Dr Wayne Holmes is a Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, where he leads on AIED. He has been involved in education and educational technology for more than 25 years, receiving his Ph.D. in Education (Learning and  Technology) from the University of Oxford. He also has degrees in Philosophy (MA) and  Education (MSc Oxon). His research interests are in the learning sciences, AIED,  and ethics. Currently, he is a member of the UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group on AI Education Taskforce, and is working with UNESCO developing policy guidelines for AI applied in education. He is also lead author of the recently published book: “Artificial Intelligence in Education. Promise and Implications for Teaching and Learning”.

Mr Francisco Iniesto,  is Ph.D. candidate by a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship in Open World Learning based in The Open University researching accessibility in MOOCs.  Francisco’s background is as a Computer Engineer from UAM with a M.Sc. in Educational Technology from UNED. Francisco is a member of the Global OER Graduate Network and collaborates with the Digital Inclusion UNED-Vodafone Foundation Research Chair.

Professor Mike Sharples has a first degree in Computational Science and a PhD from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. His research focus is human-centred design of technologies for learning. His main current interest is ‘citizen inquiry’ – a fusion of citizen science and inquiry-based learning. He leads development of the nQuire platform, in collaboration with the BBC, to support mass participation in social science experiments. As Academic Lead for FutureLearn (, Mike informed its social learning at massive scale, based on a pedagogy of ‘learning as conversation’. I established the Innovating Pedagogyannual report series, to inform teachers and policy makers of new developments in teaching, learning and assessment for a digital world. Other current interests include blockchain for education, and strategies for digital transformation in higher education. His personal website is

Professor Rose Luckin, PhD, is a Professor in the UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. She has been developing and writing about the Learning Sciences, Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) for over 20 years. Her research explores how to increase participation by teachers and learners in the design and use of technologies. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two edited volumes, Prof. Luckin is the author of Re-Designing Learning Contexts (Routledge, 2010), and lead author of the Decoding Learning report (Nesta, 2012) and Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for Artificial Intelligence in Education (2016). Her work is interdisciplinary and encompasses education, psychology, artificial intelligence and HCI. Rose is also a co-founder of the UK’s Institute of Ethical AI in Education.

Professor Eileen Scanlon, is Associate Director of Research and Innovation in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. As Associate Director I have institutional responsibility for developing research strategy in educational technology. I am particularly interested in journeys between formal and informal learning, and I am one of the organisers of the FutureLearn academic network.


Maria Di Gennaro is a Research Manager in the Institute of Educational Technology who has responsibility for the OU’s openTEL priority research area, and for the openAIED OU SIG.