Paul A. Kirschner is University Distinguished Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands as well as 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 recognised expert in the fields of educational psychology and instructional design. He is Research Fellow of the American Educational research Association and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He was President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS) in 2010-2011, member of both the ISLS CSCL Board and the Executive Committee of the Society and he is an AERA Research Fellow (the first European to receive this honour). He is currently a member of the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR) in the Netherlands and was a member of the Dutch Educational Council and, as such, was advisor to the Minister of Education (2000-2004). He is chief editor of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, associate editor of Computers in Human Behavior, and has published two very successful books: Ten Steps to Complex Learning (now in its second revised edition and translated/published in Korea and China) and Urban Legends about Learning and Education. He also co-edited two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What we know about CSCL). His areas of expertise include interaction in learning, collaboration for learning (computer supported collaborative learning), and regulation of learning.
Mirjam Neelen is a Learning Advisory Manager with over 10 years of industry experience, working at companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Google, the Learnovate Centre, and now Accenture. In her current role, she leads the learning experience design processes across Accenture’s various business entities globally. Mirjam analyses business and performance challenges in close collaboration with her clients and manages the front-end design processes, working with other Accenture Learning teams. Mirjam is a proud advocate for evidence-informed approaches to learning design. She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including xAPI, competency assessment and analytics, learning experience audits, learning design models, and learning intervention taxonomies. She presents about her work regularly.
She has completed an MSc in Learning Sciences, 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.