October 7-10, 2024


eLearn Executive Committee & Program Committee

Program Chairs & Co-Chairs

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Curt Bonk, Indiana University, USA
  • Immediate Past Chair: Theo Bastiaens – Open University of The Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • Program Chair: Daniel Tan, Australia
  • Program Chair: Lillian Koh, The Fintech Nation, Singapore
  • Kumiko Aoki, Open University of Japan
  • Tian Belawati, Indonesia Open University

    Melinda Dela Peña Bandalaria, University go the Philippines Open University

  • Abtar Darshan Singh, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
  • Jiao Jianli, South China Normal University, China
  • Kyungmee Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Jon Mason, Charles Darwin University, Australia
  • Elaine Khoo, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Thanomporn (Toh) Laohajaratsang, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand,
  • Sanjaya Mishra, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
  • Trang Phan, California State University, USA
  • Michael Searson, Kean University, USA
  • Sarah Benson, AACE
  • Gary Marks, AACE

SIG Chairs

E-Learning Trends and Innovations SIG

Designing, Developing, and Assessing E-Learning SIG

Sustainable Learning Technologies SIG


Curtis Bonk, Indiana University, USA

Executive Committee Member: Chair

Biography: Curt Bonk (http://curtbonk.com/) is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. His blog is “TravelinEdMan” and his books include, The World Is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, Electronic Collaborators, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY (free as an eBook http://tec-variety.com/), and, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World (http://www.moocsbook.com/).




Immediate Past Chair- Theo Bastiaens, Open University of The Netherlands, The Netherlands

Executive Committee Member: Immediate Past Chair

Biography: Theo Bastiaens is rector magnificus of the Open University in the Netherlands. Bastiaens specific research interest is in Instructional Design and E-Learning. He has published extensively in this area.








Kumiko Aoki, Open University

Executive Committee Member

Dr. Kumiko Aoki, currently a Professor of Informatics at the Open University of Japan (OUJ), as well as the manager of the research unit leading projects concerning virtual learning commons and micro credentials. She has built a distinguished academic career blending education, communication, and information technology. She embarked on this path after earning her Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Aoki’s early academic roles included serving as an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology (1995-1998) and as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Boston University (1998-2003).

d Studies (SOKENDAI). Her journey continued as NIME merged into the Open University of Japan in April 2009. At OUJ, Dr. Aoki’s commitment to enhancing educational accessibility and effectiveness is evident. She advocates for open and flexible teaching and learning methodologies, harnessing the power of digital media, social informatics, and e-learning. A pioneer in online education, she has played a crucial role in advancing both asynchronous and synchronous learning modalities at OUJ. Dr. Aoki’s recent research delves into the innovative use of metaverse and AI technologies, aiming to enrich lifelong and life-wide learning experiences. 


Abtar Darshan Singh, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Prof. Abtar Darshan Singh is a renowned academic with over thirty years of experience in education, particularly in educational technology. Her career includes significant roles as a Dean and Professor at various prestigious institutions globally, including Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, University Malaya, Open University Malaysia. She is an alumni of  Syracuse and Indiana University. Currently, she advises the Digital Learning Hub at APU and holds a UNESCO Chair focused on leveraging innovative technologies for teacher support and quality learning. A prolific author, Prof. Singh has made substantial contributions to educational innovation and reform through numerous publications. Her research addresses the challenges in education posed by globalization and technology.



Executive Committee Member

Tian Belawati, Indonesia Open University

Biography: Tian Belawati, a keen advocate for inclusive online learning, has been working in the field of open and distance education (ODE) for over 40 years. She has had extensive experiences in research, teaching, and administration of a large-scale open university system. She has also been involved in many international ODE movements that has led to her appointments as President of the Asian Association of Open Universities or AAOU (2009-2010) and of the International Council for Open and Distance Education or ICDE (2012-2015). She has also been a member of ICDE Board of Trustees (2017-2020) and a member of Board of Directors of the Open Education Consortium (2017-2019). Notably, Professor Belawati (Indonesia Open University) also served as Rector of Universitas Terbuka in Indonesia from 2009-2017 where she mobilized unique partnerships and introduced innovations and sound practices in the use of new technology for the delivery of ODL. She has seen Universitas Terbuka transform over time from a traditional correspondence open university into a major provider of accessible education.

Executive Committee Member

Elaine Khoo, Massey University, New Zealand

Biography: Elaine Khoo is an Associate Professor in Digital Education at the Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interest is in digital pedagogy, including online, blended, mobile, flipped and virtual learning environments. She has particular interests in online learning communities, participatory learning cultures including cross-disciplinary collaborative research contexts. She has been involved with a number of externally funded research projects across the compulsory schooling sector and at the tertiary level. In 2018, Elaine was co-leading a project that received a national award from the Flexible Learning Association NZ (FLANZ) for developing best practice videos for flipped teaching to teach undergraduate engineering threshold concepts. In addition to her work in New Zealand, Elaine previously worked in Malaysia for 10 years lecturing and collaborating on research in effective technology-based and online teaching and learning environments. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new recipes, reading, and exploring new places.

Thanomporn Laohajaratsang, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Dr. Thanomporn (Toh) Laohajaratsang, Associate Professor in Learning Technology at Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand, is a leading expert in shaping educational landscapes through technology. Her vision extends beyond classrooms. As the architect of CMU’s groundbreaking Digital University Project, Dr. Laohajaratsang transformed CMU into a national model for technology-driven learning.
As an assistant to the CMU President, she orchestrated digital and communication technology initiatives, enhancing administrative efficiency and fostering seamless communication. Her career as the Head of the Division of Educational Technology at CMU reflects her strategic prowess. Dr. Laohajaratsang’s consultancy work extends beyond academia, driving innovation in learning centers and information systems across schools, contributing to educational excellence nationwide.
She once consulted for UNESCO, fostering the “Next-Generation of Teachers” initiative. Dr. Laohajaratsang’s passion for innovation translates into impactful programs.  Thailand’s first-ever MOOC course, launched in 2016, bears her mark. Her research focuses on designing future learning environments and effective pedagogical approaches, ensuring technology empowers, not replaces, effective teaching. A prolific writer, Dr. Laohajaratsang’s books, including “Designing Computer-Assisted Instruction” and “Innovation in Learning Technology for the Education 4.0 Era”, are considered foundational texts in the field. Dr. Laohajaratsang’s commitment to excellence extends to international recognition.  She has held visiting scholar positions at prestigious institutions like Indiana University and the Open University of Japan. Currently, she weaves cutting-edge technologies, like AI, to create transformative learning experiences.


Sanjaya Mishra, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Sanjaya Mishra is a leading scholar in open, distance and online learning, with extensive experience in teaching, staff development, research, policy development, innovation and organizational development. With a multi-disciplinary background in education, information science, communication media, and learning and development, Dr. Mishra is a champion for open access to knowledge resources developed with public funds. He has designed and developed several award-winning online courses and platforms, including the Commonwealth of Learning’s Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action and COL commons.



Mike Searson,

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Dr. Michael Searson is an accomplished educator and administrator with nearly 50 years of experience in the field of education. He has served in various roles, including as a classroom teacher, higher education faculty, and academic leadership positions, often in global settings. He is passionate about creating innovative learning environments–domestically and internationally–and shaping the future of education. Searson is an editor and author of the recently published Exploring New Horizons: Generative Artificial Intelligence & Teacher Education (AACE, 2024). At Kean University, he served as a faculty member, a dean, and in other leadership positions for 37 years. He has led significant technology and online learning initiatives at Kean and beyond, including projects with Apple, Google, Facebook, & Microsoft. Searson has also worked internationally (across nearly 20 countries), assisting with founding Wenzhou Kean University in China, leading study abroad trips, working on school projects in China, and delivering presentations worldwide focused on tech integration and pedagogy. As an author or co-author, Dr. Searson has secured about $12 million in grants to support innovative ed-tech programs, often supporting diverse communities. Additionally, he has published extensively in articles and books, often highlighting learning technologies. He has served in leadership positions for multiple state, national, and international education organizations. After retiring from Kean, Searson worked in leadership roles focused on ed-tech projects, including STEAM and AI in China and with AACE. He is a past president of SITE. LinkedIn


Program Committee

  • Caroline Akhras, Notre Dame Univ., Lebanon
  • Mara Alagic, Wichita State Univ., United States
  • Naglaa Ahmed Ali, Emirates College for Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates
  • Naji AlQbailat, Princess Alia Univ. College, Al-Balqa’ Applied Univ., Jordan
  • Panagiotes Anastasiades, Univ. of Crete, Greece
  • Yayoi Anzai, Aoyama Gakuin Univ., Japan
  • Leanna Archambault, Arizona State Univ., United States
  • Anne-Marie Armstrong, Retired, Freelance Instructional Designer, United States
  • Giovanna Avellis
  • Jo Axe, Royal Roads Univ., Canada
  • Hua Bai, Northeastern Illinois Univ., United States
  • Michael Barbour, Touro Univ. California, United States
  • William Barry, ,
  • James Bartlett, North Carolina State Univ., United States
  • Theo Bastiaens, Open Universiteit Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Scott Beckstrand, College of Southern Nevada, United States
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  • Rebecca Blankenship, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Univ., United States
  • Liza Braunlich, Purdue Univ., United States
  • Evelyn R Brown, Wiley College, United States
  • Sandra Brown, Broward County Public School/State Dept TGC Fellow, United States
  • Kim L Brown-Jackson, National Graduate School, United States
  • Lucy Bush, Mercer Univ., United States
  • Janice Cardwell, Capella Univ., United States
  • Glendia Cartwright, Post Univ., United States
  • Yin Ling Cheung, Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore
  • Lisa Clark, CUNY Kingsborough Community College, United States
  • Denis Coelho, Univ. of Beira Interior, Portugal
  • Nellie Deutsch, Univ. of Phoenix, Canada
  • Martin Ebner, Ed. Technology Graz Univ. of Technology, Austria
  • Karen Ferreira-Meyers, Univ. of Swaziland, Institute of Distance Education, Swaziland
  • Solen Feyissa, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States
  • Aikyna Finch, Strayer Univ., United States
  • Janette Hill, Univ. of Georgia, United States
  • Curtis Ho, Univ. of Hawaii, United States
  • Hui-Yin Hsu, New York Institute of Technology, United States
  • Kun Huang, Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, United States
  • Bowen Hui, Univ. of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
  • Andrew Hunt, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock, United States
  • Rosanna Ibarra, New Era Univ., Philippines
  • Yi Jin, Kennesaw State Univ., United States
  • Pamela Johnson, Department of State, United States
  • Antonia Jokelova, SUNY Empire State College, United States
  • Jared Keengwe, Univ. of North Dakota, United States
  • Jolie Kennedy, Univ. of Minnesota, United States
  • Mi Song Kim, Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Seung Hyun Kim, Lewis Univ., United States
  • Daryl Ku, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
  • Yu-Chun Kuo, Rowan Univ., United States
  • Tamer Kutluca
  • Richard N. Landers, Old Dominion Univ., United States
  • Wilfred W.F. Lau, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, China
  • Mimi Miyoung Lee, Univ. of Houston, United States
  • Lesia Lennex, Morehead State Univ., United States
  • David Levine, St. Bonaventure Univ., United States
  • Hye-Yeon Lim, , Meng Fen Grace Lin, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
  • Fuchang Liu, Wichita State Univ., United States
  • Hwangji Lu, Ashford Univ., United States
  • Lisa Lynn, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, United States
  • Catherine McLoughlin, Australian Catholic Univ., Australia
  • Christina Metaxaki-Kossionides, Univ. of Thrace, Greece
  • Patrick O. Mose, Ohio Univ., United States
  • Hassan Mustafa, Educational Technology/Computer Science Department at College of Specified Education,Banha Univ., Banha – Egypt. Currently with Computer Engineering Department Al-Baha Univ..(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ), Saudi Arabia
  • Thanh Truc Nguyen, Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
  • Sarah North, Univ. of Minnesota, United States
  • Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College, United States
  • Robert Owens, Winston-Salem State Univ., United States
  • Jenny Pange, Univ. of Ioannina-Greece, Greece
  • Stefanie Panke, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Becky Sue Parton, Baylor Univ., United States
  • Joshua Patterson, Univ. of South Florida, United States
  • Susan Poyo, Franciscan Univ., United States
  • Torsten Reiners, Curtin Univ., Australia
  • Paul Resta, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Tom Reynolds, National Univ., United States
  • Guido Roessling, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Allison Rossett, San Diego State Univ., United States
  • Jaime Sánchez, Univ. of Chile, Chile
  • Joyce Seitzinger, Faculty of Health, Deakin Univ., New Zealand
  • Feng-Ru Sheu, Kent State Univ., United States
  • Christine Smith, , Canada
  • David Stock, Cayman Islands Civil Service College, Cayman Islands
  • Bude Su, California State Univ., Monterey Bay, United States
  • Helen Tracy, Hemsley Fraser, United Kingdom
  • Christoph Trattner, Knowledge Management Institute and Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media Graz Univ. of Technology Graz, Austria, Austria
  • Mathy Vanbuel, ATiT, Belgium
  • María J. Verdú, Univ. of Valladolid, Spain
  • Rebecca Vivian, The Univ. of Adelaide, Australia
  • Harris Wang, Athabasca Univ., Canada
  • Jane Watkins, Limestone College, United States
  • David Webster, Univ. of Gloucestershire, United States
  • Edgar R. Weippl, Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria
  • Sandra Williamson-Leadley, Univ. of Canterbury School of Education, Health and Human Development, New Zealand
  • Jodi Wilton, RCSD #81, Canada
  • Junko Yamamoto, Slippery Rock Univ. of Pennsylvania, United States
  • Jack Fei Yang, St. John’s Univ., Taiwan
  • Melda Yildiz, New York Institute of Technology, United States
  • Adrian Zappala, Peirce College, United States