The authors


Paul A. Kirschner (1951) is professor of Educational Psychology and Programme Director of the Fostering Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Learning environments (FEEEL) programme at the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology at the Open University of the Netherlands. He is also a Visiting Professor of Education with a special emphasis on Learning and Interaction in Teacher Education at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is an internationally recognized expert in his field. He is a past President (2010-2011) of the International Society for the Learning Sciences and a former member of the Dutch Educational Council and, as such, was advisor to the Minister of Education (2000-2004). He is also a member of the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR), chief editor of Journal of Computer Assisted Learning and associate editor of Computers in Human Behavior. As for books, he is co-author of the recently released book Urban Myths about Learning and Education as well as of the highly successful book Ten steps to complex learning, and editor of two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What we know about CSCL).


Mirjam Neelen (1975) is a 3-star Learning Experience Designer with over 10 years of industry experience, working at companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Google and currently the Learnovate Centre.  She has completed an MSc in Learning Sciences and published an article, based on her thesis, in the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning.  Over time, Mirjam has built solid expertise on Learning Experience Design. She has designed and developed a wide variety of learning solutions in her career, such as eLearnings, instructor-led solutions, serious games, and strategies for fostering and evaluating learning in Communities of Practice. In her current job at the Learnovate Centre she designs innovative learning strategies for a wide variety of clients and she works closely with her clients to ensure that the strategies are implemented and evaluated effectively. She is also involved in industry-driven research on learning technology innovations. Prior to working as a Learning Experience Designer, she completed an MA in Psycholinguistics and a BA in Speech Therapy. She started her career as a Speech Therapist, working with adults with aphasia and children with various neurological disorders.