The following keynote speakers are confirmed:
Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education, in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. She convenes the Digital Cultures and Education research group, and teaches on the MSc in Digital Education. Her research interests revolve around educational change as we become more and more enmeshed with the digital. Current particular interests are around posthumanism and online education, the geographies of distance education, museum learning and multimodal academic literacies.
"My guiding idea is that ‘the digital’ opens up profound challenges for the project and purpose of education; scholarship in this field is only just beginning to find ways to account for these challenges critically. My aim as a teacher, research and scholar is to contribute toward building a rich and robust body of critical scholarship in this field."
Lynn Mario T Menezes de Souza is professor of Language Education at University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is co-coordinator of Brazilian National Project of New Literacies, New Technologies and Education and Senior researcher of the international projects Developing Transnational Literacies (Brazil/Canada) and Ethical Internationalism in Higher Education (Finland, Canada, Brazil). He is co-author of PostColonial Perspectives of Global Citizenship Education (Routledge 2011) and Learning to Read the World Through Other Eyes (2007). He is contributor to Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2013), Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies (2015), and Oxford Handbook of Language and Society (2016).
"The contemporary globalized world fosters a closeness among and juxtaposition of multiple cultures and people – very often in situations of conflict. If all parties to such conflicts made an effort to critically read their situations, and sought to understand their own positions and those of their opponents, the hope arises of transforming the potential for violent and bloody confrontations into one of more productive and mutually beneficial outcomes. In such a contemporary context, the pedagogical task of preparing learners for confrontations with differences of all kinds thus becomes an urgent need that we believe can be achieved through critical literacy"
Robert O'Dowd teaches EFL and Applied Linguistics at the University of León, Spain and is also the university’s Director of International Training. He has taught English at universities in Ireland, Germany and Spain and has published widely on the application of telecollaboration in foreign language education. He recently coordinated the INTENT project which was funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme to support the integration of telecollaboration in European Higher Education (http://www.scoop.it/t/intent-project-news). He is also one of the main developers of the UNICollaboration platform: http://unicollaboration.eu/