Keynote Speakers

Prof. Rhona Sharpe
University of Oxford, UK

Professor Rhona Sharpe is the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Oxford, UK, where she has brought together educational development and digital education services to provide a focus for academic development in teaching and learning. The Centre provides professional development and consultancy services around areas of strategic importance, currently assessment, digital education and academic skills development.
Rhona has a strong track record in online teaching, with over 15 years’ experience teaching with the UK Open University underpinned by an academic approach and a body of research and development projects. She has written, contributed to and co-edited publications and journal articles in the field of digital education and educational leadership.
Rhona is also an experienced transformation manager, having steered many projects throughout her career and has developed approaches which foreground student experiences and academic practices in order to lead to sustainable organisational change. Most recently she led the development of a Digital Education Strategy for the University of Oxford.

Prof. Yeping Li
Texas A&M University, USA

Yeping Li is a Professor at the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University, USA. His research interests include STEM education, mathematics education and teacher education. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of STEM Education (#1 research journal in STEM education worldwide) and Journal for STEM Education Research, both published by Springer, and is also the editor of several monograph series including, Advances in STEM Education also published by Springer. In addition to publishing over 15 books and special journal issues, he has published numerous articles in topic areas that he is interested in. His work has been supported by various funding agencies, including the U.S. National Science Foundation and Spencer Foundation. He also organized and chaired many group sessions at various national and international professional conferences, such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meetings, the 10th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-10) in 2004, ICME-11 (2008), ICME-12 (2012), and ICME-13 (2016). He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Prof. Irina Lyublinskaya
Columbia University, USA

Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Leningrad State University (Russia) in 1991. She is a Professor of Mathematics and Education at the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She has taught at the university as well as the high school level for over 30 years. She is a recipient of various awards for teaching excellence, including Radioshack/Tandy Prize for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science, NSTA Distinguished Science Teaching Award and citation, Education’s Unsung Heroes Award for innovation in the classroom, and NSTA Vernier Technology Award. In 2011, she has been inducted to NYS Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. In 2019 Dr. Lyublinskaya has been elected as a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. She is a recipient of several outstanding paper awards from AACE and SITE, an author of 16 books about teaching of mathematics and science, co-author of 6 chapters in books, and has published substantially in internationally recognized academic journals.



Prof. Zhongling Pi
Shaanxi Normal University, China

Zhongling Pi is a full professor in the Key Laboratory of Modern Teaching Technology, Ministry of Education at Shaanxi Normal University. Her research interests include video lectures design and learning strategies, learning science, educational psychology, and collaborative learning. Her research work is supported by numerous grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, MOE, and Shaanxi province. She has published over 60 journal papers and two academic monographs, of which 26 are top 10% of journal papers. Her research work has been awarded by Shaanxi province.