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Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is an education technology practitioner,
English as a foreign language teacher trainer and faculty on leadership
fully online in the transpersonal graduate program at Atlantic University.
She’s on the IATEFL YLTSIG, EDMedia executive, WAOE, and TESOL
CALL-IS committees. Nellie has been teaching English in high school
and at the college level for over 35 years and integrating technology
since 1992. She organizes free online programs for educators on how
to manage and teach with Moodle and integrate technology into face-to-
face, blended, and fully online courses online MOOCs, online
conferences (Connecting Online and Moodle MOOTs), and other online
events such as Fall and Spring Blog Festivals, EFLtalks, and EFL
Magazine webinars. She is passionate about using technologies such
as Moodle, WizIQ, Movenote, PresentMe, Slidespeech, Screencast-o-
matic, and google drive and mindfulness for active mindful learning and
teaching as a way to learn.
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Nives Torresi is a Teacher of English as a language, English Literature,
English Drama, Business English and English Exam Preparation
(Cambridge FCE). Nives also translates from Italian to English (with a
specialization in Business Manuals, History and Medical), works as
Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations. Pro Bono translations
for Children’s Hospitals.
Currently also teaches online via the WizIQ platform for English tutoring and
participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses
such as M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Learn to
Blend and Flip with Technology, Action Research Projects to improve
Instruction and Learning.
Recent online Presentations include the One Foolish Monkey series on
Micro Teaching with co-Teacher Tom Hodgers, CO15 - Connecting Online
live Conference - "Understanding Pair Teaching in Micro Teaching Online"
with Tom Hodgers.
Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG "Play, Learn and; Grow Together" an after
school English language learning project Teacher Experience Blog
Tom Hodgers Coordinator and Facilitator of Moodle based blended courses at
Certificate and Post-graduate Diploma level. University Jose Antonio Paez,
Originally from Liverpool, England, Tom has been living in Venezuela for the last
38 years. A retired scientist, he has been a Coordinator and Facilitator at
Certificate and Diploma level at the Centro de Extensiones de la Universidad Jose
Antonio Paez in Valencia since 2006. He has designed, and teaches bimodal and
100% on-line classes via Moodle and WizIQ (both in English and Spanish) in the
area of "Culture and Language", Oriental Philosophy, and Professional/Technical
Language for Japanese and English. He also gives face-to-face classes in both
English and Japanese Conversation.
Tom has taken various courses in on-line education over the past few years,
specializing in Moodle and WizIQ as LMS', and is a qualified international expert in
e-Learning Processes, Digital Media and Moodle (both in English and Spanish). He
is currently studying for his Doctorate in e-Learning. He has also co-moderated
(and still does) the very popular M4TALL Moodle, BlogFestivals, SL and ELT-T
Dr Ramesh Sharma is an expert in open and distance and technology mediated learning
and has served COL as Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia,
Indira Gandhi National Open University and University of Guyana, Guyana, South America.
He had been a member of Advisory Group on Human Resources Development for the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). While at University of
Guyana he also collaborated with UNDP for its Enhanced Public Trust, Security and
Inclusion (EPTSI) project, Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and United Nations Volunteer
(UNV) to develop suitable educational opportunities for communities and youth.
He has been associated with several peer reviewed journals as Reviewer, Editor and
Editorial Advisory Board member in the field of Open and Distance Learning. An
author/editor of several books and research papers on educational technology, educational
multimedia and eLearning, Dr. Sharma is a leading scholar and practitioner promoting Open
Educational Resources (OER). He has been a trainer and capacity builder in the field of
educational technology, and has supervised doctoral research in the field. He has
conducted workshops and evaluation activities for IGNOU, CEMCA, COL, UNCTAD, and
Aga Khan Foundation, amongst others.
Ebba Ossiannilsson, PhD, E-learning, OER, MOOC and online expert
and consultant, especially regarding quality. Ossiannilsson earned her
PhD from Oulu University, Finland, with a dissertation on international
benchmarking, and quality enhancement on e-learning in Higher
Education. She works with strategic issues on e-learning, learning
analytics, MOOCs, OERs and open education, especially concerning
quality and benchmarking. She frequently participates as a speaker at
conferences. Ossiannilsson is a consultant and board member in
several international and national associations and projects. She
served as an evaluator for the SEQUENT. She was the research
leader for the ICDE Quality standard study 2014/15. Ossiannilsson
earned the title EDEN Fellow 2014, and Open Education Europa
Fellow in 2015. She serves as international quality reviewer for EADTU
on E-learning and MOOCs. Ossiannilsson has a long carreer at Lund
Daniela Cuccurullo is a contract professor of English language at the and of
didactics and multimedia teaching for in-service and trainee teachers at the
University in Naples. She is also secondary school teacher of English, teacher
trainer, e-tutor, forum moderator and author of learning objects and digital
contents. She is the coordinator of the TESOL Italy/Naples group, a member of
the Executive Committee of TESOL Italy and editor of the TESOL Italy newsletter.
She uses both traditional, face-to-face methods and e-learning paths in blended
training. She is a member of National Committees for both language and
multimedia teaching. Engaged in research on ESLT via CALL/MALL/MALU, she is
the author of essays on didactics, English literature, reviews and translations. She
has published articles in magazines, books, and websites, and has given many
talks and presentations in English and Italian at national and international
conferences and seminars. She is the lead teacher on behalf of Italy for the
Creative Classrooms Lab project coordinated by European Schoolnet. She has
four Masters in multimedia teaching, e-learning and e-tutoring, with particular
reference to multimodality and emerging issues; teaching technologies and new
target groups (primary and teachers of non-linguistic subjects).She is now working
with CLIL as a new approach to language learning and has developed CLIL
materials and organized onsite and online teacher-training courses to enhance
CLIL methodology. She has planned, coordinated and taught CLIL courses at an
international, national and local levels.
Letizia Cinganotto is a researcher at the National Institution
for Innovation, Documentation, Educational Research,
Italy. Passionate about CLIL, language teaching,
technology enhanced learning, she has been working for
the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research,
dealing with the upper secondary school reform, in
particular coordinating CLIL projects involving school
networks all over Italy.
She got a PhD in linguistics, three masters in e-learning
and a master in English Language Teaching as well. She
has published articles and presented papers at national
and international conferences.
Mohamed A. Ahmed from Egypt is Senior Instructional Designer,
lecturer in Education technology department- Faculty of Education
from Mansoura University and emergeafrica member. PhD student
at Education faculty and his research interests are E Learning quality
Assurance and Learning management system, with other special
focus on instructional design for E-Learning courses.. Moreover, he
has done researches in elearning quality assurance, learning
analytics and instructional design. Graduated from faculty of
Education Al-Azhar University, Education Technology Department in
2005. Mohamed obtained diplomas in both Education Technology
and Computer Science, he is involved in E-Learning for over 10
years. Currently, he is working in E-Learning Center at Mansoura
University since 2007 as senior and Team leader for the Instructional
Design team. Also, he is a coordinator for E-Learning Magazine
which is the first E-Learning Magazine in Middle East.
Maha Hassan is the founder/Ceo of Maha ESL Community. She is also Head
of English Dept. at the Arab Academy for Training Technology. She aims at
helping teachers believe in, achieve and sustain Professional Development.
She has been working as a Teacher Trainer for more than 15 years. She has
given presentations at Nile Tesol 2015, LIF (Language in Focus) Turkey, 2015,
Global Education Online Conference 2012 and 2014 as well as at Reinventing
the Classroom and Learning Revolution Online Conferences 2014.
She has also given a Poster Session at Nile Tesol Conference 2014. She also
had a paper on teaching Adults published on Howtolearn.com . You can get
access to this article through her blog: teachingenglishcafe.blogspot.com/ as
well as an article on Nile Tesol Newsletter, 2014.
She has also been responsible for setting and adjusting curriculums to suit all
stages. During her working experience she has mostly been responsible for
choosing curriculums, appraising them and training teachers how to get through
Susan Brodar, MA was born in London and brought up bilingual English / Italian.
After attending school in London until 15, she finished her British education at
Munich International School. There she started teaching Italian at evening classes
aged only 17 while studying Mass Communications and Journalism at Munich
She continued teaching parallel to interpreting at trade fairs and business
meetings as well doing translations. After working at the Italian Institute for Foreign
Trade for a year she married her Italian globetrotting companion and set up home
near Venice, Italy.
Today she is a freelance English language teacher both online and face-to-face.
With over 38 years of teaching mainly English but also other languages, she has
acquired experience in teaching a range of ages from toddlers to adults, with
obviously varying methods, including university undergraduates, postgraduates
and teacher trainees. She also prepares students for a variety of certifications.
Passionate in teaching languages, she is constantly researching engaging ways of
teaching all ages and believes in full-immersion. She has her own blog and
Nancy L. Zingrone is a research psychologist who combines her thirty-
year fascination with exceptional experiences with her passion for
teaching, Dr. Zingrone is an adjunct faculty member in the School of
Psychology at Northcentral University, an eager member of Dr. Nellie
Deustch’s various teaching and learning networks, a sometime Moodle
and WizIQ facilitator for that network, and the curator and co-founder of
The AZIRE Library and Learning Center in Second Life (come visit us:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/155/87/60 ). She is
also the co-organizer of a MOOC-in-progress on WizIQ, the experience
of which will be the topic of her talk for CO15. Zingrone also blogs on
wordpress occasionally on teaching and learning online
(http://nanzingrone.wordpress.com), is developing the YouTube
channel, Teaching and Learning Online, as well as on a blog and
YouTube channel on research and education on the scientific study of
seemingly psychic experiences, both called Parapsychology Online.
Karin Heuert Galvão has been an EFL Teacher for
15 years and Director at i-Study Interactive
Learning for 8 years. She holds, among others, the
CELTA and IH Certificate in Online Tutoring. She
also writes materials for EFL courses for students
from 2 years old and on. She is also one of the
moderators of an online community based on
Facebook: BrELT (Brazil’s English Language
She is passionately committed to the quality of the
learning experience and is always looking for
opportunities to learn, teach and share ideas. She
currently lives in São Paulo (Brazil).
Eduardo Lina English and Spanish as
Foreign Languages teacher (Kugel High
School in Holon, Israel). Developer and
facilitator of several Israel's Ministry of
Education's Teachers Professional
Development workshops in English,
Hebrew and Spanish.
See more (Blogger profile)
Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center, a live online
course for C1/C2 level language students. He is a teacher, tutor,
trainer, material designer and writer for English as a foreign
language. He is also a consultant and has been a frequent speaker
internationally, both in-person and online, regarding online retention
as well as using technology in and out of the classroom. He is
founder of EFLtalks, talks for teachers, utilizing social media to
build a living and growing worldwide PLN for new and future
language teachers through EFLtalks.com.
Originally from Boston, he is currently residing in Rio de Janeiro,
You may e-mail him at email@example.com.
Julie Pratten is originally from the UK, currently living in Turkey. After teaching both
business and general English in 20 countries or more, including Brazil, Germany,
Lithuania and Paraguay, I entered the world of finance via the Czech Republic, after I
designed a series of courses for the Czech National Bank. I have since written several
business and finance titles, including ‘Absolute Financial English’, the main course book
for the Cambridge ESOL ‘ICFE examination’ and ‘Absolute Financial English’ (Delta).
Nowadays I live in Turkey, with my husband, two cats, dogs and chickens. Although I
live in a rural setting, just a stone’s throw away from the sea, I provide language
consultancy for several financial institutions and deliver courses at the Banks
Association of Turkey and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. My current
interests include developing mobile applications for EAP and recent applications include
‘Brighton Study Kit’ and ‘Academic Flip Words’. I have just set up the independent
platform ‘Academic Study Kit’. Currently, I am working on the business English course
book ‘Good Business English’; this modular course uses sustainable and ethical
business models as vehicles for teaching business English. In my opinion, this is the
only way forward.
In September I set up Heart ELT, a project aimed at establishing a school for Syrian
children living in a refugee camp in Iraq.
Thelma Marques, is graduated in Languages (English-
Portuguese), has been teaching English for more than 20
years. Member of Braz-Tesol since 2001, has taken part in a
number of events in Brazil and abroad where she has
presented and attended workshops. She is passionate about
pronunciation and has recently taken a Pronunciation course
with Adrian Underhill at the University of Kent, UK. She is
CPE, CELTA and YL to CELTA certified and works as a
freelance teacher, trainer and material designer at
schmetterlingatelier.blogspot.com.au where she helps
teachers create interesting lessons. Originally from São
Paulo, Brazil, she is currently living in Australia.