Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the two keynote speakers presenting at the 6th International AHE Conference 2017.

Dr. Jan McArthur Jjan-mcarthur-1an‘s research interests span two themes: education and social justice, and the nature of higher education. She is interested in inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and practice. She has explored different interpretations of critical pedagogy, and particularly the ways in which conceptualisations of knowledge impact upon social justice. Much of her work is informed by critical theory, and she has a special interest in the work of Theodor Adorno. Her recent work has looked at the nature of assessment and feedback the role of failure in learning including the relationship between conceptions of failure and social justice.

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Professor Denise WhitelockBSc PGCE MEd PhD Denise has over twenty years experience in designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.  She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology.  She has just completed directing the SAFeSEA project. http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/safesea/  The aim of this research was to provide an effective automated interactive feedback system that yields an acceptable level of support for university students writing essays in a distance or e-learning context. She has edited four special journal issues on e-Assessment for BJET, LMTECI, IJCELL and IJEA. She chaired the International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference from 2010 until 2013.  Her work has received international recognition as she holds visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai. She is also a serving member of the governing council for the Society for Research into Higher Education.