Research team membership is individual and project based and does not reflect institutional partnerships.
Oddgeir Tveiten, PhD is professor of media studies at the University of Agder (Southern Norway) and professor of journalism studies at the NLA University College (Bergen, Western Norway). He teaches journalism and media studies at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. He is a founding member of the Future Learning Lab. Among his publications are several books in Norwegian on journalism and open society. Tveiten is a Fulbright scholar and recipient of several academic distinctions. He teaches for the most part in English, with a regular attendance of international students especially in his BA courses. He works and lives in Southern Norway, with about 2 months a year in Silicon Valley. He has been visiting scholar at the University of Iceland and twice at Stanford University. In 2014-2015 he was associated with the H Star Institute and the Department of Classics at Stanford. A key project in 2916 and 2017 is focused on building a community of entrepreneurs and innovators in education and learning, across the Nordic countries.
Journalism and contemporary processes of globalization at the heart of Tveiten´s research. Journalism education is undergoing transformations much alike those found in other academic fields. This is what brings Tveiten to reflections more broadly on the impact of technologies on education worldwide. Institutions of journalism and institutions of education may at one level be understood as citizenship-forming social institutions of learning and knowledge.
Private and commercial, or public service? Somewhere in the middle? What´s in store for the future?
Keith Devlin is co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University’s H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X Research network, as well as a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. In this connection, he is a co-founder and President of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, that creates mathematics learning video games. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis.
Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition. He has written 32 books and over 80 published research articles. Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his “innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics.” He is an advisor on issues of mathematics learning and assessment using video games for GlassLab and ETS. He is “the Math Guy” on National Public Radio.
Devlin has been a keynote speaker and project advisor to Future Learning Lab in Europe for several years, and is now collaborating on several conference plans as well as a general skills development in uses and constructions of MOOCs. He will return to our conference in Europe on that issue, spring 2016, and also for our Fall meet-up in Silicon Valley, slated for November, 2016.
Eilif Trondsen is Director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI)—a spin-out from SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute)—in Menlo Park, California (located at the heart of Silicon Valley). He received his PhD in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and was hired as an economist at SRI International in 1979. His focus area has been issues of innovation, entrepreneurship, learning and technology. In his many years at SRI and SBI he has lead or contributed to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors.
Eilif has held the position of Research Director of the Business Intelligence Program, the director of the Learning on Demand program, and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations and authored many publications on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics. Eilif is the Chair of Silicon Vikings Special Interest Group (SIG) on Entrepreneurship and Learning, and for a number of years was the Co-Chair of SVForum’s SIG on Digital Media. Much of his current work focuses on building innovation bridges between the Nordic region and Silicon Valley, working with entrepreneurial ecosystems and guiding entrepreneurs, companies and policy makers.
Matt Bowman is the associate director of the Zephyr Institute, a think tank in Palo Alto focused on people and the future. He cofounded and writes for EdSurge, a independent information service and community for everyone involved in education technology.
Matt began his career with Teach For America in the Bronx, NY, where he and his fellow teachers helped their middle school scholars achieve some of the highest gains in ELA test scores in the city. Shortly thereafter, Matt joined KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco, as a 6th grade writing teacher.
In 2006, teaching close to Silicon Valley, Matt noticed that venture-backed technology companies were transforming media and business, leaving education relatively untouched, despite huge inefficiencies in the education system. Sensing an opportunity for a broad impact, he immersed himself in the world of venture-backed technology, becoming the managing editor of AlwaysOn, a network of Silicon Valley thought leaders, and spent the next 5 years growing relationships with investors and startup CEOs, writing about disruptive technology—especially education technology when his editors allowed—and organizing industry events. He wrote and helped produce conferences for AlwaysOn, Vator.tv and VentureBeat.
In late 2010, Matt launched two information hubs hoping to accelerate a shift in Silicon Valley interest, investment and engineering talent toward education. He helped grow Higher Ed Live, a weekly web show aimed at university officials interested in technology, and cofounded EdSurge, whose newsletter quickly became a leading industry source for education-technology news. By 2011, the edtech world had blossomed, enabling new school models to emerge. At the same time, thousands of inner-city parochial schools, which had done much for underserved populations, were being shut down for financial reasons, causing even greater strain on the public system. Matt joined Seton Education partners to help launch the Phaedrus Initiative, which aimed to leverage education technology to help fix financials and boost academic performance for Catholic schools in high-needs areas.
Over the last three years, the ed-tech industry has ballooned, growing more powerful and controversial. Ideologies and special interests are influencing policy and public discourse in powerful ways, and new technologies have thrust issues like privacy, equity and the ultimate goals of education into the limelight. In September of 2014, in hopes of addressing these challenges, Matt cofounded the Zephyr Institute, a think tank in the heart of Silicon Valley that aims to help policy makers and professionals align on-the-ground practice with research in human flourishing and a commitment to the common good.
Donna Kidwell is President of Webstudent International, a software company located in Norway and the US. A key member of the Future Learning Lab team, Donna has visited our conferences in Norway and Europe, sharing our interest in North-South issues and through that building working relations with universities in the Global South.
Professor Kidwell received her doctorate at the Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France, and her Master’s in Science and Technology Commercialization at The University of Texas at Austin. She led the development of The Innovation Readiness Series™, an online course developed to help global innovators.
Her research interests include innovation and commercialization. She has worked globally to encourage economic development through science and innovations. She is the driver behind several successful MOOCs at UT, Austin.
Prior to her work with UT Austin, Donna was a software consultant, and developed custom database applications and eLearning environments for companies such as Exxon, Agilent, and Keller Williams Realty International.
Derek Woodgate is a consulting futurist, author, university lecturer and curator. He is President of The Futures Lab, Inc. an international futures-based consultancy, founded in 1996, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions, He is also Vice-President and Director of Learning at the company's non-profit arm LIFE (Learning Innovations in Future Education and Chief Creative Office at TFL's "living the future" events company, FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab). Derek is co-creator of the highly successful “living the future” event STEAM3 – The Future of Learning.
Derek is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Communications Technologies at the University of Adger in Norway; and Adjunct Professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA. At both universities he teaches courses on the science of foresight and its application for the future of education and learning. As a leading futurist, Derek's principal expertise is in the interplay between emerging multimedia technologies, experiential learning and the future, topics on which he is a regular conference speaker and writer. Derek is due to complete his PhD at the University of Adger by the end of 2016. His dissertation is titled: "The impact of emerging multisensory augmented reality technologies on the future of experiential learning".
His book, Future Frequencies (2004) was considered paradigm shifting in the foresight field, and his various pieces already published from his forthcoming book Future Flow give a fresh look at how experiential manifestations can be designed to be adaptive to personal aesthetics, imagination, moods, and emotions in order to facilitate new approaches to exploration, innovation, and learning.
Derek's other published works include: The Future of Advertising - a chapter in “PR Rules: The Playbook" (2014) and he co-authored Calling the Toads—A Burroughs Compendium” (1999), with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and Douglas Brinkley.
Derek is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists; former President of the Centex Chapter of the World Futures Society and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation.
Dr. Trista Patterson serves as Senior Economist and Program Manager for Green Economy at GRID-Arendal. GRID (Global Resource Information Database) is a collaboration center of the United Nations Environment program located in Arendal, Norway.
Of a vanguard of economists emerging at the confluence of Sustainable Development Goals, governance and the social-web, Patterson reviews disruptive technologies as they relate to Green Economy, global environmental governance, and strategic investments made by UN and partner institutions. A former US Federal economist with over 15 years of experience in policy and investment analysis, Patterson led Research & Development for Sustainable Operations, a nationwide program of Whitehouse acclaim in cost recovery and resource conservation.
Patterson is a Fellow of the University of Oxford Smith School for Enterprise and Environment, where she founded the Digital Citizen Project- an assessment of emerging social/mobile/and emerging education technologies to ‘leap-frog’ Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries around the world. As a Fulbright Scholar (2013-14) she assessed emerging social/mobile/ICT infrastructure and technologies for emerging markets & forest conservation in Brazil. She recently authored a synthesis of UNEP’s Green Economy activity for the continent of Africa, a review which underscores investment needs in future learning and strategic ICT.
She is a member of The Balaton Group, and a Meadows Fellow of the Buckminister Fuller Institute and has served as scholar in residence at the University of Oxford, the Santa Fe Institute for Complexity Studies, and the University of Siena, Italy.
June Breivik is developmemt manager of e-learning of LearningLab – a competence center for innovative teaching at BI Norwegian Business School (BI). BI has 20.000 students and is one of the largest business schools in Europe. The school earned its triple crown accreditation the spring of 2014 as one of 70 out of 15.000 business schools world wide. A key part of Junes job is to assist the school in digital transformation of learning. BI School of Business is arguably the best case of successful digital transformation in the Nordic context of higher education.
June has worked with technology and learning as a principal in primary and secondary education, and as a project manager for Digital school, ap project to implement digital tools for learning in upper secondary education, focusing on content, competence, infrastructure and leadership. The project involved 46 schools and 24 000 students.
June was also a member for the Norwegian MOOC-commission appointed by the Norwegian government to look into how online learning impacts higher education. And she will bring insights into this with her to the coming May 2015 conference.
Sven Åke Bjørke is a developer and lecturer at the University of Agder, Norway where he teaches environment issues, sustainable development and ICT supported education at the Centre for Global Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences. Bjørke has also worked on the development of a pedagogy adapted for internationalized online education in the MSc Development Management. The University of Agder operates the oldes blended learning MA in the Nordic countries. He was one of the pioneers. Bjørke has a master’s degree from the Open University, UK, in E-pedagogy, with his thesis on quality assurance of tertiary internationalised online education. He has been developing other online degree-giving courses since 2003.
Bjørke also has a background from UNEP/GRID-Arendal, a UN-affiliated research center fo r studies in climate change. He was lead author and editor of numerous publications. He was worked as consultant for the development of State of the Environment report for China and South Africa State of the Environment Report China 1997; | State of the Environment Report South Africa 1997 and for the Programme ‘Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (MESA).
Bjørke has also worked as a Field Director in Kenya for the Norwegian Save the Children. He has also worked in Kenya for the Norwegian volunteer service, for the Norwegian NGO ARC-aid as a board member for 20 years, and for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Kosovo. He is educated as a science teacher, lawyer, jurist-linguist and e-pedagogue.
Michael Shanks has since 2011 been CoDirector of The Revs Program at Stanford – connecting the past, present, and future of the automobile – a project in the archaeology of the contemporary past. He was Visting Professor of Archaeology at Durham University (UK) in 2010, and Visiting Professor of Humanities, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, 2010 – 2013. In the period 2004 – 2009 Mike was CoDirector of Stanford Humanities Lab – with colleagues Jeffrey Schnapp and Henry Lowood.
Other posisions include:
2000 – 2013 The Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Faculty Scholar.
1998 – 2005 Professor by Courtesy, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University. The appointment was terminated by the department in 2005. The reason given was “bureaucratic hygiene” (really!), though I didn’t cost them anything. I suspect it was more to do with my interdisciplinary interest in cyborg culture
1998 – Professor of Classics, Stanford University. Where he became founding faculty for Stanford Archaeology Center New interdisciplinary moves into (digital) media with my Metamedia Lab.
1997 – Docent, Institute of Archaeology, Gothenburg. A cherished connection with the most open of intellectual communities, headed by Kristian Kristiansen. In 2006 we received 50k funding from the Wallenberg Foundation to build links through a project exploring the collaborative cocreation of cultural heritage – [link].
1996 – 1998 Reader in Archaeology, Head of Department, University of Wales Lampeter.
1993 – 1996 Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Wales Lampeter. A lot of teaching and building new programs and initiatives, in a glorious rural setting.
1992 – 1993 Teaching Fellow, University of Wales Lampeter. A university the size of a high school and a main street in the town where I got to know every storekeeper. Great vision and hope. Where we got to love labrador retrievers (Abbey came with us to Stanford).
1991 – 1992 Research Fellow, Centre d’Archéologie Classique, Paris 1 (Sorbonne), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. Another intellectual rollercoaster with Classicists, philosophers, anthropologists, technologists, helped along this time by the glories of Belgian beer and a view over the Seine. Great discoveries with Alain Schnapp, Laurent Olivier, Kristian Kristiansen, Jean-Paul Demoule, Bruno Latour, Pierre Lemonnier, Sander van der Leeuw, Anique Coudart, Nathan Schlanger. Alain and I are now running a major joint project to research French and Anglo-American-antiquarians.
Vidar Mortensen is the practical brains of Future Learning Lab and has been for the last three years. He has worked as a consultant and entrepreneur for the past decade and a half, in part with companies like Substans and Sunsense, which he helped to establish.
Some years back Mortensen held the position as Coordinator of technical development in the “LærerIKT” project a very large online training program for teachers in Norway involving more than 18 000 participants.
He has been a consultant for the “First Motion” INTERREG EU-project, building a sharing platform for film distribution resources. He has worked with project development, business development and project management within film, music, theater and visual arts.
Mortensen also has had meriting success with business restructuring and and PR services relating to start-up services in Southern Norway. And he is founding member of the only jazz festival in Norway to receive regular raving reviews in the New York Times (Punkt-Festivalen). He is CEO of a foundation running life-long educational services for heavily disabled children and youth (Sound of Happiness). His company Sunsense is currently seeking international funding for a next stage development of wearable UV-ray sensors. First round of seed funding came from Innovation Norway.
Since coming to our 2014 conference, Dr Gerda Mischke has become a key member of our globalization oriented Future Learning project team, and also a keynoter slotted for our 2016 conference back in Europe.
Dr. Mischke works in the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of South Africa (UNISA), an open distance learning institution registering more than 360,000 students per semester. Her main responsibilities relate to matters concerning online learning. In this regard, the following apply:
¬ Signature Courses: The aim of the Signature Course project is to set a standard at UNISA for online course design in an open distance learning environment where thousands of students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have restricted access to digital devices and to the internet.
¬ Digi-bands: UNISA is making its online courses available to students on “digi-bands” (memory sticks with software making it possible to “download” LMS tools with content onto memory sticks). Such digi-bands allow students to work in an offline environment and then go online at regular intervals to synchronise their digi-bands with the LMS mainframe. During synchronisation all the work students have done offline using the different LMS tools is uploaded onto the main LMS platform, while new information on the LMS is copied onto digi-bands in order to maintain the information on both at the same level.
¬ Mobile application: The Signature Course mobile application is a light-weight application that resembles a subset of the functionality of LMS tools. It is a native smart phone or tablet application that runs on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry and allows students to work offline on their mobile devices and to synchronise periodically with the LMS mainframe.
¬ Telecentres: UNISA has entered into collaborative agreements with telecentres in the various provinces across South Africa. Such centres are equipped with printers, photocopiers, scanners, faxes and computers connected to the internet. Registered students can use the centres free of charge. UNISA is hereby ensuring that its students, who do not own their own devices have access to computers with internet access throughout South Africa.
¬ Student support: In order to support students in online learning, registering students are divided online in groups of 50. Teaching Assistants are appointed and trained to mentor such students, to mark frequent, focussed assignments and to comment on student work.
¬ Student evaluation of online learning: Regular surveys are conducted to determine student responses to the UNISA online learning initiative.
¬ Free online courses in African Languages: These free online courses afford students the opportunity to learn basic phrases in five different African Languages http://www.unisa.ac.za/Free_online_course/