dr Keith hampson, co-founder
Based in Toronto, Canada, Dr Keith Hampson has served as a University Board Member, university faculty, and as a trusted advisor to universities, colleges, governments, ed-tech start-ups, and global corporations across North America and beyond. Keith speaks and writes frequently about how the institution of higher education is responding to the challenges and opportunities wrought by changes in technology.
Keith served as a member of the faculty at Ryerson University, focusing on the intersection of markets, culture and consumer behaviour. Later, as Director, Digital Education Strategies at Ryerson, his team grew enrolment by 500% and won six national awards for excellence in digital higher education. He is the author of the upcoming book, “Is That All There Is?: Higher Education and Instructional Technology”.
Keith holds a doctorate from the University of Queensland (Australia).
Dan sandhu, co-founder
Based in the city of London, UK, Dan Sandhu has worked in education technology in the UK, US, Australia and India as an investor, executive, mentor and advisor. He was recently voted as one of Education Technology’s top 100 most influential leaders globally.
Until recently, Dan acted as Chairman and CEO of Digital Assess - an evidence-based assessment technology - which delivered reliable learner assessment, while increasing student engagement. He remains on the Digital Assess Advisory Board. Dan has been involved in building and investing in numerous education technology businesses in professional development, skills assessment and new learning methodologies. He speaks regularly at major education events and has authored numerous articles on education technology.
Mr Sandhu is a visiting faculty member at Chitkara University in India.
Rob Wells, associate
An IT professional with over 30 years of experience in Higher Education, Robert Wells most recently served as Director, Centre for Innovation and Learning (CITL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland - one of Canada's most advanced providers of online higher education. Prior to joining CITL, Rob was responsible for IT services and learning technologies at the Fisheries and Marine Institute.
Over the course of his career, Rob has been responsible for the introduction of a host of online/blended programs and services; procurement and implementation of educational technologies; integration of accessibility, quality and open practises into operational processes, and has served on various university-wide committees/workgroups. He has also participated in international development projects for educational institutions in the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia.
As an experienced academic leader, Rob has a keen interest in assisting institutions build their capacity in the areas of educational technology services; development and support for online learning; organisational development and other aspects of the planning and implementation of a digital strategy.
VIVIAN FORSSMAN, associate
Vivian Forssman is a well-recognised leader in post-secondary education with extensive experience in online learning. She focuses on the intersection of teaching, learning, technology, and program design. She offers clients expertise in online learning strategy, program development and operations.
Her most recent role was Director, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET) at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, where she led teams responsible for the co-design and technology-enablement for all university programs and courses.
Vivian also held leadership roles at UBC Sauder School of Business, SAIT Polytechnic and BCIT, and she has led projects that ranged from supporting business school accreditation to large-scale learning space design and technology implementation.
Vivian has taught at UBC, RRU, SFU and University of Saskatchewan on topics that range from project-based learning in online communities, knowledge management, and e-business. Vivian holds an MBA from University of Cape Town, and she undertook doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University focused on technology policy and change in higher education.