International Review Panel

Paul Bacsich

Position: Owner, Matic Media Ltd and Higher Education Consultant Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Paulpaul bacsich Bacsich is a consultant in online learning (e-learning, including distance learning) with 30 years‚ experience. He covers both post-secondary and schools-level sectors with a focus on virtual schools/colleges and virtual universities, with particular current interest in open educational resources (OER) and public-private business models for providers.

He has skills in benchmarking, quality, cost-benefit analysis, change management, market research, competitor research, procurement and due diligence. Research interests also include time issues in online learning, 21st century skills, competences and other topics relevant to the ICT-enabled broad-spectrum providers of education in the future – the “multeversities” and other compelling archetypes.

Paul Bacsich worked at the UK Open University for many years, finally as co-founder and Assistant Director of the Knowledge Media Institute. In 1996 he became a full professor at Sheffield Hallam University, at which he set up the Virtual Campus Programme, and the Telematics in Education Research Group (TERG) which won many contracts in e-learning from government agencies and commercial companies. In 2003 he became Director of Special Projects at UKeU and 2005 he became a consultant to the Higher Education Academy, first through the benchmarking e-learning Programme, then for Pathfinder and the Gwella project in Wales He has personally benchmarked e-learning at over 20 universities in four countries and his team have benchmarked over 40.

He created and led the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) in 2011-12 and created and now leads the EU project POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) which started in November 2011 and runs until mid 2014.

He has a PhD and many publications including in e-learning. See – note that all non-public reports and many presentations and project deliverables are unlisted.


Caitriona (Cat) O’Driscoll

Position: Executive Committee Member,  European Students’ Union


Board Member QQI July 2013‚ June 2014(1 year)

Member of the Board National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education April 2013 – June 2014(1 year 3 months)

VP Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance Union of Students Ireland (USI) July 2012 – June 2014(2 years)

Board Member – European Students’ Union July 2012 – June 2014(2 years)

VP Academic Affairs – University College Cork Students’ Union July 2011 – June 2012(1 year)

Michelle Selinger

Position: Dr Michelle Selinger set up as an independent consultant after leaving Cisco Consulting Services in 2013

michelle selinger - 2015 webDr Michelle Selinger set up as an independent consultant after leaving Cisco Consulting Services in December 2013. She offers strategic advice to support education transformation and redesign across all areas of education, online and in situ, and she undertakes evaluations of education programmes.
Michelle has an academic background in education, particularly in technology enhanced learning, and has extensive experience helping governments and educational institutions around the world in both developed and emerging economies to create and evaluate strategies for education reform. Her experience includes acting as an evaluator, project reviewer and an expert adviser to a number of international agencies including the European Commission, UNESCO, the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, the South African government on national e-skills development.  Michelle also served as a member of the Australian Federal Minister of Education’s Digital Education Advisory Group.

Michelle was a member of the core team who developed the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. She has worked across the world including Australia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Israel, sub-Sahara African, UK and US where she has both evaluated and supported developments in numerous areas of learning and teaching, including vision and strategies for new pedagogical models, online and blended learning, systemic reform, design and execution of education programmes, professional development, collaboration scenarios, new designs in learning spaces, technology integration, and is a fellow of Education Fast Forward, an international think tank on education innovation.
Prior to joining Cisco, Michelle was Director of the Centre for New Technologies Research in Education at the University of Warwick and has worked in both campus based and distance education.

Philip Winn

Position: Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

pWinnPhilip Winn is Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. He is a psychology graduate of the University of Hull and spent much of his career at the University of St Andrews, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2005 to 2007 and Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) from 2007 to 2009. In these roles he was a member of the Universities Scotland Learning and Teaching Committee and SHEEC, and has experience as an ELIR reviewer. In 2010 he moved to the University of Strathclyde, first as Deputy Principal (Strategy) with responsibility for developing the University Strategic Plan through to 2015. Having completed this, he took over as Head of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in April 2011. He has recently joined the QAA board in the UK and is chair of QAA Scotland.

Martin Oliver

Position: Professor of Education and Technology at the ULC Institute of Education

Martin_OliverMartin Oliver is Professor of Education and Technology at the ULC Institute of Education. His work focuses on the relationships between technology, student experience, staff roles and the design of the curriculum. He is a past president of the Association for Learning Technology, and has been an editor for the journals, Research in Learning Technology, and Learning, Media and Technology.