EdTech2015 will feature a rich mix of global education and industry keynote presenters to stimulate lively discourse as we address ‘Beyond the Horizon: Policy, Practice and Possibilities’.

We look forward to high quality keynote presentations, interactive sessions, live link-ups and industry/education showcases in tandem with fun and informal networking opportunities in the presence of our keynote speakers and invited contributors.

Larry Johnson


Dr. Larry Johnson serves as Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium, an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, and research centers in the world.

The NMC’s dozen-year exploration of technology use in education, the Horizon Project, informs strategic technology planning for educational institutions in more than 175 countries.

As the project’s founder, Johnson works with visionaries and thought leaders from across the globe to define new ways of thinking about technology, and explore emerging trends and issues.

Alex Freeman


Alex Freeman is the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) Director of Membership and Programs.

He oversees membership services, produces online professional development programs, and is co-author and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes technology uptake across global museums, higher education, K-12 education, and a number of other sectors and regions.

Prior to the NMC, he was the Education Director at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and Education Curator at Artpace San Antonio. He holds an MA in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Devine


Jim Devine works in the field of educational policy development, project implementation and evaluation at European level.

He fulfilled an institutional leadership role as President of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) from 2001 to 2011. Prior to joining IADT he led the development of postgraduate programmes at Oscail, now the Open Education Unit of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University.

He recently developed a report on leadership perspectives of digital capacity for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and learning in Higher Education. He has a particular interest in questions of scale, sustainability and impact of initiatives designed to modernise higher education.

Helen Beetham


Helen Beetham is a writer, researcher and adviser on e-learning issues in the UK.

She was a member of the Beyond Current Horizons programme, commissioned by the last UK government to advise on education beyond 2025, and has written key national reports on e-portfolios, e-learning and pedagogy, digital literacy and open educational practice.

A long-standing consultant to the Jisc e-learning programme, she recently completed a year-long study on the expectations and experiences of today’s ‘digital students’ and is now working on a national framework for staff digital capabilities.

Helen provides independent consultancy to a wide range of universities and colleges, most recently as part of the Changing the Learning Landscapes programme. Her co-authored volumes Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age and Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age (both Routledge) are standard texts on masters courses in Education.
Tweets @helenbeetham.
Blogs digitalstudent/jiscinvolve.org and digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org.