Keynote Speakers

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Ibrar Bhatt – Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Dr Ibrar Bhatt is Lecturer in Education and his research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of applied linguistics (including TESOL), literacy studies, and educational research. Much of this recently is concerned with digital literacy and writing, and these interests emerge through his 2017 book ‘Assignments as Controversies: Digital Literacy & Writing in Classroom Practice’ (published by Routledge/T&F). Ibrar has also researched the writing and knowledge creating work of academics across contemporary academia. He is currently in the process of co-authoring a monograph on Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation (published by Routledge/T&F). He is also member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and a convener of its ‘Digital University Network’. ‘In his spare time Ibrar enjoys mountain running and visiting ancient sites.’

Rosemaliza Kamalludeen – International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia

Rosemaliza Mohd Kamalludeen is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the Faculty of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia for about six years. She received her doctorate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) USA in Career and Technical Education. Currently, her research interests are vocational/technical education as a valid and desirable alternative to general public school education in Malaysia, effective use of technology to maximize learner involvement in the teaching and learning process and learning facilitation that inspires. Prior to her academic career, Rosemaliza has served the industry for about 6 years as a project sales engineer at Panasonic Systems Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd, handling multi-million AV systems integration projects with government agencies, GLCs and MNCs. After finding her true passion in education, she ventured into the school system as a mathematics and science teacher at both primary and secondary levels while completing the master’s degree in education. Apart from teaching academic courses at the university, Rosemaliza is one of the national trainers for the Educator 4.0: Redesigning Learning nationwide program, an initiative by the Ministry of Education Malaysia to upskill and reskill tertiary educators with 21st century trends in teaching and learning. She has also conducted numerous workshops at various institutions of higher learning on technology-enhanced learning, MOOCs, and the arts and sciences of facilitating learning. She is also a HRDF certified trainer and a proud member of the Professional Learning Facilitators (Mastery).

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Azidah Abu Ziden – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr Azidah Abu Ziden is a Senior Lecturer in School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She is currently is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellent and Student Development (CDAE), USM.  She obtained her PhD in Higher Education (Instructional Design – elearning) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2008. Her research interests are in the area of Instructional Design specifically in the e-learning and m-learning environment, Educational Technology, ICT & Multimedia and 21st Century teaching & learning. She has received various award including the Most Innovative Content Award (Hybrid Category) of USM in 2012 and the Teaching and Supervising Award 2016 by School of Educational Studies USM. As a USM Master Trainer, she conducts training to USM lecturers in the area of instructional design, e-learning approaches and tools, as well as new approaches of teaching and learning. She also conducted Training of Trainers (ToT) and Training on Demand (ToD) sessions nationally and internationally to cater the need for specific courses and institutions. Dr Azidah the recipient of the prestigious Malaysia National Academic Award 2017 (Teaching Award).

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Md Kabirul Islam – Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh

Dr. Md Kabirul Islam is a Professor of Multimedia and Creative Technology of Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh. At present, He is performing his responsibility as the Director of Division of Research of Daffodil International University, which has a greater impact on establishing a research culture in the university and publications in ISI and Scopus. Professor Islam obtained a PhD in E-learning from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. Before joining Daffodil International University in 2010, Professor Islam worked for Bangladesh Open University and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh where he served in several senior level teaching and academic-administrative positions. Professor Islam also contributes positively in different national and international conferences as a researcher of international repute through his presentations. He has contributed greatly to his field, specially, in founding successfully the Department of Multimedia and Creative Technology and a blended learning environment at his current university.

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Sallimah M. Salleh – Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Sallimah Mohd. Salleh is currently a Senior Assistant Professor and the Deputy Dean (Research) at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her research interests include teachers’ technology enriched/enhanced instruction; teachers’ technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK); teachers’ context beliefs and attitudes towards technology integration; and quantitative research methods, particularly structural equation modeling analyses of data. She is recognized as Microsoft Faculty Fellow for Technology Enriched Instruction (TEI) for faculty development since 2013, and has conducted TEI workshops for academic staff members of Universiti Brunei Darussalam annually, and China Central Normal University, Wuhan in 2014. Prior to her current administrative position, she was the Director of Studies at the Assistant Vice Chancellor Academic Office, and later the Dean of Students at the Students Affairs Unit at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She was a secondary science teacher before she joined the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) in 1998. She is actively involved in research on teacher education, particularly in teachers’ use of technology in teaching and teachers’ beliefs. Some of her research publications can be viewed at Google scholar at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AOCInhcAAAAJ&hl=en and Scopus at https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=55614817300 or at ORCID at http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4869-8797.

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