Keynotes 2015
We are pleased to announce that the Keynote Speaker for this year's conference is Laura Gibbs, an online educator specialist from the University of Oklahoma.

Laura Gibbs

Recording of this session is now available here: Connecting Online: You, Your Students, Your World

Laura Gibbs came to the University of Oklahoma in 1999 after completing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Aesop's fables), and she has been teaching fully online for OU since 2002. Laura now lives in North Carolina although, thanks to the magic of online courses, most of her students probably are not aware of the fact that she doesn't live in Oklahoma. The two courses she teaches are Mythology & Folklore and Epics of Ancient India; you can find out more about both courses at, and you can see her students' storytelling projects at Laura has also taught Latin, and continues to blog about Latin (and Latin LOLCats) at the Bestiaria blog,

Laura will be offering the following session:

Connecting Online: You, Your Students, Your World
How to connect with your students and create conversations that extend in space and time, building a world of learning you can share at Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, and other public spaces online. There's room for everybody in that infinite online space: come join the party!

We have an exciting addition to this year's conference -  our closing Keynote Speaker Agnieszka Palalas, a mobile learning expert from Athabasca University and the University of New Mexico.

Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas

Recording of this session is now available here: Mobile Learning: Connecting Across Time and Space.

Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas is an experienced teacher, practitioner and researcher of technology-assisted learning and teaching with focus on mobile learning. She is a leading proponent of the integration of m-learning into the 21st century education ecosystem. Since 2008, she has deepened and shared her expertise in m-learning through a variety of teaching, research, and consulting activities as well as numerous transcultural m-learning projects across the globe.

Amongst other assignments, Palalas has been teaching graduate level mobile learning courses at Athabasca University and the University of New Mexico, USA, as well as m-learning professional development courses at several organizations and MOOCs. Palalas has published a number of articles and book chapters pertaining to mobile, online, and blended learning. She is currently finalizing The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. She has been on the Executive Board of international mobile and blended learning associations and is a regular speaker at local and international conferences.

In her over-20-year experience as an educator, Palalas has taught in the classroom and online, reviewed and designed curriculum, provided professional development, worked as a programmer and instructional designer for mobile, online, F2F, and blended learning programs. She has designed and developed numerous mobile apps and artifacts for K-16. She is also on editorial review boards of several journals in the field of m-learning, distance education and educational technology.

You can connect with her and her work in a variety of ways:

Website: ;
Twitter: @agaiza
Products: (Available at iTunes Store and Google Play)

Aga will be offering the following session:

Mobile Learning: Connecting across Time and Space
The ability to connect with people and access resources has always been fundamental for humans. In this era of information mobility, homo mobilis stays digitally connected to local and global communities,
often blurring the boundaries between personal and public space. This mobility of learners and their contexts is central to meaningful mobile learning. By leveraging mobile technologies, learning and teaching can now traverse temporal and spatial boundaries to offer engaging learning that lasts.

Past Keynotes

UO Conference participants have had the pleasure to learn with and from many influential people in the e-learning community.


      Chopeta Lyons                       Carmen Simon   #2                 Tony Bates   #2                           Tim Coates 
                                                                                            Recorded Session


     Deanna Shostak                    Stephen Downes                   Ruth Colvin Clark                      George Siemens


        Alec Couros