Keynote Speaker 1
Andrew Stetkevich, M.Ed. has 39 years of experience as a primary and secondary educator in the field of education with a specialty in literacy instruction and intervention. He has served as a classroom teacher, special education program specialist, a literacy coach, parent educator, dyslexia tutor, and a staff development specialist. Mr. Stetkevich is a national consultant for Language Circle/Project Read and the Bureau of Education and Research Organization. He is an active member of the International Dyslexia Association. Mr. Stetkevich has spoken at numerous national conferences, including the Ireland International Conference on Education, International Dyslexia Association, the British Dyslexia Association, and the European Conference on Literacy. Additionally, Mr. Stetkevich has taught special education assessment and methods graduate-level courses at both California Baptist University and the University of California, Riverside Extension programs. He currently resides in Riverside, California, USA with his wife of 34 years.
Keynote Speaker 2
Dr Brett Holt is currently a tenured faculty member at the University of Vermont. He has acted as an invited journal reviewer, panel member, and lecturer with publications translated into six languages. He studied at the University of Alabama, the University of Wyoming, and Florida State University. He returned to graduate studies and earned a doctorate degree after being rewarded with a local “Teacher of the Year” distinction in TN. Brett’s early scholarship focused on teachers’ prolific usage of figurative language and the effect figurative language has on children learning. Other early scholarship focused on newspaper comic strips as both a teaching tool and medium to express positive education dispositions. Post-tenure, Brett’s scholarship has focused on the discourses of “Expertise,” as operationalized by Erickson, Firestein, and Marion, especially attentive to how it is applied to academics/educators and their freedoms. More recently, Brett broadened his scope of hazards to Academic Freedom (Lehrfreheit & Lehrnfreheit), including “Fear Generators;” And, he is in the initial phases of exploring discourses on Aristotle’s appeals to persuasion.
Keynote Speaker 3
Dr Eleni Makri is currently affiliated with the SFI Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics/University College Dublin and recently launched H2020 Opening Doors enterprise. The project aims at identifying the PhD graduate skills valued in open science and open innovation systems and designing, delivering and evaluating such an online interdisciplinary and intersectoral educational course for PhD and post-doctoral researchers. Her academic background includes graduate studies in social and organizational psychology in the United Kingdom and the best doctoral research award in psychology. Active in tutoring behavioural science and HCI modules based on flipped approach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels cross-disciplinary and cross-culturally. Previously involved in H2020 Newton and FP7 Metalogue projects. Metalogue designed, delivered and evaluated a personalised multimodal embodied conversational agent’s system with metacognitive abilities for win-win negotiation in favour of interdisciplinary education and training. Newton deployed and assessed innovative solutions (AR/VR, fab labs, mulsemedia, gamification) for STEM education triggered by diverse pedagogy (PBL, FA, game-based) and spanned across different learners, involving also special education students. Her research and publication record interests and expertise focus on behavioural change and HCI in graduate education and training, including individual, community (civics) and organizational-level KAS in online teaching and learning across disciplines.