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Colloquium on Open Content in Education - Experts

A panel of experts are supporting LIFE OpenContent with their valuable advices:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Funke

Dept. of Psychology, Heidelberg University

Joachim Funke

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Joachim Funke is a professor of experimental and theoretical psychology at Heidelberg University. His interests include complex problem solving, dynamic systems and the Internet from a psychological perspective.

He is also a member of the IuK-Kommission (Committe for Information and Communication) of the German Psychological Society (DGPs).

Focus: Quality assurance through peer-review process.

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Jürgen Beyer

Partner, Shared Learning International

Jürgen Beyer

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Jürgen Beyer specializes in the design and implementation of change processes. His professional interests include Knowledge Management and the Learning Organization.

Prior to 1998 Mr. Beyer worked for one of Germany's leading consulting companies, Baumgartner & Partner. As a senior partner he was responsible for worldwide change management and TQM business.

Focus: Organizational Change

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Andreas Neus

Consultant, IBM Business Consulting Services

Andreas Neus

Andreas Neus is a strategy & change consultant specializing in innovation, knowledge management and organizational change. His focus are the changes in communication created by lowered transaction costs for information.

His professional interests include virtual collaboration, communities of practice and organizational complexity. As a member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Information Quality at MIT, he works on the subject of Information Quality in the context of the Internet.

Focus: Virtual Collaboration, Business Models.

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Jean-Paul Thorn

Media Business School, Strasbourg / Madrid

Jean-Paul Thorn

Jean-Paul Thorn has been involved in new technologies since early 1980. He is a graduate in Law, and holds a Scientific and Technical Master’s diploma in Communication and a Post-graduate diploma in Optical Signal Processing.

At RTL-Productions / CERISE (Centre européen de recherche d’images de synthèse) he was in charge of training and applied research work. From 1987 to 1996 he has been project manager of two training programmes and co-ordinator of two European ESPRIT projects. At the same time he is teaching at CETECH - Université Paris-Dauphine. He has also been a Member of the Board of the Media Business School since 1991.

Focus: License issues and multimedia content

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Manfred Neufang

CEO, FreiNet GmbH, Freiburg


Manfred Neufang heads the FreiNet Gesellschaft für Informationsdienste mbH, Freiburg, since founding it in 1991. Today, FreiNet is a subsidiary of Badischer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. He is an expert in the area of digital content management and the integration of print and Internet media.

Focus: Content Management

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Prof. Dr. Axel Buchner

Dept. of Exp. Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

Axel Buchner

Axel Buchner is Professor of Experimental and Industrial Psychology at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. His research interests include human attention, learning, and memory, among other things.

Focus: Benefits and limitations of self-directed knowledge acquisition from electronic media

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Maria-Theresa Valencia

Research Assistant

Maria-Theresa Valencia

Maria-Theresa Valencia is an IT Systems Commercial Specialist (IHK). Prior to joining this project, she was an intern with the project team at the Centre for IBM e-business Innovation, Vancouver. Before that, she kept the consulting team of Psipenta Software Systems in Cologne organized.back to top

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