Speakers

The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ACLL2017). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Professor Mark Pegrum
    Professor Mark Pegrum
    The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Professor Barbara Lockee
    Professor Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech., USA
  • Nichole Saad
    Nichole Saad
    Wikimedia Foundation
  • Stuart McLean
    Stuart McLean
    Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
  • Brandon Kramer
    Brandon Kramer
    Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
  • Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor Ted O’Neill
    Gakushuin University, Japan
Professor Mark Pegrum
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Mark Pegrum is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia, where he specialises in mobile learning and, more broadly, e-learning. His current research focuses on mobile technologies and digital literacies. His recent books include: Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet (co-edited with Joe Lockard; Peter Lang, 2007); From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education (UWA Publishing, 2009); Digital Literacies (co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly; Pearson/Routledge, 2013); and Mobile Learning: Languages, Literacies and Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, a member of the Editorial Boards of Language Learning & Technology and System, and a member of the Review Panel of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. He teaches in Perth, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Keynote Presentation | Beyond web 2.0: Designing authentic mobile learning for everyday contexts in Asia
Professor Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech., USA

Biography

Dr Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech., USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), M.A. in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Featured Presentation | Instructional Designers as Agents of Change: Facilitating the Next Generation of Technology-Enhanced Learning
Nichole Saad
Wikimedia Foundation

Biography

Nichole Saad is currently the Education Program Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, and previously worked for the UNESCO Office in Amman and the Ministry of Education in Malaysia. She earned an MA from the George Washington University, USA, in International Education, focusing on Teacher Professional Development, Education Technology, International Development, and Education in Emergencies. Her current work at the Wikimedia Foundation allows her to pursue all of these academic interests while working towards a world where the sum of all human knowledge is free and accessible to everyone.

Featured Presentation | How to Use Wikipedia as an Educational Tool in the Classroom
Stuart McLean
Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Biography

Stuart McLean is an instructor at Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan. He holds an MScEd (TESOL) and a PGCE, and is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Kansai University. He has published in the journals Reading in a Foreign Language, Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, Language Teaching Research, TESOL Quarterly, Language Assessment Quarterly and Applied Linguistics.

Featured Presentation | Balancing Principles and Practicalities When Designing and Implementing a Vocabulary Program
Brandon Kramer
Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Biography

Brandon Kramer is a full-time lecturer of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Osaka Jogakuin University in Western Japan, and also teaches at Kansai University. He has been teaching English in Japan since 2006, after studying mathematics for his undergraduate degree. After receiving an MS in TESOL from Temple University, Japan, he has published and presented on topics in vocabulary acquisition, language testing and corpus linguistics. He is currently focusing his PhD studies on the intersection of these three disciplines, seeking ways to bring the most up-to-date research into the classroom.

Featured Presentation | Assessment Basics for the Language Classroom: A Crash Course in Testing
Professor Ted O’Neill
Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo. He recently held the position of Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Previously, he taught in the English Language Program at J. F. Oberlin University where he also served as Coordinator for the Foundation English Program. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and currently serves on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA. Ted joined the Apple Distinguished Educator Program in 2011 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014.

Professor Ted O’Neill is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Educational Technology section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

IAAB Presentation | Change in Japanese Tertiary Education: Implementing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in Japan