Dr Bill Cope is a Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and an Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is also a director of Common Ground Research Networks, a not-for-profit publisher and developer of "social knowledge" technologies. He is a former First Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. His research interests include theories and practices of pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and new technologies of representation and communication. His recent research has focused on the development of digital writing and assessment technologies, with the support of a number of major grants from the US Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The result has been the Scholar multimodal writing and assessment environment. Among his recent publications are edited volumes on The Future of the Book in the Digital Age and The Future of the Academic Journal, and with Kalantzis and Magee, Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research.
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