Niall Sclater

Niall Sclater is Director of Learning Innovation at the UK Open University, which, with around 200,000 distance learners, is Europe’s largest university. He is responsible for the development and adoption of elearning by staff and students across the institution. Previously he directed the university’s virtual learning environment programme which developed a learning management system based on the open source system, Moodle. Before October 2005, Niall was Head of eLearning at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Niall has been involved in the research, development and implementation of learning technology since 1990. He co-founded and managed Clyde Virtual University and the Scottish Computer Assisted Assessment Network. He set up the CETIS Assessment Special Interest Group, directed the Technologies for Online Interoperable Assessment (TOIA) project and ran the Web-Supported Learning initiative of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. He was also founder and Director of the €4m EU-funded Mediterranean Virtual University.

For a list of publications and further information see Niall’s blog.

Niall Sclater


Richard N. Katz

Richard N. Katz has been Vice-President of EDUCAUSE since 1996 and in 2001, he founded the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR). EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Before joining EDUCAUSE, Katz held a variety of management and executive positions spanning 14 years at the University of California (UC). At UC, Katz was awarded the Gurevich Prize, the Olsten Award, and was the 2nd recipient of that University’s Award for Innovative Management and Leadership.

Katz is the author, co-author or editor of seven books, four research studies, and more than 50 articles and monographs on a variety of management and technology topics. His book Dancing with the Devil was deemed one of the 10 most important education-related books of 1999 by Lingua Franca. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MBA from UCLA.

For further information see Richard’s profile on Educause

Richard Katz

Teresa Hagan

Teresa Hagan  is Vice President, Global Digital Content Development at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she is responsible for HMH’s digital product design and delivery in the Digital Products Research and Development Division including the areas of Program Management, Instructional, Interactive and User Experience Design. She manages a partner network of global thought leaders, SMEs, to create leading edge, pedagogically sound, innovative, interactive, and engaging educational products for 21st Century teaching and learning.

Teresa has been with HMH since July 2008, having worked previously with Riverdeep on products including Destination Reading and Math, Knowledge Adventure, and Holt Middle School Math and with Vivendi Universal, educational software and games publishing company.

Teresa graduated from St Patrick’s College of Education with a B. Ed. Hons. degree. She subsequently pursued a Masters in Educational Leadership at University College Dublin and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership with Dublin City University. Her research to date has focused on educational technology for children in primary and second level education, combating the digital divide, online continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers, and online collaboration and learning environments for K-12 students.

Further information on HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology).

Theresa Hagan