Our Speakers


Featured Speakers

Helen O’Sullivan 

As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor O’Sullivan takes strategic leadership for all aspects of education at Keele, and is particularly interested in how developments in digital education can support social learning as well as expanding the Keele community through developing flexible, online and transnational education. She joined Keele on 1 st January 2018 and before that was Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Liverpool. Helen is a member of the Advance HE Board and is Co-Convener of Advance HE’s PVC Network. Other external activities include membership of UUK International’s Transnational Education Advisory Board and of JISC’s Horizon Group.

Angela SainiAngela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. She presents radio and television programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, Prospect, The Sunday Times, Wired, and National Geographic. Angela’s latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published by 4th Estate in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Foyles Book of the Year. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017, winning the Physics World Book of the Year. Find out more about Angela Saini.

Charlotte WebbCharlotte Webb

Dr Charlotte Webb is co-founder of Feminist Internet, a non-profit organisation aiming to make the internet more equal by combining art and design, feminism and technology. She recently created a Masters Degree in Internet Equalities for the Creative Computing Institute, London, and developed a 4-week online course ‘Design a Feminist Chatbot’ for FutureLearn. She is Founding Director of Even, a consultancy providing creative approaches to tech equity for the next generation of business. She is passionate about shaping positive, inclusive visions and uses of the internet, and was nominated by the Evening Standard as one of the most influential people in Technology and Science in London, 2018. She has been widely featured in the international press and presented her work globally including at TedX, Disruption Network Lab, Reykjavik Global Women’s Forum, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and Barbados Internet Governance Forum.

Bonnie Stewart & Dave Cormier

Dr. Bonnie Stewart, Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning , University of Windsor and Dave Cormier, Office of Open Learning, University of Windsor will join forces for a special keynote conversation at the Summer Summit.

Facilitated by OER20 Chair Mia Zamora, this session will explore the themes of digital pedagogy through crisis and care.

Session Speakers

John Traxler

John Traxler is Professor of Digital Learning in the Education Observatory at the University of Wolverhampton. He is particularly concerned with informal digital learning in disadvantaged and development contexts, and worried about those people and communities at the margins of mainstream education systems. During the COVID-19 crisis he has been working on groups convened by USAID, DFID, UNICEF and UNESCO exploring the value of ‘edtech’ ideas and experiences


Dr. Catherine Cronin

Dr. Catherine Cronin is Strategic Education Developer at Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education where her collaborative work across the sector supports digital and open education. Find Catherine on Twitter @catherinecronin.


Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis

Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis is a Research Fellow in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. He has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning and specifically in personalised learning, self-regulated learning, lifelong learning, open educational resources and rich interactive learning materials, as well as applications of blockchain technology in education. He has been awarded and worked on a wide range of European and nationally funded research projects.


Dr Richard Walker

Dr Richard Walker has over 20 years’ experience supporting learning technology developments within the higher education sector. He is currently employed by the University of York (United Kingdom), leading the strategic development of e-learning services as Head of the Programme Design and Learning Technology Team.




Leo Havemann

Leo Havemann is a Digital Education Advisor at University College London, and a postgraduate researcher at the Open University, focusing on open education practices and policymaking. He is a co-ordinator of the ALT M25 Learning Technology Group and a member of the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). His previous roles have been in educational technology, libraries, and industry, as well as teaching in higher education.


Dr Verena Roberts

Dr. Verena Roberts is a Learning Designer with the UBC ETS team, an online instructor with the UVictoria and UCalgary and a high school online Humanities teacher with Rocky View Schools. She recently completed her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices with the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She was a 2018-2019 OER Research fellow and proud Global Open Graduate Network (#GO-GN) alumni.



Debbie Holley

Debbie Holley is Professor of Learning Innovation at Bournemouth University. A National Teaching Fellow and a passionate educator, she blends learning to motivate and engage a diverse student body. Her research interests in digital, augmented and immersive worlds influence national policy through her published work, keynote addresses and policy articles.

Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison is the Copyright, Licensing and Policy Manager at the University of Kent. He has been working with copyright issues for 20 years, is co-author (with Jane Secker) of the second edition of Copyright and E-learning a Guide for Practitioners (Facet), and with Jane co-founded the award winning blog. Chris is a member of the Universities UK / GuildHE Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee, the UK Government’s Copyright Education Awareness Group. He recently completed a masters in copyright law with distinction from King’s College London, receiving the best dissertation of the year award. Chris and Jane have been running weekly webinars in conjunction with ALT on copyright and online learning since the beginning of the pandemic, supporting colleagues and hosting discussions on the latest developments.


Jane Secker

Jane Secker is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London where she is Deputy Programme Manager of the Masters in Academic Practice. She leads the technology-enabled learning route through the programme. She was Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at London School of Economics and Political Science for over 15 years where she advised staff about copyright issues and the online environment. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and a member of the Universities UK Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee which negotiates with the Copyright Licensing Agency on the higher education licence. She is also a member of the Copyright Advisory Panel which is a governance group of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office.


Gasta Speakers

Debbie Baff

Title: TBC

Bio: Deb (@debbaff) is the Membership and Professional Development Manager for the Association for Learning Technology and an active member of the GO-GN community.  Debbie is undertaking a PhD at Lancaster University in E Research and Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research interests include personal learning networks, open education practice and the importance of emotional connections in online professional learning.


Ada Czerwonogora

Title: Higher Education during COVID times: clues to handle the crisis

Bio: Adjunct Professor at Virtual Teaching and Learning Unit (UnEVA, Nursing Faculty) and member of Open Educational Resources Center (Núcleo REAA). Universidad de la República, Uruguay



Aras Bozkurt

Title: Emergency Remote Education and Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Bio: Aras Bozkurt is a researcher and faculty member in the Department of Distance Education at Anadolu University, Turkey. He has an MA and PhD in distance education. He conducts empirical studies on online learning through resorting to critical theories including connectivism, rhizomatic learning and heutagogy. He is interested in emerging research paradigms including social network analysis, sentiment analysis and data mining. He shares his views at


Michael Paskevicius

Title: Open Educational Practices: Openness as a Source of Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Bio: Michael Paskevicius is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on learning design practices, the development of digital literacies, and supporting personal knowledge management in an environment of rapid technological change. As an advocate for openness in education, his research explores the integration of open source tools, open educational resources, and the development of open educational practices among educators.


Johanna Funk

Title: Caring in Practice

Bio: Johanna is a lecturer in Cultural Knowledges in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University, Australia.




Taskeen Adam

Title: ‘The privilege of #pivotonline’ (perhaps linking to my blog on this:

Bio: Taskeen is a South African who completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge titled ‘Addressing injustices in MOOCs: A study among peri-urban, marginalised South Africa youth’. Alongside her academic pursuits, she pioneered initiatives such as Khwela (a regional online course platform) and Solar Powered Learning in South Africa as well as Mobile Education for Smart Technology in India.