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Distinguished Professors

Distinguished Professors serve various roles in supporting IROPINE’s research development. As consultants, they advise the Institute on its research directions and strategies, as well as individual research and publication plans. As research team members, they collaborate with academics on research projects to build new knowledge and publish findings for the benefit of the field and the institution. As mentors, they coach young academics who aspire to carry out studies in related areas to master the necessary research skills. IROPINE’s Distinguished Professors include the following:

Professor Alan TAIT
Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, United Kingdom

Professor Alan Tait was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) at The Open University of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2012, and was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. He was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (2005–2013) and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Learning for Development, produced by the Commonwealth of Learning for the first time at the end of 2013.

Professor Tait was President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) from 2007 to 2010, and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning. He is a Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, a senior member of St Edmunds College, the University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London.

In 2012, Professor Tait was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics. He has worked widely in developing countries, and for international organisations, such as UNESCO, the European Commission, the Commonwealth of Learning, and the International Extension College.

Expertise: distance education, learner support, education and development

Professor Gwo-Jen HWANG
Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,National Taiwan University of Science and Technology


Professor Gwo-Jen Hwang is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, and the Journal of Computers in Education, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technology. Professor Hwang also serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals on educational technology and e-learning, and was the guest editor of Educational Technology & Society, Educational Technology Research & Development and Interactive Learning Environments.

Professor Hwang has been the principal investigator in more than 100 research projects funded by the National Science Council and the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and received the annual Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan in the years 2007, 2010 and 2013. He has also been invited to be a keynote speaker at many international conferences.

Expertise: mobile and ubiquitous learning, digital game-based learning, adaptive learning, artificial intelligence in education

Professor Dragan GAŠEVIĆ
Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics
Co-Director (Learning Analytics) of the Centre for Research in Digital Education,
Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics,
University of Edinburgh


Professor Dragan Gašević is the President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at the University of South Australia, and a Research Scientist in the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas, Arlington. A computer scientist by training, he considers himself to be a learning and information scientist who develops computational methods that can shape nextgeneration learning and software technologies, and so advance understanding of information-seeking, sense-making, and self-regulated and social learning.

Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics and a programme co-chair of the Learning Analytics Summer Institute, Professor Gašević is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker. He is a recipient of several best paper awards at major international conferences on learning and software technology. The award-winning work of his team on the LOCO-Analytics software is considered one of the pioneering contributions in the growing area of learning analytics.

Expertise: learning analytics, self-regulated and social learning, higher education policy, data mining