Speakers

Learning Technologies 2009 provides a mix of expert speakers and practitioners presenting case studies. Speaker bios are below.

Keynote Speakers

Nancy White
Clay Burell


Featured Speakers

Olivia Clarke
Alec Couros
Howard Errey
Denise Morgan
Greg O'Grady
Sue Waters


Case Study Speakers

Brian Bauer
John Burns
Marianne Dickie
Karen Fainges
Joshua Gowdy
Mary Hill
Jan Kealey
Stefanie Klein
Sue Mandley
Allison Miller
Anne Mirtschin
Chad Outten
Adam Rock
Ilona Van Galen
Victoria L. Walker
Colin Warren
Marie Weatherford
Haiyi Wu

 

LT2008 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Nancy White

Nancy White - Founder, Full Circle Associates

I am a "Jill of all trades," using my facilitation, communications marketing, and leadership abilities for over 25 years in a wide range of settings: broadcast media, not-for-profit and business communities. I started Full Circle Associates, a collaboration and communications consultancy, to provide assistance to non-profits and businesses and help them connect through online and offline strategies. I have a particular interest in the application of online interaction tools and techniques to virtual teams, communities of practice, in international community development, and with all types of learning communities. Lately I've added graphic facilitation and other visual approaches to my toolkit and have been developing the concept of community technology stewardship with Etienne Wenger and John Smith. Some of this will be shared in our forthcoming book, "Stewarding Technology for Communities of Practice" (2008).

 
Clay Burell

Clay Burell has spent the last decade teaching secondary language arts and history in Asian international schools. During his six years at Shanghai American School, he also served as k-12 ESOL Department Head for both campuses. He spent the following two years at Korea International School in Seoul teaching Advanced Placement Literature; an Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay also served as Lead Technology Mentor during the school's 1-to-1 Apple Laptop program roll-out. He took the following year off to work on a book about ancient literature and history. Via his Beyond School blog, his twitterverse and social network, he secured a job that year as education editor and chief blogger at the US political and social action website Change.org. That same year, he also used his blog's podcasts and writings to secure a radio news writer and announcer position at Korea's only English radio station. He recently moved to the Singapore American School to teach history.

 

Featured Speakers

Olivia Clarke

Dr Olivia Clarke is currently a senior project manager at The Learning Federation (TLF). Her role is to support education jurisdictions and sectors as they seek to implement the TLF digital content into their educational programmes. Olivia's doctoral studies focused on a comparative study of new multimedia environments for teaching and learning in schools in California and Victoria. She has been Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Professional Development at PLC, Melbourne and a teacher of History and Indonesian language.

 
Alec Couros

Alec Couros, University of Regina, Canada - Alec will be joining us via videoconference

Alec Couros, professor of educational technology and media and the Coordinator of Information and Communications Technology at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, is a scholar and advocate of openness in distributed learning environments. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, social/networked learning, instructional design, digital citizenship and critical media literacy.

 
Howard Errey

Howard Errey is a psychologist who has pioneered the use of online counselling and student support in education using social media and mobile technologies. He consults regularly on using technology for engagement, focusing on how online social environments and applications can improve both individual and business outcomes. He is seen as a leader in using technology to enable support and learning options for individual clients and learners, in health care and in education.

Currently Howard is an E-learning Consultant for e-Works and E-learning Innovations Coordinator (Victoria) for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. During 2009 he is coordinating 35 E-learning Innovation projects across the Vocational Education and Training sector in Victoria.

 
Denise Morgan

Denise Morgan - Manager, Teaching and Learning Innovation, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE - Queensland and Queensland Toolbox Champion, Australian Flexible Learning Framework

Denise has worked in both the public and private education sectors as well as operated her own business. She has twelve years experience in Vocational Education and Training as both a teacher and a manager. In her current role as Manager - Teaching and Learning Innovation at Wide Bay TAFE, Denise is responsible for the Institute Learning Management System, Research and Information Centres and Videoconferencing as well as managing online delivery, distance education, product development, and promoting and supporting the uptake of technology as a key component of blended delivery.

As Queensland Toolbox Champion since 2002, Denise provides professional development in the use, implementation and customisation of flexible learning toolboxes to schools, enterprises, industry and public and private registered training organisations in Queensland.

 
Greg O'Grady

Greg O'Grady - Dip T., B EdSt, M Curr St

Greg has been involved with the development of educational technology with Education Queensland from the initial introduction of Sperry computers into Qld schools in the early 80s to the on-going development of the Education Queensland’s online learning and conferencing environment – The Learning Place. Currently, as Project Leader for the development of web conferencing services for Queensland state schools he initiated and is continuing the development of both web and videoconferencing services including the implementation of video/audio streaming technologies and podcasting for use with the department’s online learning management system- Blackboard. He has had direct involvement and experience with nearly all the major learning technology projects that have unfolded within Education Queensland over the past three decades.

 
Sue Waters

Sue Waters - Sue will be joining us via videoconference

Sue Waters is well known globally for supporting educators in their own professional use of the web and mobile technologies as well as with their students. Her engaging personality and inquisitive nature has enabled her to establish professional relationships across all sectors of education, and her 'trial by practice' approach has combined to establish Sue as one of Australia's leading innovators in elearning.

Her passions for leveraging technology for learning has seen her go from her role as a TAFE aquaculture lecturer, to a growing reputation for facilitating innovative elearning and Web 2.0 technologies PD workshops, connecting and learning from other cutting edge educators on the world stage.

Sue is editor of The Edublogger (http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/) and Edublogs Community Facilitator (http://edublogs.org/). She provides practical web 2.0 "how-to's" on her sites including her PLN Yourself wiki (http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/) and her personal blog (http://suewaters.com/). No question is too difficult - Sue is always learning and always willing to share that learning with others.

 

Case Study Speakers

Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer is the founder and Managing Partner at Étape Partners LLC / OnTrack Technology, and is responsible for business development and overall company strategy. As a former Chief Technology Officer for multiple Wall Street firms including Banks, Hedge Funds and Financial software firms, Brian has long been at the forefront of designing and implementing advanced systems for computational processing, education and communications.

Brian is committed to designing innovative technology solutions for collaboration, learning and communication, but is also evenly committed to seeing value delivered to the customer based on sound Return on Investment principals. With customers including the largest public-education system in the country and other Fortune 25 companies, Brian's expertise has made him an in-demand speaker/author on the topic of 3D virtual learning Victoria L. Walker, Ph.D. - Director of Continuing Education and Instructional and Web Technologies, Regent University.

 
John Burns

John Burns, iKonstrukt

John is the founder of iKonstrukt, developers of the Educate app for the iPhone. He has taught in Australia, Asia and the UK and has led numerous eLearning projects for schools, government and business. An avid learner and technologist, John believes the success of the iPhone as an mLearning platform hinges heavily on the inclusion of effective pedagogical practice by educators.

 
Marianne Dickie

Marianne Dickie, ANU College of Law

Marianne is the SubDean of the Migration Law program at ANU College of Law Legal Workshop. She has a sound background in migration law, migration issues and community development, holding senior positions in the Australian Democrats for nine years focusing on the area of immigration law and advice. She has authored amendments to Commonwealth legislation, prepared Senate Submissions, and contributed chapters on Immigration Law in the Qld & Victorian Lawyers Practice Manuals. As a Migration Adviser she provided regular advice to the Migration Institute of Australia on migration law and policy, and contributed to articles, press releases and opinion pieces and submissions to relevant parliamentary inquiries. Marianne has worked with the Legal Workshop in her current role since 2007. She is responsible for 34 legal practitioners who teach within the course.

 
Karen Fainges

Karen Fainges came to TAFE from her own private training business five and a half years ago as a teacher of business and IT. There was too much available within the TAFE system to just stop there. She spread out to be the Institute Program Co-ordinator for Videolinq and the Flexible Learning Unit Educational Designer for Mount Isa as well. Excited by all the possibilities, she is a firm believer that once a student is given ownership over their own learning, anything is possible.

 
Joshua Gowdy

Joshua Gowdy joined QAS in 2008 as a Design and Technology Learning Support Officer. He brought to this position a background in both education and multimedia. Josh was project manager for a 2009 LearnScope project for QAS. For this project, Josh designed flash-based learning objects to enhance the student discussion forums in Moodle.

Josh's qualifications include a Bachelor of Animation and a Bachelor of Education. He is currently completing a Master of Education at Griffith University.

 
Mary Hill

Mary Hill, Southbank Institute of Technology

Mary works with AMEP, LLNP and Communication@Work teams at Southbank Institute of Technology where she also facilitates the online VGC in Educational Design. Previously she has worked with the University of South Australia as well as the Queensland University of Technology and on a range of Community Development Arts Projects. She has a particular interest in using technology in teaching English language as well as developing resources. She has a Master of Learning Innovation: Multiple Languages and Literacies, as well as qualifications in TESOL, Education and the Arts.

 
Jan Kealey

Jan Kealey has worked in TAFE for approx 15 years in the areas of ICT and educational support. She has been a technical writer in many software projects and is currently utilizing her expertise in managing many e-learning projects within the Gordon TAFE. She is involved in staff training both via organizational development and within the Teacher Education department - hence her extensive involvement in the e-fficient teaching program and other professional development activities within the institute.

 
Stefanie Klein

Stefanie Klein joined IMC, Europe's leading provider of innovative learning technologies, in September 2006 and is ever since responsible for the company's business in the South East Asian and Pacific region. During her Master studies in Germany she specialised in media and communication management as well as learning technologies, after completing her studies she has published a number of articles on the subject. The last 10 years Stefanie has lived in South East Asia, working for global companies in the field of project management and human resource development. In her function as Regional Director for IMC Stefanie is responsible for directing all of IMC's operations in the South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

 
Sue Mandley

Sue Mandley has taught in TAFE for approx 17 years in the areas of Business, Teacher Education and has a current role in Education Development as the LMS Manager. Her role involves training staff to use e-learning as part of their everyday teaching experience. By implementing an e-fficent teaching program, Sue has been able to ensure that staff undertaking their Diploma of VET (practice) and professional development activities, will be proficient in online delivery.

 
Allison Miller

Allison Miller is the Business Manager for the E-portfolio - Managing Learner Information Business Activity, for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. Her other Framework roles have included being the South Australian E-learning Innovations Co-ordinator, and the Project Manager for the Inclusive e-Learning (Youth) Project.

Allison was the Co-ordinator of South Australia's premier 2-dayz e-learning event, e-dayz in 2006 and 2007, and she was the E-Learning Development Co-ordinator for TAFE SA, Adelaide North in 2006. Allison has been involved in the VET sector for more than 7 years as a Lecturer in areas of Business Finance, Administration and Small Business Management and has over 5 years experience in creating e-learning environments for students and staff.

 
Anne Mirtschin

Anne Mirtschin is an Information and Communications Technology teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College, a small rural school in the country Western Victoria. This school is culturally and geographically isolated but with the use of many web2.0 tools combined with the latest in 21st century global projects and videoconferencing, her students are able to collaborate and work in virtual teams with classes and students across the world, using cutting edge digital tools to take them into the 21st century.

Multi award winner in 2009 including joint Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the Year Award 2008-09 for Victoria, ICTEV Leader of the Year 2009, Myer-Bailleu Rural Leadership Scholarship winner 2009 (Country Education Project) and finalist in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) innovative curriculum awards.

 
Chad Outten

Chad Outten is an educator, technologist, moodler & golfer (in no particular order!). He has worked for a dozen years in the Australian education sector. His expertise and passion is in the area of e-learning and learning management systems. Chad is proud to be a Moodle certified teacher, mentor and assessor as part of the internationally recognised Moodle Teacher Certification program. He was Moodle Moot AU 08, Event Organiser and has been recognised as a Particularly Helpful Moodler at moodle.org.

Chad is currently, Director of Learning Technologies for My Learning Space, an e-learning service provider specialing in LMS consultancy, hosting, training and support. His clients include numerous independent schools, registered training organisations, government agencies, charities and small-medium enterprise. Chad was previously employed as Head, Technology at The Scots College, Sydney. He has also worked in various capacities for the NSW Board of Studies, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 
Adam Rock

Dr Adam Rock, Deakin University

Dr Adam Rock is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Dr Rock is also Director of the First-year Psychology programme. He teaches at undergraduate level, is an active researcher and supervises fourth year and Higher Degree by Research students.

 
Ilona Van Galen

Ilona Van Galen is a marketing communications specialist with expertise in stakeholder engagement, particularly in the public arena. This is her first foray into communicating with students to encourage them to engage with learning material, and into communicating with teachers to encourage them to engage with online students.

 
Victoria L. Walker

Victoria L. Walker has a Ph.D. in Education, with emphases in Distance Education and Higher Education Research and Institutional Planning. She also holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and is a certified Secondary Educator. In addition, she has several Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) certifications and is a certified Master CIW Designer.

She has completed multiple projects using Web 2.0 technologies and virtual worlds in traditional and online education and training and has recently completed a project on the use of virtual environments in counsellor education for mental health interviewing and diagnosis. Her primary research interests include research and evaluation, emerging technologies for traditional and distance education, virtual worlds, Web 2.0 technologies, e-portfolios, social presence, and situated and cognitive learning.

 
Colin Warren

Colin Warren has been working in tertiary education for 15 years supporting the use of technology to provide authentic learning & teaching experiences and is currently the e-Supported Learning Systems Coordinator in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. He is interested in enabling teachers to understand the potential applications of the new social software tools available for collaboration, communication and content creation. His recent research is examining the reasons for the success of an integrated online environment to support a national professional development program for teachers of English over a seven month period.

Colin has also worked on a number of projects which have explored the capacities of the available technologies, as well as developing the capabilities of teaching staff working in higher education to embed the use of these tools within their own pedagogy.

 
Marie Weatherford

Marie Weatherford has been the eLearning Support Officer for Queensland Ambulance Service since 2004. She has played an integral role in the QAS adoption of technologies such as Elluminate Live! and Moodle. One of the favourite moments of her role is when one of the QAS students or staff members has a "wow, I can really do this revelation". She loves that her role allows her to support learning for those who spend their lives saving ours.

Marie's qualifications include a Graduate Certificate in eLearning, Certificate IV AWT, Master of Arts in Teaching and a B.S. in Science. She spent 15 years as a High School Science Teacher in the US.

 
Haiyi Wu

Haiyi Wu moved to Australia from China in 1993 and began his teaching career as a secondary school teacher in Tasmania and Queensland. Haiyi holds a Master of Education Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Education from the Queensland University of Technology. He also taught Mandarin Chinese at the University of Southern Queensland.

Since becoming a leading vocational teacher at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE, Haiyi has been actively implementing e-Learning and video conferencing technologies in his teaching areas. Haiyi is currently teaching the vocational Mandarin Chinese programs endorsed under the National Training Package for Hospitality, Tourism and Events (SIT07).