Participant Biographies

John Berray

John Berray is a high school math teacher in the Grossmont Union High School District. He was named 2015 San Diego County Teacher of the Year and serves as a Noyce Master Teacher Fellow at UCSD. He holds a BA in math and Spanish from USD as well as an MAT from National University. John believes that math class can be a memorable experience for students. He is a passionate seeker of edtech opportunities that place students at the intersection of mathematics and literacy. 

Dirk Börner

Dirk Börner is assistant professor working in the Technology-Enhanced Learning Innovations (TELI) group at the Welten Institute at the Open University of the Netherlands. With a background in computer science he is conducting research on mobile and ubiquitous learning support. In particular, he focuses on the utilization of novel interaction technologies such as sensors, wearables, tangibles, and ambient displays to support learners in authentic situations and facilitate rich interactive learning experiences. Besides his work in national and international research projects and networks, he is serving as organizer, program committee member, reviewer, and editor of several scientific workshops, conferences, and journals in the field of mobile and technology-enhanced learning.

Brenda Enders

Brenda Enders is learning and development consultant, author, workshop facilitator and international public speaker with over 20 years experience crafting custom learning solutions that improve performance and ultimately drive measurable results within the organization.  In 2011, Brenda opened her own company, Enders Consulting where she helps organizations devise and implement strategies to blend mobile learning, game-based learning, and the gamification of learning with traditional delivery methods to maximize learning and business impact.  She also provides consulting services on creating engaging and effective eLearning, project management and instructional/interaction design. 

In addition to her consulting business, Brenda is a published author, researcher and journalist.  In her book “The Manager’s Guide to Mobile Learning” (published by McGraw-Hill, Inc) Brenda shares key questions to consider through your mobile learning journey as well as practical examples and tips for ensuring a successful implementation. Brenda is also a contributing author for “Learning Solutions” Magazine.  She has provided essays on a variety of topics including “Getting Started with Mobile Learning” as well as authoring the hot topic research report “Gamification, Games and Learning: What Managers and Practitioners Need to Know”  (published by the eLearning Guild.)

Brenda shares her expertise and insights through her speaking, workshop events at national and international conferences and also participating in peer based award programs. She has won the prestigious “Best in Show Award “ for projects demonstrating the use of mobile learning and performance support, augmented reality, 3D and wearable technologies at the DemoFest Award programs for Learning Solutions 2015 and mLearnCon 2014 and 2015 and honorable mention at DevLearn 2014.  She is an active member of the eLearning Guild, the Serious Games Association, American Society for Training & Development (ATD), and the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI). In additional to her participation in these professional groups, she is also a board member for the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board and the Human Capital Executive Research Board.

Prior to founding Enders Consulting, Brenda was the Chief Learning Strategist and Learning Services Practice Leader for a custom learning solutions vendor for 12 years, where she led the design and deployment of innovative and award-winning custom learning solutions in partnership with Fortune 1000 clients and the U.S. Government.

Dr. Boris Handal

Dr Boris Handal is an associate professor of educational technologies at the University of Notre Dame Australia and an international known scholar, writer and presenter. He has written more than 80 papers, conference articles, books and book chapters published in academic journals and conference proceedings in Australia, the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Dr Handal has taught in schools and universities for more than 30 years in Australia, Asia and Latin America. He was recently a visiting professor at the University of Alberta studying the implementation of digital technologies in schools in Canada and the United States. His most recent book “Mobile Makes Learning Free” provides new conceptual frameworks to understand best practice in the field of mobile learning.

Reuben Hoffman

Reuben Hoffman is a digital learning coach for the Grossmont Union High School District.  Before moving into his current position, he taught the social sciences and technology at West Hills High School for 18 years.   He was selected teacher of the year for the Grossmont Union High School District in 2010.  He holds an MA in Curriculum Development and Educational Technology at National University. In 2013, he came a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator in 2014 after attending the Google Teachers Academy in Atlanta.

Reuben has been an ed tech lead learner for his district since 2010. He has led 150+ workshops and presentations focusing on the integration of technology into the curriculum throughout his district and at a county, state and national level. Reuben is also the vice president of San Diego CUE (SDCUE), where he helps to promote ed tech goodness to San Diego educators.

Christoph Pimmer

Christoph Pimmer is a researcher, lecturer and advisor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW in Basel. Christoph earned his PhD from the University of Zürich and he has acted as visiting scholar at the Institute of Education, University College London and at the Columbia University in the City of New York. His interests include the use of digital media for learning, communication and cooperation as well as the generation and sharing of knowledge in the workplace. Christoph has co-edited, for example "Work-Based Mobile Learning. Concepts and Cases, Peter-Lang, Oxford", which was described by the British Journal of Educational Technology as "a most informative book […] which educators moving into the mobile realm need to consider urgently." More information:

Agnieszka Palalas

Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada. She currently teaches graduate course in mobile learning at Athabasca University and the University of New Mexico. As an innovative teacher and researcher of adult education and educational technologies, Aga has focused during the last decade on exploring and developing mobile learning solutions in a variety of educational and training contexts. In her over-20-year experience as an educator, Aga has taught in the classroom and online, reviewed and designed curriculum, provided professional development, worked as a programmer and instructional designer for mobile, online, F2F, and blended learning programs. Aga has designed and developed numerous mobile apps and artifacts. She is President of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) and the International Association for Blended Learning (IABL). She has also published a number of articles and book chapters pertaining to mobile, online, and blended learning. Aga has edited (in press) The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. She has a regular presenter at local and international conferences. She is also on editorial review boards of several journals in the field of m-learning, distance education, educational technology, and language learning. Her current research interests include MALL, the pedagogy of m-learning, formal and informal learning, m-learning design principles, and m-learning in diverse educational and cultural contexts. Further details can be found on her website at

Vitaliy Popov

Vitaliy Popov is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Mobile Technology Learning Center, University of San Diego, USA. For his PhD dissertation, he designed and implemented studies in which over 500 students from more than 55 countries worked together with the help of online collaborative technologies. As a postdoc he is currently conducting a cross-sector research study involving the cross-pollination of ideas between K-20 education and private enterprise in STEM-related disciplines as they implement mobile learning in teaching and learning. This project aims to highlight where well-established solutions in one sector might transfer to solve another's needs/challenges. Vitaliy has published articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as, Computers in Human Behavior; The Internet and Higher Education; Technology, Pedagogy and Education; International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 

Clark Quinn

Clark Quinn, Ph.D. provides strategic learning solutions through Quinnovation.  The author of Designing mLearning and The Mobile Academy, as well two other books and numerous articles and chapters, he is a recognized practitioner and scholar. Clark keynotes internationally and works with Fortune 500, government, education, and not-for-profit organizations to use technology in ways that align with how we think, work, and learn.  He blogs at and tweets as @quinnovator. 

Dr. Hyo-Jeong So

Dr. Hyo-Jeong So is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Ewha Womans University, Korea. She conducts research on human-centered design of new technologies and environments that can improve the way people work, interact and learn together in creative and innovative ways. She received her Ph.D. degree from Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2005. Previously, she was an associate professor in the Department of Creative IT Engineering, POSTECH, Korea, and in the Learning Sciences & Technologies Academic Group, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was chair of the Classroom, Ubiquitous and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL) SIG, the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE). Dr So has conducted several mobile learning projects including the future school project in Singapore and the digital textbook project in Korea.

Elliot Soloway

Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For over 15 years, Elliot’s R&D efforts have been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  In 2004, 2011, the students of the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”

Dr. Gary Woodill, Ed.D.

CEO and Senior Analyst, i5 Research

Gary Woodill has been involved with the use of computers in education since 1974, when he was introduced to the PLATO system for computer assisted instruction as part of his masters studies in educational psychology. He helped develop educational materials for a Canadian videotext system in the late 1970's, and in 1985 started a course for teachers on computer in education at Ryerson University in Toronto.

In 1984 Gary received a doctorate in applied psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. In 1993 he co-founded an educational multimedia company that developed a number of educational CD-ROMs. In 1998 he designed an adaptable learning management system for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and has developed over 60 online courses and several strategic learning plans for a variety of corporate clients, including Air Canada, Blackberry, Target, Coldwell Banker, and Bell Canada. Gary is the author of The Mobile Learning Edge (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and the co-author of both Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds (McGraw-Hill, 2011), and Mastering Mobile Learning (Wiley, 2014). He has presented at many conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies.