The biographies of all authors and co-authors are listed here.


Chapter One:


Eshaa M. Alkhalifa

Eshaa Alkhalifa is a member of the royal family of Bahrain and the Director of the Information and Data Analysis at the Deanship of Admissions and Registration at the University of Bahrain.  She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, her MSc from George Washington University.  She was awarded two science day awards and gave numerous talks internationally.  One of her main research goals is to break the ground to allow researchers to cross the divide between the purely theoretical findings of Cognitive Science and the practical applications of computerized systems, by introducing Cognitively Informed Systems.


Chapter Two:

Teresa Chambel

Teresa Chambel is an assistant professor at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she received a Ph.D. in Informatics, on video, hypermedia and learning technologies, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Her M.Sc. was in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering at the Technical University, Lisbon, on distributed hypermedia. She is a member of the Human Computer Interaction and Multimedia Group at LaSIGE/University of Lisbon, since 1998, and was previously a member of the Multimedia and Interaction Techniques Group at INESC/Lisbon. Her research interests include multimedia and hypermedia, with a special emphasis on video and hypervideo, distributed systems, and educational technology.



Carment Zahn

Carmen Zahn is a post doctoral researcher at the Knowledge Media Research Center at Tuebingen, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Tuebingen, on “Knowledge Communication by Hypervideo Technology”, her research project being funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Her research interests include learning by collaboratively designing multimedia and hypermedia, with a special emphasis on advanced digital video and school education. Carmen Zahn is a member of the German Cognitive Science Society (GK), of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), and the German Communication Association (DGPuK).



Matthias Finke

Matthias Finke graduated with a Master's degree from Chalmers University in Gothenburg Sweden. He worked at Ericsson Mobile Data in the research department for internet applications and then became a Ph.D. Student at the Computer Graphics Center in Germany in 1999. Matthias Finke is involved in the field of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL). He is currently engaged in research concerning multimedia cooperative working environments with a strong focus on collaborative hypervideo applications


Chapter Three:

Michael Verhaart

Michael is a Principal Academic Staff Member at the Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke's Bay, in New Zealand. He has over 20 years experience in tertiary education, and is currently enrolled in a PhD in Information Systems. His areas of specialty include internet and web design, multimedia and database.




Kinshuk is Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of Advanced Learning Technology Research Centre at the Massey University, New Zealand. He has published over 120 research papers in international refereed journals, conferences and book chapters. He is the editor of the SSCI indexed Journal of Educational Technology & Society (ISSN 1436-4522).


Chapter Four:

Christof van Nimwegen

Christof van Nimwegen started a career in Interaction Design at the Arts
Academy in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After that, and a brief excursion to Artificial Intelligence, he went to study Cognitive Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received his master degree in Cognitive Ergonomics.

Following his graduation, he worked several years a usability engineer and interaction designer in Internet related businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. After that he became a junior teacher at Utrecht University for some time, after which he enrolled a Ph.D. project in 2003, concerning representations in interfaces and Human Computer Interaction in general.



H.J.M. Tabachneck-Schijf

Dr. Hermina Tabachneck-Schijf received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, USA and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  After postdocs in Cognition and in Robotics/Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, she moved to the Netherlands and is continuing her academic career as an assistant Professor at the Information Sciences department at Utrecht University. Her interests lie in representational aspects.  Examples are: effects of multiple representations on learning, how to visually represent other-modal information and elicit such information, and how representing (externalizing) problem aspects affects learning and planning.


Herre van Oostendorp

Herre van Oostendorp received his master degree in Experimental Cognitive Psychology and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Amsterdam. He is currently associate professor at the Center for Content and Knowledge Engineering at the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University. His research interests lie in the areas of text processing, updating of mental models, cognitive models for navigating the Web, and learning from screen. He has authored many journal articles on the area of text comprehension, cognitive ergonomics and information science, and (co-)edited several books, e.g. Cognition in a Digital World (2003) and Creation, Use and Deployment of Digital Information (2005), both with the publisher L. Erlbaum Associates.


Chapter Five:

Sebastien George

Sébastien George is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, INSA of Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in France. He is a member of the ICTT Research Laboratory (Collaborative Interaction, E-learning, E-activities). He received his Doctoral Thesis from the University of Maine in France. There he designed and developed an environment dedicated to distant project-based learning. Then he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the TeleUniversity of Quebec in Canada. His research interests include computer supported collaborative learning, computer mediated communication and assistance to human tutoring in distance education.


Chapter Six:

Alexei Tretiakov

Alexei Tretiakov graduated from Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) and received a Ph.D. degree in Information Sciences from Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). He taught for a number of years at the Graduate School of Information Sciences of Tohoku University and at the Department of Information Systems of Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand). Alexei's research interests range from stochastic cellular automata and object oriented database management systems to web-based systems and e-Learning.


Roland Kaschek

Roland Kaschek is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems of Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand). He graduated at the University of Oldenburg with a M.Sc. (Mathematics), received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from that university and his advanced Ph.D. (habilitation) in Applied Informatics at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Roland Kaschek taught for nearly ten years at University of Klagenfurt, worked for more than two years as a business analyst for the Swiss UBS AG in Zurich, and joined Massey University in 2002. His major fields of interest are conceptual modeling including its mathematical & philosophical foundations, development methods for information systems, and semantic models for process modeling.


Chapter Seven:

Liliana Ardissono

Liliana Ardissono is an Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Informatica of the Università degli Studi di Torino, where she obtained her Ph.D in Computer Science. Her research interests include User Modeling, Adaptive Hypermedia, Multi-Agent Systems and Web Services. She is author of more than 60 papers published in international journals and conferences. Moreover, she is co-editor of Special Issue on User Modeling and Personalization for Television (User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 2004), Personalized Digital Television: targeting programs to individual users (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004) and Special Issue on Human-Computer Interaction (Psychnology, 2004). She is Program Co-Chair of the UM 2005 Conference, Edinburgh.


Cristina Gena

Cristina Gena received a degree in Communication at the University of Torino in 1998. In 2000 she took a Master in Web Tecnology and Security. From January to March 2002 she visited the Institute for Software Research at University of California, Irvine. In 2003 she  got a Ph. D. in Communication at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino. She is currently a temporary researcher at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino. Her main research interests include user modeling, adaptive systems, ubiquitous computing, usability and empirical evaluation, semantic web technologies.




Chapter Eight:

Colin Tattersall,

Colin Tattersall studied Computational Science before working on his PhD at the Computer Based Learning Unit at Leeds University. He subsequently moved to The Netherlands to work for the R&D arm of one of the major Dutch telecommunications operators. In the mid-1990s, he moved into the software industry, working as Product Manager for a company specialising in support systems for knowledge-intensive processes. In mid-2002 he joined The Open University of the Netherlands as an Educational Technologist, where his responsibilities cover work related to innovation in e-learning and learning technology standardisation.


Jocelyn Manderveld,

Jocelyn Manderveld holds a degree in educational psychology (1997, University of Tilburg, Netherlands). She managed a number of educational projects for the Dutch Railways before joining the OUNL in 1998, where she has been involved in designing and developing flexible and rich learning environments, and in the development of the Educational Modelling Language (EML). Jocelyn was OUNL project manager for the standardisation of EML and has participated in standardisation workgroups including IMS/LD and CEN/ISSS.


Bert van den Berg,

Bert van den Berg studied Theology (1984) at University of Tilburg in The Netherlands and has been working as a teacher in the vocational education sector for five years. In 1989 he started working for the Dutch Open University at the Education Technology Expertise Centre. From 1993 to 1999 he worked for the European Association for Distance Education as project manager in the field of technology and co-ordinated several projects for the European Commission. Back at the Open University his work is at the moment related to the application of the Educational Modelling Language and in general with technologies for e-learning.


René van Es,

René van Es holds a degree in Educational Science and Technology from the University of Twente where he specialised in the application of media in education. Prior to the university he studied electronics at a vocational level and thereafter technical teacher training.  He worked for one of the major manufacturers of telecommunication equipment as a performance technologist at the department of customer training and documentation. In 2002 he joined the Open University of the Netherlands to work for the RTD programme as an educational technologist focussing on learning technology standards.



José Janssen,

José Janssen holds a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Nijmegen. She worked as a researcher for the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics for two years, before joining the Open University of the Netherlands in 1991, where she now works as an educational technologist. Her main area of work involves e-learning technologies, authoring tools, content management and workflows regarding e-learning.




Rob Koper,

Rob Koper holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a doctor’s degree in Educational Technology from the Open University of the Netherlands. He is a full Professor in educational technology, specifically in e-learning technologies and is responsible for the development of Educational Modelling Language (the predecessor of IMS Learning Design). His research focuses on self-organised distributed learning networks for lifelong learning, including RTD into software agents, educational semantic web, interoperability specifications and standards.


Chapter Nine:

Karen Lee

 "Currently a lecturer in Nursing and Elearning at the University of Dundee, and an associate lecturer with the Open University, where I completed an MA in Online and Distance Education. I'm involved in the delivery of a variety of blended learning modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students on campus and at a distance, and a Consultant on elearning projects with NHS Education Scotland, and the NHS University.  My particular interests are in  collaborative learning,  particularly situated within communities of practice, and I'm currently researching the impact on practice of a National web based education programme for clinically based staff."



Chapter Ten:

Meurig Beynon

Dr Meurig Beynon is a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Warwick, where he has been employed since 1975. He received his PhD in Mathematics from King’s College London in 1973. He founded the Empirical Modelling Research Group in the 1980s and has subsequently published over 70 conference and journal papers relating to this innovative modelling approach and its applications in fields as diverse as business, engineering and educational technology.




Chris Roe

Dr Chris Roe is a Research Officer in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick. He studied for his doctorate with Meurig Beynon in the Empirical Modelling group and received his PhD in Computer Science in 2003. He is currently attached to the Centre for New Technologies Research in Education and his research interests are primarily concerned with programming in education, to which he has contributed over 10 conference papers.


Chapter Eleven:

Tasos Triantis

Tasos Triantis received his Diploma in Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Patras, Greece. Now he is a postgraduate student pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents. His research interests include Intelligent Agents and Multi-agent Systems but also Expert Systems, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Intelligent User Interface, Fuzzy Systems and Virtual Reality Applications He joined the ESDLab at 1997.


P. Pintelas

Dr. Panayotis Pintelas is Professor of Computer science with the Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Patras. His recent research interests involve computer technologies in education concentrating in areas such as CAL/CAI/CBT/ITS, Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and AI techniques in education; in these fields he has numerous publications. He is member of the British Computer Society, member of the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems (ADCIS), President of the Hellenic Association of scientists for Information and Communication Technologies in Education and Director of the “Educational Software Development Laboratory”. 


Chapter Twelve:

Allison J. Morgan

Allison Morgan is a doctoral candidate and a Bunton-Waller fellow from the Pennsylvania State University, School of Information Sciences and Technology. She earned a B.A. in Computer-Based Information Systems from Howard University in Washington, DC.  Her research interests include under represented groups and accessibility issues with technology, the Digital Divide, the Social, Cultural and Societal impacts of technology, Web search engines and Information retrieval, and Human information Behavior. She has worked previously as an analyst for Accenture Consulting.


Eileen M. Trauth

Eileen M. Trauth, Ph.D. is Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Director of the Center for the Information Society at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research is concerned with societal, cultural and organizational influences on information technology and the information technology professions. Dr. Trauth’s investigation of socio-cultural influences is published in her book, The Culture of an Information Economy: Influences and Impacts in the Republic of Ireland. She is currently engaged in a multi-country study of women in the information technology professions in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England and the US. She is Associate Editor of Information and Organization and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals.


Chapter Thirteen:

Chao-Lin Liu

Chao-Lin Liu received the Bachelor (1987) and Master(1989) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and earned a certificate(1996) in Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems and a doctorate(1998) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He serves as an associate professor at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan and an executive committee member of the Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence. His research interests include intelligent tutoring systems, probabilistic reasoning, computer-assisted decision making, natural language processing, information retrieval, path planning, and intelligent transportation systems.



Chapter Fourteen:

June K. Hilton

Dr. Hilton has taught all levels of secondary and postsecondary science and mathematics.  She has also served as Mathematics and Science Department Chair in three secondary schools.  She holds teaching credentials in Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California and also has National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Science – Physics.  She received her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University in December 2003.  Her research centers on the use of technology to increase student achievement.