Dr. Caroline Pontefract
Presentation of Dr. Caroline Pontefract on February 15th.
Dr Caroline Pontefract is a UNESCO employed Director of Education for UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, established in 1949 and operating in five Fields: Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and West Bank. In post since 2010, based in Amman, she had spearheaded a systemic, agency wide education reform to transform teaching and learning practices and the learning of outcomes of over 520,000 Palestine refugee pupils. She has also led the Agency’s innovative multi-stranded education in emergency response to the Syrian crisis, a crisis affecting more than 60,000 school-aged Palestine refugees from Syria.
Dr Pontefract has previously worked as the Director for the Social Transformation Division in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. In this role she was responsible for education, health and gender across the Commonwealth.
At UNESCO HQ, she was Chief of Teacher Education with a global remit for teachers and their professional development and the implementation of the UNESCO-ILO Recommendations on the Status of Teacher Personnel.
Dr Pontefract has also worked for bilateral and multilateral agencies (DFID, Africa Development Bank), both in the UK and overseas, on the development of national and regional education programmes, often with a focus on teacher education, and formerly she worked as an teacher educationalist in universities and local education authorities in UK.
Willem-Jan Renger is an innovator, conceptualiser and educator. Willem-Jan is the founder of ‘ludodidactiek’, a unique design methodology focussed on a specific application of game and play principles for teaching and learning. Ludodidactiek is a specific form of applying game and play principles in the design of learning processes leading to both analog or digital solutions.
Frank is initiator and co-founder of PerfectStorm. He is well known for his passionate way of leading innovative educational project and organizations. Frank co-designed several school concepts and curricula. At Turning Learning he is Innovation and Capacity Leader for the Dutch Cluster of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning partnership. In his campfire ‘The art of ignorance’ he expresses the value of embracing the unknown and finding real problems through various questioning strategies.
Hartmut is Professor for Interactive Narrative Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, researching Interactive Digital Narrative in Video Games and other emerging digital formats. His research interests are at the intersection of art, culture, history, and technology. He is a passionate teacher and awarded the “Class of 1969 Teaching Scholars” award at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Rebecca Ferguson
Presentation of Dr. Rebecca Ferguson on February 16th.
Rebecca Ferguson is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University in the UK, where she works on the Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE). Her primary research interests are educational futures and how people learn together online. She is lead author of the Innovating Pedagogy reports. This highly cited series of high-profile annual reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment in order to guide educators and policy makers around the world.
Rebecca has been a pedagogic adviser to the FutureLearn MOOC platform since its foundation, supporting its development of conversational learning. Her extensive experience of MOOC development and evaluation provides a firm basis for her research on learning at scale. She is one of the coordinators of the FutureLearn Academic Network, linking academics from over 110 partner institutions around the world. She is also an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and a leading member of the international learning analytics community. Her work has been influential in shaping the field, supporting implementation across Europe, and promoting a focus on social learning analytics.
Keimpe de Heer, Moderator
Keimpe is the initiator and co-founder of PerfectStorm. Keimpe is one of the Netherland’s foremost innovators in education, a makerspace pioneer, and creative designer for learning. Besides his entrepreneurial ventures Keimpe’s energy is also directed towards his activities at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht where he designs the curriculum space for his school HKU Games and Interaction.
Leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he’s also the author of How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog medium.com/notosh.
Education challenges often call for creative solutions but what if you have no ideas? Marc Lewis dispels the myth that creative ability is a rare gift and reveals how to reconnect with our imaginations. Exploring the most high-profile “Eureka Moments”, Marc reveals a universal formula for creativity.