Late Fall 2023


EdMedia + Innovate Learning Online Executive Committee & Program Committee

Program Chairs & Co-Chairs

Chair – Saul Carliner, Concordia University, Canada

Executive Committee

SIG Chairs

E-Learning Trends and Innovations SIG

Designing, Developing, and Assessing E-Learning SIG

Sustainable Learning Technologies SIG



Saul Carliner, Concordia University, Canada

Executive Committee Member: Chair

Biography: Saul Carliner is a Professor of Educational Technology at Concordia University in Montreal. His research focuses on the design of instructional and communication materials for the workplace. His books include the best-selling Training Design Basics and award-winning Informal Learning Basics. He is a Fellow and past board member of the Institute for Performance and Learning, and Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.





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.








Curtis Bonk, Indiana University, USA

Executive Committee Member: Past Chair

Biography: Curt Bonk ( 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, and, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World (



Sanjaya Mishra, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada

Executive Committee Member: Co Chair

Biography: Sanjaya Mishra joined COL as Education Specialist: eLearning at its headquarters in Canada on 2 January 2015. Previously, he served COL as Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2014. Dr Mishra is one of the leading scholars in open, distance and online Learning. Prior to joining COL, he was Programme Specialist (ICT in Education, Science and Culture) at UNESCO, Paris.





Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, University of Tennessee, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2018-2021


Lisa Yamagata-Lynch is a professor in the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department, University of Tennessee. She is the Associate Head for the Department and Program Coordinator of the Instructional Technology Online Master’s Program as well as the Learning, Design, and Technology Doctoral Program. Her scholarly and teaching interests are in the areas of instructional design and technology, preservice teacher education, online learning, and Cultural Historical Activity Theory.


Brian Horvitz,  Western Michigan University, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2018-2021


Brian S. Horvitz, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the program coordinator for Western Michigan University’s Educational and Instructional Technology Program where he teaches courses in instructional design, online learning, and school leadership. Dr. Horvitz has taught in this primarily online graduate program at WMU since 2006. His research focuses on online learning in higher education and online technical education. Dr. Horvitz serves as the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) research project (DUE 1712065) that is developing observational and self-report instruments to describe teaching practices in online undergraduate STEM courses. He is also a co-PI on an NSF project (DUE 1501794) focused on the use of online learning in technical education programs in community colleges. Dr. Horvitz earned his doctoral degree at Indiana University – Bloomington.


Gjoa Andrichuk, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada

Executive Committee Member: 2017-2020

Biography: Gjoa has been attending EdMedia since she was hooked in Hawaii in 2009. Thrilled by the ever-changing world of educational technology, Gjoa learns about and incorporates technology into her Technical Communication courses at her polytechnic, BCIT, near Vancouver, Canada. Helping students connect with their industry partners and colleagues worldwide, Gjoa knows that the career opportunities increase for her students as she facilitates collaborative approaches in her course activities.






Mark Curcher, Tempere University of Applied Science, Finland

Executive Committee Member: 2014-2020

Biography: Mark Curcher is the Program Director, 21st Century Educators program and Senior Lecturer, School of Vocational Teacher Education at Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He has worked as an educator for 28 years, teaching business and economics, before becoming involved in teacher education and professional development. He worked in the UK and Middle East in a range of educational institutions before moving to Finland in 2013. Mark has a background in online and distance education and a particular interest in the history of educational innovation and critical digital literacy.





Christopher Devers, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2014-2017

Biography: Christopher Devers received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a MS in educational administration and a BS in engineering and technology education from Purdue University. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Devers’ research focuses on online education, video learning, student success, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.





Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada

Executive Committee Member: 2014-2020

Biography: Jon Dron is a full professor and Chair of the School of Computing & Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada, and an Honorary Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Learning & Teaching at the University of Brighton, UK. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow, and author of Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media (2014, with Terry Anderson), and Control & Constraint in E-Learning: Choosing When to Choose (2007). His personal website is at




Charles Miller, University of Minnesota, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2012-2017

Biography: Dr. Charles Miller is the Cofounder and Chief Design Officer of Flipgrid, a Minneapolis company focused on enabling video-driven social learning in classrooms and enterprises around the world. Dr. Miller is also an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development and former founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Design Innovation at the University of Minnesota (UMN). In 2012 Miller cofounded Flipgrid, an asynchronous video communication platform for use in his PhD design courses.







Nathaniel Ostashewski
Athabasca University Canada

Executive Committee Member: 2018-2021

Biography: Nathaniel Ostashewski has been a K-20 educator for over 25 years and has spent the past 15 years helping teachers integrate technology into their teaching practices. He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer developing online materials and as an instructional designer of many courses for colleges and universities in Canada. His instructional design expertise is in the utilization of social media and Web 2.0 tools for supporting online courses.

Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences specializing in the field of Distance Education. His research and practice focusses on implementation of online and blended education and solutions for teaching at large scales in MOOCs. He has written and presented at many International conferences on the topics of iPads in education, networked and online learning, media in online education, and Lego robotics in the classroom. His ongoing research involves the design and delivery of teacher professional development utilizing Web 2.0 and networked environments, and the design and delivery of mobile technology integration, such as the iPad2, into the classroom.





Stefanie Panke – University of North Carolina, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2017-2020

Biography: Stefanie Panke is an Instructional Analyst at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her instructional development work focuses on educational media tools, social media environments, and e-publications, i.e., podcasts, web apps, e-books, social networks, organizational websites and blogs. Stefanie holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics and Literature from the University of Bielefeld (Germany) where she graduated with summa cum laude in 2009. Stefanie is passionate about applied research in the field of educational technology and has worked on design thinking, seamless learning, information design for educational web portals, and knowledge management with social tagging. She serves as social media coordinator for the AACE. Her personal website is



Thomas C. Reeves – The University of Georgia, USA

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Thomas C. Reeves, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and has given invited presentations in the USA and more than 30 other countries. His books include Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation (with John Hedberg), A Guide to Authentic E-Learning (with Jan Herrington and Ron Oliver), Conducting Educational Design Research (with Susan McKenney), and MOOCs and Open Education Around the World (with Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee, and Thomas Reynolds). His research interests encompass educational technology in developing countries, design-based research, and evaluation.



Tom Reynolds, National University-San Diego, USA

Executive Committee Member

Biography: Currently a professor of Teacher Education at National University in La Jolla, California where he researches design of online learning environments, standards-based online assessment, and innovations in e-learning. Before coming to National University, he served on faculty at Texas A&M University after earning earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Reynolds has twice served as a Fulbright Scholar—2010 in Colombia where he researched open education resources and 1998 in Peru where he lectured on Web-based learning and technology-enhanced instruction