It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our Keynote speakers for the 2016 Conference:
Dr. William (Bill) Ballhaus
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Blackboard
With his experience leading global technology businesses, Bill is deeply committed to developing Blackboard’s industry-leading suite of solutions and products serving students and educators, and innovating on their behalf to expand student reach and improve learning outcomes within the education community.
Previously, Bill has served as President and CEO of SRA International, President and CEO of DynCorp International, and has also held senior leadership positions at BAE Systems, Boeing, and Hughes, where he led global government and commercial technology businesses. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis; Master’s and Doctorate degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University; and a Master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Chief Strategy Officer, Blackboard
Katie Blot is Chief Strategy Officer. In this capacity, she’s responsible for aligning Blackboard’s business to industry and customer needs – overseeing key functions including industry strategy and development, business line leadership, product and partner management, marketing and sales effectiveness – and ensuring we build and deliver products and services that our customers love.
Katie has over 20 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms, including positions held within the U.S. Department of Education: Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid, and Deputy General Manager for the Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services Unit where she was responsible for processing over 14 million student applications for federal student aid and delivering over $60 billion in Title IV programs.
Dr. Martin Dougiamas
Founder and CEO, Moodle
Dr Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the open-source Moodle project, now used by the education community across the world in every education sector.
As the CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd (based in Perth) he leads the team of 50 software developers and educators at the heart of the Moodle project (including MoodleCloud and other initiatives). Moodle Pty Ltd has also created a network of 84 certified Moodle Partners (including Blackboard) that help provide funding for this independent software project through an innovative business model.
Martin has a mixed academic background with post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education, including an honorary doctorate, and continues to focus on researching how technology can support teaching and learning.
Louwarnoud van der Duim
Head of Educational Support and Innovation, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Louwarnoud leads the team that is responsible for educational support and innovation at the University of Groningen. The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.
In the past decade Louwarnoud has been responsible for large projects to improve retention rates, introduce digital examinations, structure the information flow to students, create a mobile presence and to improve the teaching quality of all faculty within the university. He is driven to deliver and stimulate lasting educational innovations.
Louwarnoud has set you a challenge for this year’s TLC. View his personal invitation »
Professor Shirley Alexander
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students), University of Technology Sydney
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander is responsible for leading the achievement of the University’s key priorities in teaching and learning, the student experience, and the use of data analytics in all aspects of the university’s work.
Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies and has worked at UTS for the past twenty years, having previously held the positions of Director of the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, and Dean of the Faculty of Education.
She has an international reputation for her research on the use of information and communication technologies in education and recently chaired Digital Education Advisory Committee (DEAG) to advise the Federal Government on the best use of emerging technologies in the school environment.