Members of SALTO external advisory board
Piet van der Zanden
Has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in 2009, see The Facilitating University; Positioning Next Generation Education Technology“. Subsequently he had written a small book (in Dutch) about education and its future titled “Learning Mall: Learning is Earning in Tomorrow’s University” (Learning Mall: Laat Onderwijs Geld Verdienen“).
Piet is working with the design and development of education spaces to facilitate digital teaching, collaborating practices and innovative developments. Since the advent of MOOCs and flipped classrooms a mismatch is growing between the current practising pedagogies based on talking-writing in lecture halls and online practices. At the same time classroom designing disciplines remain idle in adapting modern practices. He has written a great “cookbook” on how to design education spaces and created an excellent application to visualize readability and sightlines when designing education spaces.
Vice Dean, Professor, Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methodology, School of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, research professor at Far East University (Russia).
Svetlana has over 25-year experience in researching, teaching, training and publishing in foreign languages education and e-learning. Her main research areas are ICT integration into FL teaching, E-learning methodology, mobile devices and apps in Language Classroom. She has more than a 15-year experience in teaching blended learning classes and distance courses on professional development for FL teachers.
She is a coordinator of the educational website Learning and Teaching with the Web http://titova.ffl.msu.ru which was set up in 2001. It aims at facilitating the process of implementing web resources and tools into learning and teaching experience, where students can find helpful online tests, syllabi, samples of the best web projects, web activities and research papers. It keeps teachers up to date with the latest developments in e-learning and mobile learning.
Titova S. has 100 publications, 39 articles and books have been published for the last 5 years. 6 articles were published in English in high rating magazines (International Journal on Mobile and Blended Learning) and conference proceedings (IATEFL 2013 Liverpool Conference Selections).
Don Merritt is the Director of the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) at the University of Central Florida. Don holds a PhD in Texts and Technology from UCF where he studies virtual environments, games and accessibility in addition to his OIR responsibilities. Don’s background includes several years in broadcasting radio and television and several years teaching. He has also been involved in a number of international theatre projects that used telepresence to combine actors and audiences across North America in real time, and has contributed to Emmy-nominated productions and internationally-screened documentary work.
Duncan work with universities and colleges to help them identify the range of inputs required for new active collaborative learning initiatives to be successful on their own campuses. Too often the focus of campus developments can be skewed by technology or learning space design, and whilst these are both important, in order to provide a great student experience that supports wellbeing and achieves the desired Student Outcomes, successful developments require a broader range of inputs.
He has developed Peberdy’s Pyramid for Success that places Student Outcomes as key for both student and institutional success, and which requires the right pedagogies and interventions to achieve these. In turn, these pedagogies require a blend of Curriculum re-Design and Delivery, Assessment, Technology, CPD, Learning Space Design, and Wellbeing measures in order to create a Student Experience that underpins the desired successful outcomes.
Successful deployments of Active Collaborative Learning can result in the disappearance of historical academic attainment gaps, widen participation in HE, and reduce campus racism.
I’m also interested in the potential of Virtual Classrooms in both HE and FE, and the development of pedagogies and interventions that will be essential for transforming these technological advancements into student successes.
Since 2014 Duncan has published two books on active learning spaces that take an holistic look at all the inputs required to make new student-centric learning spaces successful.