Introducing our and Un-Keynoters

The PLE Conference has always pretended to go beyond ordinary research presentations and be the unique and only one where the most important thing is joining together in order to discuss and learn. That’s why the PLE Conference has been successful in creating a community which we have always called the PLE People.

The PLE People is the name of our curation tool where we keep on track with discussions started by our community on their own sites. Every year, new keynoters and collaborators are introduced so the topics of debate become wider and deeper.

In 2015 we welcome four keynote presenters who have already been added into our feed. So, from now on we will also be updated on the following scholars’ research and interests:

Catherine Cronin & Leigh Graves Wolf

David White & Lisa Marie Blaschke

Here it goes a brief introduction of our unkeynoters, get to know them!

First duet: Catherine Cronin & Leigh Graves Wolf


Catherine Cronin is an open educator and researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Catherine’s work focuses on open education, digital and network literacies, and digital identity; she is currently working towards a Ph.D. in open educational practices in higher education. Catherine is a New Yorker living in Galway, has Masters degrees in Engineering and Women’s Studies, has taught in the community and higher education in Ireland and Scotland — and is thrilled that the PLE Conference is finally coming to Galway (a perfect fit!).

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Leigh Graves Wolf is Program Co-coordinator and Assistant Professor of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) at the Michigan State University School of Education. Leigh’s research interests focuses on social and cultural impacts of new media, design for online learning and relationships with technology. Leigh holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology.

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Second duet: David White & Lisa Marie Blaschke

David White is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts of London. David’s research interests focuses on Learning in digital spaces, Modes of engagement online, Digital identity, Critical digital literacies, Online credibility, Ways of knowing. His best-known and most-used idea is a method of understanding individuals’ motivations to engage online: “Visitors and Residents”. David is also a regular speaker on topics such as digital identity, digital literacies and online credibility.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke is Program Director of the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning (MDE) graduate program at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and Associate Professor within the MDE in The Graduate School (TGS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Lisa Marie is also head of a communications consulting firm, Kreative Kommunikation, which offers a wide range of distance education and technical writing services. Lisa Marie’s research interests are primarily within the areas of lifelong and self-determined learning (heutagogy), online collaboration, and pedagogical application of web 2.0 technologies.

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Stay tuned for further information on our blog about the PLEConf 2015 !!!