Centennial Symposium Keynote Speakers
Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Couros helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. Couros is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality. Finally, Couros is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.
Catherine Cronin is an open educator, open researcher, and strategic education developer at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ireland. Cronin’s published and current work focuses on digital and open education, critical approaches to openness, digital identity practices, and exploring the interplay between formal and informal learning. In her recently completed PhD, she explored the use of open educational practices (OEP) in higher education. Cronin is a member of the advisory boards of the Open Education Working Group and Virtually Connecting, and co-chair of the OER19 Conference. Involved in teaching, research, and advocacy in higher education and in the community for over 25 years, Cronin is a regular contributor to conversations and collaborative projects in the area of open education, within Ireland and globally. A born New Yorker who has made her home in Ireland, you can find Cronin at @catherinecronin and catherinecronin.net.