Two Keynote Presentations


Professor Mohamed Ally

Professor Micheal Moore


Dr. Mohamed Ally


  Professor Mohamed Ally

Professor Mohamed Ally will be recognized as the EIRS 2017 Scholar of Note. The title of his keynote is Mobile Learning: From Research to Practice to Innovative Education and Training


Professor Mohamed Ally is a professor at Athabasca University - Canada's Open University in the Centre for Distance Education. Professor Ally's research areas include mobile learning, e-Learning, distance education, workplace learning, the use of emerging technologies in education and training, and use of ICT for Education for All.


Professor Ally is Past-President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IAML). He was also on the board of the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD). He chaired the Fifth World Conference on Mobile Learning and co-chaired the First International Conference on Mobile Libraries.


He has published four edited books on emerging technology in education and training. His book on mobile learning won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution to distance education. Two of his research papers won the best research paper award at national and international conferences. Dr. Ally has published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and encyclopedia and served on many journal boards and conference committees. He has presented keynote speeches, workshops, papers, and seminars in many countries. His open access text from Athabasca University Press titled Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training can be found on aupress.ca


  Professor Micheal Moore

Distinguished Professor of Education, Emeritus

The Pennsylvania State University, USA.


The origin of distance education as a field of academic study, research and scholarship in North America can be traced to a presentation by Michael Grahame Moore at the 1972 conference in Warrenton, Virginia, of what is today known as The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Until that time, teaching was defined in the educational literature as a process occurring exclusively in a classroom, and although Athabasca University in Alberta and the Open University in England were emerging as the first distance teaching universities, such teaching and learning had no place in educational theory or scholarly and research literature. In the 1972 presentation, Moore challenged the exclusivity of the classroom and defined a new field of study that he called "distance education", with an outline of what he described as the "macro-factors" of the field, later recorded in the Journal of Higher Education (Vol. 44: 661-679.)


Since that presentation, Moore's career has been devoted to the further development of distance education as a field of academic study and research. While teaching the first course in this subject at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the mid 70s he initiated the idea of holding a national conference there, a conference that continues to the present time. Joining the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University in 1986 he established the American Center for Study of Distance Education, experimenting with new forms of teaching online through the 1980's and 90's, established a national research symposium and one of the first online forums (Distance Education Online Symposium). In 1986 he founded the first American research journal (The American Journal of Distance Education) and continues as its editor to the present time (2017).


Based on an early adult education career of seven years in East Africa, Moore has maintained a special interest in the use of distance education in economic and social development. This has involved periods of full time employment at the World Bank and as consultant for other international development agencies, including the IMF, UNESCO, UNDP, UNHCR, and several national governments. These include ten years' work in Brazil to develop teacher education, and similar work in Republic of South Africa, beginning with a review of national educational policy at the time of the first democratic election there. In Europe, notable projects included introducing teleconferencing methods in Finland at the Universities of Helsinki and Turku, in Russia at the National Training Institute, and in Sweden training for major corporations and the armed forces of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.


Moore served as Vice-President of the International Council for Distance Education from 1988-92. Recognitions include appointment as Senior Fellow of the European Distance Education and eLearning Network, induction into the United States Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame and also the Adult Education Hall of Fame; award of Honorary Doctorate by the University of Guadalajara; appointment as Consulting Professor at Shanghai Open University, China; Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK), Visiting Professor, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Visiting Professor at the (UK) Open University.


Moore is listed among the 128 "most important, influential, innovative and interesting thinkers on education of all time" in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Educational Thinkers (Editor J.A. Palmer-Cooper, New York, Routledge, 2016)



Last update: April 11, 2017