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Teaching and Learning 2008: Keynote speakers
Michael Kompf is a Professor in Brock University's Faculty of Education, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include Aboriginal Adult Education, Adult Education, Distance Learning, Adult Personal and Professional Development, Teacher Thinking, Life Mapping, Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights and the University and Personal Construct Psychology.
Professor Kompf has published several papers in refereed journals, written chapter in 5 books on teaching and education and was the editor of "Teacher thinking twenty years on: revisiting persisting problems and advances in education", "The craft of teaching adults" and "Changing research and practice: Teachersí professionalism, identities, and knowledge".
Uwe Krebs is a Professor in the University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany. He has been a management member of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Anthropological-historical Educational Research and lecturer in General Pedagogic, Comparative Pedagogic and Pedagogical Anthropology.
From 1978 to 1981, Professor Krebs has worked in the Austrian Academy of Science, Institute for Comparative Behaviour, in Vienna, moving then to the Psychological Institute of the University of Regensburg, Germany, where he stayed until 1984. He's a frequent participant in international conferences, and has presented lectures in South Africa, USA, Italy, Austria, Russia, Norway and Czech Republic.
He's recent research interests are Specificity of sexes in interdisciplinary perspectives, Ethnopedagogic, Rearing and Education in Traditional Cultures, and Frames of reference of children and youth. He has published 10 books (2 as author and 8 as editor & co-editor) and about 70 articles in pedagogic, biology & psychology.
Peter Reimann holds a PhD in Psychology from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitšt Freiburg and is a Professor for Education in the University of Sydney, Australia. His primary research areas have been cognitive learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Current research activities comprise among other issues the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, and analysis of the use of mobile IT in informal learning settings (outdoors, in museums, etc.).
Professor Reimann has extensive teaching experience in the areas of experimental psychology, cognitive science, methods of cognitive science, psychology of emotion and motivation, instructional psychology, developmental psychology. Extensive research experience and responsible for a number of projects in the areas of instructional psychology (in particular the use of computers in schools and for adult education/training) and cognitive psychology (learning, problem solving). Ample practical experience in the design and evaluation of hypermedia systems, simulation environments and intelligent tutors for teaching and training, in the evaluation of multimedia authoring programmes, in the use of several symbolic programming languages and expert systems development shells.
Professor Reimann has also been Advisor and Reviewer for the European Commission in various of its research programs, most recently for the Evaluation of the First Call for Proposals of the Framework 7 Program, and Consultant for the Singaporian Ministry of Education.
He has produced about 40 articles in refereed journals and book chapters, written two books and co-edited three books. He also worked as reviewer for the IT R&D programs of the European Commission in various selections and projects. He has been founder of a small consulting Germany-based e-learning consulting company and has been involved in a number of European Commission-funded R&D projects. Since 2003, he co-directs the CoCo research centre at the University of Sydney, which has grown to 20+ researchers and PhD students, and in addition, since 2005, directs the ICT department of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
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