Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shironica Karunanayaka

Dean of the Faculty of Education | Open University of Sri Lanka

Shironica Priyanthi Karunanayaka, is a Professor in Educational Technology and the current Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). She was also the Dean of the Faculty of Education from 2012 to 2015, and the Head of the Department of Secondary and Tertiary Education from 2006 to 2012. She has been an academic at OUSL since 1993. Prior to that, she has gained experience as a trained teacher of Science in the secondary school system in Sri Lanka, over a decade. Currently she serves as a Honorary Adviser to Commonwealth of Learning. Her key research focus areas are Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education, instructional design for enhancing learning and teaching experiences, Open Educational Resources (OER), and Open Educational Practices (OEP).

Dr. Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko

Director of the NeurAL Lab | School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Director of the NeurAL Lab in the School of Teaching and Learning. His research has been funded by state and federal agencies and focuses on developing, implementing, and studying technologies for scaffolding learning. His most recent project, “LENS: Leveraging Expertise in Neurotechnologies to Study Individual Differences in Multimedia Learning”, is a NSF-funded Science of Learning project that focuses on understanding learning with multimedia by a wide range of students including those with attentional and cognitive differences. Dr. Antonenko has published in a number of educational technology and educational psychology journals and received several national and international awards for his research on the design of technology-enhanced learning environments and the implications of neuroimaging for educational research.