Meet the Co-Chairs


Mia Zamora, PhD

Open educator, open researcher, and connected learner
Director of the MA in English-Writing Studies Program & Associate Professor of English, Kean University (NJ, USA)
Fulbright Professor of Digital Culture, University of Bergen-Norway (2017-2018)
Founder and Facilitator of global open learning networks: Equity Unbound (#unboundeq); Networked Narratives (#NetNarr); Connected Courses (#ccourses); Connected Learning MOOC (#clmooc)
Digital Media & Learning Research Hub researcher, facilitator, and blogger since 2014
Mozilla Open Leaders alumnus, 2018
ALT-C attendee and presenter, 2018


Dr Daniel Villar-Onrubia

Daniel works as Principal Innovation Lead at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (Coventry University), with a focus on Digital Fluency, Open Knowledge and Networked Learning.

After completing his DPhil (PhD) at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, he joined Coventry University as Online International Learning Programme Manager in 2014. Prior to moving to the UK, he worked at the International University of Andalucia (Spain), where he was one of the founders of its Digital Practices & Cultures Programme and its Centre for Creation & Experimentation in Digital Content.

Daniel was co-director of the Learning on/with the Open Web Conference ( in 2018 and has been involved in a number of EU-funded projects in the field of Open Education. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Mozilla Open Leaders alumnus (5th cohort) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Education Working Group (


Professor Jonathan Shaw

Director, Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Professor of Photography and Media, Coventry University.

Jonathan originally a photographer, has now worked within Higher Education for nearly 20 years. Since 2008, he has been fortunate enough to work collectively with his colleagues at Coventry University to support and develop engagement with open educational practices.*

In 2014, prompted by the radical, profound and systematic changes affecting Higher Education in a digital era, he co-founded (together with Dr. Shaun Hides) the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University. As the Director, his role is to challenge the existing status quo, to open up education and provide a safe space for students and staff to experiment and drive forward the contemporary university.

His activities continue to extend beyond academia, working within the creative and cultural industries as Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Chair of Birmingham Open Media (BOM), a community interest company, where art, technology and science collide to drive purposeful creative innovation with social impact.

* The year MOOCs got real by David Kernohan, 16 May 2013 (