(February 7th, 1965, Lisbon) is a Professor at Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University (Department of Education and Distance learning) since 1991, and a member of the Executive Committee of EDEN (European Distance Education Network).
Previously, he was Pro-rector for innovation in Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta. In that capacity, conceived the strategy and managed the university’s transition process from a print-based distance learning institution to a fully online learning one. He was also responsible for the design and initial implementation of the university’s research lab on distance education (LEaD) and the university’s open scientific repository.
Received his training in Philosophy at the University of Lisbon (MPhil - 1994, PhD - 2003), where is a researcher at the Philosophy Centre. Afterwards, received training in online education at the University of Turku. He’s a member of the scientific board of a number of international journals (European Journal on Online and Distance Learning -Eurodl, Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento - RUSC, Revista de Enseñanza y Learning, Co-Learn, and Formamente – International Research Journal on Digital Future) and has coordinated the organization of several major international conferences in the field. Additionally, he’s a member of the e-ASEM network (Asia-Europe Meeting) and of the Expert’s Board of the Horizon Report for Iberoamerica. He was also a visiting professor at the Korea National Open University. Over the years, has worked in many European and U.S.-funded research projects and has also collaborated in several task forces both in EADTU and the Portuguese Rectors Council on open educational resources, open access, lifelong learning, virtual mobility and sustainable development. He has been directing master and doctoral research on ethics, aesthetics and education.