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New South Wales Higher Education Summit 2024

28 June 2024
3.00pm – 7.00pm AEST
Hybrid: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building & Livestream
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UNSW Scientia Building

UNSW's Scientia Education Academy is delighted to once again host the NSW Higher Education Summit on Friday afternoon, 28 June.

The event will bring together thought leaders and practitioners from across the country, to explore key issues impacting and shaping the HE sector, with a focus on AI & Assessment.

In addition to two keynotes and a panel discussion, the program features two dedicated networking sessions, to enable participants from UNSW and across institutions to meet in person and get together in a relaxed setting. 

View the Summit agenda and keynote abstracts here.

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Michael Cowling

Associate Professor - Information & Communication Technology, CQUniversity

Michael Cowling has been a leader in educational technology for over 20 years and recipient of the Universities Australia AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence (Physical Sciences). He is the President (2023 to 2025) of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), where he is also a Community Fellow, as well as Vice-President of the Open Access Publishing Association (OAPA) and webmaster for Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences (QAAS). Through his mantra ‘pedagogy before technology’, he fosters thoughtfulness in technology for students, educators and the public. Learn more about Michael.

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Tim Fawns

Associate Professor (Education Focused) - Monash Education Academy

Tim Fawns' research interests are at the intersection between digital, professional (particularly medical and healthcare professions) and higher education, with a particular focus on the relationship between technology and educational practice. Tim’s research covers a broad range of educational practices (including curriculum design, assessment, teaching practice, evaluation and more), with emphasis on appreciating complexity in relation to online, blended and hybrid education. He has recently contributed to TEQSA’s Assessment reform for the age of artificial intelligence guidance document and played a leading role in a range of sector-wide events to help institutions respond to the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence. Learn more about Tim.

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Kelly Matthews

Professor - Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland

Kelly Matthews is a well-respected applied researcher and higher education scholar, a multiple award-winning university teacher, and an educational leader known for co-creating successful networks that bring people together to advance higher education.

In 2024, Kelly is collaborating on a cross-institutional study to explore student perspectives on artificial intelligence (AI), which is co-funded by Deakin, Monash, UQ, and UTS. She is also co-organising the 10th annual Students as Partners (SaP) Roundtable with students and staff from Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, US, and UK. With Teaching-Focused colleagues at Monash, UNSW, UQ, and Sydney, she is co-creating an Australian Teaching/Education Focused Academic NetworkLearn more about Kelly.

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Danny Liu

Professor - DVC (Education) Portfolio, University of Sydney

Danny Liu is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. He works at the confluence of educational technology, student engagement, artificial intelligence, learning analytics, pedagogical research, organisational leadership, and professional development. He is currently a Professor in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio at the University of Sydney. Learn more about Danny.

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Jan McLean

Associate Professor - Director of the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, UTS

Jan McLean is the Director of the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning at UTS. She is an Associate Professor and researcher in higher education and development with a particular interest in the effects of the changing higher education context upon academic life and practice as well as student belonging and learning. She has extensive experience in working with staff, students and senior leaders across numerous facets of teaching and research development, academic careers, curriculum design, innovation and change. She has led initiatives around Students as Partners, research integrated teaching, peer inquiry and observation and the scholarship of learning and teaching. She has particular expertise and interest in the area of learning and particularly creating collaborative learning experiences that inspire academics to explore emerging and innovative ways to approach their own practice, and which build connections and communities. Learn more about Jan.

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Alex Steel

Professor - Director AI Strategy Education, UNSW

Alex Steel is Director AI Strategy Education, and a Professor in the Law Faculty. Alex is an internationally recognised legal academic with research interests in both criminal law and legal education. He has numerous teaching awards including a Commonwealth Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has extensive experience in senior leadership at university level across teaching and student support with focus on digital innovation. He divides his time between the Law Faculty and the Division of Education and Student Experience. Learn more about Alex.

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Sarah Maddison

Professor - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience, UNSW

Sarah Maddison has worked in Higher Education for 25 years, with 10 years of senior leadership experience, including Department Chair, School Dean, Faculty Executive Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor, and most recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience & Employability) at Swinburne University of Technology. A champion of innovation in learning and teaching and research-informed practice, Sarah has led her team to win a prestigious Australian government Office of Learning & Teaching Citation and an Open Universities Australia NOVA award for innovation in online learning to build student agency and digital communities. She has been invited to numerous national and international panels on topics including the use of learning analytics to support student retention, learning ecosystems to support borderless education, and pedagogy and learning spaces. Learn more about Sarah.

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Patsie Polly

Professor - Scientia Education Academy Director, UNSW

Patsie Polly is a Scientia Education Fellow who is an Education Focussed Champion and Professor in the Department of Pathology within the School of Medical Sciences (SoMS), Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. Patsie is recognised nationally as a medical scientist, leading teacher and innovative education researcher. She has infused her extensive medical research experience into the classroom by applying the latest laboratory research practice. Patsie strategically integrates adaptive lessons, ePortfolio pedagogy and collaborative communities of practice to allow her students to learn these career-relevant skills. Her unique method blends virtual and real laboratory experiences to break new ground in engaging her students as researchers. Patsie has led reflective ePortfolio implementation to develop deep learning of teamwork and communication competencies in students, contextualising acquiring these skills for their future as medical researchers and health professionals. Learn more about Patsie.