Tony Bates has more than 45 years experience in using technology for teaching, starting in 1969, when he began researching the effectiveness of the BBC-Open University television and radio programs, as a founding staff member of the British Open University, where he became a full professor in educational media research.
In 1989, he emigrated to Canada, to take the position of Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency, Vancouver. In 1995 he moved to the University of British Columbia, to become Director of Distance Education and Technology. On retirement from UBC in 2003, he started his own consultancy company, specializing in the planning and management of learning technologies in post-secondary education. He has worked as a consultant in over 40 countries. He is currently a research associate for Contact North, Ontario, advising on strategies and policies for online learning.
He is the author of twelve books on learning technology and distance education, and he and his research colleagues have published over 350 papers in academic journals. He has received honorary degrees from six universities for his research in distance education
Kristiina Krabi is a lecturer of Adult Education in Tallinn University, Estonia. She lectures principally in the areas of philosophy of education, research, learning in adulthood. Her research focuses mainly on the areas of professional identity and learning in higher education. Further information about her work may be found at https://www.etis.ee/portal/portaal/isikuCV.aspx?TextBoxName=kristiina%20krabi&PersonVID=38703&lang=en&FromUrl0=isikud.aspx
Dr. Yishay Mor is a consultant in educational innovation and technology. His main areas of expertise are Learning Design, Educational Design Research, and teacher professional development – which are combined in his work on Design Inquiry of Learning and the Learning Design Studio. Dr. Mor has also explored the new possibilities opened up by social and mobile technologies for learning, and specifically the potential these have in developing contexts. In recent years, Dr. Mor has established himself as an expert on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). He led the Open Learning Design Studio MOOC, and guest edited a special issue of eLearning papers on “MOOCs and beyond”. Dr. Mor has published extensively, has participated in multiple EU and UK funded projects, and had founded the STELLAR network of excellence Learning Design Grid theme team. and has conducted scores of learning design workshops for educational practitioners. He is the co-editor of the book “Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology” which offers a ground-breaking approach to bridging the gap between theory and practice in education.
Dr. Mor’s initial training was as a computer scientist. Having completed his MSc in multi-agent systems, he worked for several years as a senior software engineer, before shifting his path to educational research. His PhD thesis “A Design Approach to Research in Technology Enhanced Mathematics Education” won the second TELEARC award for PhD excellence.