Steve Wheeler (University of Plymouth, U.K.)

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Plymouth, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education and training (1976-1981 and 1995-present).

A trained educator, he now teaches on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programs. He specializes in research on e-learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on social media and Web 2.0 tools. He is regularly invited to speak and has given keynotes and invited lectures to audiences in more than 20 countries across 5 continents. He is currently involved in several research programs related to e-learning, social media and handheld technologies.

Steve is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and is an active and prolific edublogger. His blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education and training.

Steve is chair of the Plymouth e-Learning Conference, and is co-editor of the journal Interactive Learning Environments. He also serves on the editorial boards of a number of other learning technology related academic journals including Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J), the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning and Digital Culture and Education.

In 2008 Steve was awarded a Fellowship by the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN), and in 2011 he was elected to serve as a member of the Steering group of EDEN’s Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). He is also chair of IFIP Technical Committee Working Group 3.6 on distance education and is author of several books including The Digital Classroom (Routledge: 2008) and Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures (Information Age: 2009). He lives in Plymouth, in the South West of England, with his wife and three children.

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