FEATURED SPEAKERS

Professor Karen Nelson

Pro Vice Chancellor (Students)

University of Sunshine Coast

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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 (http://studentengagementmaturitymodel.net/) and a social justice framework for higher education (https://safeguardingstudentlearning.net/). 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.


Speaking On:
KEYNOTE: An institutional framework for student engagement and retention

Workshops:
How to establish an institutional approach to student engagement, success and retention

Jordi Austin

Director, Student Support Services

The University of Sydney

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Jordi Austin has worked in the Australian Tertiary sector since 1998, and has developed expertise in the creation, design, implementation and evaluation of student centric services and programs. Her current role at the University of Sydney entails oversight of core student services, as well as partnering with faculty to develop innovative student development and retention programs. All programs developed place an emphasis on evidenced based service delivery and are geared to facilitate the academic and personal success of each individual studying in the post secondary environment. She is currently the President, ANZSSA, and has strong links to sister associations in Canada, USA and Europe.


Speaking On:
BEST PRACTICE SHOWCASE: Identifying and designing a best practice engagement and retention policy

Assoc Prof Angela Carbone

Director, Education Excellence, Office of the Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching)

Monash University

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Angela Carbone is an OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow and her flagship fellowship program has led to improvements to unit quality and the development of leadership capabilities in academics across Australia.   She has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year.  Angela’s research has explored and adopted successful strategies used to lower attrition and increase completion rate in her own undergraduate classes and was Head of the inaugural non-residential Campus based College embedded holistically throughout Monash to support student success.


Speaking On:
KEYNOTE: Encouraging good learning experiences

Prof Ron Oliver

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and International)

Edith Cowan University

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Ron Oliver is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and International) and Professor of e-learning at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Throughout his teaching career he has used emerging technologies to engage and motivate his students and has a particular interest in learning and the need for relevance and engagement in curricula. He has been an active researcher and publisher in the area of instructional technologies and elearning for the past thirty years, and has experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a diverse range of technology-facilitated learning settings. Ron has been recognised for his innovative teaching and research with learning technologies through a number of awards including:  Australian Award for University Teaching and Fellowships of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, The Association for the Advancement for Computer in Education; and The Australasian Society for the Use of Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.


Speaking On:
Supporting retention in online learning settings

Improving retention to secure your institutions financial stability

Partnered with ACER

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Since the Bradley Review and the introduction of the Demand Driven System, universities have focused on recruitment and increasing enrolments, thereby opening the doors to a diverse spectrum of students.


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  • Engaging learning and teaching practices
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  • Using data analytics to identify & support at-risk students
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  • Understanding the unique needs of new student cohorts
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  • Ensuring a whole of organisation approach to retention
Day 1

Dr Daniel Edwards

Principal Research Fellow

Australian Council for Educational Research

Professor Karen Nelson

Pro Vice Chancellor (Students)

University of Sunshine Coast

Prof Ron Oliver

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and International)

Edith Cowan University

Assoc Prof Angela Carbone

Director, Education Excellence, Office of the Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching)

Monash University

Day 2

Prof Kerri-Lee Krause

Provost and Professor of Higher Education

Victoria University

Prof Andrew McAuley

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education)

Southern Cross University

Hugh Guthrie

Honorary Fellow, Work-based Education Research Centre

Victoria University

Glen Bates

Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Advancement)

Swinburne University of Technology

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