Global Speakers

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Professor Shelley Kinash

Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching, Academic Division

University of Southern Queensland

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Professor Shelley Kinash is Director, Advancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). She is responsible for leading a team of 45 people and directly supervises 16 staff, in the four areas of: courses, programs, media-enhanced content and academic development. The resulting high-impact outcomes are advancement of: academic (teaching) staff engagement and achievements, student learning experiences and graduate employability. Prior to USQ, Professor Kinash was the Director of Learning & Teaching at Bond University for 8.5 years. She completed her PhD in Educational Technology through the University of Calgary, Canada and has been an academic for 25 years. Professor Kinash is currently the international Convenor of The Employability Network through Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention & Success (TEN-STARS) and previously led three national research projects competitively funded through the Australian Government, Office for Learning and Teaching – Graduate Employability, Postgraduate Student Experience and Student Evaluation of Teaching. She has 386 published works (journal papers, book chapters, case studies, videos, podcasts) which have been downloaded over 44,000 times from 166 countries. Her research publications have been cited 862 times. She has delivered 16 keynote/plenary addresses in 6 countries and has served as a mentor through 9 initiatives.

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Professor Romy Lawson

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education

Murdoch University

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Professor Phil Hancock

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

UWA Business School, University of Western Australia

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Assoc Prof. Patsie Polly

Scientia Education Fellow, Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

University of New South Wales, Sydney

(Melbourne Session)

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Dr Rod Dilnutt

Industry Fellow / Consultant

University of Melbourne / William Bethwey & Associates

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Digital Transformation Catalyst, Trusted Advisor, Change Agent, Diversity and Inclusion Champion. Rod is a results focused digital leader with a proven ability to influence complex stakeholder networks and drive transformational change.  He an executive consultant with experience spanning over 25 years focused on Construction & Asset Management, Banking & Finance and Education.  He is a founding Director of William Bethwey & Associates and an internationally recognised thought leader in strategic and architectural transformation. Rod is a highly motivated catalyst of digital change, he is results focused and has an inclusive leadership style. He is an Industry Fellow at The University of Melbourne where he researches and lectures in Higher Degree programmes.  He has authored over 20 publications and a book on Organisational Change. Consequently, he is a sought-after expert for leading companies confronting challenges brought about by disruptive technologies and the need to transform organisational cultures to adopt radically different paradigms of work and the creation of value. Rod is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, National Director of the ACS Membership Advisory Board and was recognised as the ICT Professional of the year, 2013 in the Australasian iAwards.

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Therese Lloyd

Director of Teaching & Learning

Manning Valley Anglican College, NSW

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Danny Munnerley

Head, Learning Environments and Innovation, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

James Cook University

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Peter C. Lippman, M. Phil; Assoc. AIA, REFP

Educational Facility Planner / Researcher / Educator / School Designer

Places Created for Learning: We Bring Your Schools to Life

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

For the last 25 years, Peter C. Lippman, M. Phil., Assoc. AIA, REFP has been researching, writing about, designing and creating activity-based learning environments for the future. His work is fueled by a desire to create places that are responsive to the needs of its users and encourage knowledge acquisition and life-long learning. Peter’s approach is unique to the practice of architecture. Grounded in research, Peter applies social science research methodologies to the programming, planning, and design of learning environments. Peter’s Master’s Degree and experience in research enables insight to trends in educational principles that reaches beyond the normative theories presupposed by contemporaries. This approach supports the creation of dynamic places where the physical environment is understood as a vehicle of the transformative work of teaching and learning. Among other publications, Peter is the author of Evidence-Based Design for Primary and Secondary Schools: A Responsive Approach to Creating Learning Environments (2010) and is the founder of Places Created for Learning.

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Adam Bridgeman

Director, Educational Innovation / 2015 Australian National Learning and Teaching Fellow / Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Portfolio

The University Of Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Craig Williams

Innovation Manager, IT Services, Resource Division

University of Newcastle

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

An experienced software development team leader and project manager, Craig has multiple years experience working with clients, teams and projects in the defence and higher education sectors. As Innovation Manager for the University of Newcastle, Craig has setup and leads the IT Innovation team. In the two short years since the team was founded, the team has consistently broken the university mould; using agile and lean methods to rapidly develop, introduce and trial new technology and business models for teaching and learning. A multi-award winning team, their projects include technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, simulation and artificial intelligence across a range of teaching disciplines in the University. As founder of ctrlspace, Craig provides consulting services to organisations looking to use new technologies, and leads the development of AR & VR training and simulation applications. Previously, Craig managed Asia-Pacific programs for development of the military training simulator, Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3).

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Bronwyn Tregenza

Teacher Accreditation Leader / Rites of Passage and Ignite 11 Coordinator / Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Oxley College, NSW

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Assoc Prof Thinh Nguyen

Head of VU Academy

Victoria University

(Sydney Session)

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Denise Kirkpatrick

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Academic)

Western Sydney University

(Sydney Session)

Palliative Speaker

David Francis

Managing Director

Virtual Method

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Monica Williams

Educational Consultant

Association of Independent Schools in South Australia

(Sydney Session)

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Professor Cindy Davis

Associate Dean of Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Arts, Business & Law, D1.09

University of the Sunshine Coast

(Sydney Session)

 

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Deborah Ponting

Head of Centre for Learning and Innovation

Ormiston College, Queensland

(Sydney Session)

Deborah Ponting MIM; BA; BEdSt; DipEd; AFHEA; ALIA is an experienced Centre Head with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in Library Programming and Management, Lecturing, Educational Technology and Public Speaking. Deborah presented a peer-reviewed paper on the redevelopment of a traditional library into flexible learning spaces at EBLIP9 in Philadelphia in 2017.

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Dan Davies

Assistant Head of Residences

Wesley College Melbourne

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

 

Palliative Speaker

Jack Clarke

Head of Curriculum, Aerospace

Aviation High School

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Dr Hassan Khosravi

Senior Lecturer in Learning Analytics, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

The University of Queensland

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Dr Hassan Khosravi is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and an Affiliate Academic in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland.  Prior to joining the University of Queensland, he held a Lecturer position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Hassan’s research contributes to personalising education and translating traditional on-campus learning to authentic flexible learning in vibrant digital environments that better suit the needs and expectations of a digitally minded generation. In particular, he aims to employ exemplary techniques from the fields of machine learning, data mining, learning analytics, gamification, visualisation, education and statistics to design, implement, validate and deliver solutions that use the digital footprints of learners towards improving students’ learning and enhancing their learning experience.

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David Rowland

Manager, Make It Wood Again Campaign / Director

Planet Ark / Living Future Institute of Australia

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

David studied Architecture and Building Engineering in the UK and also has an MBA and a Master of Marketing. He manages the Make It Wood campaign for Planet Ark, which aims to increase the use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. Prior to joining Planet Ark, David was CEO of a major Australian-based building products manufacturer. He is currently a Non Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia and was also a judge on the 2017 NSW Green Globe Awards.

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Liam McGuire

Executive Director

Opaque Media Group

(Melbourne Session)

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Scott Copeland

Senior Lecturer, School of Commerce

UniSA Business School

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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A/Prof Tim Dwyer

Associate Dean of External Engagement / Founding Member

Monash University / Monash Adaptive Visualisation Lab

(Melbourne Session)

Tim Dwyer received his PhD on “Two and a Half Dimensional Visualisation of Relational Networks” from the University of Sydney in 2005. He was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Monash University from 2005 to 2008, then a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research, USA in 2008-2009. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as a Senior Software Development Engineer with the Visual Studio product group at Microsoft, USA. A highlight of this period was shipping the Code Map software dependency visualisation tool with Visual Studio 2012. In late 2012 he returned to Monash University as a Larkins Fellow where he now co-directs the Immersive Analytics Initiative and is a founding member of the Monash Adaptive Visualisation Lab.

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Dr John Flett

Head of Educational Development / Head of Innovation and Strategy

Gordon Institute of TAFE

(Melbourne Session)

 

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Dr Blake Cochran

Lecturer, Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

University of New South Wales, Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Dr Blake Cochran is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Pathology, within the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. Blake’s research into the role that impaired cholesterol homeostasis plays in the development and pathogenesis of diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity has led to the publication of his findings in field leading journals and the award of an International Atherosclerosis Society Fellowship to undertake research at Imperial College London. Blake has been invited to take his research practice into the classroom, by introducing a research lecture and practical lesson series focused on diabetes to undergraduate science students. Blake is a passionate advocate for the involvement of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in teaching, to both enhance the professional development of ECRs and enrich the student experience. Blake currently leads a community of ECRs who have voluntarily taken the role as eMentors to support and enable research integrated learning and model professional research practice as part of an authentic assessment for 3rd year undergraduate students studying pathology.

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Peter Bright

Online Curriculum AR/VR Coordinator, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health

Deakin University

(Melbourne Session)

 

Palliative Speaker

Jordan Gianfrancesco

Enterpreneur-in-Residence

Victoria University

(Melbourne Session)

Palliative Speaker

Gus Balbontin

Enterpreneur-in-Residence

Victoria University

(Melbourne Session)

 

Palliative Speaker

Thomas Anbeek

Enterpreneur-in-Residence

Victoria University

(Melbourne Session)

 

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Gianna Pagni

Head Teacher Curriculum

NSW School of Languages

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Janelle McGann

Education & Learning Consultant

Leading Learning Consultancy

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Janelle McGann currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at a large, K-12 independent school in Perth, Australia. She has worked within the public and independent school sectors for over 25 years in three Australian States, Ireland and the U.S. Her current role involves the strategic leadership of teaching and learning; collaborative leadership, facilitation and development of middle managers and executive processes. She is currently leading a major professional learning project based around peer coaching. Janelle began her career in education as a high school teacher of English and Geography. She facilitated communication workshops and summer courses for adults while living in Ireland. She has served as Head of Geography, Manager of Professional Practice, Head of Boarding and worked as coach, facilitator, executive team member and board member of NFPs. After running successful action research projects with teachers, she completed a Masters’ degree in educational change. Over the years, Janelle has been involved in lectures and projects with various universities and developed a teacher practicum model. Janelle is a self-confessed PD junkie, fascinated by how brain research is giving educators a science for good practice.

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Dr Mark King

Associate Professor and Director, Educational Delivery Services, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

UNSW Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Professor Denise Wood AM

Director of the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access & Participation / Engaged Research Chair

CQUniversity Australia

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

 

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Dr Gregory Martin

Director, Teaching Technologies, Innovation Support Unit (TTISU), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Technology Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Jodi Gordon

Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation

Seymour College, SA

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

 

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Knut Menden

Architect

BVN Architects

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Designer of Australia’s First School of the “Timber Age”.

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Dr Jacqueline Thomas

Lecturer, Humanitarian Engineering School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology

The University of Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Dr Thomas commenced work at the University of Sydney in August of 2016. Her role included the formation of a new Humanitarian Engineering Major. To support innovative teaching, she was influential in using the latest Virtual Reality technologies and helped start the Immersive Learning Laboratory.

Dr Thomas’ research is focused on water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. Her training is as an environmental engineer and microbiologist. She has ongoing work in Africa, India and the Pacific Islands. Through innovative teaching, she believes the next generation of engineers can be inspired to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems.

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Brian Bailey

Technology Innovation Manager, Teaching and Technology Innovation, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The University of Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Palliative Speaker

Daniel Wurm

Managing Director

Green Building Institute

(Sydney Session)

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Megan Reed

Learning and Development Leader, Asia Pacific

IBM

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Lorraine Farah

Global Learning Delivery and Relationship Executive

IBM Learning

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Andrew Fletcher

Learning Commercial Leader / Pacific Career Principal / Consulting

Mercer

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Cathy Tomkins

Principal, Mercer Learning Delivery Leader

Mercer

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Prof. Nick Barter

Academic Director, Griffith Online

Griffith University

(Melbourne Session)

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Sharleen Mulawin

Rel. Head Teacher Teaching & Learning

Aurora College

(Sydney Session)

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Dr Darien Rossiter

Principal Advisor to Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education

RMIT University

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

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Lionel Skinner

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law. School, School of Management

Curtin University

(Melbourne Session)

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Christine Newington

Program Manager, Victorian School Building Authority

Department of Education and Training, Victoria

(Melbourne Session)

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Dr Marcus O’Donnell

Associate Professor & Director, Digital Learning

Deakin University

(Melbourne Session)

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Dr Christine Thong

Associate Professor/ Academic Director/ International Program Lead, Design Factory Melbourne, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

Swinburne University of Technology

(Melbourne Session)