INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC BOARD
OSU´S INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC BOARD
OSU works with an international team of experts to bring a diversity of background and cultural approaches to the core of the university. OSU welcomes expertise on technology, methodology, sociology, psychology, business and many other topics, from the five continents. Along with the Academic Council and the Management Team, the International Advisory Board (IAB) provides advice and assessment, transversally, to make sure that OSU is always on the good edge to improve and to provide the best learning experience to their students, and one outstanding teaching environment to their lecturers.
Saida Affouneh is an Associate professor at An Najah national University- working as the Dean of Faculty of Education and Teacher training.Dr. Saida Affouneh is also the founder and director of the E-Learning Center.
Dr. Saida Affouneh was also working as consultant to develop a national policy paper for open education, a Project sponsored by AQAQ (Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission) and AMIDEAST.
She was the Chairperson of the international conference for learning and teaching in the digital world 2014, organized by the E-Learning center and the Chairperson of the international conference for learning and teaching in the digital world 2017 (smart world).
She has been granted by Sloan Consortium to participate in an online leadership program in 2013, as the first scholar from the Middle East. Dr. Saida Affouneh has worked in three different universities where two of them are conventional universities, while the third is an open one. The experience of open and traditional education has given Saida a variety of experience and enabled her to understand the different and aspects of distance learning.
She has many publications, and she was awarded several national awards and grants.
Prof. Dr. John Willian Branch Bedoya, received a BSc. Eng in Mining and Metallurgy Engineering in 1995, an MSc. in Systems Engineering in 1997, and a PhD in Systems Engineering in 2007; all of them from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellin, Colombia.
Currently he is a full professor at the Computing and Decision Sciences Department, in the Facultad de Minas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia.
His research interests include: automation, computer vision, digital image processing and computational intelligence techniques, digital transformation. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0378-028X.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Vice-rector for International Research (UNIR Research, https://research.unir.net), at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR, https://www.unir.net). In addition, he holds the UNESCO Chair on eLearning (https://unesco-elearning.unir.net), and the ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources (https://www.icde.org).
He works also as Director of the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED, https://ited.unir.net). He is Professor of Learning & Teaching at An-Najah National University (Palestine).
Previously, he worked in Atos and the Open University of The Netherlands. In 1996, he developed the first postgraduate online school on multimedia training and user interaction (ESAC), with over 6.000 students, worldwide
His interests are mainly focused on Educational Technology & Innovation: Adaptive/Personalised and Informal eLearning, Learning Analytics, Social Networks, eGames, and eLearning Specifications. He has published over 130 scientific papers, 15 books and 17 special issues on indexed journals. He is or has been involved in +50 European and Worldwide R&D projects, many of them with a clear ICT implementation for underprivileged groups and for social progress
He is a visiting professor at Coventry University (UK), Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL, Colombia) and Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE, Ecuador). He has been chair (2016, 2018) and vice-chair (2015, 2017) of the international jury for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. He holds degrees in Communication (PhD), Computer Science (Dr. Ing), Education (PhD), Anthropology (PhD), Business Administration (DBA) and Artificial Intelligence (MIT, postgraduate). CHAIR OF OSU'S IAB
Dr. Jako Olivier is a professor in Multimodal Learning at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa. He holds the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources.
He obtained his PhD in 2011 in which he researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools by means of blended learning.
Before he joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, he was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 he was a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts of the NWU after being appointed as associate professor in the Faculty of Education in 2015.
During 2012 he was a guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In 2018 he was promoted to full professor at the NWU.
He received the Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Emerging Researcher Medal in 2018. Currently he is also a member of the advisory board of SlideWiki and an active member of the South African Creative Commons Chapter.
His research, located within the NWU's Research Unit for Self-directed Learning, is focused on self-directed multimodal learning, open educational resources, multiliteracies, individualized blended learning, e-learning in language classrooms, online multilingualism and macro-sociolinguistics.
Pro. DR. Michel Ricard Professeur des Universités, Docteur ès-Sciences
Professor of Biology, Ecology & Sustainable development, Bordeaux INP. Holder of the UNESCO chair on "Education, training and research on sustainable development". President of the French digital university on environment and sustainable development - UVED.
Head of RCE Bordeaux Aquitaine, United Nations Regional Centre for Expertise on sustainable development.
Member of the
steering committee on education for sustainable development of the United
Nations Economic. Commission for Europe in Geneva (UNECE).
Previous positions and functions. Commissioned by the French Prime minister for issues on education and research for sustainable development (2002-2009). Chair of the French national council on sustainable development attached to Prime minister (2006-2009). President of the French national committee for the UN decade for education on sustainable development DESD (2005-2009)
Vice-chair of the international network ENSI - Environmental School Initiatives (2000-2007)). Member of the UNESCO's international steering group for the DESD final conference (Japan, 2014). Member of the international EEAC's steering committee (European Environmental and Sustainable. Development Advisory Councils) and chair of its commission on sustainable development (2006-2008). President of the scientific committee of the annual conference 'Sciences and ethic of the sea" (2008-2015). Director of EGID, Institute for Georesources and Environment, Bordeaux University (2001-2006). President of the University of Agen, France (1997-99). Technical advisor for higher education, training and research for French overseas territories (1992-95). Member of the French scientific council of the directorate of nuclear test centres (1987-90). Founding president of the French University of the South Pacific (1987-90). Deputy associate director at the French Museum of Natural History in Paris (1975-1987).
Prof. Dr. Hyo-Jeong So is Full Professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Ewha Womans University in Korea. Previously, she was with Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH), Korea and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
She received her Ph.D. degree from Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2005. She is currently the executive member of the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE).
Her main research interests include mobile learning, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), and informal learning. She is particularly interested in examining how to integrate emerging technologies for teaching and learning from collaborative knowledge building perspectives.
In Singapore, Dr. So has participated in the future school project funded by the National Research Foundation where she examined the potential of mobile technologies for extending and linking learning experiences in and out of school. In addition, she has conducted several research projects on emerging technologies in education funded by Microsoft, Korean National Research Foundation, and IDRC, Canada.
She has published several research papers in the
international journals and working paper series with UNESCO. He has been
the jury member of the UNESCO Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education.
Dr. Ahmed Tlili is a former Assistant professor of educational technology at the University of Kairouan, Tunisia, where he has (co)supervised over 30 students and taught different subjects, including Human Computer Interaction (HCI), game development, web development and software engineering.
Dr. Tlili is now an Open Educational Resources (OER) expert at the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University.
He is currently leading teams in the fields of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Edutainment.
Dr. Tlili is a member of IEEE, OER laboratory of Smart Learning Institute, China and the laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication & Electrical Engineering (LaTICE), Tunisia. His current research interests include open learning, learning analytics, game-based learning, artificial intelligence in education and educational psychology.
Dr. Tlili has published several academic papers in international referred journals and conferences. He has served as a guest editor in the Smart Learning Environments journal, as a local organizing and program committee member in various international conferences, and as a reviewer in several refereed journals. Dr. Tlili is the co-chair of IEEE special interest group on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Learning Environments and APSCE's Special Interest Group on Educational Gamification and Game-based Learning (EGG).
Dr. Tlili is also the editor of the Springer books entitled "Data Analytics Approaches in Educational Games and Gamification Systems" and "Current state of Open Educational Resources in the Belt and Road countries".