Sharon Bailin is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has written and presented extensively on critical thinking and is the co-author, along with Mark Battersby, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. A new adapted version of the text is also being published in China. Bailin is one of the originators of a conception of critical thinking which has formed the foundation of a major curriculum project for K–12 schools both in North America and internationally and was a collaborator on CRITHINKEDU, a major European project to infuse critical thinking in higher education. She has also designed and directed Masters programs on critical thinking for educators. Bailin is a past president of the North American Philosophy of Education Society and of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking. In addition to her work on critical thinking, she has a background, both theoretical and as a practitioner, in theatre and in arts education.
Graduated in Turin, in 2008, she gets a PhD in historical-artistic disciplines at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Since 2000, she gains a strong experience in museums and heritage institutions, with particular reference to historical and urban museums and she heads her interests toward social museology and social engagement, also thanks to specific training at the University of Leicester (UK). In 2010 and 2011 she is curator of MuseoTorino, the city’s online museum, and in 2015 she leads the creation of the Ferrara homologous. She therefore contributes to the set-up of the Museum of Borders and Fortifications at the Bard Fort (Aosta), and of the Waldensian Historical Museum of Torre Pellice (Turin). Since 2016 she’s member of the working group for the project of the National Museum of the Resistance at the Casa della Memoria in Milan, and in 2019-2021 she collaborates in the redefinition of the path of the Cervi Museum (Gattatico). Since 2018 she has been working at the Museum of Resistance, Deportation, War, Rights and Freedom (Turin).
David Guralnick holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts from the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence, instructional design, and cognitive psychology. His work synthesizes concepts from several fields with the goal of using new technology to create immersive experiences that reimagine education and training. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and evaluated a variety of simulation-based training applications, performance support systems, online courses, mobile applications, and authoring tools for corporate, non-profit, and university audiences.
Dr. Guralnick is President and CEO of New York-based Kaleidoscope Learning; President of the International E-Learning Association (IELA) and founding chair of the International E-Learning Awards program; an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; a regular keynote speaker at international conferences; founder and chair of The Learning Ideas Conference, (formerly the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (ICELW)); Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC); and was founding chair of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)’s New York E-learning Special Interest Group. His work has been featured in Wired magazine, Trainingmagazine (as an Editor’s Choice), and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the recipient of numerous e-learning design awards.
Dr Antonia Liguori is a Lecturer in Applied Storytelling at Loughborough University, UK. She has always been drawn to the space where History and Technology intersect, and opportunities for methodological innovation arise. Over the past 15 years, she had the privilege to experience a very diverse and exciting career pathway, both in the heritage sector in Italy and in academia in the UK.
Her educational background is in Modern and Contemporary History, with a focus on Social History between World War I and World War II. During her doctoral studies in History and Computer Science, at the University of Bologna, Italy (2002-2005), she worked in an interdisciplinary team carrying out studies for the virtual reconstruction of historic cities, taking into consideration social, demographic, artistic and cultural aspects. As part of her research, she looked at technologies and tools for enriching History learning.
Before moving to the UK, from 2006 to 2012, she coordinated the Multimedia Department at BAICR Sistema Cultura, a prestigious Consortium of cultural institutions (including the Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Fondazione Antonio Gramsci, Fondazione Luigi Sturzo, Fondazione Lelio Basso, Società Geografica Italiana) with the aim of contributing to the enhancement of cultural heritage through the use of innovative methodologies and the creation of digital environments. During that period, she had the opportunity to learn about and experiment with the Digital Storytelling methodology in formal and non-formal education, and to apply that as a tool for community engagement and public history.
Since 2008, she has been involved in a variety of international research projects to develop tools and methods to foster innovation in education; to explore the role of storytelling and memories in today’s digital world; to investigate and trial ways of using digital storytelling as a participatory methodology for interdisciplinary research. Over the past five years her research has been focusing on three main strands: applied storytelling on environmental issues; digital storytelling in (cultural/heritage) education; storytelling, sense of place and cultural values.
In 2018, she was awarded an AHRC Fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, in Washington DC, US, to explore digital storytelling as a teaching strategy within the Smithsonian Learning Lab (awarded as the ‘best education website’ in 2019). Over the past five years, she has been involved in 16 projects of various sizes, ranging from a few thousand pounds to over a million pounds in value, funded by organisations as diverse as AHRC, NERC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC, British Academy and the European Commission.
A list of her publications can be accessed via this link: Pubblications.lboro
Dr. Véronique Vassal is director of the Art History Department at the Catholic University of Paris and an associate member of the Research Unit EA 7403 “Languages, Cultures, History and Education”. She is also an associate researcher at UMR 7041 ArScAn, in the group Greek world and information systems. Her research focuses on ancient mosaics, techniques, decor, architectural function as well as cultural and artistic exchanges between East and West.
Alan Tait is Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University UK, and Fellow at the Centre for Distance Education, University of London. From 2013-2015 Alan was Director of International Development and Teacher Education at the Open University; was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) 2007-2012; and from 2004-2007 Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. He was Editor of the European Journal of Distance and E Learning (EURODL) 2005-2013, was from 1989-1998 Editor of the journal Open Learning, was President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) from 2007-2010, and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning 1988-20013) In 2012 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics, and appointed Visiting Senior Online Consultant at the Open University of China in 2013. Alan is founding Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Learning for Development (www.jl4d.org), produced from the Commonwealth of Learning; Visiting Professor, Amity University, India 2018-19; Distinguished Visiting Professor Open University of Hong Kong 2015-2018; Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark 2012-2016; senior member of St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and transformation advisor for the Commonwealth of Learning at Botswana Open University 2011-2016. Alan was Special Advisor to the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) 2018-2019. Alan is Chair of Trustees at Mind for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (https://www.cpslmind.org.uk)
Alan holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge, London, and The Open University. He has worked widely in developing countries, and for international organisations such as UNESCO, the European Commission, and the Commonwealth of Learning. He has recently worked on projects to establish an open university in Botswana, Kazakhstan and Myanmar. Most recent publications include ‘The digital revolution and distance and online learning: some personal observations’, in Morten Flate Paulsen blog, https://www.nooa.no/my-online-education-world/ ; ‘Editorial’ with Ross Paul in ‘Special Issue: Open Universities: Past, Present, and Future’, in IRRODL, Vol 20 No 4 (2019); ‘From Distance learning to open education: continuities and discontinuities’, in Journal of Learning for Development (2018); Open Universities: Past, Present and Future’, in Journal of the Asian Association of Open Universities (2018), ‘European leaders in Distance and E-learning’, in Journal of Learning for Development 2017; ‘The Lifelong Learning University of the Future’, in Cendon, E., Mörth, A. & Pellert, A. (Hrsg.), Theorie und Praxis verzahnen – Lebenslanges Lernen an Hochschulen; ‘Student Success, putting the learner at the heart of the system’, ICDE, Oslo 2015; ‘Enriching our Students’ Lives’, in Explorations in Adult Higher /Education, Fall, Number 3, Voices that shape our Vision, pp 16-20 2014 ; Open Universities and innovation in Higher Education, in Bischoff F/Prang B (Hrsg), Weiterbildung und Lebenslanges Lernen an Hochschulen, Internationale Impulse für das deutsche Hochschulwesen; ‘From place to virtual space: reconfiguring student support for distance and e-learning in the digital age’, in Open Praxis, 2014; Distance and E Learning, Social Justice and Development: ‘The relevance of the Capacity Approach to the mission of open universities’, in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013. Other publications can be found at www.researchgate.net. Alan has given keynote lectures in a range of places, most notably in 2014 the Asa Briggs Commemoration lecture at the Commonwealth of Learning Pan-Commonwealth Forum, Abuja, Nigeria.
His career has been spent primarily at the Open University U.K. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Alan supported or initiated the introduction of new degrees in Sports Studies, Youth Work, and Retail Management, and was responsible for Faculty budgets of £180m and the line management of 7 Deans. As Director of International Teacher Education Alan worked substantially in India, managing the University’s relationship with the Ministry of Human Resource Development in Delhi, and in support of the Teacher Education Programme in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA). Alan also served as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, and worked in the fields of tutor management and student support. Since leaving the Open University in 2013 Alan has been involved with the establishment of the Open University of Botswana, and is currently working on projects to establish an open university in Kazakhstan and Myanmar.