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 Tapio Säävälä

Tapio Säävälä, Lifelong Learning Policy Development Unit, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission

Mr Tapio Säävälä works in the European Commission for school education policies. Previously, he has been working as a SEN teacher, as a Head of school and as a Senior Adviser in the National Board of Education in Finland. In the Commission, his main responsibility now is the work on key competences and curricular reforms.


Barry Tomalin, Director of Cultural Training, International House and Visiting Lecturer in Intercultural Communication at the University of Westminster, London, UK

Barry Tomalin is Director of Cultural Training at International House, London, one of the world’s largest language and cultural training organizations, with 148 centres in 50 countries. He is also Visiting Lecturer in Intercultural Communication at the University of Westminster and Director of the Business Cultural Trainers Certificate, which trains professionals to research, design, market and deliver an intercultural training course to business. He has worked for the Overseas Development Authority, the BBC World Service and in management consulting and has trained people in over 60 countries. Among his books on cross-cultural awareness are ‘Cultural Awareness’ (OUP 1995), ‘The World’s Business Cultures and How to Unlock Them’ (Thorogood 2007) and monographs on France, Italy and Germany. He designed the training materials for the recent Leonardo programme, ‘Europe at Work, helping migrant workers integrate host country workplaces.


John Stone, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Network, UK

John Stone is currently Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Network, one of two organisations formed from the former Learning and Skills Development Agency when the Quality Improvement Agency was formed in April 2006.

At LSN he leads an organisation which supports excellence in Learning and Skills.  It does this through delivering quality improvement and staff development programmes that support specific government initiatives, through research, training and consultancy; and by supplying services directly to schools, colleges and training organisations.  He is a governor at the City Lit and Board Member at the Scottish Further Education Unit.

Prior to this appointment John was Principal of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London. He was also Vice-Chairman of JISC, Chair of the Association of Colleges London Region, a Board Observer at the London Development Agency and a Board member of West London Business, Regenesis and the Southall Regeneration Partnership.


Alastair Clark, Senior Development Officer, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), UK

Alastair Clark, BA Hons, Cert Ed, M.Ed (Lifelong Learning) started his career in Youth and Community work in Birmingham, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.  After that, Alastair worked as a Community Education worker in Derbyshire for 13 years. This involved promoting informal and formal learning opportunities and included area management responsibilities and curriculum coordination for languages and humanities.

From 2000 – 2003 he was Education Officer for the British Education Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) in the community programmes team working on UK online centres and Community Grids for Learning.

Since 2003 he has been a Development Officer for NIACE working in the ICT and Learning team. This work has including promotion of E-Learning in Adult and Community Learning and the UNESCO funded Avicenna Higher Education online learning project.  He has also works as a part time evening class teacher of map reading and is an active volunteer member of his local community web site team. 

He spent a full year working in France for the voluntary organisation Compagnons Batisseurs and has fluent spoken French. His MEd Research involved case study work of learner experiences in France and the UK and involved conducting research interviews in French. He enjoys canoeing, cycling and turning off his mobile phone.


Serge Ravet, Chief Executive, European Institute for eLearning (EIfEL), France

Serge Ravet is 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 and digital identity movement in Europe, setting as objective that in 2010, every citizen will have access to an ePortfolio.

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, ePortfolios and digital identity - "Technology-based Training" (Kogan Page, 1997) "Valider les Compétences avec les NVQs" (DEMOS, 1999); a Guide to e-learning Solutions (2001).


Elena Mosa, ANSAS, Italy

Elena Mosa has a degree in foreign languages and literature (English and Spanish), three masters in digital writing; e-learning design in academic and business contexts; multimediality for e-learning.

She has worked for three years as an instructional learning designer for ANSAS, the National Institute of Documentation for Innovation and Educational Research, based in Florence, Italy (
She has published some papers on the social dimention developed in collaborative learning on line environments and a critical analysis of the use of learning object in school.
She has taught in a University Master “ICT changes affecting the school learning environment”.


Giusy Cannella, ANSAS, Italy

Giusy is currently part of the ANSAS' Dept. Of Documentation and Training which works on the design of blended elearning model with the Virtual Learning Environment Puntoedu for the Italian teachers’ training. This is done by providing advice, organising training courses for e-tutors and teachers at a national level. Her particular responsibilities includes designing Learning Objects prototyes, working with University and school teachers to find learning activities; researching specific metadata standards for the learning Objects produced by the Italian teachers. One of the projects she handles deals with exploring the use of VLE in school using network of applications such as blogs, wikis and other softwares to improve writing and mathematics skills within education.

After a University degree in European Foreign Languages (English and German), she worked as literary translator and did some teaching in a lower secondary school for a couple of years. Her interest in translation led her to go to Bruxelles where she worked for the European Consortium EUN (European Schoolnet, In EUN she translate projects from English into Italian. The projects were addressed to students and teachers. The topics of the projects dealt with education on the respect of the Environment, e-learning awards and children’s safe use of the internet.


Patsy Cummins, Development Officer, NIACE


Tuula-Harriet Kotikoski, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Tuula-Harriet Kotikoski (MA, Ph.L., post-graduate Ph.D. student) is an English and German lecturer of the Language Centre of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences since August 1988. In this position, she is responsible for teaching English (ESP) for IT Engineering students at the School of IT. During 2002-2003 she worked as a Senior Methodology Lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä and presently also is responsible for teacher trainees’ practical training at the Language Centre.
ePortfolios are her special field of  interest, and she has studied and used them since 2002, first as methodology lecturer for teacher trainees’ digital storytelling (How did I become the teacher I am now?), after 2003 as an assessment tool and team working method for engineering students’ professional English courses at the School of IT, with special emphasis on meeting working life needs and requirements.


Ray Tolley, Maximise ICT, UK


Jouni Huotari, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland


Gary Coppitch, Manchester Info Networks, UK


Ignatz Heinz, Avallain, Switzerland


Fernando Trujillo Sáez,  Universidad de Granada, Spain


Maureen Layte, EIfEL, France


Tracy Slawson – NIACE, UK


Sally Betts, NIACE, UK


Mary Moss, NIACE, UK

Mary Moss (BA(Hons), DipTESOL, M.Ed Tech.) is a project officer in the ICT & Learning team at NIACE.  She has managed the practitioners’ staff development programme, E-Guides and related training events since 2004, including running two highly successful national conferences.  While working for NIACE, she has represented the organisation, speaking and delivering workshops at a range of national events. Mary has also been involved in work with voluntary and community sector organisations and TrEACL projects.

Prior to joining NIACE, Mary worked for a variety of organisations, including a regeneration partnership in South Manchester and Manchester Adult Education Service.  In both these roles, she was involved in attracting new funding to deprived areas to set up and improve ICT learning centres, and had a strong interest in developing the use of technology in the delivery of courses across the adult learning curriculum.  She has a teaching background, first in ESOL/EFL and then in ICT.

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KC 2008

19-20 June, City University, London