ECEL Biographies

Below are the ECEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs


Mie Buhl is Professor in Visual Culture, IT and Learning design. Head of research Center Visual Studies and Learning Design, (ViLD) Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University Copenhagen. Research Interests: Visual Culture, Media and ICT with an emphasis on University Education, Teacher Training, Primary School and with the focus on visual learning. Her methodology draws on action and Design-Based-Research approaches in studies of the visual’s learning potentials. She has several publications in this field.


Bente Meyer is an Associate Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. Her research interests include practice and sociomaterial perspectives on ICT in education, global perspectives on ICT in learning as well as computer assisted language learning (CALL). She has edited several books on media, ICT and Learning.


Rikke Ørngreen, Professor  Head of the Research Center for Video, and of the Research Group ILD (IT and Learning Design), at the Department of Learning and Philosophy. Aalborg University. Research theories, methods and tools in the design, implementation and evaluation of digital learning processes, in particular video-based activities that support creativity and reflexivity.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs

Mini Track Chairs


Dr Marija Cubric is Reader in e-learning and a member of Information Systems and Project Management subject group at the University of Hertfordshire Business School. Since 2007, she has led several HEA- and JISC-supported UK projects on introducing and evaluating the use of technologies in Higher Education. Her work was presented at conferences, workshops and seminars in UK, Europe, US and Canada. In 2015 she co-chaired the 14th European Conference on e-Learning and was a member of the judging panel for the e-Learning Excellence Awards. Marija’s research interests include development, implementation and evaluation of innovative learning designs supported by technologies.


Dr. José Martí-Parreño is Associate Professor at the Universidad Europea de Valencia, Spain. His main research areas include gamification and educational innovation. He was awarded in 2015 with the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for a research project on gamification. His research on gamification has been published in top journals such as Computers in Human Behavior and Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.


Dr. Valentina Chappell is Professor of Business and Technology in the Graduate school at Friends University and director of the Global MBA program. The Global MBA attracts students from different geographical areas and requires a constant search for the most effective ways of delivering outcomes in online courses. She regularly presents at national and international conferences. Valentina actively participates in non-profit organizations. She served as the President of the Global Learning Centre, Wichita Sister Cities organization and is a member of the Advisory Board of Kansas Global Trade Services. She participated in the Mayor’s trade missions in China and Africa. The Wichita Business Journal named Dr. Chappell as a Diversity Leader.



Ass. Prof. Tone Vold has lectured for approx. 20 years, several of them as an online teacher at The Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her background is mainly from Information Technology, and Knowledge Management. Research interests are within KM issues, Enterprise development, Serious Gaming and E-learning.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators



Dr. Wendy Barber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at OnTech University, Canada.


Dr. Elizabeth Childs is a Professor at Royal Roads University, Canada.

The above presenters will be modelling digital learning spaces with Dr. Barber physically present and her colleagues presenting virtually from British Columbia, and Ontario, Canada. We believe education is a human right, and that digital technology plays a key role in providing anywhere, anytime learning to anyone in the world, especially remote or indigenous communities.


Gabriele Frankl  is Head of eLearning at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt  and provides continuous support to learning communities and work groups in the area of eLearning, (e-)collaboration, and knowledge management (KM). She implemented KM and eLearning in international companies.



Michelle French, PhD. Over the past 19 years, Michelle has taught university courses in the life sciences. Her scholarly area of focus is on improving student learning and engagement. Michelle has won several teaching awards including a President's Teaching Award from the University of Toronto.


Kathrin Kirchner is Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark. Her professional interests are knowledge sharing with enterprise social media, virtual collaboration and data analytics


Melody Neumann, PhD has taught biology courses in a variety of formats at the University of Toronto for 15 years. She has an interest in the use of technology to improve student learning and engagement. Melody is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (U of T).




Liana Razmerita is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on how novel digital technologies impact the management of knowledge work, communication and collaboration in organizations and learning environments.




Dr. Roland VanOostveen is an Associate Professor and Director of the EILab at OnTech University, Canada.