Ilona Buchem (coordinator)
Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem is professor for Digital Media and Diversity in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw (Poland), Concordia University (WI, USA) and University Duisburg-Essen (Germany).
Her teaching and research focus on the use of digital media for empowerment, participation and inclusion, with special focus on the development of 21st-century skills and digital diversity. As member of the Gender and Technology Centre at Beuth University she has been actively engaged in research and programs related to promoting diversity in and with digital media. As member of the Association of Virtual Universities of Applied Sciences she designs and delivers technology-enhanced courses at bachelor and master levels. Her recent research projects “Credit Points” and “BeuthBonus” have focused on supporting migrant academics in succeeding on the labour market in Germany through attaining additional professional competencies and building professional online identities with support of Open Badges. Both projects are part of the federal network “Integration through Qualification” founded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the German Federal Employment Agency and the ESF.
Johannes Konert is professor for Web Engineering at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Prior to that he studied computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), founded a social media company and became a Ph.D. student of the DFG research training group “Feedback-based Quality Management in E-learning” while working as research assistant at Multimedia Communication Lab (KOM) at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. In his Ph.D. thesis he focused on the development of solutions to use social media concepts for knowledge transfer between peers in serious games. Currently, his research builds on these outcomes and concentrates on optimization of individual learning experiences in social media-based learning applications. Please feel encouraged to connect with him via any of the popular social media applications.
He is co-author of various book chapters and publications in the field of technology enhanced learning (TEL), involved as co-chair and board member of various academic conferences and journals. Recently he was elected as representative for support of young scientists as a board member of the SIG E-Learning of the German chapter of ACM (g.i. e.V.).
Hülya Delen is a bachelor student in Business Management at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Within her dual study programm she worked in well-known companies and could gain an insight on how these companies operate and deal with problems. Bevor starting her studies she completed successfully her vocational training as an commercial assistant focusing on foreign languages. She has an experience in working on national and international projects and is currently writing her Bachelor Thesis in the area of new IT professions and recruitment of migrant academics.
Lucy Lewis is Projects Director at DigitalMe. She has worked in education, developing online learning communities and delivering digital learning programmes for 10 years. She has extensive experience in developing and managing award winning learning programmes reaching over 10,000 learners, with partners including The Imperial War Museum, The Children’s Society and The London 2012 Olympics.
Since 2011, Lucy has worked in the field of Open Badges. Initially piloting the concept with Mozilla and MacArthur, before leading on DigitalMe’s Badge the UK programme, working with employers, learning institutions and charities to implement Open Badge programmes, developing tools such as the Badge Design canvas and The Open Badge Academy.
Grainne Hamilton is the Programme Director for Higher Education and Adult Learning with DigitalMe. She has worked in Higher Education for the last 15 years on projects focused on learning with technology. In recent years she has worked as an e-Assessment Advisor with Jisc and a Senior Consultant with Blackboard, helping universities globally make the most of their teaching and learning systems and provision.
She has focused on Open Badges since the concept was first developed. Work related to Open Badges includes: learning specialist consultancy for Mozilla on the Discovery project, which investigated badge-based pathways to employment; leading the development of the Jisc Open Badge Design Toolkit and chairing the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group, which brought together representatives from government, education, employers and voluntary organisations to develop a badge eco-system in Scotland.
Tim is CEO of DigitalMe. He has worked in education for the past 13 years. First working with arts groups, helping them to develop web-based participation projects and then co-founding award winning open learning platforms including Radiowaves & NUMU which now serve over 80,000 learners world-wide.
Tim currently works strategically with Government Departments, Sector Skills Councils and Awarding Bodies to enable the development of a new skills currency using Mozilla Open Badges. Tim Riches is recognised a global authority on Open Badge development, regularly presenting at national and international education conferences such as BETT, The World Design Forum, Connected Learning, Learning Technologies.
CamProf – Cambridge Professional Development Ltd
Nigel was educated at Oxford and Cambridge universities and then spent 13 years working mostly overseas as a civil engineer on rural development projects in Kenya, Indonesia and Bangladesh. He gradually transformed into a professional development specialist, and in 1994 set up Cambridge Professional Development (CamProf). In 2010 he set up CamProf Inc in Canada. Nigel’s expertise includes professionalism, professional development, professional regulation, learning through experience, competence, occupational standards, recognition of prior learning, assessment, qualifications, badges, qualification frameworks, international project management, quality, cultures, refugees and migration. Nigel is both a Canadian and a British citizen.
Marta is Polish but has worked as a project manager and researcher for CamProf for over 10 years in UK after 5 years in one of the biggest Polish research institutes. She was involved in the development of the Polish competence-based system (including the National Lifelong Learning Strategy). She has worked and managed many European projects, and worked on Canadian projects too. Her interests span lifelong learning, adult education, recognition of prior learning, competence-based approaches, Learning Outcomes, qualifications, badges, qualification frameworks and the impact of European educational initiatives on national systems.
Erik van den Broek
Senior advisor Europass at DUO / National Europass Centre
Open Badge pilot with volunteers
Former: healthcare, IT
Deputy Secretary General
Ms. Ildikó Mázár is the Deputy Secretary General of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). She joined the organisation in 1999, fulfilling a Project Manager position between 2002 and 2013. Since 2009 she’s teleworking from Scotland.
Responsible at EDEN for preparation and implementation of the Association’s work in EU education and research programmes, including development of partnerships and proposals, content and concept, HR and financial management, she successfully managed 50+ projects in various roles from work package and task leadership to administrative and logistics support given to practical dissemination activities and other partners’ work.
Graduated as a teacher of mathematics (MSc), holds a BSc degree in economics and a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration. Presently pursuing PhD studies in education, focusing on the pedagogical application of e-learning, specifically on how to use animation creation as a learning tool.
For the past eight years she has been involved in various European projects related to the issue of innovation in education. She was the Hungarian national coordinator for the CEDEFOP Training of Trainers’ Network between 2005 and 2007.
He graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Budapest University of Technology. He was trained to be ODL expert in the UK in 1991. His current work includes managing ODL projects, planning and developing of distance education and e-learning courses and service systems related to the developed, adapted learning materials as well as acting methodology and research expert in various fields (education and training, regional development etc). He often gives methodological lectures andwork shops on content development. Furthermore he is experienced with ODL and ICT research, corporate relations and market research. He has recently been involved in AI in Eductation, UGC, OER, and other innovative research projects. He is an EDEN fellow.
Michał Nowakowski (MA) is a researcher assistant in the Department of Vocational Education Research of Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Wrocław (Poland) and La Coruna Universyty (Spain).
He specialazes in vocational education and training, profesional qualification standards, European Qualification Framework, project management (PRINCE2, Practitioner Certificate), mechanisms and structures of technology transfer. His research interests includes development of professional qualification standards, recognition of qualifications, validation of professional competences, economic analysis of law, technology transfer.
He has been involved in a number of national and international projects, including the system project of the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs: Development of the standards of vocational competences required by employers: 2012-2013, Strategic Programme Innovative Systems of Technical Support for Sustainable Development of Economy: 2011-2013, Mapping of competencies as a new tool in knowledge management in a company: 2008-2010, Open Badge Network: 2014-2017. Author or co-author monographs and scientific articles, studies and analysis.
Ireneusz Wozniak (PhD) is an assistant professor in the Department of Vocational Education Research in the Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute in Radom. He is the author of a number of publications which focus on the labour market, vocational qualification standards, national qualifications framework, comparability and recognition of qualifications, validation of professional competence, design of competency profiles. In 1999 he defended his doctoral thesis “Vocational training programmes in the light of employers’ expectations” supported by a grant from the Committee for Scientific Research. Laureate of the contest for the grant funded by EU titled: “Comparability of Vocational Qualifications on Polish and European Labour Market” in the framework of Jean Monnet programme – 1998. He was a key expert and coordinator in several projects, including recently: the system project of the Ministry of Education “Development of the balance of competences and qualifications on the labour market in Poland and the National Qualifications Framework model” – 2008-2009; the system Project of the Ministry of Education “Improvement the core curricula as the key action to the modernization of vocational education” − 2008-2009; the system project of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy “Developing a set of national standards of professional competence required by employers” − 2012-2013.
Lilia Infelise is an industrial economist; in her thirty-year career, she combined theoretical multidisciplinary research and fieldwork in a large multinational horizon. She is particularly expert in the field of economics of innovation and education, a subject on which she has published books and essays in English, French, German and Italian. She is accredited to the experts register of MIUR_Italian Minister of Education, University and Research in the following Area Specification: Primary 13 – Economics and Statistics; Secondary 14 – Political and Social Sciences; Edition: SECS-P / 06 – APPLIED ECONOMICS, SPS / 04 – SCIENCE POLICY. Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, the University of Bologna and the Free University of the Arts in Bologna L.UN.A, she gave lectures in several universities and institutions of higher education in Europe.
She is the founder and the president of the Artes institute, a brand with which, since 1991, she developed more than 40 innovative projects (www.artes-research.com) and led international teams for their achievement, in the framework of European, national and international programmes.
He holds a bachelor degree in Eastern History, Culture and Civilisation and he obtained a Master Degree in Innovation Development and Change at the University of Bologna (IT) and the University of Cape Town (SA). He works in Artes since 2014, as the Assistant Project Manager of the Director, Lilia Infelise.
While his field of expertise is development economics, he is also interested in the field of education and social sciences, and in particular in the capacity of new technologies in shaping human relationships.
SUPSI (Associated partner)
Stefania Agustoni (Moioli) was born in Isone (Southern Switzerland) on 09/15/1987.
After high school (linguistics branch), she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at SUPSI (Manno) in 2010.
From 2010 to 2014, she attended various continuing education courses and specialization training in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (European Masters in Occupational Therapy, obtained in September 2014).
She regularly takes part in courses and conferences on occupational therapy, about social and health professions, (multidisciplinary and pediatrics) rehabilitation and didactics.
From 2010 to 2013, she worked in a private clinic for neurological rehabilitation in Basel.
Since 2014 she is working in a private practice in Ticino specialized in the pediatric field, in parallel to which she started her activity as a professional lecturer at the Department DEASS (Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care), SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland).
Since 2010 she collaborates with the Research Unit of the ZHAW (Forschung und Entwicklung Ergotherapie) and DSAN (previous Department of Health Care at SUPSI), currently as a researcher at DEASS.