Keynote Speaker Announcement

We are honoured to announce this year's keynote speakers:

  • Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL: Developing an AI mindset with EdTech entrepreneurs
  • Danielle S. McNamara, Professor of Psychology in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University: Integrating Advanced Technologies to Enhance Learning
  • Geoff Stead is the Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Babbel, Joint keynote with MLearn 2019

Rose Luckin

Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL.

Her research involves blending theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). Rose is author of ‘Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: the future of education in the 21st century’ (2018).

Rose is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-informed Educational Technology; Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons Education Select Committee for their inquiry into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education; a member of the UK Office for Students Horizon Scanning panel, an adviser to the Topol review into the future of the NHS workforce; a member of the European AI Alliance, holder of an International Franqui Chair at KU Leuven; one of the 20 most influential people in Education (Seldon List 2017).

Title of Rose's keynote:
Developing an AI mindset with EdTech entrepreneurs

In this talk Rose will discuss the work that she and her colleagues have been doing at UCL EDUCATE with entrepreneurs in the education and training space to help them develop artificial intelligence technologies to leverage their products and services for the benefit of teachers and learners. Much of this work comes down to helping those working in these companies to adopt what might be called an AI mindset. Rose will present case study evidence to illustrate her work.

Danielle McNamara

Danielle S. McNamara, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University.

She is an international expert in the fields of cognitive and learning sciences, reading comprehension, writing, text and learning analytics, natural language processing (NLP), computational linguistics, and intelligent tutoring systems. She and her team have developed two game-based intelligent tutoring systems, iSTART and Writing Pal, that provide instruction and practice to improve reading comprehension and writing.

Her team is currently developing an adaptive tutoring for source-based writing, which combines instruction regarding comprehension and writing. Research on these technologies has explored methods for improving student engagement via game-based practice, enhanced adaptability functions, and assessed the usability of these systems in real world settings. She also conducts research to analyze students’ verbal protocols (e.g., essays, think-alouds, self-explanation, short answer). These analyses include NLP techniques, click-stream data, keystroke logging, and dynamical analyses. The use of these techniques has prompted the development of specialized tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix, ReaderBench, Writing Assessment Tool) allowing for efficient analyses of large text corpora. Such tools have been used in various research projects involving essay writing, reading comprehension, ITSs, collaborative learning, email, and MOOCs.

Danielle has published over 400 scholarly works (books, journal articles, chapters, proceedings) and received 30 federal grants.

Title of Danielle's keynote:
Integrating Advanced Technologies to Enhance Learning

Building technologies to enhance learning is inherently complex, requiring integration and innovation across multiple disciplines, methodologies, and pedagogical approaches. No one technology, method, or theory is sufficient. "In some ways, it's like putting together a puzzle, but more so, it's like building a continuously evolving biological structure." Danielle McNamara will describe this complex, integrative process that has contributed to her own game-based, interactive, intelligent tutoring systems, iSTART and the Writing Pal, which have included the melding of multiple approaches and disciplines (e.g., LS, CS, AI, ML, NLP, HCI).  Building learning technologies is exciting and challenging because of the opportunities and affordances that various technologies offer, as well as their continuous and rapid evolvement. She will also discuss future opportunities in technology-enhanced learning, with a particular focus on the importance of multimedia, learning at scale, and lifelong learning.


Geoff Stead

Geoff Stead is the Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Babbel, leading the digital learning experience for millions of language learners. He is a global expert in the use of mobile and emerging technologies for teaching, learning and workforce support.

Geoff is an “old friend” of the mLearn conference. He led app development for one of the very first EU funded mobile learning projects and demonstrated mobile learning apps at mLearn since 2002. Seventeen years later the technology, and theory have progressed dramatically and he remains enthusiastic about the power of mobile to enhance learning. He regularly presents EdTech keynotes and has built innovation teams in both the US and UK, developing award winning apps and learning platforms. He has deep experience in how new technologies are changing how people work and learn - knowledge acquired from years of building and testing - not just theorising.

Prior to Babbel, Geoff ran digital innovation teams in Cambridge UK and California USA. He has helped traditional publishers to move into digital learning, as well as helping digital businesses understand how emerging technology can better support education. His teams have won multiple global awards for effective use of apps for learning, and millions of learners have used his software. His portfolio includes immersive (VR, 360) video for training simulations, social gaming for vocabulary practice, massive online courses for global reach (MOOCs), enterprise app stores, AR apps (augmented reality) and gamified learning.

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Host Organisation

Centre for Education and Learning

Supporting Organisations

Delft University of TechnologyErasmus Universiteit RotterdamUniversiteit LeidenDIPF Bildungsforschung und BildungsinformationInstitut JOŽEFA STEFANKing's College LondonKnow Center TU GrazOpen UniversiteitTallinn UniversityTU GrazUniversité Toulouse III Paul Sabatierhttc e.V.


European Association On Technology Enhanced Learning



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