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ECEL 2012
26-27 October, Groningen, The Netherlands
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Biographies for the 11th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL-2012


Prof. Cees Smit Sibinga
Cees is specialist in Internal Medicine, Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, professor of International Development of Transfusion Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, NL. In 2001 he became Director of the Academic Institute for International Development of Transfusion Medicine (IDTM) in Groningen, an initiative of University of Groningen and WHO Department of Blood Safety and Clinical Technology. He created a unique post-graduate e-learning programme for leadership development.

He has been and still is active in many international functions, teaching and training positions in transfusion medicine. He has been instrumental in numerous international development programmes, advising and guiding Governments in national blood safety reform programmes. He is a Fellow in Transfusion Medicine (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Pathologists, London, UK). Currently he serves WHO as a Member of the Expert Committee for Blood Transfusion.

Cees Smit Sibinga


Dr Hans Beldhuis
Hans is a programme manager for Education, Innovation and Technology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His projects focus on the development and implementation of technology that improves every aspect of education. This ranges from student enrollment, educational information systems and learning analytics to the improvement and better use of electronic learning environments. Hans is specialized in the use of information technology in higher education. Recently, his focus has been shifting to change management concerning the organization-wide implementation of educational technology. The main goal is to identify effective ways to plan for and initiate change within the institution. Hans has a PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, focusing on neurophysiological, behavioral and immunocytochemical aspects of the development of epilepsy in relation to learning and memory. As a post-doctoral researcher he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology (Erling Andechs/Munich, Germany) and the Department of Neurology, Lund University Hospital (Lund, Sweden), before entering the field of e-learning.

Dr Hans J.A. Beldhuis


Prof. Johannes Cronjé

Johannes is the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  He started his career as a schoolmaster at Pretoria boys High School, then became a lecturer in communication at Pretoria Technikon, and later a professor of Computers in Education at the University of Pretoria. He holds two masters degrees and a doctorate from the University of Pretoria, and was visiting professor at universities in Norway, Finland, Sudan and Ethiopia. He has supervised more than 70 Masters and 38 doctoral students and has published more than 40 academic articles and chapters in books. He is married to Franci and they have three children and a dog. More info at:


Johannes Cronjé


Prof. Eric Mazur

Eric is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1981, Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics. In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all -- not just science majors -- is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group's effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction: a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines.

Eric Mazu


Prof. dr. Fred Mulder
Fred currently holds a UNESCO Chair in OER at the Open University in The Netherlands. Before he has served more than a decade as Rector Magnificus at OUNL, until the end of 2010. He has been working at OUNL in the discipline of Informatics as of 1983, when OUNL still was in its preparatory stage, in different positions. Mulder has been on the Executive Committee of EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) in 2002-2011. He has been chairing two international Task Forces on OER, one of the EADTU and the other one of the ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education). In 2011 he was awarded the ICDE Individual Prize of Excellence, in particular for his work on OER. In 2011-2012 he participated in an OECD expert team to collect and reflect on information about OER policies in the OECD countries. In 2007-2008 Fred Mulder was chair of the Dutch University Rector’s Conference. He has led a National Initiative on Lifelong Learning in 2005-2009 and as of 2009 he is chairing the Steering Committee of the Dutch National OER Program called Wikiwijs. For his work on Lifelong Learning he received a Royal decoration in 2007.

Fred Mulder


Dan Peters
Dan manages Blackboard's European and Australian solutions engineering team where he helps schools, universities, colleges, and enterprises effectively use technology to support teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. While Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University he became involved in web-based learning in 1995 with a key role on the Asynchronous Distance Education ProjecT. From this work, he played a key role in creating Stanford Online, which was the first completely online degree program in the world to incorporate video with audio, text, and graphics in its distance learning offerings.  In the years since, he has worked with hundreds of universities globally to improve their adoption and effective use of educational technology.  Before joining Blackboard in 2006, Dan worked at WebCT in the same capacity. Prior to that Dan spent over six years at The University of Texas at Austin as a Senior Systems Analyst. At UT within the Faculty Innovation Center, Dan designed and supported several systems including an eportfolio for engineers, wireless classroom response systems, mobile computing, math remediation to improve student retention, and hybrid learning environments. He also managed the Prometheus course management system as well as directed the migration off Prometheus onto Blackboard.  Dan received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps.

Dan Peters


Jaap A. Westerhuijs

As the co-founder of the Groningen Convention Bureau (GCB), Jaap runs this Bureau since 1996. In the past 16 years the number of international conferences in the greater Groningen area, grew from 16 to around 65 (inter-)national conventions in the past years. The city of Groningen, housing the second oldest university, is a favourite destination for association conferences. This also because of the presence of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), the largest academic hospital in the Netherlands. The city offers conference facilities for up to 3.500 delegates. Hotel capacity runs up to almost 4000 beds. The GCB is the organisation responsible for the MICE -  Meetings – Incentives – Conferences and Events marketing of the greater Groningen area.. Besides these marketing tasks, the GCB is the prime PCO – Professional Conference Organiser – and the prime DMC – Destination Management Company – for the Northern Netherlands. As the local Groningen PCO, the GCB assists Academic Conferences in a proper execution of the ECEL2012 conference October next.

Jaap Westerhuijs


Jetse Goris

Jetse is an educationalist, specialised in E-learning. He works at the Post Graduate School of Medicine of the Wenckebach Institute, University Medical Center Groningen. His current projects focus on video instruction for medical skillstraining, developing a Nintendo Wii Laparoscopy training game and digital didactics training for medical teachers.

Jetse Goris


Dr Koos Winnips
Koos is advisor ICT and Education at University of Groningen with a particular interest in innovation of electronic learning environments, and support of lecturers. Previously, he has worked at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was a researcher, lecturer and later advisor of ICT in Education. In research he focused on finding ways for efficient support of learning online (scaffolding). As an advisor his main focus is on supporting innovation in university teaching and learning. Current projects include using wiki’s in education, research driven education and interaction in large lectures using smartphones. He has sourced funding and been project manager for a number of innovation projects, covering topics in mathematics remediation, open source, streaming lecture recordings, and action learning.


Koos Winnips


Dr Valentina Dagiene
Valentina is head of the Department of Informatics Methodology at the Institute of Mathematics at Vilnius University. She has published over 150 scientific papers and a number of methodical works, and has written more than 60 textbooks in informatics and ICT for primary and secondary education. Her main research topics are informatics and ICT curricula, teaching algorithms and programming, technology enhanced learning, computing education research. She is member of International Committee of Olympiads in Informatics, vice chair of the Technical Committee of IFIP for Education (TC3), Editor-in-Chief of international journals “Informatics in Education” and “Olympiads in Informatics”.

Valentina Dagiene


Dr Sue Greener
Sue is a University teacher in the UK, teaching a range of business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Subjects include HRM, Business Context, Research Methods and Learning and Development. Sue has received a Teaching Excellence award from the university and is developing an undergraduate honours degree in Business with Enterprise which has a problem-based learning ethos. She is Course Director of a fully online final year undergraduate course, where students from a range of countries and timezones are supported through online learning. Her research focuses on e-learning strategy, teacher support and development and reflective learning. She leads the Business e-Learning Research Group and contributes to the CROME research group on employment issues at Brighton Business School. Doctoral research focussed on exploring student readiness for online learning. Sue was Conference chair: European Conference on E-Learning 2011 at University of Brighton and is co-editor of the Journal Interactive Learning Environments. Dr Greener holds a BA, MBA, EdD, FHEA and is a Chartered Fellow CIPD. Read Sue’s Blog at for publications list. You can reach Sue on Twitter: @suegonline


Sue Greener


Dr Roy Williams
Roy Williams designs learning spaces and knowledge management applications at the Flexible Learning Studio in the Faculty of Technology at the University of Portsmouth, and he is also the e-learning coordinator for the Faculty. He researches and published widely on e-learning, knowledge management, both on the practical design and application, and on the theory of learning and knowledge management. He currently has a grant from the Higher Education Academy in the UK to apply the theories of complex adaptive systems and ecological affordances to learning. He is actively involved in the European and International Conferences on e-learning, knowledge management, and business research methods and has edited the Electronic Journal of e-learning. He has held posts of Professor and Chair of Communication, Visiting Professor of Education, Visiting Examiner, Executive Board member of the IBA, the South African Broadcast regulator, and set up the joint-venture publishing company, Sached Books Pty Ltd. .


Roy Williams


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