Global Speakers


Professor Shelley Kinash

Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching, Academic Division

University of Southern Queensland

(Melbourne 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.


Chris Robertson


Aurora College

(Sydney Session)


Dr Roberto Martinez-Maldonado

Data Visualisation Lecturer & Researcher, Connected Intelligence Centre

University of Technology Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Dr Roberto Martinez-Maldonado is a full-time researcher at the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) and data visualisation lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He has a background in Computing Engineering. His areas of research include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI, CSCW), Learning Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AIED, EDM) and Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

In the past years, his research has focused on applying data mining techniques to help understand how people learn and collaborate in co-present environments, empowering people with emerging technologies such as interactive surfaces, combining available technologies for capturing traces of collaboration and helping teachers to orchestrate their classroom through the use of interactive devices and learning analytics innovations. He is program co-chair of the research and industry track program of the International Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Education 2018, held in conjunction with the Festival of Learning in London in June.


Mark Robertson

Learning Technology Partner

Learning Objects - A Cengage Company

(Melbourne Session)

Mark Robertson is a Learning Technology Partner with Learning Objects – A Cengage Company

He has spent the last seven years pursuing technology within education, having worked as a Lecturer at Box Hill Tafe, as eLearning Lead for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaethetists, and as a Learning consultant/Education solutions specialist for Kangan Bendigo Tafe.

He has in considerable experience in instructional design, project management, learning management systems, content management systems, educational technology, eLearning, course design and multimedia production. He has conducted numerous workshops and was invited to speak at numerous conferences including iDesignx, Digital Campus and Blended Learning Innovation, the ePortfolio forum and the Business Analytics conference in 2017.

Now, he is engaged in designing and promoting the use of next generation learning environments to the higher education and vocational sectors.


Robert Vick

Manager - Partnerships

Learning Objects - A Cengage Company

(Melbourne Session)

Robert Vick is Manager – Partnerships with Learning Objects – A Cengage Company

Through extensive business development and consulting experience in the Higher Education sector in Australia and New Zealand, Robert has a thorough understanding of the key challenges and issues facing education institutions and learners in today’s modern, dynamic and competitive global environment. Robert has a teaching background, is a graduate mentor and is passionate about learner success.


Dr Jaclyn Broadbent

Associate Head of School Teaching and Learning in Psychology / Research Fellow

Deakin University / Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

(Melbourne Session)

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent specializes in large class teaching, annually teaching more than 2100 students at Deakin University. She is Associate Head of School Teaching and Learning in Psychology, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). Jaclyn has won several awards for her teaching, including an Australian Award for University Teaching and Deakin University Teacher of the Year.


Stewart Humphreys-Grey

Executive Director & Senior Vice President

Box Hill Institute Group

(Melbourne Session)

Stewart is responsible for the business strategy and the development of new and sustainable growth in business and our international segments. His group includes CAE Short Courses and Languages Centre of Excellence, Back to Work Programs, Jobs and Skills Centres and leading product development.

Stewart has a diverse background spanning Health, Information Technology, Telecommunication and Transport. His career has been blend of projects and operational roles with international and national roles. Stewart was most recently head of Sales for Siemens Rail Automation Australia and New Zealand.

Steward enjoys forging relationships and comfortable in complex areas with multiple stakeholders. He is equally at ease in the boardroom or at a night time commissioning of a new system. Stewart enjoys a challenge and finding solutions.


Hans Chang

CEO & Co-Founder


(Melbourne Session)

Hans Chang is the CEO and Co-founder of FAB9, a membership-based makerspace in Melbourne, and is responsible for the management, business strategy and growth of the company. Hans is a former product manager at SanDisk, and has helped launch mobile Flash memory chips used by millions of people. Hans is interested in the cyber-physical revolution, and solving challenging problems using digital fabrication technologies, automation, and artificial intelligence. Hans holds an EE Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.


Dr Charles Sevigny

Senior Lecturer/Academic Programs and Major Coordinator, Department of Physiology

The University of Melbourne

(Melbourne Session)

Dr Charles Sevigny is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne with a focus on blending technology and face-to-face teaching to create a well-resourced and robust student experience. As a member of the Department of Physiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Sevigny teaches subjects ranging from second-year undergraduate through to graduate Medicine. Dr Sevigny has led the development of interactive learning tools incorporating 3D animations developed in-house to be used for feedback, revision, and assessment, and has recently turned his hands to development of Virtual Reality learning tools. As part of this initiative, he has recently deployed the Virtual Reality Learning Studio (VRLS), which includes 16 student-facing room-scale VR stations coupled with a content-development hub which services the entire University.

His current project, The Virtual Human Heart, is a clinically accurate, animated, interactive model of the heart which enables both undergraduate and medical students to interact with this complex organ in a virtual environment. Dr Sevigny’s approach earned him the David White Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching distinction awarded by the University of Melbourne, in 2017.


Jairus Bowne

Online Content Developer, Department of Physiology

The University of Melbourne

(Melbourne Session)

Jairus Bowne is a senior tutor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne. His roles include online content development and deployment, 3D animation, video editing, and recently coordinating the operations of the Virtual Reality Learning Studio, comprising 16 room-scale VR stations for learning and engagement across the University. The Virtual Human Heart, an application for immersive learning about a complex organ, was animated by Jairus in consultation with academics and clinicians to create an interactive and clinically accurate heart for use by undergraduate and medical students.


Dr Kwang Cham

Lecturer, Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences

The University of Melbourne

(Melbourne Session)

Dr Kwang Cham is a Teaching Specialist primarily involved in preclinical and clinical training of students. His area of research interests includes digital technologies for feedback and assessment, simulations, digital literacy competency, inter-professional education, and object-based learning engaging with material culture. Kwang has been successful with several educational grants at a Faculty (Seed Funding), University (Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant), and discipline-specific (Victorian Optometrists Training and Education Trust) level.

Kwang has published and presented at educational conferences, such as the Victorian Allied Health Research Conference (VAHRC), the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators Annual Conference (ANZAHPE), and the upcoming Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Kwang’s recognition for his achievements include the Melbourne School of Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Award in 2016, and an ePoster award for Best Innovation at VAHRC in 2017.


Kieran Nolan

Educational Technologist

Wooranna Park Primary School

(Melbourne Session)

Kieran is a Melbourne-based Educational Technologist, International Speaker, CoderDojo Mentor, and Blockchain Expert driven by three tenets: innovation, disruption, and lifelong learning—and it is these key values that empower him to play his part in revolutionising the EdTech space as we know it. Over the course of a decade, Kieran has gained extensive industry experience, specialising in education, technology, and blockchain application.


Rebecca Cameron

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne

(Melbourne Session)

Rebecca Cameron is a Melbourne based Architect with 20 years of local and international experience with projects ranging from small to medium scale residential, larger scale multi-residential (in both horizontal urban developments and vertical tower formats), religious and education, commercial and retail, hotels and resorts, industrial, recreational facilities and urban planning developments.

In addition to her architectural design practice, Rebecca also teaches at the Melbourne School of Design, working with students across the architecture, property and construction streams.  Rebecca is interested in exploring ways in which design students engage with construction technology and how large cohorts of students can experience the complexity and beauty of active construction sites in an environment increasingly concerned with occupational health and safety issues.  As part of this process, Rebecca is interested in developing interactive learning modules that provide a virtual construction site experience across the complete construction program, which would allow students to explore materials, systems, construction techniques and sequencing of trades on their own.

Rebecca also has a particular interest in the interface of design, construction and legislation.  This interest led to Rebecca being appointed as a member of the Building Appeals Board and a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

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Julie-Anne Skelton

Acting Principal

Hills College

(Sydney Session)


Andrew Downie

Assistive Technology Consultant & Psychologist

Former Teaching Staff, TAFE NSW

(Sydney Session)

Andrew is a psychologist (currently non-practising) with a post-graduate diploma in education. He has recently left TAFE NSW, having worked there for over 25 years in various roles involving assistive technology. Being totally blind, Andrew has strong first-hand experience with products such as screen readers etc. But he also has extensive knowledge of both specialised and mainstream equipment that meets the needs of people who have diverse disabilities and learning needs.

Andrew appreciates the benefits that both mainstream and specialised technology offer. He is not, however, a fan of gadgets for their own sake – equipment should be useful rather than gimmicky.

An issue that Andrew is passionate about is the potential benefit to people who have disabilities by the effective use of technology. In an educational setting, it is therefore crucial that staff have an adequate knowledge of relevant products and techniques. This includes creating material in a manner that allows access by the widest possible range of people without the need for extensive remediation.

Outside work, Andrew’s interests include carpentry, cycling, (not enough) surfing and a love/hate relationship with two and four-wheeled motorised vehicles.


Dr Rich Allen

Educational Psychologist & Founder

Green Light Education

(Sydney Session)


Brendan J Hill

Capability Manager (CxP Program) / Deputy Chairman

Sydney Water / NSW Public Sector ITAB Committee

(Sydney Session)

Brendan Hill specialises in the creation of innovative and memorable learning experiences that support both cultural and behavioural change.   With experience in leadership, instructional design, facilitation, and employee engagement, Brendan combines his high energy levels with intuitive insight and expertise, ensuring a process of ongoing learning that builds not only capability but excellent relationships. An avid supporter of of new technology, Brendan is particularly interested in ubiquitous learning, and how this can be blended with storytelling, gamification, and social elements, with a considerable degree of fun and humour, to create powerful learning and drive self-accountability.

A self-confessed lifelong learner, curator, and risk-taker, Brendan advocates that true learning happens when we put the motivate our learners to take control of the entire process.  He is currently embarking on this journey in his current role as a capability lead at Sydney Water.  Additionally, he has delivered several award winning L&D projects during his time at Sydney Water.

Brendan is completing a Masters of Learning Sciences and Technology at the University of Sydney and has worked in L&D for over a decade across industries such rail, finance, construction and media.  Additionally he has delivered several industry award winning L&D projects during his time at Sydney Water.


Professor Bob Fox

Curriculum Academic Lead, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

UNSW Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Professor Bob Fox is Academic Lead Curriculum, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education at UNSW Sydney and Professor (Hon) and Teaching Fellow at The University of Hong Kong. Between 2000-2013 he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for IT in Education and A/Dean (Learning Environments) with one year as Professor and A/Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research at Chinese University. Professor Fox was A/Director, Centre for Advancement of Education at Curtin University, Perth for 13 years; a senior lecturer in vocational training for four and a further education lecturer for two years. He has published and presented around 200 papers on innovation, change and learning environments in higher education.


Ass/Prof Kira E Westaway

Geochronologist and Quaternary Scientist, Director of 'Traps', MQ Luminescence Dating Facility

Macquarie University

(Sydney Session)

Westaway uses bone evidence at archaeological sites to reconstruct and date the environments experienced by early humans to provide archaeologists with a better understanding of how our early ancestors lived and died. This research has greatly influenced our understanding of human evolution and what constitutes ‘being human’ and has challenged many of our established ideas about human dispersal across the globe. Westaway uses this exiting research program in Southeast Asia and China to reignite student curiosity for Earth science and creating effective learning environments using dynamic engagement, intrinsic motivation, visual stimulation and challenging activities that nurture student curiosity whatever their learner background.

One of her most valuable tools for reigniting curiosity is mobile VR activities that are seamlessly embedded into practical content. By placing the students right in the middle of the action using VR in numerous multidisciplinary applications she has created the opportunity for these experiences to be shared across campus.


John Stewart


The Living School

(Sydney Session)


Paul Goudie

Head of Institute & National Manager

Goodstart Institute of Early Learning

(Sydney Session)


Susan Cornish

Head of Learning Design

University of Technology Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Susan is the Head of Learning Design at UTS and has recently led the design and development of UTS Open, providing free taster courses at postgraduate level – from Blockchain to Genomics and Systems Thinking. Her team is transforming postgraduate coursework at UTS by focussing on a rich student experience – the best of online and on-campus activities. Susan was previously Chief Learning Designer at TAFE NSW where her projects included the design and implementation of eCommunities – statewide communities of practice supporting the development of digital teaching and learning skills.

Over 30 years she has produced many innovative and award winning education resources, from comics to online games, multimedia adventures and documentaries.


Monique Potts

Director Strategic Projects, UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship

University of Technology Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Monique is a thought leader in education, innovation and entrepreneurship with a mission to reimagine education for a knowledge economy. Currently Director of Strategic Projects at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) she works with teams across the university to create, develop and implement strategic projects to embed innovation and entrepreneurship into the fabric of the institution, culture and educational experience. Her recent initiates include; UTS:Hatchery student incubator and accelerator programs, winner of the 2017 Australian Financial Review Best Learning Experience award, STEAMpunk Girls a transdisciplinary educational program co-designed with high school girls, UTS Innovation Creative Clusters and New Labs a series of experimental labs in emerging technology and creative practice bringing together industry, academics and students to explore the future of technology in areas such as blockchain, AI, VR and journalism.

Prior to joining UTS Monique worked in digital media and innovation at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) leading the development of interactive digital services including the seminal ABC Splash education portal, ABC Open Archives and social and participatory media implementation strategy across the organisation. Her areas of research interest include new economy value models, future of work and education and gender and technology.


Ben Cleland

Educational Designer

James Cook University

(Melbourne & Sydney Sessions)

Benjamin is part of the Blended Learning & Innovation team at James Cook University and has worked in higher education as an educational developer and mentor and in business as an online experience designer. He is involved in planning, strategy and implementation for digital enhancement across learning environments. Benjamin is particularly interested in developing communities within institutions and bringing people together to share, innovate and learn.

A focus of his recent work is an institutional initiative to fundamentally change the student digital experience in the context of multiple system transformations. This work interlinks learning spaces, communications, standards, immersive learning, communities of practice and academic engagement.


Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning

Dementia Australia

(Melbourne Session)


Assoc Prof Rhonda Hallett

Director, Learning Futures

La Trobe University

(Melbourne Session)


Jen Bahen

Director for International Education

TAFE Directors Australia

(Melbourne Session)

Jen is the Director for International Education for TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), a role she started in June 2016.  Jen has had extensive experience in the education policy sector, having worked at Senior Director Level in the public and private sector in Australia for many years.  Jen has also spent considerable time working offshore in education in Beijing, Bangkok and Shanghai.

Jen began her career in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, where she managed various national policy and program elements, including vocational education, youth transitions and trade training centres in school.  In 2010 Jen was posted with the Department to the Australian Embassies in Beijing and Bangkok, where she was the Counsellor for Education, managing the broad bilateral relationship between China/Thailand and Australia.

After leaving the department, Ms Bahen moved to Shanghai, where she consulted to the Group of Eight, and was then the Director of Marketing and Admissions for Nord Anglia Education School Shanghai.  During her time in Shanghai Jen was the chair of the AustCham Shanghai education working group.

Jen is passionate about enabling Australian TAFEs to have the best possible international engagement and ensuring that Australia’s policy settings support this, as well as undertaking business development to reveal opportunities for TAFEs.  Jen is also keen to see as many TAFEs as possible engage in global student mobility for domestic students.

Jen completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science with Honours at the University of Melbourne.


Trevor Foster

Educational Designer

James Cook University

(Melbourne Session)

Trevor is an Educational Designer at James Cook University (JCU) initially involved in the Vice Chancellor’s Blended Learning Priority Project and is now currently working on JCU’s Transformation Project. The Transformation Project involves working with academics in the transformation from Blackboard Original to Blackboard Ultra of all subjects over a two-year time frame.

His background in Information Technology, a Master of Education in Leadership and Management as well as over 20 years’ experience as an academic has also led to working as a consultant on educational projects in Negara Brunei Darussalam, the UAE and Kazakhstan. These projects have included eLearning, educational technology, curriculum design and management, instructional design and academic mentoring.


Dr Joanne Blannin

Digital Learning Leader/Research Fellow: Plans to Pedagogy

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

(Melbourne Session)

Dr Joanne Blannin has taught in France, England, America and Australia and has an in-depth understanding of learning and teaching that meets individual needs within a classroom. Her many international education roles have included curriculum director in outdoor education, language and technology tutor, bilingual teacher, curriculum leader, leading teacher, early years’ mathematics leader, Department of Education project officer, university lecturer, and school leadership coach.

Joanne’s Doctorate of Education researched teachers’ use of technology in schools and has led to her currently writing a book on her findings that will be published internationally in 2020.

Having worked in both the private and public sectors, Joanne now presents internationally on the use of digital technologies, digital literacies and teachers’ technology use.

At The University of Melbourne, Dr Blannin’s research includes the development of teachers’ pedagogical skills to effectively engage with technology in the classroom and the use of technology in STEM to support student learning outcomes. She is currently the Digital Learning Leader for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


Lee Webster

Director, Learning Technology Innovation and Services

TAFE Queensland

(Sydney Session)

As Director, Learning Technology Innovation and Services, Lee is responsible for TAFE Queensland’s suite of learning and teaching technologies, including developing internal capability for online delivery and online product development. Lee has had a career in leading educational technology projects in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Prior to moving to Queensland, Lee played a key role in establishing e-Works in Victoria where she was Manager, E-learning Strategies with responsibility for the TAFE Virtual Campus (TAFEVC) and other Government funded projects relating to e-learning delivery capability.

Prior to joining the public sector Lee was Manager of YarraNet a non-profit internet service provider and ICT support service for the Yarra-Melbourne Regional Library Corporation and Adult Community Education organisations. In her earlier career she managed the implementation and support of NAB NZ’s national network of ICT banking infrastructure.


Michael Kasumovic

Associate Professor, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

UNSW Sydney

(Sydney Session)


Professor Romy Lawson


Murdoch University

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Romy Lawson is the Provost at Murdoch University and was previously the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Education). Prior to this she held the positions of Director of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Wollongong and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) at James Cook University. She has been actively involved in teaching and learning development in higher education for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia. Romy led the National OLT Strategic Priority Project: Hunters & Gatherers: Strategies for Curriculum Mapping and Data Collection for Assurance of Learning (, and has been a team member in other ALTC funded projects including: Embedding Professionally Relevant Learning in Business Education; and Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attribute development, assessment and standards in Business Faculties. In 2013 she was awarded a National OLT Teaching Fellowship for work on Curriculum Design for Assuring Learning.

Romy’s PhD: Creating effective Learning Environments in Higher Education, and subsequent research has focused on constructive alignment in curriculum design; the effect of different assessment on student learning; curriculum mapping; leadership strategies for curriculum renewal; embedding professional learning in the curriculum; engaging staff and students with graduate attributes; and the impact of professional development on teaching. She has also been until recently an associate editor for the HERD Journal, and senior editor for the Journal of University of Teaching and Learning Practice.She also holds executive roles on national associations including HERDSA, where she Chairs the Network Portfolio, CADAD and ALTF.


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)

Patsie is a UNSW Scientia Education Fellow and Associate Professor in Pathology, within the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. Patsie is recognised nationally and internationally as a medical research scientist, leading teacher and innovative education researcher. Patsie has held five international, national and institutional fellowships. Patsie has infused her extensive medical research experience into the classroom by strategically integrating adaptive lessons, ePortfolio pedagogy and collaborative communities of practice to allow her students to learn these career-relevant skills. Patsie has expertise in authentic assessment, course and program-wide ePortfolio implementation/use within science-based degree programs at UNSW Sydney to facilitate student reflective practice and professional skills development.

As a UNSW Teaching Fellow (2016-2017), Patsie has led ePortfolio use and implementation by engaging academic colleagues as a UNSW lead and invited investigator on cross-institutional projects addressing teacher professional development. Patsie has been recognised with numerous institutional/national teaching awards and nominations. Patsie has given multiple invited institutional/national/international presentations and generates peer-reviewed research outputs in research communication, virtual lessons and ePortfolio use. Patsie has attracted institutional/national OLT funding to support development of eLearning resources.


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.


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.


Adam Bridgeman

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

The University Of Sydney

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)


Craig Williams

Innovation Manager, IT Services, Resource Division

University of Newcastle

(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).


Bronwyn Tregenza

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

Oxley College, NSW

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)


Assoc Prof Thinh Nguyen

Head of VU Academy

Victoria University

(Sydney Session)

Thinh Nguyen is Head of the VU Academy for Social Change and Leadership, an enrichment program for high achieving students at Victoria University. Prior to this, he was Director of Learning & Teaching in the College of Engineering & Science at Victoria University. Thinh has a passion for student learning and student success and have won numerous teaching awards, include the Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching citation for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.


David Francis

Head of APAC


(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

David Francis is a pioneer of the Augmented and Virtual Reality industries. He has conceived and produced scores of complex, commercial augmented and virtual reality campaigns with leading Australian and international brands, including Toys R Us, Netapp, Cisco, Target, Singtel Optus, 20th Century Fox, Woolworths and Toyota among many others.

David is the Co-Founder of Virtual Method, an AR/VR Consultancy and Creative Agency that works with enterprise and brands to form strategies around advanced AR + VR Head-Mounted-Displays.

In addition, Virtual Method is the exclusive representative of Zappar Technologies in Asia-Pacific. Zappar is the world’s leading provider of web-based-software for cheap and very scalable production of mobile AR/VR/’MR’. Zappar also provides Creative-as-a-service for some of the world’s biggest brands and powers the (now Apple-owned) Shazam app worldwide.

Virtual Method also exclusively represents Realwear technologies, an OEM that provides hands-free, voice controlled wearable computing for field-workers in Mining, Oil, Gas, Manufacturing, Aerospace and many more industries. Realwear recently became the global supplier to Honeywell, who are rolling out the devices worldwide as their ‘Intelligent Wearables’ program.


Monica Williams

Educational Consultant

Association of Independent Schools in South Australia

(Sydney Session)

Monica has been leading educational change in Digital Technologies, pedagogy, literacy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for 20 years, working at the local, sector and national levels. Recently Monica’s work in the technology space has focused on sector initiatives in emerging technologies, STEM and mentoring school leaders in implementing the new Digital Technologies curriculum. As part of this work, she has been investigating how innovative technologies are a catalyst for transformational changes in the roles of teacher and learner.


Professor Cindy Davis

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

University of the Sunshine Coast

(Sydney Session)



Dan Davies

Assistant Head of Residences

Wesley College Melbourne

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Dan is a current leader in digital innovation in education. Dan focuses on enabling teachers to adopt emerging technologies and their practical application in the classroom through accessible tools. Dan has held a number of digital leadership positions, including Head of Learning Technologies, leading his campus in a number of digital initiatives. Dan was invited to join The Wesley Institute to assist the implementation of the College’s learning management system. Dan is currently a founding member of the leadership team in Wesley College’s re-invention of boarding in its brand new Learning in Residence facility.


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.


David Rowlinson

Manager, Make It Wood 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.


Liam McGuire

Executive Director

Opaque Media Group

(Melbourne Session)

Liam is an Executive Director of Opaque Media Group, specialising in using emerging technologies to solve intractable problems in the Healthcare, Education and Enterprise spaces. He has lead a number of cutting-edge projects such as the award-winning Virtual Dementia Experience, which allows carers to better understand the perspective of a Person With Dementia through the use of emerging technology. He has worked with a diverse range of high-profile clients and partners such as Microsoft, Google, NASA and The Royal Children’s Hospital to produce industry-leading projects, tools and technologies.


Scott Copeland

Senior Lecturer, School of Commerce

UniSA Business School

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Scott Copeland is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia Business School and is course coordinator for a large first year financial accounting course. Scott has served as a member of the Business School Teaching and Learning Committee.

Scott’s academic career has focussed on the development of high quality and engaging courses for first year accounting students studying on-campus, in distance mode and internationally.

Scott’s research interests centre on accounting education, with a particular focus on student development as well as transition from secondary education into the tertiary sector. In 2014 Scott was elected to role of Secretary of the AFAANZ Accounting Education Special Interest Group. This research focus complements Scott’s previous career as a secondary school teacher and continuing involvement with this sector as a subject expert for Accounting working with the SACE Board.

Scott has also worked closely with the accounting professional bodies in exploring the opportunities to encourage secondary school students to choose to further their studies in business at University.


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.


Dr John Flett

Executive Manager - Education

South West TAFE

(Melbourne Session)

John Flett has over 20 years senior management experience in educational and training delivery and design in the vocational and secondary education systems in Australia. He is currently Head of Education Development at Gordon Institute of TAFE.  John has headed delivery and innovation centres in TAFE; as well as led an Enterprise-based Registered Training Organisation in the natural resources sector. He has been a member of a number of industry training advisory groups and not-for-profit learning and education networks.


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.


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.


Dr Mark King

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

UNSW Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Associate Professor Mark King is an influential leader who spearheads the Educational Delivery Services of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education (PVCE) Portfolio at UNSW Sydney, and is the author of the $77M Inspired Learning Initiative (ILI). The ILI is an initial five (5) year investment is a complex programme of work incorporating nine (9) interconnected project streams to enhance student learning experiences and educational outcomes.

Mark’s portfolio of 70+ staff support all educational functions including educational intelligence & analytics, design and development, and technology; and works in Partnership with the university community to implement the Scientia Education Experience and the UNSW 2025 strategy for a sustained competitive advantage. In addition, Mark is a trained psychologist and cognitive ethnographer. He works and publishes in the areas of human cognition and learning within distributed cognitive systems. He developed an eye-tracking methodology for investigating the co-synchronisation of language behaviour and visual perception in learning events.

During previous appointments at The University of Hong Kong and The University of Melbourne, respectively, Mark pioneered the RASE learning design model that is now core to the Integrated Curriculum Framework at UNSW Sydney.


Gregory Martin

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

University of Technology Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Associate Professor Gregory Martin is the Director of the Teaching Technologies, Innovation Support Unit (TTISU) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS. He is responsible for leading a faculty-based team that is supporting UTS’s unique approach to learning futures. Prior to this, he taught and researched in areas concerned with educational and community responses to issues of equity and social justice in diverse contexts including tertiary institutions, workplaces and DIY movements.


Jodi Gordon

Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation

Seymour College, SA

(Melbourne Session)

Jodi is currently the Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation at Seymour College – a K-12 school for girls in Adelaide, South Australia. Jodi leads digital transformation across the College, improving practices with technology, and integrating digital tools to enhance student learning and learning outcomes in increasingly blended learning environments. Jodi views data-driven processes and innovation as an integral part of PK-12 education.


Knut Menden


BVN Architects

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Knut Menden is an experienced Project Architect who came to Australia to join BVN in November 2008, having spent the previous five years working in Austria, Luxemburg and New Zealand.

Knut was Project Architect for the Sulman Medal winning Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School, and has since been involved in several significant learning and teaching projects in Australia.

He is a technically excellent designer with high levels of attention to detail and expert design resolution in documentation and site delivery. A major focus of works over the last couple of years has been the use of CLT and prefabricated timber structures within the education environment.


Dr Benjy Marks

Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & IT

The University of Sydney

(Sydney Session)

Dr Marks teaches two courses at The University of Sydney in Environmental Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. To support innovative teaching he was influential in using the latest Virtual Reality technologies and helped start the Immersive Learning Laboratory.

Dr Marks conducts research into geotechnical engineering, bulk material handling and powder technologies. He is involved in developing new X-ray based techniques for investigating the interior of landslides, and creating new mathematical and computational tools for understanding their behaviour.


Daniel Wurm



(Sydney Session)


Megan Reed

Learning and Development Leader, Asia Pacific


(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Megan Reed is a global executive with over twenty-five year’s international corporate experience.  Recognized for her ability to thrive in complex and ambiguous environments, Megan has completed work assignments in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, France, Turkey, the Middle East and the USA, enhancing her inclusive and purposeful approach to leadership. With warmth, humility and a knack for influencing via story-telling, Megan leads the Learning & Development organisation for IBM across Asia Pacific.

Being deeply curious, Megan leads and manages organizational transformation through Design Thinking and Agile change methodologies – to build capability, stir innovation and foster engagement across the organizations she leads – to implement change while never losing sight of the importance of delighting clients and nurturing the people she leads. Known for having a growth mindset “before it was even cool”, Megan is inspired by the science of neuro-leadership, and is a Results Certified Coach ™ for her clients.

Megan Reed was the recipient of the 2015 St. George Bank Fostering Executive Women International scholarship.  She has returned from Harvard Business School, Boston MA, where she has competed the Executive Education program – Innovation Strategies for a Changing World.


Lorraine Farah

Global Learning Delivery and Relationship Executive

IBM Learning

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Lorraine Farah, Global Professional Learning Delivery Executive within IBM Learning responsible for the delivery of IBM’s Enterprise Learning. As a leader, she ensured that well aligned learning solutions are available and delivered in an effective and efficient way and with high quality.  Through a global team of more than 280 employees, she developed learning strategies locally & globally, in addition to deploying IBM’s  global  learning strategic initiatives for new hires, new sellers, experienced sellers and all levels of employees and managers/leaders.

Lorraine has a varied background both within and outside of IBM. She has led global functions in Leadership Development, Professional Development and Global Learning Consultants. Having held various HR Leader roles both within IBM and Westpac she additionally has a business background in lending and commercial /personal banking management and retail management.

An experienced facilitator with strong relationship skills with Business Executives,   Lorraine is passionate about the development of women.  A lead facilitator  for IBM’s Senior Women’s Development Program – Building Relationships and Influence ( BRI  and key developer  of IBM’s  global program Creating Your Leadership Journey for Women, she is an  Accredited Executive Coach and  Constellation Systems Facilitator.


Cathy Tomkins

Principal, Mercer Learning Delivery Leader


(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Cathy has more than 20 years experience in HR, Recruitment and Learning & Development.  She is a Principal and the Pacific Learning Delivery Leader for Mercer. Cathy’s recruitment experience includes Head of Recruitment for The Sydney Organising Committee for the 2000 Olympic Games. Cathy holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma in Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Training and Evaluation.


Dr Darien Rossiter

Principal Advisor to Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education

RMIT University

(Melbourne & Sydney Session)

Darien Rossiter is Principal Advisor to RMIT University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice-President. She leads the new University-wide micro-credentialing program aimed at improving learners’ employability, career outcomes and life skills.

With extensive experience and insights in complex organisational contexts, including higher education vocational and defence training environments, she has successfully managed leading change initiatives delivering “whole-of-business” programs in the design, development and delivery of online education and learner support.

Darien’s involvement in the ecosystem of digital credentials and micro-credentialing has put her at the forefront of global thinking to align innovative learning design, key industry expertise and an integrated technology approach.

Darien has published widely and presented at a number of international conferences in Australia and abroad and in 2018 was appointed as a member of the ICDE Working Group on the Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials.


Dr Marcus O’Donnell

Associate Professor & Director, Digital Learning

Deakin University

(Melbourne Session)

Associate Professor Marcus O’Donnell is Director, Digital Learning at Deakin University where he leads digital transformation projects and overseas the development of the digital learning environment ecosystem. He was academic lead on the ambitious Degrees at FutureLearn project which saw Deakin become the first university in the world to put a suite of degree programs on a global MOOC platform. Prior to joining Deakin he was an academic and convenor in the journalism program at the University of Wollongong, then Head of Digital Pedagogy and one of the leads on their university-wide Curriculum Transformation Project. His research interests include, digital storytelling, institutional digital change and contemplative pedagogies for student resilience.


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)

Associate Professor Christine Thong is Academic Director at Design Factory Melbourne. At the intersection of academia and industry, she mentors student teams in international, interdisciplinary collaboration projects. The emphasis is on using innovation process and mind-set to provide meaningful solutions for company problems. Christine has worked with a range of SME’s, start-ups and large corporations from Australia and abroad. Christine’s research explores combining (product) design and (material) science for commercial outcomes relevant and beneficial to society. Her collaboration activities extend to programs connected internationally to CERN and nationally to CSIRO, where she is a visiting researcher.