Betty Collis

Betty is an Associate Professor in the Faculty Of Educational Science And Technology at the University Of Twente, Netherlands. She teaches in the area of computer-based learning, media-design courses, and courses related to telecommunications in education.

She has had an involvement with computer applications in education since 1979. She has experience with media research in general, in particular with the choice, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-related technologies in education

Since 1984, active with, among others, evaluation projects relating to telecommunications in education and projects relating to measuring the effectiveness of computer-related learning environments. She has extensive experience in international research projects, particularly in Eastern European countries but also Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Brazil and Israel.

Among international experiences, chairmanship of a major four-year research project for UNESCO on children's use of computers which involved 17 countries and continual involvement since 1988 in projects funded by the Commission of the European Community relating to telecommunications in trans-European training

Among current development activities: translation of my courses to the World Wide Web; design and development of learning materials and strategies for desktop multimedia conferencing environments in support of project-based education

International experience in the preparation and execution of major aspects of national planning for the stimulation of communications and information technology in education.

Consultant on learning technology, distance education, and computer–based training to various national and multi-national companies and organisations (such as IBM, PTT Telecom Netherlands), the Dutch Ministry of Education and Ministry of Traffic and Waterways (for telecommunications policy), the European Community, NATO, UNESCO, the International Labor Office, and the World Bank.

Particular experience as an advisor on policy and practice related to technology in education in Turkey and China; professional activities in more than 30 countries.

Past-President, International Society for Technology in Education

Current Chairman, IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) Working Group 3.3, Research in Informatics in Education and Training.

Co-Chief Editor, Journal of Education and Information Technology; Associate Editor, International Journal for Telecommunications in Education; member of seven other editorial boards for international scientific journals relating to telecommunications and multimedia in education and training

Member of numerous programme and conference committees for international meetings and conferences, including currently the Scientific Steering Committee for the UNESCO Second World Congress "Education and Informatics" and the Tele-Teach Conference, (IFIP TC3), September 1996 in Australia

Keynote speaker, "InterNetWorks", New Zealand National Computers in Education Biennial Conference, co-sponsored by New Zealand Telecom (January 1966)

Invited speaker, "European Experts Meeting, Communication and Information Technology for Educational Development" sponsored by UNESCO, St. Petersburg, Russia, (March 1996)

Invited speaker, "ED-Telecom, International Conference for Telelcommunications in Education", Boston, MA (June 1996)

Author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 13 books and special issues of scientific journals. On addition, author or co-author of approximately 400 other publications, including chapters in edited books, articles in scientific and professional journals, project reports for external circulation, and published papers in conference proceedings, all relating to computers and communications technologies in education. This total includes approximately 75 externally commissioned research and evaluation reports.

Beth Cavallari

Beth Cavallari is the Head of Educational Multimedia Services (EMS) which is part of the Teaching and Educational Development Institute at the University of Queensland.

EMS develops educational multimedia software and other materials for flexible delivery for the University and for a variety of external clients. Beth's main role is management, although she is sometimes part of a development team, providing instructional design and evaluation. She is also involved in lecturing with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Queensland.

Beth was a teacher and Education Consultant in the New South Wales Department of School Education for 15 years before taking on a university role. At the University of Wollongong in New South Wales she worked as an Instructional Designer for three years before moving to the University of Queensland.

Beth has been involved in the design and development of more than thirty multimedia software programs, including two award-winning packages, Backman! and Lake Iluka.

Geoff Hamer

Geoff Hamer started working in the IT industry in the swinging sixties, when he joined the Universities and National Research Division of ICT (now ICL) in the UK, selling the 1900 series computers against the main competition of the day, the IBM 360 series. His favourite prospect was the Physics Department of St Andrews University, because of their proximity to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Unfortunately, they purchased an IBM 360/44.

Geoff came to the University of Wollongong as Manager of the Computer Centre in the mid seventies, after a brief and frustrating stint at the Port Kembla steelworks, coordinating the metrication of the plant's production systems. The University had just ordered its first mainframe, a giant Univac 1106, with half a meg of memory, 200 megs of disk and 16 terminals. The 1106 did everything - student Fortran and Basic exercises, on-line training in a range of software tools (an early CAL application), statistical and finite element analyses for students and researchers, payroll, student records, library systems - you name it. The computer was also the base on which a successful bureau business was built -which in the ensuing years funded much needed hardware enhancements and student lab equipment, as well as a computer trainee scheme.

With the advent of low cost entry machines and desk-tops, the bureau business faded away and Geoff's team moved smoothly and naturally into the growth fields of CBT and CAL - developing interactive multimedia programs for both industrial clients and University and DEET-funded academic staff. In 1994, this team became a key component of CEDIR, the new department set up by the University to assist university teachers in the development of distance and flexible delivery teaching programs.

Dave Jonassen

David Jonassen is Professor of Instructional Systems at Pennyslvania State University. He is the author of over 20 books and 130 journal articles and 30 book chapters, 20 book reviews and several hundred conference papers.

His research interests include:

Knowledge Representation

  • Knowledge-Based (Expert) Systems and Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Externalising Knowledge Representations
  • Mapping Knowledge Representations in Software
  • Conveying, Assessing, and Acquiring Structural Knowledge Technologies
  • Computer Mindtools for Critical Thinking
  • Designing Constructivistic, Hypertext-Based Learning Environments
  • Expert Systems for Student Modelling and Cognitive Simulations
  • Expert System Advisors
  • Instructional Design and Learning
  • Cognitive Learning Strategies and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Constructivistic Approaches to Instructional Design
  • Needs Assessment, Task Analysis, and Front End Analysis

He is a member of more than 20 professional associations and has received numerous awards for his work in the field in information technology in education. Professor is also a consultant for wide variety of bodies including: IBM computers, Hospitals, Libraries, Credit corporations, The US Air Force, The State Police, and the National Weather Service.