Dr. Irina Verenikina holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Russian Academy of Education and is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is Director of Graduate Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong. Before moving to Australia she held a research position in the Russian Academy of Sciences, International Laboratory of Communication and New Technologies. She was a leader in the Russian-American “New Information Technology and Literacy” Project which was funded by the US Andrew Mellon Foundation (in collaboration with LCHC, UCSD). In 2002-2008 Dr. Verenikina represented Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR (International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory). Currently Dr. Verenikina is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Triennial ISCAR Congress to be held in Australia in 2014. Dr. Verenikina’s research interests relate to the application of sociocultural Vygotskian psychology to teaching and learning, as well as to the effective use of information technologies in education and work organisations. She is an author of over one hundred publications including three books on Educational Psychology.