Keynote Speakers

mLearn 2018

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Thomas Jandris

Dr. Thomas Jandris

Dean, College of Innovation and Professional Programs; Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) Professor of Educational Leadership

Concordia University, Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Jandris researches data, driven decision-making processes, education finance and leadership. He also teaches leadership, finance, education law, entrepreneurship and microenterprise development. Among his areas of expertise are educational policy and reform.

As the dean of the large and rapidly growing College of Graduate and Innovative Programs at Concordia, Dr. Jandris leads several graduate programs that are among the largest in the country, serving approximately 5,000 graduate students in sixty-four programs. He was also the founding dean of the College of Business at Concordia-Chicago. Most recently, the University of Minnesota, where Jandris serves on the board of the College of Education and Human Development, named its “Thomas P. Jandris Center for Innovation in Higher Education” after him.

Several years ago, Dr. Jandris established Progress Education Corporation to offer staff development, school improvement planning, policy consulting and a line of proprietary technology-based learning management tools to schools, districts and states. Previously he served as president of EDmin, Inc., a company that develops technology solutions to empower performance management in public education. Other private sector education experience include founding and managing Fox River Learning and serving as CEO of HOSTS Corporation.

Prior to EDmin, Dr. Jandris served as the lead consultant to the governor of Michigan and the Detroit mayor’s office during the reform takeover of the Detroit Public Schools. At the request of then Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Commissioner of Education Tom Gallagher, Dr. Jandris helped draft the enabling legislation to implement a constitutional amendment to restructure the governance of Florida’s educational system. Additional work is focused on designing and planning comprehensive performance management systems for urban school districts.

He previously served as director of state services for the Education Commission of the States, directing policy consultants and technical advisors for the nation’s governors, legislators and education leaders. He also was chief architect and leader of the commission’s Urban Coalition and Corporate Partners Programs and directed a three-year national study of the governance of America’s schools.

Prior to his tenure at ECS, Dr. Jandris had extensive careers in both education and the private sector. He was a teacher, principal and director of secondary education at a large urban school district. He founded and grew a highly successful human resources consulting company. A former U.S. Olympic team member and syndicated columnist, he also is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach at the graduate level. He had been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.

Dr. Jandris is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach and advise at the graduate level. He is in demand as a speaker and consultant around the world on topics relating to “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education,” the topic that currently consumes most of his research and scholarship.

Dr. Jandris’ full profile can here

Dr. Helen Crompton

Dr. Helen Crompton

Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Dr Helen Crompton is a Professor of Instructional Technology at Old Dominion University Virginia USA. She is a highly experienced researcher, educator, author and presenter in the field of educational technology. She draws from over 20 years in education and a PhD in educational technology and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Crompton has won numerous awards in the USA and her home country England for her work in technology integration, including the SCHEV award for the Outstanding professor of Virginia and she has been recognized by awards from 2 US Presidents for her service to the mobile learning academic community. Dr Crompton works to provide inclusive learning with mobile devices. Her recent work has been with the refugee population and learners with physical disabilities.  She also consults for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in designing courses and coaching teachers, administrators, and technology coaches. She recently developed the General Motors and ISTE Artificial Intelligence course. Dr. Crompton has published over 100 articles on technology integration.

Dr. Crompton’s CV and further information can be found here

Keynote Presentation Abstract: mLearning Frameworks to Build an Effective, Sustainable Pedagogical Infrastructure

Mobile devices have greatly disrupted the geographically bounded, temporally restrained, traditional practices. Digital devices are inanimate tools, that come to life with transformative pedagogies to provide meaningful, contextualize learning to our pupils. Transformative pedagogies require the intersection of essential conditions that involve educator dispositions and local to global resources, policies and infrastructure. Building on prior frameworks, Crompton will present new frameworks for thinking about the many essential conditions that facilitate a positive mLearning milieu.

Dr. Rob Power

Dr. Rob Power

President, IAmLearn

British Columbia Institute of Technology, Surrey, BC, Canada

Rob Power is an Instructional Development Consultant with the British Columbia Institute of Technology in British Columbia. He also teaches graduate-level educational technology courses in distributed learning contexts for Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, Mount Royal University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. During his professional career, Rob has taught information and communications technology at the K12 and post-secondary levels, and has worked as an instructional developer in the higher and continuing education sectors. Since 2013, Rob has taken a leading role with the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), and has served as the Chair of the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013). Rob was elected President of the Executive Committee of IAmLearn at mLearn 2017 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

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Keynote Presentation Abstract: Future Directions for IAmLearn and Mobilized Learning: A Call to Action

We are reaching a point where virtually anything that we need a digital tool to do — anything that we can dream up for a mobilized learning scenario — we can do with devices that everyone carries around with them every day. Enthusiasm for the potential applications of current and emerging technologies abounds. But, so too does trepidation about the potential negative impacts of ubiquitous access to connected devices. There have been numerous examples of public outcry against the presence of mobile technologies in classrooms. As leading mobilized learning researchers and practitioners, IAmLearn’s members and mLearn Conference participants will be called upon to mobilize their efforts to make sure that decisions about technology integration are informed by our work, rather than by an incomplete understanding of the benefits of, and what appropriate integration looks like. IAmLearn’s members and conference participants will be called to mobilize their efforts to increase the confidence of educators, policy-makers, and the public, in the efficacy of mobilized learning approaches. Part of that call-to-action includes the mobilization of more connected collaboration on research, practice, and knowledge-sharing efforts across IAmLearn’s membership. In the lead-up to, and during mLearn 2018, an initiative was launched called C.O.N.N.I.E. (Connecting Of New Neurons In Exploration). A number of special-interest table “conversations” are also scheduled throughout the mLearn 2018 conference programme. The themes emerging from C.O.N.N.I.E.’s interactions, and the conversations taking place amongst conference delegates, will be drawn upon as a starting point to mobilize our efforts for greater collaboration as one of the legacies of mLearn 2018.