Teacher Academy Pedagogical Advisory Board

The Teacher Academy Pedagogical Advisory Board is responsible for the Teacher Academy’s online course programme. Each year it defines which online courses will be offered via the Teacher Academy and supports the development of courses with quality assurance and guidance on e-learning practices, instructional design and state-of-the-art teaching methods. Members of the Board validate course plans which outline the key parameters of each course and provide input into the selection of materials to be used on each course.

The Pedagogical Advisory Board is made up of experts in the field of e-learning and professional development of teachers. They are appointed by the European Commission annually, based on nominations by Ministries of Education and European Schoolnet. The Board includes the Head of the eTwinning Pedagogical Advisory Group and representatives of the European Commission.

Luis Fernandes is a school principal with a passion for education and technology. As a teacher (1991) and school principal since 1997, Luis has had the opportunity to lead several projects integrating innovation and ICT for students and teachers in schools. These have been awarded local and internationally, including formal recognition from Microsoft of the Freixo School Cluster as an innovative school (2012-2016). Luis is a qualified teacher and also has two Masters degrees in Curriculum Development and School Administration. He is a certified teacher trainer and regularly speaks at conferences and workshops. He is also a member of a range of advisory boards and working groups focusing on the use of technology in education.

Anne Gilleran works as a senior adviser and pedagogical manager for the eTwinning Central Support Service. She is the Head of the eTwinning Pedagogical Advisory Group and responsible for all centrally organized eTwinning professional development activities. Anne has considerable experience in European educational projects with a particular specialization in professional development and training of teachers. Previously she was working as a school leader in Ireland.

Daniella Tasic Hansen is a consultant in e-learning pedagogy and a project manager in eVidenCenter, The National Danish Knowledge Centre of e-learning. She has worked with IT in an educational context for several years both as an educator and pedagogical consultant in different projects focusing on further education of teachers on IT, pedagogy and didactics. One of her areas of work is online learning and herein quality assurance of online learning courses. Among her other fields of interest are Digital Literacy, e-learning didactics and pedagogy and Game Based Learning.

Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, leading research projects on developing the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainers, on adaptive software interventions for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia, and on the use of MOOCs for professional development. Currently she also holds positions as: co-PI at the Centre for Global HE (UCL-IOE); partner investigator at the Science of Learning Research Centre (Universities of Queensland and Melbourne); lead educator on a MOOC on ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum, on Coursera, and for one on Blended Learning Essentials on FutureLearn; member of the Boards of the Learning Foundation, and Climate KIC Education.Previous roles include: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills; Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University; the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University; Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience, President of the Association for Learning Technology, Thinker in Residence at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium. Her most recent book is Teaching as a Design Science, 2012. Her previous book, Rethinking University Teaching, 2002, is one of the most widely cited in the field.

Madeleine Murray is National Coordinator with PDST Technology in Education with responsibility for the design of online continuous professional development courses in ICT for teachers. Madeleine’s work has included responsibility for the production of the NCTE e-Learning Handbook and Roadmap. She has also managed the development of a range of courses for teachers, including the online courses Tablets for Literacy and Numeracy, Scratch for Learning, ICT & ePortfolios for Assessment. Madeleine also manages the production of videos illustrating good practice in the use of ICT in Irish schools. A languages graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Madeleine is also a trained primary teacher. Prior to working in education, Madeleine worked for several years on the design and delivery of professional development in ICT to commercial and public sector organisations.

Diego Rojas Ruiz has a degree in Philology and a Master in Didactics of Language and Literature. He is a teacher of English. Since 2007, he has been working for the eTwinning Spanish National Support Service, hosted by the Spanish National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training. He has coordinated and been responsible for contents and methodologies in online actions such as mentored courses and MOOCs.

Danguole Rutkauskiene is an Associate Professor at the Department of Multimedia Engineering (Faculty of Informatics) at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania and expert of Education at Baltic Education Technology Institute (BETI). She was a founding member of the National Association of Distance Education in Lithuania and currently is its President. Danguole is a member of the Management Committee of EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities), member of INFOBALT and other associations. She has been involved as a coordinator and partner in numerous national and international projects, participated and organized national seminars and conferences as well as international events. She is the author and co-author of 29 books, and monographs and 174 articles on the theme of e-learning. She has a particular interest in e-learning methodology, management and the use of advance learning technologies in universities and educational institutions. Recently, she has a big interest in MOOCs and actively participates in the research of MOOCs at national and international level. In addition, she has initiated and participated in the preparation and provision stages of three MOOCs.