Learning and Teaching

Speaker biographies


Deborah Terry Deborah Terry

Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University's Vice-Chancellor in February 2014 and is the immediate past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and member of the Board of Universities Australia.  She is also on the Board of AARNET, Australia's Academic and Research Network and a past Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University.  She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was made an Officer in the General Division (AO) in June 2015 for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.

Darrell JR EvansDarrell JR Evans

As Vice-provost (Learning and Teaching) at Monash University, Professor Darrell Evans is responsible for the provision of transformational senior level leadership of the University's learning and teaching strategic activities including forward planning, implementation and strategic management.

Professor Evans is known as an energetic academic leader and has extensive expertise in curriculum development, quality assurance/enhancement and improvement and renewal agendas, and has been an active contributor to local, national and international debate and outreach.

Professor Evans has an academic background as an anatomist and developmental biologist.  He is an active and award winning teacher and internationally recognised for advances and creativity in higher education practice.  His productive pedagogical research programme has focused on creating opportunities for students to develop skills to communicate with different audiences, and the development and analysis of learning approaches in higher education teaching.

Ella KahuElla Kahu

Ella Kahu is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of the Sunshine Coast theorising and researching first year student experiences. Her recently completed PhD project examined the engagement of mature-aged distance students at a New Zealand university. Her other half time position is as a Lecturer in psychology at Massey University in Wellington where she is currently developing and teaching an innovative inter-disciplinary distance course on identity and citizenship.

Jan HerringtonJan Herrington

Dr Jan Herrington is Professor of Education at Murdoch where she teaches in the educational technology area in the School of Education. The last 20 years of her professional life have been devoted to the promotion and support of the effective and authentic use of educational technologies in learning in schools and universities. Her research focuses on authentic learning, mobile learning, and design-based research. She has published widely, including a co-authored book A Guide to Authentic e-Learning, winner of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Outstanding Book of the Year Award in 2010, and more recently in 2015, she has co-edited Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies. Her AuthenticLearning.info website provides many resources and links on authentic learning. Dr Herrington was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 at the University of Georgia, USA.

Joe ClareJoe Clare

Dr Joe Clare is the Academic Chair for Criminology at Murdoch University. Prior to commencing work at Murdoch University Dr Clare worked in applied criminology research roles at the UWA Crime Research Centre, Simon Fraser University's Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, Surrey Fire Service (Canada) and the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council. He has researched and published broadly in areas involving (a) crime prevention and applications of the situational crime prevention framework, (b) offender and victim decision-making and the connection between Criminology and Cognitive Psychology.

Jon Yorke

Jon YorkeAssociate Professor Jon Yorke is the Academic Registrar at Curtin University, where he has oversight of academic policy development and a specific interest in assessment and academic integrity.

Prior to taking up this role in 2016 he was the Director, Assessment and Quality Learning at Curtin University. He has worked in higher education since 1992 in a range of leadership roles. Prior to joining Curtin in 2016, he was the Program Director for academic development courses at the University of Plymouth (UK). Jon engages with industry as a consultant and has led various national and international projects in technology-enhanced assessment within the marine and aviation sectors. Jon's research interests and publications span policies and practices within the domains of assessment, learning and teaching in higher education. His forthcoming book, Learning standards and the assessment of quality in higher education: Contested policy trajectories is due to be published by Springer in June.

Maaroof FakhriMaaroof Fakhri

Maaroof Fakhri is the Director of Education Partnerships at Labster based in Copenhagen, Denmark and he works closely with universities such as Harvard Extension, University of Melbourne, Imperial College London, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Glasgow, University of Westminster among many others, to help them empower the next generation of scientists through use of gamified virtual laboratory simulations to enhance students' learning and engagement.

Maaroof is a science communicator, with a background in Psychology, Computer Science and Science Education.  After visiting over 1000 schools engaging students in science and training teachers, Maaroof joined the CSIRO as the Editor-in-Chief a National science magazine.  He developed education programs on enabling technologies for the Australian Government and worked with Indigenous Elders to create science-meets-culture programs for undeserved students in remote parts of the country.  In the Middle East, Maaroof created immersive learning environments with Augmented Reality for teaching science, and in the UK ran Maker Fairs and developed public engagement programs fusing technology, science and real-world relevance for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sonia WalkerSonia Walker

Sonia Walker is Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (ADLT) for the School of Law at Murdoch University. Sonia's research interests include student learning and assessment methods in Law. She is the recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) national citation for outstanding contributions to student learning and a Murdoch University Vice Chancellor's award for innovations in student learning.

Vanessa Chang

Vanessa Chang is Director, Digital Learning and Design and Associate

Professor in Information Systems at Curtin Learning and Teaching, Curtin University. She leads the newly created CurtinX team, a team that manages the production of CurtinX courses including MOOCs. Vanessa ChangShe led the development of the Digital Learning @ Curtin strategy at Curtin University. She is the Project Sponsor of the Digital Learning Activation and the Curriculum Management System projects which are part of the Transforming Curtin and IT Program. Her research activities and interests in Information Systems are focused in the areas of leadership, governance and processes of ICT and the use of data and systems in organisations. She is an active researcher in immersive learning in 3D virtual worlds environment, mobile learning, and e-learning ecosystems. She has on-going research collaboration with Graz University of Technology, Austria and has worked on a number of experiments in 3D virtual worlds in Second Life, OpenSim, OpenWonderland and Unity. She has collaborated with international researchers in teaching ERP/SAP enterprise systems business process in a globalised context using 3D virtual worlds. She developed the Web-based Learning Environment instrument (WEBLEI) and this instrument is active in use and adopted by researchers and Higher Education institutions around the world to assess the use and effectiveness of the on-line learning environments.

Dr Walter GreenDr Walter Green

Walter graduated with degrees in Telecom Engineering and Computer Science, a combination that has proved to be exciting with the convergence of Telecommunications and Computing. The introduction of Digital telephone exchanges created a unique opportunities and he has held Senior Executive Telecom Management positions overseeing the introduction of digital networks and systems including the development of a long term strategy for all digital and fibre services.

Since migrating to Australia he has undertaken a number of consulting positions and as a Director of Communications Experts Group Pty Ltd he has led a number of projects that introduced leading edge technologies to provide cost effective business solutions. These have included developing both the Business cases and System designs for Fibre long haul and customer connections, Electronic Court Systems, TeleHealth Networks, advanced radio networks, plant control systems and mobile base station products and services. He has implemented a number of successful VoIP networks, including IPTV solutions.

Walter is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University and is a Director of a number of companies and organisations. He has made a number of submissions on Telecom Policy to both Federal and State Governments.

Paula HicksPaula Hicks

Paula is a mother, a foster carer, a full time Business Management student and a cadet with Fortescue Metals Group. She has worked in the welfare, health and education sector for 15 years directly with the Aboriginal community. During 2015 CEO for a day experience with Nev Power Fortescue Metals CEO and Andrew Forrest the company’s chairman, she gained a valuable insight into what it takes to run a resource company such as Fortescue. Subsequent to this experience she joined Nev and Australian Actress Claudia Karvan on a white ribbon day Ambassador trip to the various mine sites.

Many of Paula’s mentors and supporters are women who are willing to share their intergenerational knowledge to help Paula succeed. Paula comes from a family that prides itself on the strength its matriarch’s exhibit. It is her passion to continue this legacy and ensure her children pursue lives that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women/girls.

Paula’s aim’s to finish her studies in 2016 and work in a role that reflects her knowledge and experience.

Lindsay HughesLindsay Hughes

Lindsay Hughes is employed as a Senior Research Analyst at Future Directions International, a Perth-based research institute, where he assesses political and security issues in South Asia and the Middle East. He has a B.A. (Hons.) in Security Studies from Murdoch University and a Masters degree in National Security from Curtin University.

Romy Lawson

Romy LawsonProfessor Romy Lawson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Murdoch University having previously held the positions of Director of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Wollongong and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) at James Cook Univeersity.  She has been actively involved in teaching and learning development in higher education for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia.  She led the National OLT Strategic Priority Project: Hunters & Gatherers:  Strategies for Curriculum Mapping and Data Collection for Assurance of Learning (assuringlearning.com), 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.

Professor Arshad Omari

Arshad OmariArshad Omari is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) with responsibility for academic programs and the student experience, academic governance, profile and planning, quality assurance, staffing, equity, risk management and legal matters.

Originally trained as an Architect, Arshad has a diverse research and teaching background spanning a range of disciplines and research interests; Design, Computer Science, Interactive Media, Communications, the Internet and Online Learning. His academic work is focused upon the development and application of online technologies, and in particular the effectiveness of these in teaching, learning, communication and online community.

Arshad holds the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy, both from the University of Western Australia.

Carolyn McInnisCarolyn McInnis

Carolyn McInnis is the Academic Registrar at Murdoch University. In this role she leads the key University activities in the areas of student administration, management information, planning and student recruitment and admissions. Working closely with the Acting Provost, the Academic Registrar focuses on the operational aspects of student and academic services and is responsible for developing a unique student experience that reflects Murdoch’s values and mission.

Carolyn has significant administrative and managerial experience in Universities and is experienced in strategic planning and change management in a University environment. She came to Murdoch University in November 2012 from Durham University in the UK, where she had worked for fifteen years in a variety of roles, latterly that of Registrar and Secretary. Prior to her role at Durham, Carolyn was at the University of Northumbria, also in the UK.

John PikeJohn Pike

John is a university administrator with more than 20 years of experience and has expertise across both central and academic unit management.

As Executive Officer, Policy, Planning and Government Relations, he leads institutional policy development and implementation in relation to Commonwealth and State Government policy directions and goals. This incorporates all aspects of policy management from liaison with all levels of Government, through 'big picture' strategic oversight of University directions, to assisting Schools in the development of operational plans to implement the University’s policy directions.

His current position as Executive Officer, Government Policy and Relations builds on previous policy experience as Executive Officer to the Vice Chancellor. Prior to joining Murdoch, held positions at universities in the Group of Eight and Australian Technology Network where he built a comprehensive knowledge of the higher education sector through positions in Faculty/School administration, admissions, statistics and the administration of research funding.

Cobie Rudd

Cobie Rudd

Professor Cobie Rudd is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Professor Rudd has provided leadership for a diverse range of state wide and national capacity-building and research projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing a skilled, inter-professional and sustainable health workforce that is responsive to evolving community needs.

Professor Rudd currently holds Government of Western Australia Cabinet-endorsed appointments to the State Training Board and the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and is a Non-Executive Director on the Leadership WA Board.

Professor Rudd was a Finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards in two categories, the Business Innovation and Community and Government Awards, and was a Finalist in the 2015 Business Women’s Awards in the Government and Academia category.

Associate Professor James Speers James Speers

Associate Professor James Speers has extensive experience as a senior forensic scientist practitioner in the forensic investigation and management of serious crimes and terrorist offences in Northern Ireland. He has considerable experience in programme development, teaching and practice of forensic services (both science and medicine) at national (UK) and international level (Poland, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine).

He has recently taken up a position at Murdoch University to develop the Graduate Certificate and Master’s degree programmes in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) and overseeing the development and incorporation of the Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Investigation for the Western Australian Police Forensic Division. He has published scientific papers and is internationally recognised for developing forensic services, the detection and profiling of drugs of abuse and the analysis and recovery of inorganic and organic explosives and firearm cartridge discharge residues.


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Mike AndersonProfessor Mike Anderson

Professor Mike Anderson si the Dean of Psychology and Exercise Science. He received his Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and his DPhil from Oxford. His research in on the nature and development of human intelligence.

He has worked as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and was an MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cognitive Development Unit in London for 6 years. He came to Australia in 1990 to a lectureship at UWA. He left UWA as a Winthrop Professor in 2013 to take up his present position at Murdoch University.

Katie Attwell

Dr Katie Attwell

Dr Katie Attwell is a political science academic with the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy

and International Affairs, and an Honorary Research Fellow of Telethon Kids Institute. She researches policy and communication strategies for engaging with vaccine hesitancy in parents and health professionals.

She conceived and directed the innovative “I Immunise” social marketing campaign by the Immunisation Alliance of WA. She is Unit Coordinator of Sex and Gender Matters, where she delights in being able to engage students on both the merits and critiques of identity politics. Her background is as a scholar of ethnicity and nationalism, and she has taught and written on theories of identification within this field. Katie won a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2013, and a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Enhancing Student Learning in 2014.

Bill AshrafBill Ashraf

Prior to joining Blackboard, Bill was Associate Professor and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning – University of Wollongong (Australia). At Wollongong he had institutional wide responsibility for and provided strategic leadership in technology enhanced learning, open learning and MOOCs – partnering with FutureLearn in the UK. He was also the business owner for the Learning Platform, covering the suite of tools for online/blended learning and also chaired the committee providing governance coverage for student facing educational support technology.

Bill is a microbiologist by training obtaining his PhD – University of Warwick (UK). He has worked as a MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Nottingham (UK) and Senior Lecturer in Microbiology (Biomedical Sciences)– University of Bradford (UK). At Bradford he also successful supervised three PhD students (biochemistry/microbiology) and two externally funded post-doctoral research fellows (molecular biology/protein chemistry) to completion. In 2002 he was also awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

He was Director of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Sussex (UK) and headed up the strategy for e-learning, digital lecture capture and was the business owner for Moodle. He was involved in the development and introduction of a new innovative research focused degree programme in Biomedical Sciences, within the School of Life Sciences, in 2010.

Moving to Australia in 2011 he was Senior Manager Learning and Teaching Assurance, Learning and Teaching Unit – UNSW (Australia) where he also held an Adjunct Senior Lectureship in the School of Education. At UNSW he headed up the Student Voice project and worked on quality assurance and enhancement topics. He also established a learning analytics team to support a range of projects including UNSW’s strategic MOOCs initiative – partnering with Coursera in the USA.

Isabelle AdamsIsabelle Adams

Isabelle is the first Aboriginal graduate of Murdoch University where she gained a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degree. Her other qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Training and Assessment. Her ancestry includes Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Chinese, Filipino, and Indonesian. She lived and was raised as a child and youth on Thursday Island in the Torres Straits, Cairns and Darwin where she gained comprehensive experience of a diversity of linguistic and cultural groups and their traditions and customs. This has been further developed through her residency, work and travel in WA and across Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

Isabelle has over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sector and held mainstream managerial positions including a Superintendent of Education. She was a member on a number of state and national organisations in relation to education, training, Indigenous affairs and research including the inaugural Aboriginal Advisory Council for Murdoch University, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, WA Aboriginal Education and Training Council and the Australian Council of Educational Research. She is currently a part time Coordinator of the Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit in the Telethon Kids Institute with Mara West, another Aboriginal graduate of Murdoch University. She is also an independent educator, consultant and researcher who is committed to “making a difference” to the operations of organizations and empowering people through innovative and life relevant education and training. She was recognised for her work in education, Aboriginal Affairs and community development and has received several awards.

Roland BelfordRoland Belford

Roland Belford has maintained an enrolment at Murdoch for a quarter of the life of the university but is yet to leave with any completed undergraduate degrees. Originally accepting a place in Sustainable Development, Roland spent years chasing an Education degree and looks set to finish a BA in Australian Indigenous Studies before the end of this decade. Due to a comedy of errors, Roland found himself the sole serious contender to be Guild President at the end of 2013, narrowly beating a quenda by 170 votes for the job. In office Roland was mostly ineffective but did learn creative ways of saying "no comment" after the suspension of the former Vice Chancellor during last year's Conversation event.

Roland is excited about the disruptive potential of technology in learning and teaching, especially any technology that enables the deconstruction of traditional information delivery techniques and the democratisation of information. Roland has created a wiki where students can leave unstructured feedback about the units they complete at Murdoch. The project has been met with some resistance, primarily from statists and fascists with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

Mike BryantMike Bryant

After graduating from the University of Oxford in 1994, Mike worked as a teacher and senior leader in British further education and sixth-form colleges for almost twenty years. He was appointed Head of School of English at Runshaw College in 2000 and Director of Learning at Luton Sixth Form College in 2004 before moving to Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge in 2007 as Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality. Mike was interim Principal at Long Road in 2012.

His recent responsibilities have included staff development, curriculum planning, quality improvement and academic student support. Mike has worked as a secondary school governor and local authority board member, has led workshops on curriculum planning for the Association of Colleges and has acted as College nominee for two external inspections. He was a member of the steering group for the establishment of the University Technical College (UTC) Cambridge.

Mike joined Murdoch University in 2014 as Associate Director for the Centre for University Teaching and Learning.

Adriana CostanzoAdriana Costanzo

Adriana is in her third year of a double degree in Law and Criminology. She is an active member of the law school, taking part in student committees, educational events, and many competitions. She is currently the Chief Justice of the Murdoch University Moot Court Bench and the Education and Careers Officer of the Murdoch Student Law Society. This year, she competed in the Clayton Utz Negotiations Competition at the Australian Law Students’ Association Conference in Sydney. Last year, she competed in the International Alternative Dispute Resolution Mooting Competition at the City University of Hong Kong. There, her team received the awards for the Best Team in Mediation, the Runners-Up in Arbitration, and the Runners-Up for Written Memoranda. Outside of law school, Adriana maintains a part-time job and enjoys fundraising for Tour de Cure and Telethon.

Janice DudleyJanice Dudley

Janice Dudley is Associate Dean, Accreditation within the School of Business and Governance. She has a deep and long standing commitment to quality teaching and supporting students in developing critical thinking capacities. She was Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in Management and Governance and until 2102, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. In 2014, she served on the Murdoch University Curriculum Commission’s Implementation Steering Group (ISG).

She teaches in Politics and International Studies and the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs as the Coordinator of Murdoch University’s award winning Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship program, and also the SWM School Research Internship. Her areas of interest are Australian politics, Higher Education policy and environmental politics. Her overarching concern in all of these is democracy, democratic citizenship and democratic governance.

Professor Sara de Freitas Sara de Freitas

Professor Sara de Freitas is Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Murdoch University. In her role as Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Murdoch University, Sara de Freitas is an advocate of high quality learning and teaching in the higher education sector. Sara has published seven books and over 100 journal articles, conference papers and reports. She currently sits on over 60 programme committees and advisory boards and has undertaken over 120 international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents.

Sara has raised over $10 million in research and development funding and undertaken consultancy work with government departments and agencies in the UK. She has experience of working with manufacturing, ICT, education, health and risk and resilience sectors. Sara is a passionate advocate of pedagogy-led blended learning, accelerated learning and activity-led learning. Her current research focuses upon learning analytics, online learning and higher education policy.

Sara currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Coventry University, a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Before coming to Australia, Sara was Director of Research at Coventry University, UK, where she co-founded and developed the Serious Games Institute, attracting research income from the British Council, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Union and European Regional Development Fund, bringing together commercial and academic partnerships to support regional economic growth.

Her most recent book, Education in Computer Generated Environments (2014) has been published in hardback by Routledge, in their Research in Education Series, and outlines a vision for future learning in higher education.

Lynne Hunt

Dr Lynne Hunt is Emeritus Professor (USQ), Adjunct Professor (UWA) and a HERDSA Fellow. She has

Lynne Hunt

taught at all levels from transition to university to doctoral supervision in social science, education and health science departments. Professor Hunt has worked as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at ECU, Professor and Leader of the Teaching and Learning at CDU, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at USQ.

She received an Australian Executive Endeavour Award in 2009 and she is the recipient of three, university-level awards for teaching excellence. She won the 2002 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Social Science category and the 2002 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.

She has co-edited two books about teaching and learning in higher education: University teaching in focus (2012) and The realities of change in higher education: Interventions to promote learning and teaching (2006).

Professor Hunt was a member of the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and two of its sub-committees from its inception until March 2008. She has also served internationally as a member of an external review panel for the University of Pretoria (2009) and as an examination moderator for the University of Botswana (2003-2005).

She is invited regularly to be a guest speaker and has presented nationally and internationally on topics including change leadership to promote university learning and teaching, faculty development planning, tertiary teaching, work-based university learning, teaching scholarship, teaching awards, and the student learning journey.

Associate Professor Bob Mead Bob Mead

Associate Professor Mead is a biochemist and molecular toxicologist who joined Murdoch University in 1981 after 10 years in the Faculty of Medicine at UWA and at Fremantle Hospital. He established Murdoch University’s Bachelor degree programme in Forensic Biology and Toxicology in 2004 and has developed, co-ordinated and taught many of the key units in the degree, including Forensic Toxicology, Case Studies in Forensic Biology and Bodies of Evidence. These units adopt problem-solving and case-oriented approaches which focus on real life scenarios to help prepare students for medical research; for entry into Graduate Medicine or to facilitate their employment as Forensic Biologists or Crime Scene Investigators with local and federal authorities. His collaborative research on the metabolism and mode of toxic action of the pesticide 1080 resulted in the development of the Western Shield Program by the Department of Environment and Conservation in WA which is aimed at protecting or native fauna from feral animals such as foxes. He has also been responsible for teaching medical students for over 30 years in specialist areas such as clinical acid-base balance relevant to the maintenance of patients in intensive care units. Associate Professor Mead is the author of two text books, “Introduction to Forensic Toxicology” and “Clinical Acid Base Balance; an Integrated Approach”. He regularly delivers expert testimony in Court in cases involving drug-related deaths, alcohol-associated traffic crashes and drug-assisted sexual assault. Bob is a committed teacher who has supervised or co-supervised 160 Honours students and has been an Academic Chair at Murdoch University for 25 years. He is a former Head of the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology; was Chair of University Admissions for seven years and Chair of the University Promotions and Probationary Review Committee. He has been awarded three Vice-Chancellor Teaching Excellence Awards for General Teaching Excellence in the Discipline; a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Learning and a National Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In 2009 he was awarded the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies. He is a national assessor of teaching grant and teaching excellence applications for the Office for Learning and Teaching.

Amanda Meyer Amanda Meyer

Dr Amanda Meyer (BSc(Hons), PhD) is a Lecturer, Human Anatomy in the School of Health Professions. Amanda has been teaching anatomy at Murdoch University since February 2012 and teaches/co-ordinates CHI108 Introduction to Human Anatomy, CHI280 Human Anatomy I and CHI282/CHI2821 Human Anatomy II. The students that Amanda teaches come from a variety of majors including chiropractic, exercise physiology, movement science and biomedical science. With a busy teaching schedule, Amanda’s research focus is on improving students’ retention of anatomical knowledge by adapting teaching and assessment methods.

Professor Karen Nelson Karen Nelson

Professor Karen Nelson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Before joining USC she was the Director, Student Success and Retention and the Director, First Year Experience at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Karen’s PhD is in organisational information and knowledge management and prior to 2007 she held traditional academic roles at QUT. Karen’s research now focuses on student engagement in higher education. She has led a series of national learning and teaching research projects in this area. These include developing a maturity model for student engagement retention and success and a social justice framework for higher education. She is currently leading a national project ‘Shaping the 21st century student experience in regional universities’

Karen’s contributions to higher education have been recognised by more than ten awards including three Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Brad Pettitt Brad Pettitt

Dr Brad was elected as the Mayor of the City of Fremantle in 2009 and re elected for another term in 2013. Previous to this he served as a councillor from 2005.

In his time as a Councillor, and now in his second term as the Mayor of Fremantle, Dr. Brad Pettitt has been a member of and chaired a broad range of working groups and committees and is currently on the Heritage Council of WA and Westcycle - WA’s peak body for cycling.

Until taking up the role of Mayor, Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise include climate change, international aid policy, and sustainability planning.

Brad has previously worked with Oxfam in Cambodia and with the Australian Government Aid Program, AusAID, in Canberra.

Stephen Ritchie Stephen Ritchie

Professor Steve Ritchie is Dean of the School of Education at Murdoch University since 2013. He chairs the Academic Courses and Admissions Committee and is part of the Strategic Leadership Group. As a researcher, his focus has been upon the complexities of classroom teaching and learning and he has led several nationally funded Australian Research Council funded projects that have focused on the emotional engagement of students in science classes and the emotional experiences of beginning science teachers. He was the Editor-in-Chief (2008-2012) of the internationally ranked research journal: Research in Science Education. His previous academic appointments were at Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University.

Glen Stasiuk Glen Stasiuk

Dr Geln Stasiuk is Lecturer & senior Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University and award winning film director. Glen is a maternal descendent of the Minang-Wadjari Nyungars (Aboriginal peoples) of the South-West of Western Australia whilst his paternal family immigrated from post-war Russia. These rich and varied cultural backgrounds have allowed him, through his filmmaking, research and writing to explore culture, knowledge and diverse narratives.

Glen holds a Business Degree from Edith Cowan University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University. In 2002 he was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Media Studies and delivered the Valedictory Address at that year’s graduation ceremony. In 2014 he completed his PhD.

Andrew WebsterAndrew Webster

Dr Andrew Webster is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History in the School of Arts. He has previously served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dean of Murdoch Dubai and Academic Chair for History. His research has centred around the linked themes of Anglo-French-German relations, the problems of international security and disarmament, and the rise and fall of the League of Nations. He has been co-coordinator of the first year University Breadth unit BAR150 Ideas and Identity and is a previous winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Richard WilesRichard Wiles

Richard joined CBA at the start of 2013 and is responsible for a portfolio of Institutional clients in Western Australia.

Richard has been in Perth for five years and is a member and supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Having previously worked in the UK where he spent time with both Royal Bank of Scotland and Halifax Bank of Scotland, Richard has experience in roles including Credit, Risk Management, Business Development and Client Relationship Management.

Richard leads the Relationship team in Perth and is responsible for managing the Bank’s relationships within the Government, Health, Education and Social Infrastructure sectors.

Jeffrey WilsonJeffrey Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. His research expertise includes international resource politics, economic regionalism in the Asia-Pacific, and Australia’s foreign economic relations. He is a regular media commentator on Australia’s economic ties with Asia, has published widely on the politics of resource security in the Asia-Pacific, and provides policy advice to Australian governments on contemporary developments in regional trade policy. In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his work on the politics of Sino-Australian mining investment.

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Dr James BoydJames Boyd

Dr James Boyd is an award-winning teacher and a Research Fellow at the Asia Research Centre. His PhD examined modern Japanese-Mongolian relations, within the larger context of Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese relations.

James is a key member of the project team examining the integration of academic and professional staff in the development of Foundation units as a means of enhancing student learning and retention. He is Unit Coordinator of BBS100: Academic Skills for Business; and, BBS150: Transforming Business.

Transforming Business examines the relationship between business and the wider community as it continues to change in new and significant ways. Today, the global economy is an intricate web of social, political and economic entities. This unit allows students to understand the purpose and nature of business activity and the factors that influence and constrain business behaviour and decisions, as well as the commonalities and differences across various regions and countries.

Dr Janice DudleyJanice Dudley

Dr Janice is the Associate Dean, Accreditation within the School of Business and Governance.

Janice teaches Politics and International Studies and is the Coordinator of Murdoch University’s award winning Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship program, and also the Sir Walter Murdoch School Research Internship. Her areas of interest are Australian politics, Higher Education policy and environmental politics. Her overarching concern in all of these is democracy, democratic citizenship and democratic governance.

Janice’s PhD, completed at Murdoch University, was a study of higher education policy both in Australia and internationally, and its intersection with neo-liberalism – and particularly market citizenship.

Professor Peter McKiernanPeter McKiernan

Professor Peter McKiernan began his working life as a Divisional Manager in the Mechanical Engineering sector and progressed to Group Finance Director before joining academia full time in 1982. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management (Surrey), an MA in Business Analysis (Lancaster) and a BA in Economics (CNAA).

Peter joined Murdoch in July 2012 from Scotland’s leading business school at the University of Strathclyde, where he was a Professor of Management and Interim Head of Department. Previously, he was the Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews.

Peter is a prize winning and active researcher engaged in cutting edge analysis of changing political, economic and social trends, their impact on strategic formulation and implementation for businesses. He has published widely in top rated peer reviewed journals in Europe and the USA and served on many editorial boards. As well as being a co-founder of the European Management Review. Peter has served as President of the British Academy of Management and President of the European Academy of Management and is the only UK-based professor to hold Fellowships of both academies (FBAM and FEURAM). He is an inaugural Companion of the Association of Business Schools (CASB), an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AASS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA). In 2012, the Central and Eastern European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) voted him their ‘Institutional Champion of the year’. He holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Malta and two Visiting Senior Research positions at HHL (Leipzig) in Germany.

Carole Steketee Carole Steketee

Carole is the Director of the newly formed national Learning and Teaching Office in the University of Notre Dame Australia, as well as the Associate Head of the Fremantle campus. In heading up the Learning and Teaching Office she provides strategic leadership in supporting academic staff continue to provide rich learning experiences to students. She also oversees the implementation of many of the priority areas identified in the University’s 2014-2016 Learning and Teaching plan, one of which is the development of a blended learning strategy. She has held the position of Chair of the national Learning and Teaching Committee and has recently been appointed Chair of the Academic Council. Between 2007 and 2015, Carole was the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the School of Medicine Fremantle where she was Director of the Medical Education Support Unit. In this position Carole led the development of Prudentia, a dynamic web-based curriculum management system that is underpinned by an outcomes-based curriculum framework. This system is transforming how staff in the School of Medicine interact with and manage curriculum. Carole has participated in a number of national OLT funded projects, the most recent being in relation to work integrated learning.

Jean WoottonJean Wootton

Jean is a management lecturer in the School of Business and Governance and coordinator of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program in the School. Before commencing her academic career, Jean, over a period of 14 years, established and built her own greenfield manufacturing company which produced high quality uniforms for schools, clubs and companies along with specialised safety garments for the foundry industry. In 2000, Jean was nominated for Telstra Business Women of the Year and in 2002 her company was a finalist in the South Coast Regional (now re-named Rockingham/Kwinana) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Small Business Awards.

Jean has always gained satisfaction from the passing on of knowledge gained through experience and personal development. In February 2011 she started teaching at UWA and Murdoch University.

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Simon AvenellDr Simon Avenell

Dr Simon Avenell is a Partner in PWC's Consulting business in Perth. He has wide commercial and government consulting experience. His commercial experience includes major projects for Woodside, BHPB, Leighton Contractors, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Simon has conducted and lead commercial due diligence exercises. He has also conducted major reviews of government agencies and government trading enterprises and provided advice on the alignment of organisations with their strategy. His public sector clients include the Commonwealth Department of Health, the WA Treasury and the WA Departments of Transport and Education. Simon also has wide experience in higher education where his consulting experience is primarily based in performance improvement and the better management of academic resources.

Simon leads PwC’s national enterprise optimisation initiative. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Gordon BateupGordon Bateup

Gordon is a Director at ACORRP and has a strong focus in project and programme management. With over 20 years of experience in both public and private sector, Gordon has delivered complex construction projects. In this time Gordon has developed a strong passion in delivering learning space and workplace projects with a key focus on how flexible design is incorporated into these projects for now and the future.

Gordon recognises that the one thing that occurs in our world is change, be it organisational change or change to markets, change will occur and providing learning and workplace areas that enables this change is critical for organisations to exist moving into an unknown future. Gordon recently represented Bankwest as a Project Manager in the relocation to their new industry leading headquarters that adopted an Activity Based Working solution and is currently working with schools in developing flexible learning spaces.

Lyn BeazleyLyn Beazley AO FTSE

After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia. Currently Lyn is Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.

Lyn was honoured to be Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, advising the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as acting as an Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. With extensive experience serving on advisory bodies, Lyn currently serves several boards including the Federal Government’s Bionic Vision Australia and the State Government of Western Australia’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council. Lyn was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999-2006 and currently is Patron of the Friends of the Museum. Recently Lyn joined the Board of the Western Australian Art Gallery Foundation.

In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. In 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, followed by being elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Companion of Engineers Australia. Lyn has worked to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the community, especially to young people, and in 2012 Lyn was thrilled to become the second recipient of the Governor’s Award for Giving, in recognition of her enthusiastic philanthropy. This year Lyn was accorded the honour of being inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and in November was thrilled and honoured to be announced as the recipient of the Western Australian section of the Australian of the Year Awards for 2015.

Christine CreaghChristine Creagh

Dr Chris Creagh teaching philosophy is based around student centred learning not teacher directed teaching. She constructs / engineers a rich learning environment which takes into account different student learning styles, the outcomes (skills, abilities, attitudes) the students need to have achieved by the time they finish the unit / degree and the constraints of the university learning and teaching environment. She treats the people in her units as students of their profession. In one course unit, this means student engineers, student scientists, student teachers, student computer programmers… In order to do this, in workshop activities she places students in situations where they have to think for themselves as well as act as part of a research team. On another level one of the formative pieces of assessment is a scientific report and as part of the marking key students are encouraged to consider what a good piece of writing is and how to achieve such a piece of writing. At all times I am trying to demonstrate to the students, through the environment and the activities they engage in, what it is to be an expert in their field. The learning activities incorporated into this unit are determined by the student’s need not educational fads and fashions. Having said that she is not averse to change and has been moving steadily towards a mixed modal way of learning and teaching for several years now. Her “lectures” include, interactive demonstrations, interactive simulations, audience response technology (clickers and multiple choice questions), student discussion and videos as well as standard problem solving and XKCD comics.

Christopher CunninghamChristopher Cunningham

Christopher Cunningham is a Psychology student and PASS leader at Murdoch University who has a keen interest in teaching and learning and specifically, public speaking and ways to help students be successful in this area. Chris has initiated several research projects surrounding the scholarship of teaching and learning and is currently working with academics in the Pro Vice Chancellor’s office, the Centre for University Teaching and Learning, and the School of Psychology and Exercise Science. He has a keen interest in engaging students in the teaching and learning process.

Sacha DeVelle

Dr Sacha DeVelle is Manager and Principal Research Fellow for the ACER Perth office.

Dr Sacha DeVelleShe has a PhD in Linguistics (Language Processing) and an extensive background in educational assessment gained from working in Australia, the United Kingdom, Latin America and East Africa. She has worked for Cambridge University (UK) managing the global IELTS research agenda, and has carried out educational consultancy roles for the United Nations Development Fund, British Council, Pearson, Edexcel and Trinity College London.

Dr DeVelle currently works on the project ‘Learner processing of feedback in Intelligent Learning Environments (ILE’s)’ headed by Dr Mike Timms. This work is situated within the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC), an ACER initiative that brings together psychologists, neuroscientists and educators to investigate how the brain learns.

Steve DicksonSteven Dickson

Steven Dickson is Senior Executive Director, Strategy, Development and Commercial Services at Murdoch University. He joined Murdoch University in 2013 from the University of Liverpool where he was Director of Estates and Facilities and Managing Director of ULCCO the University Construction subsidiary. In his time at Liverpool he delivered the University’s $1billion capital investment master plan and project delivery. Prior to joining the Higher Education Sector, Steve spent over 20 years in the private sector.

He graduated from the University of West Of Scotland in 1990 with a BSc in Land Economics (Distinction) and is a professional member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

With over 25 years’ experience in property he has delivered major property strategies, asset rationalisation, capital development, construction projects and restructuring programmes. He has delivered over $800m of capital projects including offices, learning and teaching and research facilities, commercial and infrastructure projects. He also had oversight of University of Liverpool’s campus development in Sozhou, China and London City Campus. In 2012 the development of $50m Liverpool’s Central Teaching Facility led by Steve was voted the best new teaching facility in the UK by the Guardian Newspaper at is inaugural Higher Education awards.

His responsibility at Murdoch University is to manage strategic initiatives, property and commercial services. He also has carriage of the development of the 44 hectare Eastern Precinct and other initiatives including the University’s Health and Sports Precincts and delivery of the physical environment to support the University’s L&T and Research Strategy.

Dr Kate FitchKate Fitch

Dr Kate Fitch is a senior lecturer and academic chair at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, where she has taught since 2001. She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2011. Prior to joining the university, Kate worked in public relations roles in arts, government, and community sectors in the UK and Australia.

Kate has published on diverse public relations topics, including gender, history, culture, ethics, pedagogy, social media, and practice in Southeast Asia, focusing on critical and sociocultural perspectives on the field. Recent publications investigate the historical development of the Australian public relations industry, the role of tertiary education in the professionalisation of public relations, and the significance of gender for public relations. She is currently working on a book, Professionalizing public relations: History, gender and education, which is due to be published by Palgrave in 2016.

Kate is on the editorial boards of three international journals: Prism, Public Relations Inquiry and Public Relations Review. She served on the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s State Council (2005–8) and National Education Committee (2008–11) and is now on the Public Relations Expert Advisory Group for the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s Mindframe program.

Rachel EslerRachel Esler

Rachel Esler is the current Coordinator of the Student Advisor Network at Murdoch University alongside her role as Student Advisor in the School of Business and Governance. Prior to her current role she has worked with students in varying environments including adult training and employment services as well as primary and secondary education. Rachel’s work has revolved around student centred learning, flexible learning environments and holistic student support.

Some of the recent initiatives implemented by the Student Advisor Network have focused on improving student preparedness for University study and early connection to support services. These have included the “How ready are you for University?” survey and the Student Success Planning initiative.

David GibsonDavid Gibson

Associate Professor David Gibson, Director of Learning Engagement at Curtin University in Australia, received his Ed.D. from the University of Vermont in Leadership and Policy Studies in 1999. His foundational research demonstrated the feasibility of bridging from qualitative information to quantifiable dynamic relationships in complex models that verify trajectories of organizational change. He provides thought leadership as a researcher, professor, learning scientist and innovator.

He is creator of simSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system, and provides vision and sponsorship for Curtin University’s Challenge, a mobile, game-based learning platform. At local governmental levels, he has worked with schools and organizations on leadership and strategic thinking, for example, mapping over one million student records onto a geographic picture of student performance and educational opportunities in ten major U.S. cities. At state wide and national levels he has contributed to public policy awareness, for example, through analysis of the ‘least restrictive environment’ placements of students in special education across the United States. In these projects, he consults with project and system leaders, formulates strategies, and helps people articulate their vision for innovation; then helps connect people with the resources needed to fulfil their aspirations.

His research has extended from learning analytics, complex systems analysis and modelling of education to application of complexity via games and simulations in teacher education, web applications and the future of learning. Dr. Gibson has also advanced the use of technology to personalize education via cognitive modelling, design and implementation. His articles and books on games and simulations in learning led to applying game-based learning principles to the design and implementation of The Global Challenge Award a cyber-infrastructure-supported global problem-solving contest for students from 100 countries while a Research Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Until moving to Perth, Western Australia, he resided in Stowe, Vermont where he has lived since 1979 with his wife Mary - a violinist with the Vermont Symphony – while helping to raise their children, Molly, a research neuroscientist, and Michael, a biathlete and mechanical engineer.

Tauel HarperTauel Harper

Tauel Harper's research has explored how communication can foster engagement and participation in areas as diverse as education, democracy and live music. His use of innovative and playful curriculum design has earned him a UWA Teaching Excellence award and he is a member of UWA's Arts Teaching Innovation Committee.

His first book Democracy in the Age of New Media was published in 2011.

Tim Martin

Tim MartinTim Martin is the Director of Student Services at Murdoch University. Prior to his current role, he has worked as the Director, Domestic Liaison and Recruitment, Regional Manager for Europe and North America, and in International Student Support over 12 years at Murdoch. He is currently working on the development and implementation of a university-wide student retention strategy.

As a graduate of Murdoch, having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and a Bachelor of Marketing and the Media, he is a strong supporter of the Murdoch student experience valuing greatly the life-shaping opportunities Murdoch gave him through international student exchange, the student diversity in the classroom and the quality of the academic experience.

Pamela Martin-Lynch

Pamela Martin-LynchDr Pamela Martin-Lynch is a lecturer in the Centre for University Teaching and Learning, and Murdoch’s accredited PASS supervisor. Since 2007 Ms Martin-Lynch has worked in the areas of First Year Experience, Student Transition and Retention, academic recovery and peer assisted learning. In 2009 Ms Martin-Lynch researched and wrote the Murdoch University Retention Plan and sat on the working party which led to the implementation of a number of initiatives including the award winning First Year Advisor network. Ms Martin-Lynch is a committee member for the annual ANZSSA Duty of Care Conference, the Teaching and Learning Forum, the Awards and Citations committee and is a founding friend of the Student Transition Achievement Retention and Success conference.

Ron OliverRon Oliver

Ron Oliver is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at Edith Cowan University. He has a background in education and has taught (and enjoyed himself thoroughly) in Schools, VET and higher education. Throughout his teaching career he has pioneered the use of learning technologies to enhance student learning outcomes. He has researched widely in e-learning and has shared his work and ideas at many national and international conferences and forums across the years.

Recognition for his innovative teaching, research and leadership includes an Australian Award for University Teaching (1997), a Carrick Institute Fellowship (2006), Fellowship of the Association for the Advancement for Computers in Education (2007), Fellowship ASCILITE (2009) and Foundation Fellow of STARS (2015).

Raphael PereiraRaphael Pereira

Raphael Pereira, Manager, Peer Learning, Curtin University, coordinates peer learning initiatives across all faculties and has grown the program from supporting 29 units in 2012 to 68 units in 2015 with 41 Peer Learning Facilitators. These initiatives include: UniPASS, an accredited flagship peer learning program; online academic mentoring; Peer Learning Facilitator leadership development; applied instructional skill workshops for Curtin staff; OLT research partner into student leadership; and recently hosting the Peer Learning and Leadership Symposium WA.

In 2014, 2,124 students attended UniPASS and 846 of those came at least five times. Students who participated at least five times achieved marks 18% higher than students who did not attend. Regular participants have a 10% higher retention rate. Curtin’s UniPASS program has won three national awards from the peer learning community.

Lucas PevyLucas Pevy

Lucas Pevy has 5 years experience working within the Higher education division at Pearson Australia and has worked closely with the NSW and QLD markets. Lucas currently provides technology workshop training, support, & implementation for Pearson Learning Technologies and eLearning support for universities across QLD/NT/WA. Lucas is passionate about learning analytics, technology enabled teaching and making a measurable improvement in learners lives through educational solutions.

Brad Power

Brad PowerBrad is a game designer and developer, and a lecturer in Games Art and Design at Murdoch University. Previously Brad worked as a software engineer in the mobile devices division of Motorola, and at Interzone Games was the lead designer on an unreleased massively-multiplayer online game. As an independent developer he has released numerous games on both mobile and desktop platforms, and both participates in and facilitates game development events in the Perth community.

Brad’s research interests include the evolution of gameplay form and structure, procedural approaches to game design and asset production, and player behaviour and interaction models in online gaming.

Julianne Reid

Professor Julianne Reid is the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Curtin University, and is responsible for providing strategic leadership in learning and teaching at the University level. Prior to this role, Julianne was the Acting Dean, Learning and Teaching, and the Deputy Pro

Professor Julianne Reid

Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, at RMIT University. She was also Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for 8 months in 2010, and Chair of The Academic Board, RMIT University from 2011-2013.

Professor Reid has extensive experience in university governance, academic leadership, teaching and program development, and has held a range of academic positions including Foundation Discipline Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Head of School of Medical Sciences. She is a strong supporter of evidence-based teaching practice, and promotes scholarship of learning and teaching particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. She also established the RMIT University Science, Health and Engineering Educational Research (SHEER) Centre, and has been its Foundation Director since 2013.

Ingrid Richardson Ingrid Richardson

Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson teaches in the School of Arts at Murdoch University, primarily in the fields of game design and new media. She has published on the cultural effects of new and emerging media interfaces, is contributing co-editor of Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012, with Larissa Hjorth and Jean Burgess), and co-author of Gaming in Social, Locative and Mobile Media (Palgrave, 2014). Ingrid has also been CI or co-investigator on 14 funded research projects, and led the ALTC project Remix, Mash-Up, Share: Authentic Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria for Interactive Media, Games and Digital Design.

Professor Gilly SalmonGilly Salmon

Professor Gilly Salmon is one of the world’s leading thinkers in online learning. She researches and publishes widely on the themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning.

She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to online education, including research, innovation, program design, teaching methods and the use of digital technologies. Gilly is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She has established The Centre for Education Futures to realize UWA’s Education futures principles and visions. Implementations in 2015 include establishment of a new Futures Observatory, the collaborative (re)design of 1000 UWA teaching units through the Carpe Diem methodology and the achievements of a new digital learning environment for the university.

Previously, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations at Swinburne University of Technology, Executive Director and Professor (Learning Futures) at the Australian Digital Futures Institute, based in the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and was Professor of E-learning and Learning Technologies, and Head of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance and the Media Zoo, at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Recent publications include the third edition of her seminal book E-moderating , the 2nd E-tivities, Learning in Groups and Podcasting for Learning.

Karen ThompsonKaren Thompson

Karen’s role as Engagement Manager for the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University sees her liaising closely with clients, industry associations, and University staff.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Management) from Murdoch University, is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and a Certified Practising Marketer.

Karen loves meeting people and helping them shape their lives, careers and organisations. Previously WA State Manager of Aquent, the global marketing recruitment company, her diverse career also includes roles in media, property development, FMCG and engineering.

In recent years Karen has been on industry boards and committees for Curtin University and Edith Cowan University advising on undergraduate and postgraduate marketing degrees. Karen regularly presents to organisations, industry associations and student groups on a variety of topics including social media, career planning, personal branding and relationship management.

Mike TimmsMike Timms

Dr. Mike Timms directs the Division of Assessment and Psychometric Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), which develops high quality assessments and conducts cutting edge research in educational measurement. He is a recognized leader in the development of innovative ways to assess students in interactive e-learning environments. His research is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and he was awarded the 2013 Journal for Research on Science Teaching Award by the National Association for Research on Science Teaching.

Dr Timms leads the Centre for Science of Learning@ACER which is at the forefront of a new transdisciplinary field that is focused on bringing together research and methods from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social and behavioural sciences and education. The Centre aims to add to our understanding of fundamental learning processes and of the conditions that lead to successful learning. He is also an Executive Team member of the national Science of Learning Research Centre, which is a Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council.

Prior to joining ACER, Dr. Timms was Associate Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd, a preeminent educational research and development organization in the United States. He led large-scale research studies in STEM education, with special focus on computer-based assessment projects, especially through the SimScientists research program (www.simscientists.org). He has been involved in the development of two assessment frameworks for the US National Assessment of Educational Progress for which he was awarded the Paul Hood award for excellence in educational research at WestEd.

Sharon WarburtonSharon Warburton

Sharon has predominantly operated within the construction and mining sectors throughout her 20+ year career.

Sharon has a wealth of experience working globally for blue chip companies including KPMG, Hamersley Iron (iron ore subsidiary of Rio Tinto) and has experience in gold and industrial minerals.

After a short stint in financial services Sharon joined the Development Division of the Multiplex Group at the time of its listing in early 2004 and progressed to corporate focussed roles including Group General Manager for Mergers, Acquisitions and Operational Support. Sharon was directly involved in the project management of the Brookfield takeover of Multiplex as well as the subsequent integration of Brookfield Multiplex. Throughout this period she worked in the Sydney, Perth and London offices.

In 2008, during her two years in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East, Sharon worked on a broad range of projects including the Yas Island development (Formula One Track and facilities, Links Golf Course, Hotels and Entertainment precincts) as the Executive Management Team member accountable for strategy for Aldar Properties PJSC.

Sharon re-joined Brookfield Multiplex Perth office in early 2011 as Executive Director Strategy. This national role focuses on strategic business development, corporate planning and operational effectiveness ensuring the cross fertilisation of ideas, knowledge transfer and sharing of best practice between regions.

Sharon joined the board of FMG in 2013 as a Non Executive Director. She now chairs the FMG Remuneration and Nominations Committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She is a Director of the fund raising NFP for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth and Committee Member and Treasurer of arcs, a counselling service specialising in the reunification of families. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Curtin Business School Asia Business Centre. Sharon maintains strong links through the industry with her work in industry associations such as NAWIC.

Sharon has a core interest in mentoring emerging leaders within construction and mining, with a focus on the challenges women face in the sector. Sharon champions flexibility, diversity and work life balance and places a high priority on sharing her own experiences as a single mother of a four year old daughter to her mentees.

Sharon is involved in mentoring programs internally at Brookfield Multiplex for future leaders, as well as externally through her online mentoring toolkit www.steelheels.com.au.


Christian GutlChristian Gutl

Professor Christian Gütl holds a PhD in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (TUG) and has received the "venia legendi" for Applied Computer Science in 2009. He is the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media at TUG in Graz, Austria. He also leads the Motivational Media Technologies Group at TUG. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Information Systems at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, and the founder and Head of Gütl IT Research & Consulting.

Christian has authored and co-authored more than 175 peer-review book chapters, journal and conference proceedings publications. He is involved in numerous organizational and editorial boards as well as program committees. He serves as a board member of the Immersive Learning Initiative (iLRN), he is the Managing Editor of J.UCS, co-editor of the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (IJKL), advisory board member of the International Conference of Blended Learning (ICBL), initiator and chair of the CAF workshop series, and co-chair of the ViWo and the program co-chair of iLRN 2015. His research interests include information search and retrieval, e-education, e-assessment, adaptive media technologies, and virtual worlds for learning and knowledge transfer. He has established successful collaborations on these topics with European and overseas institutions. Given his knowledge and research interests, he is frequently invited as a visiting professor at leading Universities, such as to MIT, University Sydney, UTS and Curtin University.

Greg ThompsonGreg Thompson

Greg Thompson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University. Since 2012 he has been an ARC DECRA Research Fellow investigating the effects of NAPLAN on school communities. His research focus is on the sociology of assessment and education policy, particularly as it pertains to large-scale assessment systems and Big Data in schools. He has conducted studies that have addressed student connectedness in Australian secondary schools, and visions of the good student in Australian secondary schools. Currently he is researching the validity of accountability testing in Australian schools.