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Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Gideon P van Tonder

Associate Professor at North-West University, South Africa

Topic: Shaping Autonomous Minds: Enhancing Self-Directed Learning and Well-Being Through Cognitive Educationis

Prof. Gideon P van Tonder, currently serving as an Associate Professor at North-West University, South Africa, has established a notable reputation in the field of Self-Directed Professional Development for Teachers. He plays a vital role in the Research Unit for Self-Directed Learning at the university’s Faculty of Education. Van Tonder’s academic journey includes degrees such as a BCom, HED, BTech in Education Management, MEd in Education Management, and a PhD in the same field. He has made substantial contributions to the academic world, notably through his extensive publications in prestigious international journals on education management, critical thinking, metacognition, and teacher professional development. Since 2015, van Tonder has published various chapters for reputable publishers like Van Schaik and AOSIS. His efforts at NWU are marked by initiatives to strengthen research skills among faculty and to foster self-directed learning competencies in pre-service teachers, employing innovative pedagogical methods. Van Tonder’s commitment extends beyond academia into community engagement, particularly through projects. One project is dedicated to embedding entrepreneurship education in all school subjects and educational levels in South Africa by 2030. Van Tonder’s dedication to research is further highlighted by his successful supervision of numerous master’s and PhD candidates. His passion and excellence in teaching were recognised in 2019 when he was awarded the NWU Teaching Excellence Award and the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award.

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Dr. Nicoleta Gaciu

Senior Lecturer in Education, School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Topic: Emerging trends in pedagogy

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu has an extensive experience in education gained over more than thirty years of teaching and researching in schools and higher education. Her academic and research specialisations in disciplines such as physics, statistics, computer sciences, research methods and education have given her the best opportunities to make connections across disciplines, to view real-life phenomena through different lenses and to take different perspectives, knowledge, logical and methodological approaches for interdisciplinary research.

Here’s our Past Speakers lineup

Keynote Speaker

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Topic: Innovation and Disruption: The Two Go Hand-in-Hand.

Dr. Melissa Comer

Professor, Tennessee Tech University

Dr. Melissa Comer is a professor in the College of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Tennessee Technological University in the United States. She teaches literacy-related courses in traditional and online environments at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Professional activities include multiple presentations, keynote addresses, interactive webinars, various publications, service activities, and diverse research in assorted venues, journals/books, conference proceedings, and reputable organizations. She was recently recognized with the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Award for Excellence in Innovative Instruction. Additionally, Professor Comer has been a recipient of several grants, having most recently been awarded the Faculty Academy grant which supports course delivery redesigns in the online environment. Currently, she serves as the editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Childhood Education, an online, refereed journal. 

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