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Teaching and Learning 2010: Keynote speakers


Dr Jan Herrington is a Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. The last 20 years of her professional life have been devoted to the promotion and support of the effective use of educational technologies in learning in schools and universities.

Jan's work involves research and teaching in the undergraduate and post-graduate programs in the School of Education and her current research focuses on authentic learning, the design of effective Web-based learning environments in higher education, and the use of authentic tasks as a central focus for Web-based delivery of courses. She is also researching in other ICT-related areas such as: computer games in early childhood, authentic learning in museums, design-based research and mobile learning.

Jan has published over 130 refereed journal articles, conference papers and chapters, and co-written several books including A Guide to Authentic e-Learning (2009) and the online co-edited book on mobile learning New Technologies, New Pedagogies (2008). She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 at the University of Georgia, USA, and has won many awards for her research including the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Young Researcher of the Year Award, and several Outstanding Paper awards at international conferences, most recently at EdMedia in 2008.



Karen Huffman is a professor of psychology at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, where she teaches full-time and serves as the Psychology Student Advisor and Co-Coordinator for Psychology Faculty. Karen received the National Teaching Award for Excellence in Community/Junior College Teaching given by Division Two of the American Psychological Association (APA).

She was also recognized with the first Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Palomar College, and an Outstanding Teaching award from the University of Texas at Austin.

Karen's special research and presentation focus is in active learning and critical thinking, and she has presented numerous online web seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Karen is the author of Wiley introductory psychology texts including, Psychology in Action, Visualizing Psychology and Living Psychology.



Maja Pivec holds a PhD from the Graz University of Technology (Austria). Currently, she is lecturing Game-based Learning and Learning with Multimedia at the University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM in Graz, Austria.

From 1993 to 2004 she has won many awards for her research in the fields of innovative computer-based learning approaches and knowledge based systems, including the Herta Firnberg Award (Austria, 2001) and a European Science Foundation Grant (2003) for an interdisciplinary workshop organisation in the field of affective and emotional aspects of human-computer interaction, with special emphasis on game-based learning and innovative learning approaches.

Professor Pivec is coordinator, scientific leader and partner in several EU and/or national founded projects. She is editor, co-editor and guest editor of multiple books and journals publications in the area of innovative learning approaches, including a Special Issue on Learning from Games of the British Journal of Educational Technology (May 2007). Her research work has been published and presented at more than 90 international conferences and publications. Maja is a member of the Laboratory for Decision Processes and Knowledge-Based Systems, University of Maribor, Slovenia, and she was conference chair for the European Conference on Game Based Learning in 2009.

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