SEAS'20 Invited Plenary Speakers
We have the pleasure to introduce our invited plenary speakers
Prof. Benjamin Radcliff
University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Editor-in-Chief: Political Behavior Journal (Springer)
Benjamin Radcliff (Ph.D. 1991, University of Illinois-Urbana) works at the intersection of American and Comparative Politics. His current research focuses on the social scientific study of happiness within the multi-disciplinary field sometimes labeled happiness economics. He has published articles on the connections between politics and happiness in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Social Forces, among other journals. This research program culminated in his 2013 book The Political Economy of Human Happiness (Cambridge University Press). Radcliff's earlier work attempted a radical reinterpretation of the implications of social choice theory for democratic thought, arguing that the implications of impossibility theorems and related theoretical issues actually suggested more rather than less robust conceptions of democracy. This work culminated in a 2000 article in the Journal of Politics that won the award for best article published in the journal in that year. Radcliff has also produced a series of empirical articles focusing on political participation, elections, and public policy outcomes in the industrial democracies and across the American States, with a special focus on the role of organized labor. His articles on these subjects have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and a variety of other journals. He has been a fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.
Prof. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia
Director of the Centro de Ciencia Cognitiva (C3) at Universidad Nebrija
Associate Editor of many journals:
Frontiers in Psychology
Prof. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (Bilbao, 1981) is a researcher in Cognitive Science of Language who currently works as a Full Professor at the Facultad de Lenguas y Educación of the Universidad Nebrija. Prof. Duñabeitia is the Director of the Centro de Ciencia Cognitiva – C3 of the university and he is also the Principal Investigator of the different research groups of the Facultad. The main research interests of Prof. Duñabeitia focus on the study of the neurobiological and cognitive substrates of multilingualism and reading throughout the life cycle. Since Prof. Duñabeitia began his research career, he has published nearly 100 articles in the main international scientific journals. Dr. Duñabeitia is currently the Associate Editor of Journal of Neurolinguistics, Frontiers in Psychology and Psych. He is or has been a member of the editorial board of Journal of Cognitive Psychology and Psicológica, and guest associate editor in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Prof. Duñabeitia has demonstrated his research maturity by acting as Principal Investigator in several research projects financed externally in public calls of national and local governments, and by taking an active role in several European projects.
Multilingual schools are no longer the exception and the presence of more than one language in the classroom is a common reality. But do we know how to efficiently organise truly multilingual schools? Are we aware of the multiple cognitive consequences of being immersed in multilingual learning contexts? In this lecture, I will discuss some recent findings from the field of cognitive neuroscience and education, with the aim of dissipating some widely accepted yet incorrect neuromyths. Addressing the questions above, I will focus on the surprising way in which speaking a foreign language alters the human decision system and emotional reactivity. Besides, I will detail recent innovative and inclusive educational methods based on mixing language at school, and present evidence on how different languages are represented in the human brain and how multilingualism impacts domain-general cognitive functions.
Prof. Som NAIDU
Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning & Director - Centre for Flexible Learning
Executive Editor of :
Distance Education, Taylor & Francis.
Professor Som Naidu is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning, and Director of the Centre for Flexible Learning at the University of the South Pacific. Most recently he served as Associate Professor (Learning Transformations) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning Quality Enhancement and Evaluation of Learning and Teaching at Charles Sturt University, NSW Australia, and Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Multimedia Education as well as Head of Research and Evaluation in the field at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Naidu has spent most of his professional life in the higher education sector in a variety of roles to do with enhancing learning and teaching practices in open, flexible, distance, online learning and elearning, as well as education more generally in various jurisdictions and contexts ranging from those in developing regions such as the South Pacific Islands, India, Sri Lanka and Africa, to developed contexts such as in New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, the USA and Australia.
He possesses undergraduate qualifications in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and graduate qualifications in Distance Education and in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has spent sabbaticals in the Institute for Learning Sciences in the Graduate School of Computer Sciences at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA (1997), in the Learning and Teaching Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Learning and Development Directorate at the University of London, United Kingdom (2003/2004), and in the Centre for Research, Innovation and Training in eLearning, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (2012).
His publications in the areas of his expertise include several books, book chapters, and more than a hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. A frequently invited keynote speaker at national and international conferences, Professor Naidu possesses an extensive record of research and scholarship in the broad field of open, flexible and distance education, and especially in designing and implementing capacity building workshops in the areas of open educational practices, online learning and elearning. His professional consultancies in the field include numerous capacity building projects in course and curriculum design and development, online learning and elearning in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Belize, Namibia, Samoa, Maldives and the Solomon Islands.
An immediate past president of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA), Professor Naidu is Executive Editor of its journal Distance Education. In May 2014 the Open University of Sri Lanka awarded Professor Naidu a D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), in recognition of his extensive contribution to the field of open, flexible, distance and e-learning both regionally and internationally..