Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo is currently the principal of PUP Laboratory High School from 2004 and was the director of the Open University of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP OU) where she had worked for 25 years. She also served as member of the Technical Committee to review the guidelines and policies in open and distance education under the Philippine Commission on Higher Education and as a Technical Reviewer of research proposals on open and distance learning system under the Philippine APEC Study Center Network.
Invitations as an expert in open and distance education made Dr. Castolo a recognized member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal on Distance Education in Japan, consulting editor of the International Review of Research in ODL in Athabasca University - Canada, and a member of the Advisory Board, contributor and peer reviewer of UNESCO Bangkok on ODL. Recently, she was invited to be an editorial board member of the Turkish On Line Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE), Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey and a reviewer of the Internet, Processing, Systems, Interdisciplinaries (IPSI) Transaction Journal, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
As member of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) and the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), she has presented papers approved by these two distinguished international ODL organizations. She was also awarded "Fellow of the Royal Institute of Educators" by the Royal Institute of Education in Singapore in 2004 and an Honorary President of the same institute in 2005.
Dr. Castolo is also an author of many articles, researches and modules in the field of ODL. She holds the rank of Professor V. She is teaching in the Master in Educational Management program and a subject specialist in the ODL in the same university. As professor in the graduate programs, she is also an adviser to thesis writers to both local and international students.
Colin Latchem has almost 40 years' experience of leadership and practice in open and distance learning, instructional technology and academic staff development. Until retiring from full-time employment in 1997, he was Head of the Teaching Learning Group at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Prior to that he was employed in teacher training in the UK. He has also worked in Canada, the US, Netherlands, Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, the South Pacific and Caribbean. His areas of expertise are in leadership and management in open, distance and e-learning, educational development, staff development and instructional technology.
He has researched extensively in these areas and his publications include books on leadership for open and distance learning, teacher education through distance learning, staff development for open learning, telecentres and interactive multimedia. Most recently, he has been researching and writing on distance education for non-formal education and training in low income nations. Colin is a former National President of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia and member of the Academic Programs Board of Open Learning Australia. He has also served on many Australian government committees on open learning and ICT. He is able to draw upon international experience in all aspects of open, distance and technology-based learning and since retiring from full-time academic work, has been continuously engaged in research, writing and consultancy.
Prof. Dr. Felix Librero has been Professor of and researcher in development communication all his professional life, spanning 37 years. On top of his present positions, he is Vice Chair of the Governing Board, SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Center in Jakarta; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Development Communication in Kuala Lumpur; Member of the Technical Panel on Open Learning and Distance Education, Commission on Higher Education, Republic of the Philippines; Member of the International Advisory Committee of AMIC, Singapore.
As Professor of development communication at University of the Philippines Los Baņos (UPLB) and the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in development communication, communication research, community broadcasting, environmental communication, communication planning and management, telecommunications, and distance education.
As a researcher, Prof. Dr. Librero was Program Leader of the Rationalized Development Communication Research, Research Training, and Research-Based Information Utilization Program for the Philippines from January 1983 to March 1986, the first and only national program on development communication research thus far implemented in the country. He has conducted numerous major research projects including four synthesis work on development communication in the areas of rice production, technology transfer, environment, and agricultural and rural development program implementation.
Prior to his present positions and assignments, Prof. Dr. Librero was Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, UPOU; Dean, School for Distance Education, UPOU; Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baņos (UPLB); Director, Institute of Development Communication, UPLB; Chair, Department of Development Communication, UPLB; Station Manager, Radio DZLB, UPLB. He served as Consultant with UNESCO, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Asian Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in the fields of development communication, community broadcasting, and distance education.
Prof. Insung Jung is currently serving on the faculty of the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo as an Education Technology and Communications expert. Before joining ICU as a full professor of the Division of Education in 2003, she served as the Director of the Multimedia Education Center at the Ewha Women's University in Seoul. The Center was established to develop, deliver and manage e-learning programs for the University, and Dr. Jung established numerous collaborative relationships with national, regional and international institutions to deliver courses and degree programs to professional women in the region and throughout the world.
From 1992 through 2000, Dr. Jung was on the faculty of the Korea National Open University and has served as a consultant and technical advisor in distance learning to numerous national and international institutions, including: UNESCO, the APEC ICT Human Capacity Building and Facilitation of Human Resources Exchange, and the Advisory Committee of World Bank's GDLN project in Korea.
Moreover, she has been involved in Korea's national policy development in distance education, and has evaluated a number of initiatives in which information and communications technologies (ICT) have been used in the K-12, tertiary, teacher training, and corporate education sub-sectors.
Dr. Jung has conducted research projects on the use of new ICT in education, on instructional systems design for distance learning and on educational policy development and cost-effectiveness analyses in distance education and e-learning in particular. Her current research interests at ICU include the development and evaluation of virtual learning environment, the quality mechanism for distance education and e-learning, the interactive instructional design, online collaboration and communication, cost-effectiveness studies, the application of instructional theories to the development of learning materials, media literacy and the use of AV materials for learning.
Professor Dr Mansor Fadzil studied at College Sultan Abdul Hamid, Alor Setar for his secondary education. He was offered a scholarship to study 'A' level at Worthing College of Technology, and a place to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, in United Kingdom in 1976 and 1978 respectively. He graduated with a Second Upper Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. He obtained his Masters in Control Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Control System Engineering from University of Sheffield in 1982 and 1985 respectively.
In 1985, he returned to Malaysia to serve
as a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of
Engineering, University of Malaya. While at
University of Malaya, he has held various
administrative posts which include Head of
CAD/CAM Unit, Director of Distance Learning
Centre, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
and Director of Multimedia Development Centre.
He was responsible for introducing online
learning to the lecturers at University of
Malaya in 1998.
In 1999, he was seconded to METEOR Distance Learning Sdn. Bhd. (MDLSB) as its Vice President. METEOR is a consortium of eleven Malaysian public universities. During his initial tenure at METEOR, he was responsible for negotiating the release of distance learning programs from UTM, UM and UUM to be managed by MDLSB.
Subsequently, he and his team were requested
by the Chairman of METEOR to prepare the concept
paper for the establishment of the nation's
first and only ODL university. METEOR was
invited to set up the Open University Malaysia
(OUM) in August 1999 after the concept paper
was submitted to the Ministry of Education.
OUM was officially established in August 2000
and registered in May 2001. Professor Dr.
Mansor opted for optional retirement from
University of Malaya in September 2001 so
as to join OUM full-time. He currently serves
as the Vice President (Technology) at OUM.
Dr. Michael W. Churton is a full professor, doctoral faculty, and the USF director of the University of Malaysia-Sarawak(UNIMAS) and University of South Florida (USF) Educational Partnership of South Florida (USF). He has had extensive experiences in Southeast Asia as a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia and has conducted numerous seminars and consultations in the area of distance and e-learning applications and in programs for children with disabilities. Recently, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Borneo and led a group of 15 USF researchers to Borneo in June 2002 and 2005. He has presented keynote speeches at several SEAMEO, ASAIHL, AAOU, and SEMOLEC conferences. Dr. Churton was contracted to conduct four week e-learning training workshops for university professors in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, PDR Lao, and pending in Nepal. He teaches online web-based courses as well as multi-site videoconference distance-learning courses.
He was the former director of Distance Learning at USF. He established a comprehensive technological and pedagogical support team to serve university professors in designing and teaching distance and e-learning courses. He has over 60 publications and has written several books and chapters relating to the utilization of distance and e-learning and in educational needs of children with disabilities. His research interests include e-learning, disabilities, and the study of indigenous populations and how ICT can assist in preserving traditional culture and customs.
Dr. Li Kedong is a full professor and Ph.D student's supervisor, Educational Technology, South China Normal University.
He is the Director, Institution of Educational Technology, South China Normal University., Director, Educational Technology Center for Higher Education, Guangdong Province, Director, National Committee of Experts of Elementary and Secondary Schools on Modern Educational Technology, Ministry of Education, Deputy Head, Guiding Committee of Educational Technology specialty in universitys , Ministry of Education, Vice-chairman, Global Chinese Society on Computer in Education (GCSCE).
He is the Editors-in-Chief for "Global Chinese Journal on Computers in Education".
He has had major field of research: computer supported collaborative learning(CSCL), grid and new generation e-learning, blending learning.
He has more than 10 monographs has been Published, notably: Instructional Design for Multi-Media combinatorial Teaching, Research Methods of Educational Technology, The Application of Web and Multi-Media Technology in Teaching, He has than 50 research papers has been published successively in professional Publications at Home and Abroad. He has remarkable awards(Since 1990):
Once have the honor of acquiring the excellent teaching result prize of national class in common and high school four times. He has enjoined the governmental special allowance as expert of outstanding contribution through the Chinese State Council appraisal from 1992.He has Titled as expert of outstanding contribution in science and technology, Guangdong Province, 1994.
Dr. Santosh Panda is the director of Staff Training & Research Institute of Distance Education; and the head of Inter-University Consortium for Technology-Enabled Flexible Education and Development (IUC-TEFED) at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India. He has previously served as the director of Research and Policy Division, Association of Indian Universities (1994-1997). He was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Distance Education at IGNOU (1987-1994), and during 1984-1987 served as Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, and as Project Officer at the Center for Adult & Continuing Education, both at Kurukshetra University, India. He is also Coordinator of IGNOU's International MA in Distance Education Programme, sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and UNESCO-IICBA; and Coordinator of the National M.Ed. Programme sponsored by the Distance Education Council and National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India.
Dr. Panda has over 21 years of experience in policy and practice for distance education, educational technology, higher education, curriculum development, EFA and staff development and research within distance education system in India. As founding head of IUC-TEFED, he has been responsible for initiating policy formulation and system-wide implementation of new educational media and technology focusing particularly on interactive multimedia, online and blended learning, and faculty development towards effective transition from traditional distance learning to blended and online learning.
Dr. Panda has published 16 books, 32 book chapters, and 48 articles and research papers nationally and internationally. He has consulted and conducted programmes for UNESCO-IICBA and UNESCO-China; World Bank and Global Distance Learning Network; British Council; Commonwealth of Learning; UNDP; Ford Foundation; IDRC; Governments of Lesotho, Nepal and Nigeria; and for capacity building of Indian government bureaucrats on distance training sponsored by the UNDP and the Government of India.
Prof. Stephen Heppell spent around a quarter of a century building Ultralab, which established an exceptional, unique, reputation as a world leading learning technology research centre. He has been a
professor for 18 years, including nowadays a number of visiting chairs too, but he now heads his own policy, research and practice consultancy Heppell.net, at the heart of a network of innovative collaborators worldwide.
Stephen chairs or sits on a number of boards and committees. For example: Notschool.net a long term virtual school producing exceptional success for children excluded from school by circumstances or behaviour; Teachers' TV a radical new TV channel for teachers with over 800
programmes on-line, podcast and broadcast traditionally; the government's Building Schools for the Future working group and has a guiding role in the BBC's ambitiously large Digital Curriculum project, and UNESCO groups in Europe and S E Asia.
Stephen remains a respected regular in ministerial offices (he advises a string of governments, rich and poor), in blue-chip and innovative boardrooms, and is frequently found in the world's media.
Current major projects include building a Learning Metric to help governments measure what improves when they innovate in education, a Global Learning Survey to map out emerging trends in teaching and
learning annually, a portfolio based GCSE where each student defines their own assessment curriculum, a student voice project to inject the learners' authentic voice into educational designs, work on the design of a radical new "Useum" home for William Blake's work, hosting the annual "Be Very Afraid" DfES / BAFTA event showcasing children's digital ingenuity, and much more besides across diverse sectors including
health, cinema, sport, architecture, policy, finance and of course education.
Professor Taerim Lee graduated from Seoul National University in 1977. Her undergraduate studies were in nursing and MPH in biostatistics, but she furthered her studies in statistics obtaining bachelor, MA(1985) from SNU and Ph.D(1989) from CU in korea.
Dr. T R Lee has been taught statistics at KNOU from 21years ago where she held the director of e-learning center from 2003-2005. It has nationwide and internationally recognized expertise in the use of new technologies for e-Learning to promote open and distance learning. It produces KNOU e-campus material and several international version of e-contents.
From 1986 she was interested in developing the computer based learning materials for self regulated study in distance education. The first one was the dos version supplementary materials of elementary statistics(1986). Her e-learning contents open to the learner for APEC Cyber University for Public Health coordinated by Younsei University in Korea and AAOU member universities. Professor Lee's expertise lies in the physical design, development, and delivery of distance and open learning courses which is focused on the provision of total online learning environment with TV lectures, statistical package practice, online self evaluation, computer based tutorial.
Recently she takes charge of ASEM network coordinator of e-Learning & IT in life long learning with 44 Asia Europe member universities. Also through collaboration with UNSIAP her e-Learning contents will be used for training of Asia Pacific area official statistician.
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also part-time Chair of Research into e-Learning at the Open University of Catalonia in Spain, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the Volkswagen Auto University, Germany.
He was Director of Distance Education and Technology in the Continuing Studies Division of the University of British Columbia, Canada from 1995 to 2003 and also Research Team Leader of MAPLE, the Centre for Research into Managing and Planning Learning Environments in Education at UBC. From May 2004 to September 2005, he was part-time Cisco Systems Chair of e-Learning at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. From 1990 to 1995, he was Executive Director, Research, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency of British Columbia. Prior to that, he was Professor of Educational Media Research at the British Open University, where he worked for 20 years as one of the founding members of staff.
He is the author of nine books, including his latest, 'Technology, e-Learning and Distance Education', published in 2005. His research groups at the UKOU, OLA and UBC published over 350 papers in the area of distance education and the use of technology for teaching. He is on the editorial board of six journals specializing in distance education and educational technology.
He has worked as a consultant in over 30 countries. Clients include the World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, national ministries of education, and several U.S. state higher education commissions.
He has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of London, England.