Graeme Salter

Dr Graeme Salter is Director Entrepreneurship, International and Engagement for the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University. Graeme has been involved in the use of technology in teaching for over 25 years. He is a past president of ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) and was an Expert Assessor for the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). He was awarded the degree of 'Doctor of Teaching' for his research into the use of "just-in-time" online learning for staff development. He has developed a wide range of educational resources for both traditional e-learning environments and mobile devices. As well as online learning he has expertise in digital marketing and in 2013 received the ‘Exemplary Mobile and Digital Marketing Leadership Award’ at the World Brand Congress in Mumbai.

Let’s Get Engaged! (Rule#4: We don’t pay attention to boring things)

Description: It is relatively easy to design learning activities that tick the boxes for quality standards. For example, the links all work; active learning elements are included and so on. However, one question that is often neglected is ‘Will the students actually find this learning activity engaging?’.  In his book, ‘Brain Rules’, John Medina lists 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. Rule #4 states that ‘We don’t pay attention to boring things’. Unfortunately, there are many examples of online learning that would be considered boring. This presentation will look at tools and techniques for designing engaging and effective online learning experiences.


Kim Tairi

Kim Tairi is the Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at AUT in Auckland, New Zealand. Ms Tairi spent 27 years living in Australia, 20+ years of those working as tertiary sector, librarian. Her last Aussie gig was as the University Librarian at Swinburne University. She is a Bowie fangirl, maker and crafter who plays ukulele. Her main jam is creativity, play and mindfulness at work. She still suffers from PhD envy but doesn’t know when she could possibility fit one in. 

Leadership, intersectionality and identity

Kim Tairi likes to describe herself as a rare Pokémon. She is an indigenous, senior leader in higher education. In 2016, Ms Tairi left her family, partner, and cat to return to Aotearoa (New Zealand), after 27 years in Australia. Returning home was a culture shock. Ms Tairi started to explore what it means to return, to rediscover a lost cultural identity and to construct a leadership persona in new workplace. This included learning a new word: intersectionality. She began to think about how race, class and gender are interconnected and why people like her continue to be rare in leadership roles.  Ms Tairi will share personal and professional insights about leadership and identity construction. She guarantees that this talk will include feelings, Bowie and pragmatic tips for keeping it real and surviving in senior leadership.  Picture Beyond the Thunderdome with a Bowie soundtrack. 


Dr Mathew Hillier 

Dr Mathew Hillier is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University Office Learning and Teaching. He specialises in e-assessment and is leading a half million dollar national project on e-Exams funded by the Australian Government encompassing ten Australian universities. Mathew leads the academic development program theme 'Technology and space' at Monash and co-hosts the international Transforming Assessment monthly online seminar series.  Prior to joining Monash, Mathew held positions in Higher Education support at the University of Queensland and the University of Adelaide. He has also worked as a discipline academic in Business Systems, Multimedia Art Design and Engineering Project Management in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Striving for authentic assessment in the exam room and beyond

Mathew will explore the argument that future technology enhanced exams must be to enable rich, complex problems to be addressed using contemporary 'e-tools of the trade'. Current paper based and limited 'quiz' centric exam paradigms of today are increasingly at odds with the messy, complex, technology intensive social and work world for which we are striving to prepare our graduates.  A look at a range of solutions being developed in Australia and Europe will be discussed in light of a roadmap for an evolution from paper-equivalent e-exams through to authentic, post-paper, mixed technology exams. The complexities involved in balancing authenticity, integrity and scalability to develop suitable infrastructure, processes, policies and resourcing will be examined.

A progress update on the national exams project will also be provided, including spin-off work on multi-language translation testing for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters and a concept brief for an offline e-Learning platform featuring Moodle and a range of e-tools.

Further information on the Australian e-Exam project is at TransformingExams.com


Professor Pascale Quester 

Inaugural Professor of Marketing at the University of Adelaide, since 2002. She then took on the role of Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of the Professions. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, a role she became Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) in 2011.

She has held several appointments as visiting professor in overseas institutions including La Sorbonne. In 2007, she received the highest academic recognition by the French National Academic Committee to become Professeur des Universities et Habilitée à Diriger la Recherche.

In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious title of Distinguished Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy and in 2012, was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of France's highest honours, in recognition of her contribution to higher education in both France and Australia. She is a regular speaker at Executive Leadership conferences and was elected Chair of the Group of 8 deputy vice chancellors (academic) in 2015.

A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2013, she was awarded SA Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Government and Academic category in 2015 and was appointed to the advisory board of defence SA in 2016.


Professor Richard Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience of UNSW.

Richard is Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University.

He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Computer Sociery, Director of Education of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He is the Director of the UNSW/CommBank Security Engineering Capability partnership -SecEDU, and long term member of the UNSW Academic Board and the University Academic Quality Committee.

He was the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Engineering Educator of the Year (Engineers Australia) and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year (iAwards) and has been the recipient of 10 peer reviewed awards in teaching and education including awards from the Australian College of Educators and the The Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He pioneered the first Australian MOOC, has hundreds of thousands of students and millions of views online, and is co-founder of social education platform OpenLearning.com.

His research areas lie in Education and Teaching, and in Cyber Security and Security Engineering. Currently he is working on the affective domain (emotions, belief, motivation and feelings), learning communities and kindness, non-mark based motivation in online education, and engineering secure electronic elections in untrusted environments.

Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in unconventional students: including gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties.

Before commencing his second degree he worked as an actuary and management consultant - which was not a patch on being a teacher :) His hobbies include being a husband and dad, reading everything, cinema, bush regeneration, breaking things, puzzles, games, music, speaking in the third person, and being a rascal. 

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