Team members

Open University of Netherlands (The Netherlands)

Maren Scheffel is an assistant professor within the Technology Enhanced Learning Innovations (TELI) department of the Open Universiteit’s Welten Institute, the Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology. With a background in computational linguistics she started to work in the field of technology-enhanced learning in 2009 and has since then been involved in the coordination and management (ROLE, LACE, CompetenSEA) as well as the research work (ROLE, LinkedUp, LACE, SHEILA, CompetenSEA) of several European projects. For her PhD that she obtained from the Open Universiteit in 2017, she developed the Evaluation Framework for Learning Analytics (EFLA). Next to progressing this work further, her research now also delves into the connection of learning analytics and learning design as well as visualisation techniques for dashboards. Maren has organised workshops and has served as a reviewer for journals and conferences on many occasions. She is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Learning Analytics, of the SoLAR SIG LACE and vice chair of the SURF SIG Learning Analytics.
Ioana Jivet is a researcher at the Welten Institute (Research Center for Learning, Teaching and Technology) of the Open University of the Netherlands. Her background is in Computer Science with a Masters degree received in 2016 from Delft University of Technology. The topic of her PhD research is centred around student-facing learning analytics dashboards that support the development of self-regulated learning skills.

Universidad Carlos III Madrid (Spain)

Carlos Delgado Kloos received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München and in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is Full Professor of Telematics Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is the Director of the GAST research group, Director of the UNESCO Chair on “Scalable Digital Education for All”, Director of an online Master program on e-learning, and Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education. He is also the Coordinator of the eMadrid research network on Educational Technology in the Region of Madrid. He is the Spanish representative at IFIP TC3 on Education and Senior Member of IEEE.His main research interests are in Educational Technology. He has been involved in more than 30 projects with European (Esprit, IST, @LIS, eContentPlus, Erasmus+), national (Spanish Ministry, Region of Madrid) and bilateral (Spanish-German, Spanish-French) funding. He has published over 300 articles in national and international conferences and journals and has further written a book and co-edited over a dozen. He has coordinated several MOOCs (on edX and MiríadaX). He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.


Carlos Alario-Hoyos is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Telematics Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He received M.S. and PhD degrees in Information and Communication Technologies from the Universidad of Valladolid, Spain, in 2007 and 2012 respectively. His skills and experience include research and development in MOOCs, social networks, collaborative learning, and evaluation of learning experiences. He has been involved in the design and enactment of several MOOCs deployed in MiríadaX and edX platforms. He is also subdirector of the Chair on Scalable Digital Education for All.

Raquel M. Crespo-García is an Assistant Professor at the Telematics Engineering Department of the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). She studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and received her Ph.D. in Communication Technologies from University Carlos III of Madrid in 2007. Her research interests focus on Technology-Enhanced Learning, including MOOCs, educational data mining, adaptive learning, computer supported peer review, learning standards, and evaluation of learning experiences. She has participated in different EU, national and regional projects (such as the eContent+ Best Practice Network ICOPER, Erasmus+ Learning COMPASS, Reset, eMadrid, etc.), and numerous teaching innovation projects. Within the CompetenSEA project, she is involved in the capacity building in terms of MOOCs as well as the project management.

Iria Estévez-Ayres is an associate professor at the Telematics Engineering Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She obtained her Telecommunication Engineering degree from Universidad de Vigo in 2001 and her PhD from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2007. After several years working in the research field of Distributed Real-Time Systems, she switched her research interests to the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning, focusing on m-learning, MOOCs, and on the applicability of technology-enhanced techniques to active learning courses. She has been involved in the design, development and enactment of several MOOCs deployed on the edX platform.

Universität des Saarlandes (Germany)

Armin Weinberger is founding professor and head of the Department of Educational Technology and Knowledge Management. His main research interests lie in analysing and facilitating the generation, construction and sharing of knowledge in small groups of learners, working teams, and larger communities. Armin has a 20-year experience in designing, implementing, and investigating computer-supported collaboration scripts that orchestrate roles and activities of learners in technology-enhanced environments

Armin is on the editorial board of ijCSCL (International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning) and associate editor of the JLS (Journal of the Learning Sciences), the two premier journals of the Learning Sciences field. Of the top ten most cited articles in ijCSCL, Armin is an author of four of them and the most published author in said journal 2006-2014. Recent publications concern the design and investigation of mass collaboration platforms for learning, such as social networking sites like Facebook, to leverage argumentation for learning online.

Allison Kolling is a researcher in the department of Educational Technology where she received her M.S. in 2016. Previously she worked as a secondary classroom teacher for English language and literature, and History. Recently she has been working within adult education, teaching languages classes and implementing an online training course for a local company.

GIRAF PM e.K. (Germany)

Dr. Andrey Girenko, Managing Director, Senior Consultant of GIRAF PM Services GmbH. Since 2001, he has been an EU project manager both at the European Research and Project Office GmbH (until 2008) and at DFKI (German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, ongoing). He set up GIRAF in 2009. He has acquired, managed and evaluated more than 50 European projects in different programmes and delivered more than 25 training workshops around the world. Recent projects: FP7 Metalogue (ended in 2016), FP7 SIforAGE (ended in 2016), FP7 LIGHT-TPS and SEAM (running). Dr. Girenko was a dissemination manager in FP5 Uptake Measure Agentcities.NET, dissemination and exploitation manager of FP6 ICT K4CARE project, business model developer in eContentplus Math-Bridge project, expert for EC’s IPR Helpdesk. Currently Dr. Girenko coordinates several EIT activities. On several occasions Dr. Girenfo served as a proposal evaluation expert for the EC (Space in H2020 and FP7, FP7 SiS) and the World Bank.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

Irfan Naufal Umar is a Professor at the Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received his Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1996 and 1999 respectively. His area of expertise is in the field of Instructional Design and Technology. His research is mainly on the application and impact of ICT/multimedia/e-learning on teaching, learning and training. Lately, his studies are mainly on the use and impact of web 2.0 – especially Learning Management System or LMS – on learners’ performance, acceptance and satisfaction.
Tat-Chee Wan received his BSEE and MSEE/CE from Univerisity of Miami, Florida, USA, and his PhD in Computer Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He is an Associate Professor with the School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

He was formerly with Motorola Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. as a Senior R&D Engineer in Software Development for two-way radios. His current research interests include efficient protocols for Internet of Things, QoS mechanisms for Wireless Networks, Satellite-based Internet, and Real Time Embedded Systems. This research is conducted in affiliation with the National Advanced IPv6 Centre (NAV6) in USM.

He is actively involved in the SOI-Asia project (http://soi.asia) for distance education for the Asian region, using satellite-based Internet to stream distance-education content to various participating universities in Asia.

Nor Hafizah Selamat is an anthropologist and an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. She is currently the Academic and Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA) and was the Deputy Director of KANITA from 2013 – 2015. She obtained her Masters in Social Anthropology and completed her doctoral study in the same field in 2001 from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK specialising in Anthropology of Tourism. Nor Hafizah’s scholarly interest includes anthropology of tourism, women and entrepreneurship, community development and gender studies. Her research interest has expanded into gender, tourism and entrepreneurship. Her current research projects are in gender and hospitality, gender entrepreneurship performance, gender and women’s innovativeness. Among her related publications are The Lived Experiences and Narratives of De Facto Single Mothers in Penang Island, Malaysia and has written two book chapters on “Sustainable Livelihoods and Micro-Entrepreneurship in Malay Villages of Penang Island, Malaysia” and Empowering Single Mothers Towards Livelihood Improvement through University-Community Engagement: A Case Study of KANITA’s Project on Single Mothers. Nor Hafizah is part of KANITA team member in developing a gender course entitled Introduction to Gender Studies in the Context of ASEAN as part of the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) programmes of Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Rosni Abdullah is currently the Director of the National Advanced IPv6 Center (Nav6) which is a centre of research excellence in USM focusing on future internet research aligned towards the Internet of Things (IoT). She is also a Professor in Parallel Computing at the School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and is one of the national pioneers in this field. She obtained her PhD  from Loughborough University, United Kingdom specializing in the area of Parallel Numerical Algorithms. Both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science were obtained from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.
Rosni has served as Dean of the School of Computer Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 2004 to 2012. She also heads the Parallel and Distributed Processing Research Group since its inception in 1994. Her research areas include Parallel Algorithms and Computational support for applications of bioinformatics. She has led more than 20 research grants including a European Union grant and three Intel grants. She recently initiated the Makers@USM movement, bringing together makers from students and staff of USM.

Iznan Husainy Hasbullah is a Research Officer with National Advanced IPv6 Centre (NAv6) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). His research interest includes Unified Communication, Computer Network Security, Advanced Computer Network and Internet of Things.
Prior to joining NAv6 in 2010, he was a senior software architect with MLABS System Berhad (MLABS) before being seconded to work as R&D Consultant to spearhead a project titled High Definition Video Conferencing for IPv6 Networks that was funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). He was involved in two network security audit exercises that were commissioned by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in 2003 and 2004 to audit internet service providers. He was also part of a team that collaborated with the Royal Malaysian Army to bring Advance Military Mobile Conferencing System (AMMCS) to the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’03) in 2003.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Aisyah Saad is currently Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) MOOC Manager under Centre for Development of Academic Excellence and Students Development (CDAE). She is a part of the USM MOOC team since 2015. She receives a Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) from University of Nottingham and a registered pharmacist by training.  She is the recipient of the USM Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 for her creative and interactive approaches in teaching and learning. Her creative T&L approach was shortlisted for the inaugural Wharton-QS Stars Reimagining Education Award 2014 (Hybrid Learning). In 2017, she serves as judge for ReimagineEdu, ‘Oscar of Education’. Mastertrainer at Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) and CDAE Trainer, she regularly conducts training sessions for educators at university and national levels. Her workshops are on design and development of MOOC, using technology in T&L and her passion, Presentation Makeover for Educators.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Malaysia)

Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer (Nara) is currently the Director of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI) and Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).  He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology, Austria. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Graz University of Technology, Austria and Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany. Nara has served as Chairman of the ICT Deans Council, Secretary of the National ICT Human Resource Taskforce, and member of the National IT Council Expert Panel and the National Professor Council. He has also been a part of a number of Research and Commercialisation projects which include European Commission projects, Japanese Human Resource grants and the National Language Technology Productisation project including a number of high-profile Consultancy projects. His research interests include Data Analytics, Technology Assimilated Learning.

Chuah Kee Man is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Language and Communication Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and heading the E-Learning Unit at the Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia, UNIMAS. He is also part of the core team for the UNIMAS Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) design and development 2013.
His expertise is centred on educational technology, learning analytics as well as cognitive science. He has developed several innovative products that have won awards in national and international exhibitions including winning Gold Medals at Seoul International Invention Fair, South Korea in 2015 and 2013 for his mobile reading app and a Bronze Medal in British Invention Fair 2014, London for his mobile app for vocabulary learning.  He was awarded the UNIMAS Academic Award for Excellence in Teaching 2014 for his innovative and creative approaches and scholarly pursuit in teaching and the National Best E-Learning Facilitator 2016 by the Ministry of Higher Education and E-Learning Coordinators Council of Malaysian Higher Education Institutions.

Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia)

Achmad Basuki is a senior lecturer at Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Brawijaya (UB). He is also the director of Information and Communication Unit in UB, with the tasks to empower the University with ICT in all aspects. He is also actively coordinating Indonesia Research and Education Network (IDREN), together with other representatives from top Universities in Indonesia to revive the former NREN in Indonesia, called INHERENT. He is currently active in several international research collaboration: SOI-Asia project (http://soi.asia) for distance education in the Asian region.

His current research interests include Internet of Things in rural/challenged networks, Software Defined Networking, IPv4/IPv6 multicast and also Content-Centric Networking.

Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Indonesia)

Alwin Melkie Sambul is currently a lecturer at the Informatics Study Program of the Faculty of Engineering and the Head of eLibrary at Universitas Sam Ratulangi (UNSRAT, http://www.unsrat.ac.id), Manado, Indonesia. He received his Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST) Kumamoto University, Japan in 2011 and 2015 respectively in the field of Human and Environmental Informatics. Since 2001, he has been actively involved in the SOI-Asia project (http://soi.asia) which is mainly conducting a distance education among universities in Asian region using uni-directional satellite-based Internet. He is presently conducting a research called Tuturuga Project, funded by the Ministry of Research and  Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia, which is aimed to build an asynchronous eLearning model for the people at the remote islands of Indonesia.

University of the Philippines System (Philippines)

Peter Sy is Chair, National Experts Group on Privacy, Department of Health (DOH)/Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Chair, Committee on Open Data, University of the Philippines Diliman; co-founder of moodLearing, an e-learning and technology startup organized at the University of the Philippines Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship; co-founder, UPFM, a campus FM radio station. He has been the Director of the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, Social Issues) Program of the Philippine Genome Center, 2011-2014; the former Director (2009-2014) of the Diliman Interactive Learning Center (DILC); the Executive Officer (2003-2014) of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB); a research consultant of the MWSS Public Assessment of Water Services (PAWS), National Engineering Center. He has been a Research Fellow of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies as well as of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Dennis B. Batangan, M.D., M.Sc. (Heidelberg) is a health social science researcher and public health specialist from the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC), School of Social Sciences (SOSS), Ateneo De Manila University (AdMU), Philippines. One of the DOST PCRHD eHealth projects implemented by AdMU, the eHATID, is led by Dr Batangan. He also oversees health research at the AdMU IPC including two ASEAN-related initiatives and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) project for European Union(EU)- Erasmus+-Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education. His external appointments include being an independent expert for the European Commission in Belgium for the Horizon 2020 Programme and a public health expert for the Chunbuk National University, Korea. His academic degrees include the following: B.S. Psychology, cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of the Philippines-Manila and an M.Sc. (Community Health for Developing Countries) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He co-founded the Bukluran sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino in UP Diliman, the Community Medicine Development Foundation (COMMED) and the People-managed Health Services and Multipurpose Cooperative. Dr Batangan received the 1986 Hugh Greenwood Award in Community Service; the 1991 Dr Tranquilino Paez Memorial Award for Community Health Service; 1995 Dangal ng Bayan Award; 1997 UP Alumni Association Professional Award in Public and Community Health and the 2012 the Medical Action Group Blue Jeans Award.