World Renowned OBE Experts
William SpadyCEO - The Father of OBE
Dr. Spady’s experience and expertise in Outcome Based Education is unmatched globally. Known internationally as “The Father of OBE”, he has earned the reputation as the recognized world-wide authority on future-focused, paradigm-shifting, personally-empowering approaches to Transformational OBE. For over four decades he has spearheaded major OBE initiatives throughout North America, South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates on expanding the vision, shifting the paradigm, and improving the performance of learners, educators and educational systems. This work has bolstered his recognized expertise in organizational change, transformational leadership development, strategic organizational design, and elevated models of learning and living.
Alan Rowe is a transformational learning leader immersed in 50+ years of service to K-12/higher education students, faculty, and communities throughout the U.S. Embodying a deep commitment to lifelong learner-centered, self-growth practices, he is an OBE pioneer who embraces a holistic, life-affirming and empowering mindset that “every person can” learn, unlearn, and up-learn the necessary knowledge, skills, and practices to measurably increase their effectiveness.
As a faculty member, school principal, curriculum director, consultant, and as Vice-President-Institutional Effectiveness at Kirkwood Community College (retiring in 2018), he has led broad initiatives to grow a culture of ownership, transparency, action research, and accountability throughout his career. Additionally, he has direct outcomes-based experiences related to total quality initiatives, Academic Quality Improvement Process accreditation, presence-based leadership coaching, personalized professional development, as well as deployment of modern workplace learning platforms, outcome-competency assessment models, life role curriculum designs, performance-based credentialing practices (certificates, diplomas, degrees), designing regional career learning centers, and academic recovery programs.
Mr. Rowe holds degrees from Coe College, University of Nebraska-Omaha, as well as certificates in clinical supervision and change from University of California-Los Angeles. He has been a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Lung Association for the past six years. He is a two-time recipient of the Opal Fagle Award as Iowa’s Volunteer of the Year.
Dr John Burl Artis is a veteran educator. Over the span of over fifty years, he has served admirably as a high school teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. Throughout his educational career he has also served as an educational researcher, educational consultant, college professor, and adjunct university professor. His higher educational experience includes work with curriculum, assessment, strategic planning, and educational leadership preparation. Currently, Dr. Artis serves as an adjunct professor for educational leadership and curriculum and instruction at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.
Dr John Artis is a prolific writer, motivational speaker, and supportive educational consultant. He has worked with well over one hundred schools and school districts serving as a consultant for school improvement, renewal, strategic planning, and leadership design for transforming the work of the school or district. His most recent work is focusing on the questions of equity and educational achievement. His newest work is entitled Reflections of an Educator: Searching for Truth in an Untrustworthy World.
Wajid Hussain is a US scientist and world expert on authentic OBE, QA processes, outcomes assessment and program evaluation for accreditation using digital technology and software. He joined the academic field coming from an intensive Silicon Valley engineering background and more than 20 years’ industry experience of mass production expertise of a Billion Dollar Microprocessor Manufacture Life Cycle. Over the many years Wajid has managed several projects related to streamlining operations with utilization of state of the art technology and digital systems giving him significant experience working with ISO standard quality systems. He has received specialized Quality Leadership Training at LSI Corporation and also received an award LSI Corporation Worldwide Operations Review 1999 for his significant contributions to the Quality Improvement Systems. He was the lead product engineer supporting the Portal Player processor for Apple’s IPOD plus many other world famous products at LSI Corporation.
In academics, Wajid has extensive experience supporting and managing outcomes assessment and CQI processes to fulfill regional and ABET accreditation requirements for several EAC, CAC and ETAC programs. Wajid has developed several revolutionary outcomes assessment instruments and models based on John K. Etsell’s FCAR and the first on the planet to classify specific PIs as per all 3 domains and learning levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and implement world class best assessment practices to support digital technology, automation, streamlining and CQI. He led the first ‘tuning’ efforts in the Middle East at the Faculty of Engineering, Islamic University by developing a complex database of thousands of outcomes and performance indicators with hundreds of rubrics for the Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering disciplines. A comprehensive automated ISO standards Quality Systems CQI model for program evaluation with precision assessment instruments for capstone design, team work, lifelong learning, ethics etc. was developed and implemented. The Faculty of Engineering, Capstone Committee worked several hundreds of hours with Wajid to produce a revolutionary Capstone Design Course Assessment Instrument. Wajid recently presented this Capstone Design Activity Assessment model at the ASEE International conference 2018 at Salt Lake City, Utah. Wajid also worked closely with Dr. Mak Fong, Director Makteam Inc. to implement ground breaking academic advising systems based on outcomes using digital technology.
Wajid is currently reviewer for several international conferences on topics related to education & research methods, outcomes assessment, quality and accreditation. Wajid has presented multiple world class research papers on outcomes assessment and automation at the ASEE, FIE and other international conferences. The National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has published Wajid’s work at the Faculty of Engineering at the Islamic University as an international example of best outcomes assessment practices. Wajid Hussain and William Spady, internationally regarded as the ‘Father of OBE’, have recently co-authored a book titled ‘Beyond Outcomes Accreditation’. Wajid has been invited keynote/panel speaker or presenter in several international OBE conferences. He has presented at the ICA 2015, MTN 2016, OBE ICON 2016, FIE 2016, ASEE 2016, ASEE 2017, ICTIEE 2017, ABET Symposium 2017, IICEDubai 2018, QS ASIA 2018, ASEE 2018, EDUTECH 2018, APAC STEM 2018, ICEE 2018, QS ASIA 2019, EDUTECH 2019, QS ASIA 2020, OBE ICON 2020, TALE 2020.
In 2019, he was opening speaker at the QS ASIA 2019, Shaikh Zayed University, Dubai in Track 2 on Learning & Teaching with topic titled Integrating Learning Outcomes into Undergraduate Curriculum for Fostering Research Skills. In Asia’s largest education conference, EDUTECH 2019, Singapore with 7000+ participants, Wajid was an Expert Panelist on Learning Outcomes assessment for Program Evaluation, Round Table Moderator on Digitizing Learning Outcomes for Higher Education Institutions and Meet the Mentor for delegations of International Education Ministry and QA agency representatives.
In 2020, Wajid was speaker at the QS ASIA VIRTUAL 2020, Singapore in Topic 3: Preparing the region to become an economic power over the coming decade with session titled Gaining Essential Technical and Transversal Skills for Jobs in the Digital Age During COVID19 and Beyond. In Asia’s largest education conference, EDUTECH 2020, Singapore with 7000+ participants, Wajid was an Expert Panelist on Future of Digital Assessments – Challenges and Opportunities and Town Hall Speaker on Best Practices for Engaging Students with Blended Learning Models and Meet the Mentor for delegations of International Education Ministry and QA agency representatives. He is also scheduled as an invited workshop presenter titled Specific and Generic Performance Indicators to Measure Learning Outcomes at TALE 2020 an IEEE Education Society Virtual Conference, Japan. Wajid is also one of the key organizers of the International OBE Virtual Summit 2021 April 24-26 2021 featuring 20 world famous OBE experts, 25 best proposals speakers in 5 themes.
Wajid also conducted a series of terrific workshops on Implementing Learning Outcomes for 20 programs at the University of Business and Technology, Jeddah. He made a national presentation on assessment at QIYAS, Aug 2017. Regionally, William Spady and Wajid were also recognized as international OBE experts in 2017 by Dr. Faisal Al Mishary, CEO National Assessment Center (NAC) QIYAS, Riyadh. Wajid conducted multiple massively participated workshops attended by several hundreds of faculty members such as the ones in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 for the University of Business and Technology, Prince Muqrin, King Faisal, King Fahd and Islamic Universities.
Wajid is a senior member of the IEEE, IEEE Education Society, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), leading member of the Advisory Board for the International Network of OBE Experts worldwide (IN4OBE) and member of the American Society of Engineers for Education (ASEE). He is alumni of LSI, Texas A&M and Osmania Universities.
Rosanne B. MallillinPhillipines
Sister Rosanne Mallillin is President of St. Paul University Surigao, Philippines, and Chancellor of the St. Paul University System. Among her distinguished previous positions she was Vice-President for Academic Affairs at St. Paul University, Manila; Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace; Director of Graduate Research and Professor, University of St. Tomas; and School President and Community Superior at St. Paul College San Miguel, Bulacan. Her educational background includes a Masters and Ph.D in Development Education at University of St. Tomas, and post-doctoral studies in Advanced Educational Planning at the University of London’s Institute of Education; and Alternative Educational Delivery System at Catholic University, Washington, DC.
Sister Rosanne has been the driving force in Outcome-Based Education design and implementation within the St. Paul University System in the Philippines. She orchestrated and participated actively in the team that formulated the first-ever life-performance outcomes framework among Filipino Universities, and initiated a curriculum design process at St. Paul Surigao to implement it throughout their programs and courses. In addition, she initiated a restructuring of course delivery that created a better use of instructional time and expanded learning opportunities for students, and is in the process of redesigning the entire teacher education program around OBE’s philosophy and principles to prepare teacher candidates to be competent OBE implementers in their careers.
Elias is Curriculum and Programs Director of Australian International School and the Australian Institute for Higher Education, a transnational education provider. He has supervised offshore higher Education Programs, delivered in Manila by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Bradford University School of Business and Law. For Basic Education, he oversees curriculum implementation of various K-12 programs accredited by the Philippines Department of Education (DepEd), Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), Victorian Certificate of Education (WACE), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
He is a Professorial lecture, Arellano University Graduate School of Education in Manila for over eight years, Adjunct Professor, Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA), and author and co-author of several textbooks for Higher Education and the SHS and published research works. He is a dynamic international conferences speaker, presenter, and faculty trainer. He is a member of the International Network for Outcome Based Education Leadership Team, an organization founded and led by Dr. William Spady.
Dr. Darin Detwiler is Assistant Dean and Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. He is an administrative leader with a history of educational excellence and driving innovation and efficiency across a large, diverse portfolio focusing on leading-edge pedagogy and student success. With over 25 years of teaching experience in secondary education, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, his work in this field has been recognized with the National Science Teachers' Association / Toyota Tapestry Award for Innovation in Science Literacy Education, the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (Biotechnology), the Washington State Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching History, and the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.
Additionally, Detwiler is an internationally recognized leader in regulatory compliance and public health pertaining to food, regarded as “One of the most well-known, respected, and accomplished people in the food safety industry” (Food Safety News). In 2018, he received the International Association for Food Protection’s “Distinguished Service Award.” He is a columnist, a TEDx featured speaker, frequent keynote speaker, and media consultant. Author of Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions and of Building the Future of Food Safety Technology: Blockchain and Beyond.
Dr. Pickering is the co-creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of Iowa BIG. Iowa BIG is a fully learner-centered, transformational OBE learning environment driven by student passion, intense community engagement, and highly authentic and contextualized projects focused on developing student competencies. Dr. Pickering is also the Associate Director of Education Reimagined, a non-profit located in Washington D.C. dedicated to connecting and growing a powerful network of learner-centered educators and environments. The principles of learner-centered and transformational OBE are highly aligned and compatible.
An Innovative leader bringing together 16 years of vast experience in academic excellence and transformational leadership. Recognized Outcome-Based Education (OBE) advocate in the Philippines under the guidance of Dr. William Spady. Acknowledged researcher and author in the area of Transportation Engineering and Civil Systems. Actively engaged in the international recognition and global mobility of engineers through directorship in various professional organizations. Involved in good governance and policy making as member in various government agency committees.
- Co-Founder and President, Spady & Uy Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership Inc.
- Dean, School of Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering, Mapua Institute of Technology (1st ABET Accredited Civil and Environmental Engineering program in East Asia)
- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Committee Member for Civil Engineering
- Board Member for Civil Engineering, Philippine Technological Council (PTC) Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (ACBET)
Desmond CollierSouth Africa
- Founder and Co-ordinator, Model OBE Learning Centers Program, Delta Motors Corporation Foundation, South Africa (1998).
- Founding Director, Transformational Corporate Training Systems (TRACTS) since 2003.
- Senior Associate, Howard Cook Associates 2003 - 2010: Leadership and performance management training and consulting.
- Academic editor/proof reader for PhD, DBA, MBA dissertations for: Business School Nederlands International, South Africa; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School, South Africa; and SMC, Switzerland.
- Freelance writer, training facilitator and entrepreneurial author, trading as Colliers Corporate Communications since 2012.
- Educator since 1979: English specialist and Matric sub-examiner.
Dr. Lovella S. Divinagracia is formerly the Head of the Center for Support of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of St. La Salle. She recently joined the Graduate School Program of the Division of Professional Education, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Philippines Visayas. In 2018, she became one of the thirty scholars of the Commission on Higher Education-Canada Bureau of International Education (CHED-CBIE) who worked on the ongoing development of Adult Education Framework, Policy Recommendations and Implementation in the country.
Her academic works cover extensive expertise in curriculum, instruction and research under several teaching and administrative university function experiences. In addition, Lovella is an experienced designer and trainer for teachers’ development programs for private and public schools at local and national levels, and lectures on pedagogical skills development for teaching professionals. One of her specializations involves teaching graduate and undergraduate Professional Education courses and Mathematics under the Teacher Education degree programs, with special research interest in problem solving curriculum and metacognition.
She is using her extensive expertise in OBE with her previous experience as Chair of the Outcomes Based Education Council of the College of Education; Secretary-Member to Social Research Ethics Review Committee; and Department Chair for Secondary and Elementary Teacher Education Programs at the University of St. La Salle. Given these three significant positions, she coordinates and provides university wide training on authentic OBE implementation and its operationalization.
Dr. Lovella also enjoys a diversity of experiences in research and accreditation work, most notably as:
St. La Salle’s Research Coordinator in 2013-2016, leading to institutional research involvement and paper presentations to both local and international conferences;
Internal Executive Committee Chair for Instruction in a 2013 Survey, and a Co-chair for Curriculum and Instruction for a 2018 Survey, both for the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU); and
Co-chair in Teaching and Learning for her university’s survey on Institutional Sustainability Assessment -Commission on Higher Education (ISA-CHED) in 2014. She has also received awards in both teaching and administration for her exemplary performances.
Dr. Janet Jones brings enormous theoretical and practical experience and expertise to the Outcome-Based Education movement through a thirty-year career that includes:
* Brain compatible learning approaches to curriculum and student learning,
* Developing a 21st century staff development program,
* System-wide curriculum auditing,
* Experience within the K-12 public school system of the USA as an Executive Director, District Director of Staff Development, Vice Principal, Building Counseling Director, Teacher, and Counselor; plus
* Over eight years as a Graduate level Professor at three different universities, teaching curriculum development, program audits, and innovative instructional design.
Despite this great diversity of responsibilities, Jan’s current career emphases and priorities are brain compatible learning, instructional relevancy, future focused curricula, creative solutions, collaborative processes and, of course, energizing fun for educators at all levels of the profession! As a Founding Director of the Vision Into Action Associates (VIAA) consulting team out of San Antonio, Texas, she orchestrates consulting services that provide school districts with futures program analyses, revitalized system-wide program design, and professional development. Dr. Jones is also the founding Director of Millennial Minds (www.millennialminds.com) and its related Educational Consulting Services.
John has a career of documented accomplishment and recognition, spanning time as a senior Non-Commissioned Officer in two branches of the military and broad civilian engagement, including continuous interaction with higher education. John is considered a Subject Matter Expert and leading thinker on a broad range of subjects. They range from the application of Outcome Based Education principles in business operations, to operational requirements analysis and systems analysis, to human factors of ecological sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. His military experience gave him his first defined and extended exposure to outcome based education in an intensively applied environment, as this is the ONLY form of education that most military environments apply.
John has been an active champion of outcome based principles and their employment in civilian education and business, since working closely with Bill Spady in 1987 during Bill’s efforts to implement transformational OBE in Jefferson County, Colorado. During this effort, John acted as a team leader in the Jefferson County activities as well as functioning as a technical consultant to some of the most advanced schools in the greater Denver area on technology implementation in the public school classroom.
Founder and active member of an international community of leading sustainability activists, John began his social activism while still in high school as an organizer of the response to the public challenges of the first Earth Day in 1970. He went on to higher educational engagement at Cornell University, eventually leaving to join the military and continue his pursuit of higher public service.
As founder of the Outcome Based Business Group, he has been instrumental in training hundreds of business people to effectively transition from the pro-forma operations of business that are taught at typical business schools to the more profitable, creative, resilient, and sustainable functions of Outcome Based Business. In the course of these efforts he completed his Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Sustainability Studies and a Masters of Science, Environmental Studies from Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, at Ohio University.
He has authored numerous papers and articles, both technical and operational, covering subjects from technicalities of Web 2.0 deployment in business making, and effective use of social media to build community, to intensive review of the problems in command structure of informal technical organizations as a response to intransigent formal technical operations.
Bahar M. HejaziCanada
Jonathan V. MacayanPhilippines
Dr. Jonathan V. Macayan is a practitioner (Registered Psychologist), a researcher, and an education leader. He has spent many of his professional years in the academe as a faculty of social sciences and psychology.
He has also been also actively engaged in private consultative projects in various areas involving: academic (OBE and Learner-Centeredness, Education Research programs, Academic Administration), business and organization (IR Skills, Leadership Competencies, Change Management, Organizational Management) and, clinical (Behavioral Intervention Programs, Psychological Diagnostics and Assessment, Psychometric Test Development). His professional experiences, academic qualifications, and expertise have brought him to various administrative positions, including his current position in the academe as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Mapua University, Philippines.
Dr. Fong Mak is a Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of Gannon University. He is also a consultant to GE Transportation in Erie since 1994 and helps build real-time simulators for aid in design and development of control schemes for the GE locomotives. He served 14 years as a Chair for the ECE department. He published significant research work on outcomes assessment; and offered 10 workshops at BAP/ABET Symposium and FIE conferences on outcomes assessment and accreditation. With his extensive knowledge and experience in outcomes assessment, he founded MAKTEAM Software; and created EvalTools®, the most comprehensive online assessment tool that covers learning management, outcomes assessment, continuous improvement management, student advising, survey and institutional-wide self-study. With EvalTools®, he successfully led the ECE department of Gannon through three ABET accreditation cycles with flying colors in 2005, 2011, and 2017 respectively. In addition, he served as Co-Chair for the Gannon’s Middle-States Self-Study committee from 2010 till 2013 and led the committee through a two-year preparation effort in writing the self-study report that resulted in Gannon receive its most successful accreditation record in 2013.
Similarly, with EvalTools®, he assisted Physics and Engineering program of Frostburg State University; and Computer Science and Engineering programs of Islamic University of Madinah to achieve excellent results in ABET accreditation. He serves as consultant to other schools for their ABET accreditation.
In addition, he worked with K12 schools to create AdamTools® for K12 school districts to manage their student information from admissions to graduation as well as special education to handle Intervention Assistant Team (IAT), Multi-Factor Evaluation (MFE) and Individual Education Program (IEP). His most recent work is the creation of a School Management System based on 7-Pillar principles that allows a district to analyze effectively its management and academic achievement performance. The 7-Pillar School Management System is currently being used in 18 school districts in Ohio.