Prof. Shakil Akhtar

Clayton State University, Canada

Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently Professor of IT and Computer Science at Clayton State University. Before this he was the IT Department head from July 2007 to December 2008. He was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 (Interim Dean 2002-03). During 2000 to 2002, he was a Performance and Simulation Engineer at Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for performance analysis and simulation of telecommunications equipment including third generation mobile systems. His prior work experience includes Computer Science/Engineering Departments at Central Michigan University, University of Toledo, and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.



Prof. Jon Dron

Athabasca University, Canada

Dr. Jon Dron is a full professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and member of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University, Canada. Until 2007 he was a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK, where he remains an Honorary Faculty Fellow working with the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
Straddling the technology/education divide, his research interests broadly centre around social and structural aspects of learning technologies, with a particular emphasis on discovering, designing and employing methods and technologies to enable learners to help one another to learn.
He is the author of the book Control & Constraint in E-Learning: Choosing When to Choose . He has been a keynote speaker at many international workshops and conferences, is author of scores of articles in journals, books and conference proceedings, several of which have received top paper awards at international conferences. His most recently published book, co-written with Terry Anderson, is Teaching Crowds: Learning & Social Media. His next book, How Education Works: Teaching, Technology, and Technique is under review.