Keynote Speakers - MEI2015

David Crookall

Institute of Economics and Management of the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis

“From practice through know-how to concept: Processing simulation experience to transform it into learning”

David Crookall, PhD, has published widely (many articles, several books), and has worked in many countries (across 3 continents), on simulation/gaming, debriefing, writing, climate change and other topics. He is teaches in the ISEM: Higher Institute of Economics and Management of the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. He is editor of Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Research and Practice (S&G).


Terry Poulton

Professor, Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education, St George's, University of London, London, UK

“Hot topics in eLearning and Distance Learning”

Prof. Terry Poulton is Associate Dean for e-Learning and Head of the e-Learning Unit at SGUL, a research and service unit whose research is focused chiefly on innovation in the field of virtual patients, and curriculum transformation through scenario-based learning. He is also and visiting Senior Research Associate at the Karolinska Institute. He has obtained 23 national and international grants, the latest ones focusing on (i) leadership of the successful EC-funded programme eViP which, researched the feasibility of, and then developed, a bank of VPs for European-wide use (ii) the development of the Tempus ePBLnet programme, also leading the curriculum transformation element of that project, (iii) the Croesus project, a Strategic Partnership embedding ‘clinical decision-making’ VP s into PBL in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (iV) VP development as a core member of the eContentplus- funded mEducator project.



Dr Verina Waights

Senior Lecturer at The Open University, UK

“Technologies for care – the imperative for upskilling carers”

Dr Verina Waights is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, UK. She has over 25 years’ experience in education and research and is the OU lead for the EU funded project DISCOVER: developing digital skills of carers’ to improve their wellbeing and social inclusion. She is an investigator on several EU and UK funded research projects and an invited speaker and expert at international conferences and workshops, developing recommendations for future EU policy and research. Her research interests include: the role of technologies in enhancing the quality of life and social inclusion of carers and older people, and developing older people’s knowledge and skills through informal learning. Her role in enhancing e-inclusion was recognised by the Open University’s Public Engagement with Research Award Scheme, 2015.



David Topps

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

“Educational Research: measuring activity and reasoning”

Dr David Topps, Professor Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, has a broad variety of expertise and experience from 3 countries (Canada, Australia, United Kingdom). He has worked in a variety of clinical settings (rural, urban, academic, team-based). His research interests are also broad: virtual patients, mixed-modality simulation, interprofessional and team-based education especially in CPD, digital professionalism, education informatics, ubiquitous computing and distributed learning, informal and tacit learning.


Stylianos Hatzipanagos

Senior Lecturer, Centre of Technology Enhanced Learning, King’s College London, UK

“Smart Homecare and digital competences: a learning design approach”

Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos is Senior Lecturer in the Centre of Technology Enhanced Learning at King's College London. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London and a Fellow of the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the Open University. His research portfolio includes: design and evaluation of interactive learning environments, formative assessment and technology-enhanced assessment, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work, open educational resources, social media and social networking in an educational context. He has edited books and peer reviewed journal special issues on social media and assessment. He has developed and led successful research funding applications and participated in research projects at a national (UK) and European level.