He is director of learning technologies research & development. He was, among other things, responsible for the development of Educational Modelling Language (EML), currently known as the IMS Learning Design specification.
He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a doctor’s degree in educational technology from the OUNL. He was director of a company for teacher training, before he joined OUNL, initially as head of ICT application development (e-learning infrastructures and educational software development).
His research focuses on self-organized distributed learning networks for lifelong learning, including the use of software agents, educational semantic web, interoperability specifications and standards. He publishes regularly in journals. Recent co-edited books are: Integrated eLearning, 2004. London: RoutledgeFalmer; and Learning Design: modelling network-based education and training, 2005. Heidelberg: Springer.