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Dr. Piet Kommers is professor in Educational Technology, Scientific Advisor and Consultant at the University of Twente since 1982. In this function he was the co-founder of the Twente Master
Curriculum of Applied Educational Research with its renown Engineering Design Approach. His lecturing and research address the growing needs for fostering human capital, the innovation and reform of education. His instigated European projects on Vocational-
and Job-Oriented Learning focussed on the evolving job markets. Throughout the many stages of ICT technologies: Simulations, Virtual Reality exercises, Narrative and Gaming formats he developed new genres for learning that allowed economical sectors to transform
learning; and implicitly adapt their business model. His projects and workshop allowed him to see the main commonalities and differences among 12 of the Europe surrounding countries. His main role in the ongoing projects is to design research instruments for
collecting data from innovative practitioners in the pilot stages of the experiments. Central Paradigm in his research is the catalytic role of ICT in competence development for teaching. In the recent years he focussed on the larger social/economical context
of ICT propagation through web-based communities. He initiated the journal IJWBC in 2005 for which he was Chief Executive Editor until recently.
From 2002 to 2020 he was Associate Editor of the journal IJCEELL (Continuous Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning) and encouraged
through special issues the scope of innovative Vocational Education and Training. In the IV4J project he worked with five European partners towards innovative scenarios for VET’s orientation towards agile innovation, social cohesion and contributing
to sustainable economic growth. Besides formats for surveys, focus groups and scraping social media, there is special attention for the elicitation of ethnographic data like personal reflection reports and narratives as they evolve from web-based communities
and social networks.
His research, design and evaluation studies address large scale educational projects with in-depth surveys, co-designed ICT intervention plans and nation-wide
evaluation studies for the European Commission, UNESCO in Eastern Europe and National Ministries of Education. He has been consulted by Ministries of Education and Communication in the junction between the European Commission and ASEAN countries (Thailand,
Malaysia, Sri-Lanka and Indonesia). The overall project goal was to find innovative ways to speed the innovation of VET and benefit from process analogies among the various involved countries. Through Multi-Dimensional Scaling the practitioners and gatekeepers
have been interviewed on how they lead innovation in teaching and learning in their daily practice. In the period 2001 – 2004 he was project leader of the National ‘Train the Trainer’ Program in Kobe and Sapporo, Japan. The goal was to discern
motivational and attitudinal factors underlying the adoption of new didactic ICT measures in Vocational Education in order to conceive tools and methods for transforming initial into advanced professional competencies. For this purpose, a critical review and
advice was formulated in order to revise the contemporary conceptual research framework at that moment. He received the title of Honorary Professor in Learning Technologies by the UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for his Developmental Projects
in Eastern Europe. In the period 1994 - 1995 he was invited to lead the European MedCampus projects in Turkey, The Ukraine (Crimea) and Jordan.
In the period 2006 –
2010 he supported ministries of Higher Education in the ASEAN countries. His team-leading methods have been implemented into the UNESCO
IITE reports, policy briefings and Master Course. His books and journal article citations exceed the level of 8000 and the h-index of 35. He successfully supervised more than
20 awarded PhD projects and was recently nominated by 16 countries for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of information
and communication technologies in educational innovation. The projects by Piet Kommers were often cited and replicated as they demonstrated evident success in taking teaching and learning as a global challenge. His plead for meta-learning for the sake of swift
adoption of blended learning during the Covid-19 era was generally appreciated and promises to be guiding the roads to sustainable Digital and Online Learning and Personalized Learning as key competencies for teachers and trainers in the coming years. Seen
the need for efficient supplantation of current didactic training expertise in the field of vocational training his courses and workshops demonstrate procedures for collecting, editing, analysing and its comprehensive concluding next-phase approaches. His
adagio is to characterize long-term diachronic evolutions in order to typify the variety of to-days’ plethora of educational approaches more lucid and convincingly. The use of communities of practice and social media’s wisdom of the crowd are welcomed.