Keynote speakers

Each year, we aim to invite leaders in the fields of educational leadership, research, technology and design to give keynotes on a whole host of topics, ranging from designing institutional policies to support teaching and learning to ways of engaging students in class and online. 

Here are our fabulous keynote speakers - we will have more details of their presentations soon, so please come back and also follow the conference on Twitter.

Julian Cox

Associate Professor Julian Cox

Associate Professor (Food Microbiology), University of New South Wales

Design, Develop, Play… Pedagogy, Peers, Professionalism, Platforms and Practice… And the Workshop Activity

We expect that Julian will mix philosophical, pedagogical and technical insights in his opening keynote, speaking from his current position working with doctoral students to recent work at UNSW on the Moodle Workshop activity.

Julian Cox is an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology, and was formerly the Associate Dean (Education) in UNSW Science and Associate Dean (International) in UNSW Engineering. Julian has extensive and award-winning teaching experience in food microbiology, quality assurance, rapid methods, and graduate attributes. His research activities focus on food microbiology and food safety, including rapid methods for the detection and characterisation of microorganisms associated with foods, the biology, ecology and management of foodborne pathogens and food safety systems and culture. He is also involved in the development and application of technology, especially computers, in teaching, and study of higher education.

Twitter: @ozjuliancox

Associate Professor Dr Cathy Stone

Conjoint Associate Professor, The University of Newcastle, Adjunct Research Fellow, NCSEHE, Curtin University.

Design for engagement; design for support; design for learning: the development of National Guidelines for improving student outcomes in online education
Cathy Stone

Keynote summary: What do online students say they want and need to help them succeed? To what extent is this being delivered in our higher education institutions?  Research with students, and with professional and academic staff developing and delivering online education, has informed a set of National Guidelines for improving student outcomes in online learning. The evidence is clear that educational design, as well as the design of teaching practices, support mechanisms, and institutional policies, is crucial to the effective implementation of these guidelines.

Dr Cathy Stone is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of post-secondary student equity, retention and success.  For many years Cathy held senior management roles in student support services at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she continues as a Conjoint Associate Professor with the School of Humanities and Social Science. As an active researcher, Cathy’s publications focus particularly on the experiences of mature-age, first-in-family and online students.

Cathy’s work with Open Universities Australia between 2011-2014 helped to develop her strong interest in the online student experience. In 2016 she undertook further research into improving outcomes for online students, in her role as an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University, where she continues an Adjunct Fellow. The findings from this research have informed a set of National Guidelines for Improving Student Outcomes in Online Learning.

The full report and National Guidelines can be accessed at:

Further details about Cathy and her work can be found at:

Peter Bryant

Associate Professor Peter Bryant

Associate Dean (Education), The University of Sydney Business School

Peter was the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he worked with academics, students and senior management to develop innovative approaches to education, curriculum and assessment design through technology. He has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, a Masters of Adult Education and PhD in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Peter is an experienced academic with over twenty-five years teaching experience in both the UK and Australia, in the areas of adult education, work-based learning, marketing and creative industries management. He is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, which supports the professional and policy development of staff using educational technology.

He is an experienced researcher, speaker and advocate specialising in pedagogical change, social media in education, the practices of making and community development and engagement in education and the creative industries. He co-leads the international Future Happens initiative, which uses innovative approaches to problem-solving and change management to engage the wider higher education sector in debates and research-informed conversations around technology, pedagogy and the future of the modern University.

Dr Carol Russell

Carol RussellSenior Lecturer in Higher Education, Learning Transformations, Western Sydney University

Title: to be advised

Dr Russell has a PhD from the University of Leicester, an MBA from The Open University [UK], and originally studied science at the University of Strathclyde. Now part of the Learning Transformation team at WSU, she maintains close links with UNSW where she had previously worked in the Education and Technology Centre and as a Learning and Teaching Fellow.

Her research and work in higher education extends across technology-enhanced, digital, online and blended learning and teaching, designing for learning, evaluation of curriculum, teaching and student learning, and the diffusion, uptake and student response to educational technology in higher education, and institutional strategies for leadership in technology.

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