Inge Ignatia de Waard
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About Inge Ignatia de Waard
Inge Ignatia de Waard (1967, Belgium) is a mobile and MOOC pioneer who has investigated online learning and EdTech at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium, with projects around the world), Athabasca University (Canada) and The Open University (UK) after which she became the Instructional Design strategist for InnoEnergy, working in the field of innovative and sustainable energy. She has a background in IT and pedagogy and has been an international public speaker, addressing audiences across continents on the subject of online, MOOC, online and mobile learning. Writing has been a consistent factor, producing articles for magazines and journals such as the Learning Solutions magazine, as well as authoring research papers and chapters.
Her professional path has been eclectic, following the grand tradition of all students that do not fit universal formal education ... only to return to it later in life. Past professions include: preparing food for film crews (resulting in startlingly new dishes that surpass tasteful palettes), cleaning offices (using the dust-under-carpet method frequently) and waiting on tables for artists and art lovers in a famous Belgian theater company (being renowned for having a morning temper matching even the most fierce of actors) ... after quick iterations as a photographer, film critic and stand-up comedian, Inge finally found a place where she could voice opinions openly while lobbying for equal rights. The Vrouwen Overleg Komitee willingly employed her, which got Inge started on organizing big events, networking across political parties and online learning while using technology to disseminate content, as well as connect with peers.
In order to be able to make a difference, Inge changed jobs and started to work for one of the finest research centers on tropical diseases: the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. After years of engaging, setting up and supporting mHealth and online projects, she decided to engage in research at the renowned Open University of United Kingdom.
Titles By Inge Ignatia de Waard
‘The Really Useful #EdTechBook‘ is about experiences, reflections, hopes, passions, expectations, and professionalism of those working with, in, and for the use of technology in education. Not only is it an insight into how, or why, we work with these technologies, it’s about how we as learning professionals got to where we are and how we go forward with our own development.
In this book respected individuals from different education sectors write about many aspects of learning technology; from Higher Education (Sue Beckingham, Peter Reed, Dr David Walker, Sheila MacNeil, Terese Bird, Wayne Barry, Inge de Waard, and Sharon Flynn), Further Education (Rachel Challen), to Museums (Zak Mensah), workplace learning (Julian Stodd, Julie Wedgwood, and Lesley Price) and primary schools / early years education (Mike McSharry). With a foreword written by Catherine Cronin, from the National University Ireland, Galway, the breadth and depth of the experiences here are second to none.
The knowledge these leading learning practitioners, researchers, and professionals, share, under the same cover, is a unique opportunity for you to read about the variety of approaches to learning technology, the different perspectives on the same technology, and how technology is impacting our culture and learning infrastructure, from early-age classrooms to leading research Universities and from museums and workplace learning providers. It is about our passion for our work and our desire to make our work better through our own learning and development.
- Catherine Cronin: Foreword
- David Hopkins: Introduction
- Wayne Barry: “…and what do you do?”: Can we explain the unexplainable?
- Zak Mensah: “Why do we do what we do?”
- Peter Reed: “The structure and roles of Learning Technologists within Higher Education Institutions”
- Rachel Challen: “Learning Technologists as agents of change? Blending policy and creativity”
- Julie Wedgwood: “Developing the skills and knowledge of a Learning Technologist”
- Dr David Walker and Sheila MacNeill: “Learning Technologist as Digital Pedagogue”
- Lesley Price: “Times they are a changing …or not?”
- Sue Beckingham: “The Blended Professional: Jack-of-all-Trades and Master of Some?”
- Julian Stodd: “How gadgets help us learn”
- Terese Bird: “Students Leading the Way in Mobile Learning Innovation”
- Inge de Waard: “Tech Dandy, or the Art of Leisure Learning”
- Sharon Flynn: “Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted?”
- Mike McSharry: “This is your five-minute warning!”