Keynote speakers Or Trendsetters as we like to call them
Professor Shirley Alexander
Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Education and Students). She has worked at UTS for over twenty years; having previously held the positions of Director, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning and Dean, Faculty of Education.
Professor Alexander is responsible for leading the achievement of the University’s key priorities in teaching and learning, the student experience and development of a strong student culture across the University. She also developed the learning.futures strategy at UTS. The strategy prepares students for this uncertain world of work which is undergoing significant change and there are growing predictions of significant change to traditional professional jobs and the creation of new positions which few of us can imagine. Learning.futures equips students with the skills and habits of mind they need for success in their future working life.
Professor Alexander also leads the development of a vision for the future of learning in higher education and the ways in which that vision influenced the design of the new learning spaces and the use of learning technologies. What students learn and how they learn will require teachers to also develop new skills, especially in the design of the curriculum and learning strategies to meet the needs of today’s students and adapting to the evolving higher education landscape in the 21st century to future leaders. The University of Technology Sydney has been engaged in a major $1 billion campus redevelopment project. Professor Alexander is leading a system of projects to ensure these developments support the vision for the future of learning . The projects won the prestigious Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015, in the category of Hybrid Learning.
Claire is one of the three foundation Deputy Principals at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. Before Hobsonville, Claire has held leadership roles at Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland Girls Grammar School, Takapuna Grammar School and Rangitoto College (where she also attended as a student). As well as her in-school role she also enjoys working with educational groups at a national level, Claire is a member of the Education Council of Aotearoa, NZ; an advisory board member for Network for Learning (N4L) and a board member of NetSafeNZ. She also enjoys blogging, conference speaking and working with agencies such as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of Education 21st Century Learning Reference Group with a focus on enabling future-focused change and supporting teachers and students in blended learning environments. Beyond education, Claire loves spending time with her family, hanging out with her dogs and doing yoga.
Claire is passionate about her family, education, design and tattoos, living by the mantra – “you can never be overdressed or overeducated”.
Associate Professor Matt Bower is a learning technology researcher and teacher educator in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University. His work concentrates on how contemporary technologies can be used to enhance learning outcomes and experiences. Matt has over seventy research publications relating to learning design, teacher education and technology-enhanced learning. He has delivered numerous international keynote presentations relating to the innovative use of learning technologies, and is nationally awarded for his passionate and scholarly approach to developing teacher technology-enhanced learning design capabilities.