to support electronic portfolio development for individuals and organizations, focusing particularly on small business support. She has managed academic units and acted as project manager on initiatives in education and R&D. Her academic credentials include graduate degrees in both Business Administration and Information Technology Education. Mary Elizabeth is a skilled facilitator able to work effectively with groups and individuals to conduct needs analysis, develop customized training solutions and implement educational strategy.


Lex Polman, Kenteq (The Netherlands)

Lex Polman is Manager of the Digital Development department of Kenteq, the Dutch national centre of expertise on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market for the engineering industry, since 2005. Up until 2005 he was Head of the Examination Group of Kenteq and Intechnium (NL), during which time he gained extensive experience in assessment, examination and certification.


Dries Pruis, Kenteq (The Netherlands)

Dries Pruis is Information Architect at Kenteq, the Dutch national centre of expertise on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market for the engineering industry, since 2005. He translates the employability information and services into internet applications and is involved in innovation projects for vocational education. In this respect, he is engaged in the analysis of the need for information of companies and employees, in the design of business process solutions, and in the start-up and the technical follow-up of vocational training projects. He’s been working on the subject of Education and Labour since 1976, first in the capacity of researcher, then in the capacity of consultant for vocational education in the metal industry, and finally as the manager of SOM Vocational Education and Training in the metal industry.


Christian Ain, Université Lyon 1 (France)

Professeur des Universités en Sciences de l’Education à L’IUFM de Lyon1, Christian Alin dirige un laboratoire qui se consacre à l’analyse et l’optimisation des pratiques professionnelles d’enseignement et de formation . L’orientation théorique est « une approche anthropologique et sémiologique des pratiques professionnelles d’enseignement et de formation». Les objets d’études privilégiés sont : les gestes professionnels des métiers de l’animation, de l’entraînement, l’enseignement et de la formation, la transmission de l’expérience professionnelle, le parcours professionnel et la construction de l’identité professionnelle, l’imaginaire et la subjectivité dans les pratiques, langage et motricité. Ses recherches privilégient des approches descriptive, phénoménologique, ethno-historique sémiotique et didactique. Elles s’appuient principalement sur des dispositifs d’observation, d’écriture réflexive, d’analyse de pratique d’analyse de discours et d’analytique du langage pouvant combiner aussi bien des méthodologies quantitatives que qualitatives. Au plan technique, elles utilisent principalement les dispositifs techniques (vidéo, auto-confrontation) issus des travaux de l’anthropologie cognitive située (Theureau, Durand), ceux issus de l’analyse des discours (Alin) et de l’analyse sémiotique (Peirce) et ceux de l’analytique du langage (Coursil).


Tami Belhadj, Commission Scolaire Lester B. Pearson (Canada)

Tami Belhadj est coordonateur du programme de dessin de bâtiment au Centre de Formation Professionnelle de l’Ouest-de-l’île de Montréal, à la Commission Scolaire Lester B. Pearson depuis 2001. Spécialisé en dessin technique et en modélisation 3D, il détient un PhD. en conception architecturale assistée par ordinateur.

Actuellement inscrit au diplôme de 2ème cycle d’intervention en formation professionnelle à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Il y intervient comme chargé de cours au département de pédagogie de la Faculté d’éducation, en qualité de :

  • Mentor à la phase 1 du Baccalauréat en Enseignement Professionnel (BEP).
  • Superviseur en stage de mise en œuvre de situation d’apprentissage à la phase 2 du BEP.
  • Expert en évaluation de Portfolio de compétences à la phase 4 du BEP.

Il est membre de la table nationale du réseau pour le développement des compétences par l’intégration des technologies dans la formation professionnelle (RÉCIT-FP) depuis 2001et expert de contenu au Service d’Évaluation et de la Reconnaissance des Acquis et des Compétences de l’Île de Montréal (SERACIM) depuis 2006. Ses champs d’intérêts : l’utilisation des technologies éducatives, le e-Portfolio et l’apprentissage collaboratif.


Philippe-Didier Gauthier, Université Catholique de l'Ouest (France)

Au cours d'un parcours d'une trentaine d'années dans l'agriculture, l'industrie, les services, l'enseignement et la formation professionnelle et continue, Philippe-Didier Gauthier a exercé des fonctions de technicien, gestionnaire de production, puis formateur, consultant en management par la qualité, auditeur qualité, ingénieur et responsable de projets ou de formation. A partir de compétences en Ingénierie de la Formation, en Conseil, en ingénierie des dispositifs de FOAD, et des usages des TICE, il intervient aujourd'hui dans les établissements d'enseignement supérieur, les grandes écoles, les universités numériques et les organismes de formation. Il est aussi doctorant en éducation à l'Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) et à l'Université Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers,    France), ou il travaille sur les questions liées à la construction d'une identité professionnelle numérique par les usages sociaux des ePortfolios.


Sebastian Foti, University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida (USA)

Dr. Sebastian Foti is a Fulbright Fellow who has taught Physics, Mathematics, Instructional Computing, and technology courses from Grade 7 through Graduate School both in the United States and abroad.  He has served as a computer consultant in Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia and South America, as well as in the United States.  Dr. Foti has worked on several funded software development projects including The Lord Kelvin Learning Environment, PSI Simulations, as well as Culture & Technology and Enhanced Science Helper curriculum archive projects. His research interests focus on the application of simulations, portfolios, and learning object libraries in educational settings. Dr. Foti currently teaches at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.


Gail Ring, University of Florida (USA)

Dr. Ring is the Director of the ePortfolio Program at Clemson. Her research interests involve the study of innovation diffusion in an academic setting, specifically as it relates to the use of digital portfolios in a K-20 environment. She has worked with electronic portfolios in an academic setting for over 10 years. Over the years Gail has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology and has implemented and managed large-scale electronic portfolio projects and faculty development activities in two major universities. Gail received her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.


Samantha Slade, Percolab (Canada)

Samantha is co-founder of percolab a company that helps value competence of people and organisations. Involved in many projects navigating the shift towards lifelong learning and competence based approaches, Samantha believes in empowering individuals to manage their processes. In 2006, Samantha participated in the production of a report /Eportfolios for the learning citizen.

Samantha's background is in the field of learning and technology - as R & D advisor, project coordinator, instructional designer, pedagogical consultant and teacher and trainer. Her ePortfolio is public.


Pascal M. Staccini, MD PhD, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)

Enseignant chercheur et médecin hospitalier en biostatistiques,   informatique médicale et technologies de la communication à   l'Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Directeur adjoint du Service   Commun du Système d'Information de l'université en charge des   problématiques, des méthodes et des outils d'e-learning pour la   pédagogie, les apprentissages et l'évaluation. Responsable du campus   numérique ESSQU@D (Enseignement Santé Sécurité et Qualité à Distance, )   qui rassemble les étudiants inscrits au Master Ingénierie du Système   de Santé. Concepteur de l'environnement   numérique d'apprentissage J@LON (Join And Learn On the Net), véritable   hub d'intégration pédagogique accessible depuis l'environnement   numérique de travail Esup Portal. Le développement des dispositifs d'auto-évaluation en ligne et la   nécessité d'une contextualisation des exercices par rapport aux   briques de connaissance nous ont conduit tout naturellement à associer   le concept de portfolio structuré à notre réflexion et nos   dispositifs. Le travail présenté lors de cette conférence est ciblé   sur un dispositif de suivi personnalisé de médecins impliqués dans une   démarche d'évaluation des pratiques professionnelles et   d'accréditation des compétences.

Preet Hiradhar, Lingnan University (Hong Kong, China)

Preet Hiradhar is Language Instructor and ePortfolio Coordinator at the English Language Education and Assessment Centre (ELEAC), Lingnan University, Hong Kong. As ePortfolio coordinator she has been responsible for the planning, implementation, and development of the ePortfolio platform at the ELEAC, which she has been able to incorporate successfully.

She also has the experience of being part of the e-learning industry. As Instructional Designer, she has been involved in consulting, designing, developing, and implementing computer-based training (CBT) and web-based training (WBT) programs for various academic institutions and corporate organizations.

Her background in English language teaching and e-learning has proved a great combination for her services offered at the Lingnan University, Hong Kong, with regards to the adoption of e-portfolios in English language enhancement courses. She was recently invited as a speaker at an international e-learning conference in Taiwan.

Her academic interests lie particularly in English Language Teaching and English for specific purposes, e-learning, e-portfolios, and particularly, the use of e-learning for English language enhancement.


Jerry Gray, Lingnan University (Hong Kong, China)

Jerry Gray is currently head of the English Language and Education Centre (ELEAC) at Lingnan University.  He has taught in a number of countries, including Japan, China, Sweden, Italy and now Hong Kong where he has been working in the fields of teacher education and English language enhancement for over 15 years.  His areas of interest and research include English language testing and assessment on which he has presented a number of papers and his current, ongoing research is investigating aspects of eLearning and the digitalisation of the English language curriculum.

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