Keynote speakers

Ivana Batarelo Kokić, University of Split,  Croatia

Dr. Ivana Batarelo Kokić is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She held positions at academic institutions and research and development centres including Lecturer at Arizona State University, Researcher at Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, and Assistant Professor at University of Zagreb. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Media and Computers and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on special education and assistive technology from the Arizona State University. Currently, she teaches courses in distance education, adult education, comparative education, and educational policy.  Her research interests focus in the following areas where she has published extensively: teacher education, e-learning, information literacy development and social inclusion.  She has been working as a coordinator, lead researcher or evaluator on several EU funded projects.

Title of keynote speech: Preparing future teachers for creating, using and sharing OER

Stefania Bocconi, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute for Educational Technology

Stefania Bocconi is researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute for Educational Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences and Education from Cà Foscari University of Venice.

Her research interests are in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning and include innovative use of ICT in education and training, as well as the impact of technologies on learning organisations. In particular, she studied the role of digital technology for learning, creativity and innovation, exploring the conditions for scalability and sustained impact at system level. Much of her work focused also on blended and online learning in higher education settings, including the access and reuse of open educational resources, inclusive education and, the integration between formal and informal learning. In 2012, she worked as Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre(JRC-IPTS) examining what essential elements characterise innovative learning environments in formal education settings.

Recently, she conducted two studies to examine the introduction of computational thinking and programming in compulsory education curricula in Europe (CompuThink study, founded by the European Commission, JRC and in Nordic Countries (CompuThink Nordic, founded by the Nordic Steering Group She also coordinated the Italian piloting of SELFIE, a self-reflection tool for digitally capable schools developed by the European Commission (

She regularly presents at conferences and she has (co-)authored numerous scientific publications in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings.

Brian Dorn, University of Nebraska at Omaha

He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and holds the Union Pacific Community Chair in Computer Science Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Along with colleagues and students in the BRIDGE lab, he conducts human-centered computing research with a particular emphasis on education and the learning sciences.  He actively designs and evaluates educational technology to support the teaching and learning of computing content.  As a community chair, he also is actively involved in advocacy and training work to support universal access to computing education in primary and secondary schools across Nebraska.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an active member of the ACM, ISLS, and AERA, and serves as co-editor of the journal Computer Science Education.

Irena Brifordová, Microsoft, Czech Republic

Ing. Irena Briford, Director of Education, Microsoft, Czech Republic. She has been in this position for more than 10 years. She tries to work on meanigfully using technology in education  and helping teachers and students to improve the learning processes at all levels of education.