Committee

We are delighted to introduce the IABL directors.

Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas : President, Founding Director

Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas

President, Founding Director

Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas, long time teacher and researcher of adult education and educational technologies, has focused for over a decade on exploring and developing blended and mobile learning solutions. Dr. Palalas has been involved in numerous blended learning projects in North America, Ghana and India.  Amongst other assignments, she has worked as a Mobile Learning Specialist at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada as well as in a cross-cultural blended learning project involving Ghana, Canada, and the USA. She is currently teaching graduate courses in m-learning, technology-assisted education, and  distance education courses at Athabasca University, Canada and the University of New Mexico, USA. She is also consulting on mobile and blended learning educational interventions. Dr. Palalas has published a number of articles and book chapters pertaining to mobile and blended learning. She has been active in local and international professional associations and is a regular presenter at international conferences. In her over-20-year experience as an educator, Dr. Palalas has taught in the classroom and online, reviewed and designed curriculum, provided professional development, worked as a programmer and instructional designer for mobile, online, F2F, and blended learning programs. She is excited to be able to contribute to the field of blended learning as a founding director of the International Blended Learning Association.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/apalalas

apalalas@iabl.org

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Dr. Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh : Past-President, Founding Director

Dr. Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh

Past-President, Founding Director

Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher with the American Institutes for Research. She is an educational consultant (K-16) and an expert in the field educational communications and technology, as well as in cultural and linguistic competence (CLC).  Dr. Willis-Darpoh also has significant expertise in teacher training/culturally responsive teaching, diversity, disproportionality and disparities and is a certified blended learning developer. An educator with more than 35 years of experience, she has presented nationally and internationally on blended learning and conducted research for multinational organizations.

Dr. Willis-Darpoh is a two-time Fulbright scholar (Nigeria 1988; Germany 1997) and a member of the Fulbright Association’s National Board of Directors.  In addition, she serves on the Research and Innovation Advisory Board of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and is the President and Founding Director of the International Association for Blended Learning.

Gwendolyn earned a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.Ed. from the American University, and a B.S. from Virginia State University.

gdarpoh@iabl.org

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Przemyslaw Pawluk : Vice President, Founding Director

Przemyslaw Pawluk

Vice President, Founding Director

Przemyslaw (Pshemek) Pawluk is a professor at the School of Computer Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, teaching mobile, web and game development. He has worked successfully with Research and Innovation Office at George Brown College on various research projects advising both industry partners and participating students. Przemyslaw holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree from Wroclaw University of Technology and Blekinge Institute of Technology. While being a student in Wroclaw, he worked as a back-end developer and tester. Thanks to that experience, he graduated with both extensive understanding of theory and practical experience in various innovative technologies and domains (telecommunication from Siemens, GIS from Geotechnologies, banking and call center systems from Lukas Bank). Working in these companies he had an opportunity to observe, learn and take an active part in each phase of the development process: from design through development to tests. Now, he has been applying this expertise and experience in the projects conducted by Mobi-Learning Inc. and GBC. Przemyslaw is an active researcher. His work is focused on two areas: mobile education and cloud computing. His previous research interests covered also software engineering, database development and optimization, as well as data quality and data integration. Przemyslaw has published several research articles pertaining to software engineering, data quality, cloud computing and mobile education. He presented his work at major local and international conferences. He is a co-founder and vice-president of Mobi-Learning Inc. responsible for technological aspects of their solutions. In each area, he is trying to mix theory and practice. In Mobi-Learning Inc., Przemyslaw shares his passion and expertise, contributing his understanding of technology and experience in software engineering. He has developed a number of mobile and web solutions for education; he also provides consulting services in the broad area of software development covering mobile, web and database design and development.

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Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos : Treasurer, Founding Director

Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos

Treasurer, Founding Director

Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Informatics Engineering at Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology  and he also serves as Coordinator of Master of Distance Education in Greece, on behalf of Athabasca University of Canada since 2009. Prof Tsinakos has a number of publications and was the Coordinator (or member of the Coordination Team) in more than 14 national/international projects on the topic of distance education. Additionally he participated in number of  world/international/national conferences as invited speaker/presenter. Since 2011 Prof. Tsinakos has joined the Bologna Expert Team, as National Representative on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Education.

atsinakos@iabl.org

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Dr. Hend Merza : Secretary, Founding Director

Dr. Hend Merza

Secretary, Founding Director

Dr. Hend Merza is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and the Director of Quality and Accreditation  Department at the Arab Open University , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  She received her Bachelor degree from the United States of America, while she received her Master's and Doctoral degree from King Saud University. She worked for twenty five year in public education , but Dr. Hend decided it was time for change and retired early . Retirement gave her the opportunity to work  three different jobs at the same time: teaching  at three local universities, writing a weekly column in a local newspaper, and delivering training programs. She published a number of papers and books, and there are some more on the way.  Participating in conferences and workshops in her field of training, Quality Management, and higher education is her favourite activity, where she can meet colleagues with whom she  can establish a professional relationship.

hmerza@iabl.org

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Dr. Elzbieta Gajek : Member-at-large, Director

Dr. Elzbieta Gajek

Member-at-large, Director

Dr. Elzbieta Gajek is long time teacher and researcher of adult education and educational technologies, has focused for over a decade on exploring and developing blended and mobile learning solutions. Dr. Gajek holds Master of Science degree in electronics (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland) and a Ph.D. degree in Humanities, Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw). Her research focuses on the methodology of teaching English,
second language acquisition, computer enhanced teaching and learning languages, corpus linguistics, European dimension in language education, and media in language education. Dr. Gajek is a coordinator of the IATEFL PL Computer SIG. She has published a number of articles and book chapters pertaining to e-learning, mobile, and blended learning. She has been active in local and international professional associations and is a regular presenter at international conferences.

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Dr. Helmi Norman : Member-at-large, Founding Director

Dr. Helmi Norman

Member-at-large, Founding Director

Dr. Helmi Norman is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Teaching and Learning Innovations, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. His research interests are in the areas of mobile and ubiquitous learning as well as open and distance education. His international experience include invitations as a visiting scholar at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California San Diego and an Erasmus Mundus visiting post-doc at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, where he worked on projects related social cognition in mobile and ubiquitous environments and massive open online courses (MOOCs) for dementia. He is also currently involved in an Innovative Research University (IRU Australia) – Malaysia Research University Network (MRUN) project on learning spaces. In Malaysia, he is currently working on national projects such as Malaysia MOOCs for public universities and iTunesU for the National University of Malaysia.

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Dr. Mohamed Ally : Past Vice President, Founding Director

Dr. Mohamed Ally

Past Vice President, Founding Director

Dr. Mohamed Ally is Professor in Distance Education and a researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University in Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. His current areas of research include mobile learning, e-learning, distance education, and use of information and communication technology in training and education. Dr. Ally is Past-President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IamLearn). He was also on the board of the Canadian Society for Training and Development. Dr. Ally chaired the Fifth World Conference on Mobile Learning and co-chaired the First International Conference on Mobile Libraries. He recently edited seven books on the use of mobile technology in education, training and libraries and is currently editing three additional books. His book “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution to distance education. Two of his research papers won the best research paper award at national and international conferences. Dr. Ally has published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and encyclopedia and served on many journal boards and conference committees. He has presented keynote speeches, workshops, papers, and seminars in many countries.

mally@iabl.org

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Phil Cowcill : Director

Phil Cowcill

Director

Phil Cowcill is a senior eLearning specialist with the Canadian Department of National Defence, where he works with the Air Force in the Air Worthiness division. Phil started his multimedia development in 1983. In 1985, his team developed Canada’s first Level III interactive videodisc. In 1995, he was hired to set up, coordinate, and teach an interactive multimedia postgraduate program. In 2011, Phil coordinated and taught in Canada’s first postgraduate mobile application development program. Phil also travels and speaks at a variety of educational and multimedia conferences all over North America.

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Joe Ganci : Director

Joe Ganci

Director

Joe Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a consulting and training eLearning company located outside of Washington, D.C. Joe has been involved in every aspect of eLearning development since 1983. Her is a Board Member of several organizations including Adobe Captivate Advisory Board, Adobe eLearning Advisory Board, and Training Magazine's Training Conference. Joe is also a member of several committees of the eLearning Guild.
Joe Ganci is a recipient of multiple awards including Best Alternate Solution Award (eLearning Guild SolutionFest, 2014), eLearning Guild Master Award (2013) and eLearning Lifetime Achievement Award (1999). Joe is world-renowned speaker and trainer. He also provides consulting services at every level, assisting organizations that are just getting started to help them avoid costly mistakes and helping organizations that have been creating eLearning for a long time to improve their processes.

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