Meet our speakers

Full Name
Ernie Ghiglione
Position
Project Manager
University
LAMS Foundation
Speaker Bio
Ernie is the Managing Director of LAMS Education Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company that manages the development of the Open Source Learning Activity Management System (LAMS) eLearning platform. While in this position, LAMS usage has significantly increase to reach 1.4 million students worldwide.

Previously, Ernie was a Senior Research Fellow at the Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE), Macquarie University in Sydney Australia. He has previous experience in various open source projects in e-learning. He has developed parts of MIT’s .LRN Learning Management System, specially the Learning Object Repository, content delivery platform, one of its assessment engines, the IMS Content Packaging, IMS Metadata and SCORM implementation.

Prior to managing e-learning projects, Ernie led large enterprise software development in the US, the Netherlands and India for five years. He holds an MSc BSc Management Information Systems (Magna Cum Laude) from New York University and a Master of Software Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Ernie Ghiglione
Full Name
Claire Ann Canning
Position
Assistant Professor
University
Duke-NUS Medical School
Speaker Bio
Claire Ann Canning, BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCert Med Ed, is an Assistant Professor, Deputy Head Department, Assessment and Progression, in the Office of Education at Duke-NUS Medical School. Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in the office of Medical Education at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Ireland with a BSc. (Hons) in Biochemistry, and went on to do an MSc. in Medical Genetics and Immunology in Brunel University, UK. Following that she graduated her PhD in the field of Genetics in 2002 from the National Institute for Medical Research, UK. She did her initial postdoctoral research at Kings College London and moved to Singapore as a senior research fellow where she carried out research at the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR).

She has spent the last 9 years focusing her scholarship and research in Medical Education, with a special interest in Assessment. She is the current Deputy Head of Department of the Assessment and Progression unit at Dune-NUS medical school. With an increased interest in Medical Education and Assessment, Claire did a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at the University of Dundee, and was awarded a distinction in Assessment. Claire runs multiple faculty development workshops in assessment in the medical school and wider university, including those on blueprinting, item writing (SBAs), standard setting and post exam psychometrics. Claire has been a facilitator on the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) online and recently was an ESMEA facilitator at the Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC). Claire has also led workshops on blueprinting and standard setting at the Singapore International Advanced Assessment Course (SIAAC). She previously held a consultancy role at the Singapore Ministry of Health in the Department of Postgraduate Training and Assessment Standards. Claire has published her research in international peer reviewed journals and has presented her assessment work at AMEE, OTTAWA, and APMEC conferences.
Claire Ann Canning
Full Name
Katie Crouwel
Position
Policy maker Education
University
ACTA Dental School (University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam)
Speaker Bio
Katie Crouwel has been working at Dutch higher education institutions since graduating in European Studies in 2000. She has fulfilled many different support staff roles, ranging from program coordinator to project manager to policy maker Education. It is her passion to ensure the teaching staff and students can enjoy the highest quality of education possible. During her time as program coordinator of the postgraduate Master’s program in Oral Health Sciences at ACTA she played an important role in the revision of the curriculum. In the past year, she has greatly enjoyed implementing TBL in year 1 of the Bachelor’s with her colleagues and in particular thinking through all the different aspects of a successful implementation and supporting teachers through an e-learning and different workshops.
Katie Crouwel
Full Name
Erica Vogelzang
Position
Policy officer
University
ACTA dental School (University of Amsterdam/VU University Amsterdam)
Speaker Bio
Erica Vogelzang obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology before pursuing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Educational Sciences. For the last two years, she has been working as a policy maker in education at ACTA, taking part in several educational projects aimed at improving the curriculum. According to her, TBL can play an important role in increasing intrinsic motivation and learning outcomes for students by facilitating active learning within meaningful contexts. She is especially interested in implementing TBL in the earlier years of the Dentistry program.
Erica Vogelzang
Full Name
Teun de Vries
Position
University lecturer/Assistant professor
University
Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam
Speaker Bio
Though Cell Biologist by training, Teun de Vries has a keen interest in educational innovation. He enjoys teaching smaller groups, such as at Amsterdam University College, but he does not refrain from interactive teaching even in larger lecture halls. He is convinced that interacting with students is key to making teaching worthwhile for all involved. He was a board member of ACTA’s program committee with emphasis on course evaluations. His observations of his own classroom experience were articulated in three articles on education. As project leader of team TBL, his ultimate goal is to optimize TBL at ACTA, by listening to advice from both students that undergo TBL and teachers that design and teach it.
Teun de Vries