Associate Professor Kimberley Anne Norris
Associate Professor Kimberley Norris is a psychological scientist and clinical psychologist who works across academic, research, and clinical psychology practice settings. Her overarching research and academic interests are focused on maximising human health, wellbeing and performance in both normal and extreme environments. Kimberley is the Associate Head Learning and Teaching for Psychological Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Chair of the Australian Psychological Society Psychology Education Interest Group and forum member of the Division of Psychological Research Education and Training Committee, as well as an assessor for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Kimberley is also an Associate Member of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research-Council of Managers of Antarctic Programs (SCAR-COMNAP) Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine.
Justin O'Brien is a mid-career industry practitioner who transitioned into a teaching focussed academic pathway after 16 years in international sales and marketing at British Airways, having started there as a graduate trainee. A passionately keen marketer, Justin O’Brien teaches marketing, entrepreneurship and management at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was the MBA Director from 2010 to 2016. He is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Business and Management, having also served as a Co-Director for Student Experience between 2016-2019.
In addition to a growing body of pedagogic journal papers, Justin has published a number of teaching case studies on diverse globalisation and marketing topics such as McDonald’s, UK fashion house Boden, and airline distribution. He runs masterclasses internationally on case teaching and writing and innovative, experiential flipped classroom pedagogies.
Dr Orna O’Brien
Dr Orna O’Brien is currently Director at the Centre for Distance Learning, UCD College of Business. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Her areas of research interest include the globalisation of higher education and education policy, teaching-learning environments for part-time students, technology usage in higher education and development of academic competencies.
In December 2016, she was invited to join the Expert Group for the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for her work in higher education assessment. Dr O'Brien was awarded a 'Teaching Excellence' award by UCD College of Business in 2017. She was further nominated for the overall University award by the College of Business for 'Teaching Excellence'.
Professor Brendan O'Connell
Professor O’Connell is Global President of CMA Australia. Professor O’Connell has an extensive track record in both industry and academia having worked as an analyst and bond dealer with major investment banks and being employed in leading universities in the US, Australia and Asia including RMIT University, Monash University and the University of Richmond in Virginia. He researches in the areas of corporate scandals, corporate collapse, accounting education and business ethics and has written case studies on major corporate scandals such as Enron, HIH Insurance and James Hardie. He has also published numerous papers in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance, Abacus, Journal of Business Ethics, the British Accounting Review and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. He was a recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to examine audit failure in corporate collapse across time. He also was the Lead Investigator in a major study entitled, “Shaping the Future of Accounting Education”.
Professor Can-Seng Ooi
Can-Seng Ooi, PhD, is a sociologist and is Professor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the University of Tasmania. He is also the Co-Director of the Tasmanian Research and Education Network, and the School of Social Sciences’ Associate Head of Research. Besides that he is a Vice-President of Research Committee 50 (International Tourism) in the International Sociological Association. Before his move to Australia in 2016, he was Professor of International Business and Culture Industries at Copenhagen Business School.
Prof. Ooi’s research career spans over three decades and over three continents. His comparative research covers Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Australia. He has published extensively on tourism and society issues, including cross-cultural interaction, the uneven distribution of tourism benefits in society, place branding and social engineering, politics of museums, and the subjugation of the arts in the creative cultural economy. Information on him is available at www.cansengooi.com.
Dr Derya Ozkul
Dr Derya Ozkul is a postdoctoral researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Her work deals with community making, social movements, displacement and the politics of recognising refugees. Derya previously taught on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing at the University of Tasmania Sydney campuses, Australia, as well as on Sociological Theory, Human Rights and Social Protest, Sociology of Terrorism and Introduction to Sociology at the University of Sydney, Australia. Derya holds degrees in political science and sociology and is interested in studying institutions and state practices, especially concerning displacement.
Professor Mitch Parsell
Professor Mitch Parsell is the Academic Executive Director, University of Tasmania. Professor Parsell began his academic career in the University of Tasmania’s Department of Philosophy, before moving to Sydney where he worked at the Macquarie University in a suite of roles, including Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Human Sciences, and Chair of the University Learning and Teaching Committee. Mitch has published in Studies of Higher Education, Ethics and Information Technology, and the Australian Educational Researcher on topics including higher education ethics, peer review of learning and teaching, and virtual communities of enquiry. He is National Teaching Fellow with the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching, and an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation winner.
Huw, a proud palawa man, is employed within the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania as a Digital Media Engagement Officer and is a Master of Research Candidate. Huw has published numerous book chapters, including a chapter on the use of SPSS for statistical analysis in the 4th edition of the Social Research Methods (2019), and co-authored a chapter in the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia (2019) entitled Populations and Patterns of Residence.
Huw also has a key interest in the education success of Indigenous youths. He is fascinated by the strength of Indigenous culture and the role significant others play regarding Aboriginal student success. Specific research in this area includes quantitative examination of Aboriginal Education Workers play, Indigenous children’s educational aspirations and self-concepts, and the value of maintaining heightened expectations.
Silke is the Head of the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills at Royal Holloway, University of London. The centre brings together expertise in delivering both university preparation programmes to home and international students, and an academic skills programme which aims to enable students, both home and international, to meet key language, literacy and numeracy challenges at undergraduate and postgraduate taught levels. In my role, I have led and shaped the transition of the department from a unit exclusively supporting international students to one providing academic skills support to all students. In her current role, Silke is particularly focussed on developing an infrastructure and activities which encourage students to enhance their acquisition of academic skills, and how this is underpinned by evolving pedagogies. Most recently, this has led to the creation of a Foundation Year for UK students and the development of teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) through a strong commitment to CPD and scholarly activity.
Jacob Prehn is a proud Worimi man living on palawa country. He works as a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Tasmania. He is currently a PhD Candidate exploring the effects of nature-based therapy on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal men. He is a former Acting-CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSHIWA), and a qualified Social Worker and Aboriginal Health Worker.
Jacob’s research field is sociology and social work. His publications comprise quantitative and qualitative datasets, investigating numerous topics including Aboriginal men, children, families and the positive role of Indigenous culture. He also has interests regarding Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous methodologies. Jacob’s research goals are to produce equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Ivan is an educational technology innovator, a leading expert in online education, and an educational adviser for the largest NGO coalition in Ukraine. He is a co-founder of the first and the largest Ukrainian massive open online course platform Prometheus with 600,000 users. In 2019, it hosts more than 75 MOOCs from major Ukrainian universities, international organizations such as UNDP, the Council of Europe, OSCE, and leading companies — Microsoft Ukraine and EY Ukraine. The platform also co-operates with state authorities and the governmental bodies in the creation of a number of massive online courses for civil servants.
At present, Ivan focuses on the development of online courses on the basis of blended education that combine opportunities for mass education, possibilities for the development of individual learning trajectories, and live communication. He is an advocate of the blended learning format being a part of the curriculum.
Ivan has an M.A. in History, and is currently a visiting practitioner, Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program 2018-19, at Stanford University.
Jan has practised as a general practitioner (GP) for 35 years. She has co-led the development of the Launceston Clinical School and continues to lead the learning and teaching aspect of general practice at the Launceston Clinical School since 2004. Her research interests cover health professional education, and the translation of clinical research evidence into practice within general practice. She is currently completing a PhD in education.
Dr Bina Rai
Dr. Bina Rai, a microbiologist, bio-engineer and educator, is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Science and Math Cluster, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She is an educational innovator dedicated to make the classroom environment engaging and interactive. She played an integral role in the curriculum design and development of an integrated Biology and Chemistry freshmore course called “The Natural World.” She is part of a pioneering team that designed, implemented and evaluated a blended learning approach by incorporating flipped classroom with assessment, adapted from Eric Mazur’s Peer Instruction, into the “Introduction to Biology” module. In class, students use the content they had learnt in the flipped classroom to complete various in-class activities that target SUTD’s kinesthetic learners. These hands-on activities include virtual laboratory (VL) and gamified virtual reality (VR) simulations. Bina was a recipient of three pedagogy innovation grants to help fund the above initiatives. As a result of her continued efforts to enhance instruction, learning and assessment, she was awarded the Tertiary Educator of the Year at Edutech (Asia) Awards in 2017. She also has experience in teaching adult learners and is a Fellow of the SUTD Academy since 2019. Bina is the program director for the SUTD-Changi General Hospital (CGH) healthcare collaboration and the special SUTD (Bachelor) – DUKE NUS (MD) track. She coordinates learning activities such as the Innovation in Healthcare Module during the independent activity period (IAP), undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) and industrial attachment (IA) related to the healthcare track with the relevant departments at SUTD and industry.
Mr Duncan Robinson
Mr Duncan Robinson is a Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) candidate at the University of Tasmania, Australia. His research investigates and shares the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students during their university studies, focusing on their participation in formal and/or mandated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. He teaches at the University of Tasmania and is interested in culturally responsive practice and the understanding of cultural diversity and inclusion. Duncan is a proud palawa and boonwurrung man and pays respect to the knowledges that have been passed on by elders past and present. He acknowledges that these have survived despite colonisation and will continue to inform our cultural identity, practice and rights.
Dr Eduard Rubin
Ukrainian scientist, a member of the Academy of Computer Science of Ukraine. Edward Rubin is currently the head of the Center for Testing the Professional Competence of Specialists in Higher Education in the areas of Medicine and Pharmacy under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Previously, he was the chairman of the National University of Radio Electronics and the head of Computer and Technological College (Kharkiv, Ukraine).
As an enterpreneur, Edward was one of the first to attract foreign investments in the Ukrainian IT industry in late 1990s. He became one of the initiators of the Research and Production Center, which was created by a private company together with the National Technical University (Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute) on the basis of a private/public partnership. Later, Edward became a director of Telesens International Ltd. (UK) and the chairman of the board of directors.
He supervises a number of public/private projects in the sphere of adult business education and international programs for talented teenagers (in Ukraine, Israel, and Lithuania). Edward is also a member of the Kharkiv Regional Council, where he represents a Committee on Socioeconomic Development for Regional and International Cooperation.
Dr Jürgen Rudolph
Jürgen is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Partner Liaison with Kaplan Singapore. A passionate educationist, Jürgen has more than 20 years of Higher Education teaching experience. His current focus areas are Knowledge Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Research Methods. Jürgen has four postgraduate degrees: MA & PhD qualifications from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany); an MBA from the University of Louisville (Kentucky, USA); and an M.Ed. from University of Adelaide (Australia); and he also holds a Specialist Diploma in Applied Learning and Teaching from Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. Apart from being a life-long learner, he has also attended the ‘University of Hard Knocks’ and started and managed several SMEs.
Professor Sabu K M
Associate Dean and Professor at Manipal College of Health Professions, MAHE, India, has more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience and served in different academic and administrative positions in the health professional sector. He is involved in many Health Information Management (HIM) professional activities in India and also contributed to several global HIM professional and academic initiatives, including the AHIMA Foundation’s Global Health Workforce Council. He has significantly contributed to the standardization of HIM curriculum as an expert member in the National Curriculum Review Task force for HIM, an initiative of the government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He currently serves as a member of the AHIMA International Advisory Council, USA. He is among the pioneers in establishing HIM education in India and was instrumental in streamlining and enhancing health professions programs at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). He holds a Master of applied science degree in Medical Documentation and a Doctorate degree in Health Information Management.
Dr. Oluwafemi A. Sarumi
Dr. Oluwafemi A. Sarumi is currently a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, the Federal University of Technology–Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science with a specialisation in Data Science. He was awarded the prestigious Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) fellowship for a research visit to the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2018. He won the BIGDAS 2019 Best Paper Award on Big Data Applications and Services. He is a recipient of the Heidelberg Laureate award for an outstanding young scientist in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2020. He is a fellow of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Young Scientists Programme. He received the University award, among others, for the best graduating student in Computer Science when he obtained his first degree in 2007 at FUTA. He has served as the program committee member for many international conferences such as INCoS 2020, INCoS 2019, IEEE Smart-Data 2018, DaWaK 2018, INCoS 2018, ISE-HPCS 2017 and DaWaK 2016. Also, he has several publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals and has served as reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. His overarching research interest is in the area of Data Science, Intelligent Systems, and High Performance Computing. He is a professional member of IEEE computer society and the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM).
Dr Bror Saxberg
As Vice President, Learning Science, Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning – pre-K, K-16, and beyond.
Saxberg most recently served as Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc. where he was responsible for the research and application of innovative evidence-based learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings.
Saxberg received an Honors BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MA in mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
Nilanjana Saxena is a learning design professional, with experience on working on implementing innovative, research informed educational & training delivery solutions in a variety of settings. She started her career as a Chemistry teacher. Her interest in education innovation took her to Australia where she read the Masters in Learning Sciences & Technology from the University of Sydney. Currently, she is working as a Learning Design Professional at a Higher Education Institution in Singapore. Tweet her @NilanjanaSaxena, or contact her via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nilanjanasaxena/
Dr Kathryn Schiffelbein
Kathryn Schiffelbein, Ph.D., directs the American Language and Culture Program at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She studies and practices organizational health and well-being in her international work and in her community. Dr. Schiffelbein can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Jaine Maree Scollard
Jaine Scollard is currently a Senior Educational Technologist in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania. In this role, she advises academic staff on best practice for online unit design, technology innovations in online learning, and helps oversee content implementation within the University’s learning management system. Her research interests include educational design and investigating ways of improving online learning. In addition to her role, she is completing an Honours in Politics and Policy in the College of Arts, Law and Education.
Alevtina is a coordinator of an expert group for educational reform of the Central Reforms Office under the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine. Her major responsibility is to align activities between the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Regional Development, international organizations and NGOs working in the field of education decentralization and capacity building of local self-governments. From 2016-2017 Alevtina was an advisor on education to the Deputy Governor of Kyiv Region State Administration. Previously, she had a teaching experience in the integrated cross-subjects and competencies projects, and career guidance courses for high school students.
Alevtina is a certified MBTI® practitioner, a facilitator, and a business trainer with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, advertisement and management. She is also an author of four compendiums on activities for practicing MBTI® in corporate context.
Her educational background is history, sociology, and psychology. Currently, she is getting her degree in public administration at the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine.
Dr Arthur Shelley
Dr Arthur Shelley is a collaborative community builder, researcher and creative education designer/facilitator with over 30 years of experience across international corporate, government and tertiary education sectors. He has worked with organisations as diverse as NASA, Cirque Du Soleil, Local and National Governments, start-ups, SME’s and multinational corporations. Internationally acknowledged as a knowledge and capability development thought leader, project manager and community builder, he has written three books, several chapters for collaborative book projects and a range of peer reviewed research papers. Arthur is the producer of international events such as Creative Melbourne and AuSKM, a regular international conference speaker, multi-award winning tertiary teacher and a mentor/career advisor and PhD supervisor for candidates in five countries across Asia. Arthur created and facilitated the Executive MBA capstone course at RMIT University in Melbourne at the Graduate School of Business and Law, a project-based learning experience delivered for real business clients. This applied learning experience is based on developing options for genuine client projects in industry and government to improve their productivity. He engages in collaborative research through his role as a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT and was the former Global Knowledge Director of Cadbury Schweppes.
Dr Becky Shelley
Becky Shelley was appointed Deputy Director Aspiration and Attainment at the Peter Underwood Centre in 2016. Becky has a PhD in political science from the University of Tasmania. Becky has twenty years’ experience working at the intersection between research, policy and practice. Becky has experience devising innovative social policies and social programs within government. Becky has provided leadership to the not-for-profit sector, working with peak bodies, in national roles, and leading state operations. Becky has made a contribution to a broad range of committees and advisory bodies including Ministerial Advisory Committees and Taskforces, national and Tasmanian expert advisory groups, and as a company director. Building collaborative partnerships and fostering shared purpose are key elements in her approach.
Prof. Raed M. Shubair
Raed M. Shubair is a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University (NYU), Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also serves as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has been a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at Khalifa University (formerly Etisalat University College), UAE, which he joined in 1993 up to 2017. Prof. Raed Shubair received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (with Distinction and Class Honors) from Kuwait University, Kuwait in June 1989 followed by his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Waterloo, Canada in February 1993. His PhD thesis received the University of Waterloo ‘Distinguished Doctorate Dissertation Award’. He has over 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. He is Regional Director for IEEE in the Middle East and a Founding Member of the IEEE-UAEEE Innovation and Research Program.
Dr Stevphen Shukaitis
Stevphen Shukaitis is Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, Centre for Work and Organization, and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009 he has coordinated and edited Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info). He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009) and The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde (2016), and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.
Professor George Siemens
George Siemens is professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and director of the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia. He is an internationally known author and speaker who has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries. He is also a researcher and theorist in the field of learning, knowledge management, and technology.
George Siemens is recognised for developing the learning theory of connectivism as well as for his pioneering work in learning analytics and the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs). He has continued to develop and deliver MOOCs, including the most recent one on Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives on EdX - that helps instructors in their online delivery in the context of Covid-19.
Dr Jane Skalicky
Dr Jane Skalicky is an Education specialist with a research focus on student learning, engagement and success in higher education. For the past ten years, she has held senior leadership positions at the University of Tasmania with institutional strategic and operational responsibilities in key areas relating to student retention and success. Currently, Jane is Director of the Student Retention and Success portfolio, leading a team of staff and student leaders across the portfolio areas of Student Learning, Equity and Access, and Employability. Within this position, she has used her extensive knowledge of student populations and understanding of factors that impact students’ retention and success to lead the development of key institutional strategies and policies and to establish networked partnerships across the University, to ensure that student support services and programs are relevant to the changing needs of students and curriculum and strategically delivered to areas of most need and impact.
Dr. Caroline Janet Smith
Dr Caroline Smith is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in science education in the School of Education, University of Tasmania. She has qualifications in science, agriculture and education. Her PhD thesis focused on the development of a sense of personal empowerment through learning about permaculture. Currently, she is also working with the University of Queensland in the Pacific region to develop a training program for Plant Health Clinics for agriculture extension workers. Previously, Caroline developed and taught the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education for Sustainability at Swinburne University’s National Centre for Sustainability, and before that, at Australian Catholic University, where she developed Futures Education and Education for Sustainability units at the Masters and Undergraduate level.
Caroline has published widely in the areas of Education for Sustainability, Future Education and Ecospirituality, and co-edited a book on Permaculture Pioneers. She is a current member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Futures Studies and previously, the Editorial Committee of EarthSong Journal. She is a co-recipient of the International Green Gown Award for Learning and Teaching and co-recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation Award for Leadership in Education for Sustainability. Her interests are gardening, permaculture, local food security and climate change action.
Vanessa Stafford is the current Academic Learning Manager at Kaplan Business School. She has been a passionate educator for 20 years – 8 of those within the Kaplan family. Using her Bachelor of Arts, Society, Life and Learning (Macquarie University) and certificate of TESOL (University of NSW), she taught English as an Additional Language for 10 years. This cemented her belief in the importance of student-centred instructional design, effective lesson planning, and clear in-class communication to ensure successful learning outcomes for all students. Using her knowledge from a Masters of Learning Sciences and Technology (Sydney University) and her many years of practical and engaging teaching expertise - in particular, her EAL sensibilities - she now strives to develop other educators’ teaching skills through professional development opportunities. Vanessa is a keen EdTech advocate, with a passion for transforming online learning from passive to active learning experiences. She is also an advocate for syllabi to be developed with Diversity and Inclusion principles as a crucial foundation – especially within multicultural student environments. She is planning to pursue a Doctor of Education in the near future.
Dr Nigel Starck
Dr Nigel Starck (PhD, Flinders University of South Australia) is the author of Life After Death: the art of the obituary; Proud Australian Boy: a biography of Russell Braddon; and The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope’s Australasian odyssey. In addition, he was executive editor of, and a contributor to, the military history anthology Legacies of War. Dr Starck has been extensively published in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to major newspapers, including The Guardian (London), The Age (Australia), The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Canberra Times. He has been keynote speaker at conferences in the US and the UK. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a newspaper editor and television producer, serving also as South-east Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His research interests are: journalism history, military history, the art of biography, and the works of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. Dr Starck was recipient of the Manning Clark Research Fellowship (Canberra 2009) and a visiting scholar at Cardiff University in 2007.
Dr. Michael J.D. Sutton
Dr. Michael Sutton is a game-based learning author, educator, innovative researcher, and edupreneur. Many decades ago, Michael was an entrepreneur and then moved into corporate as a manager, CIO, and executive. Eventually, Michael was invited to achieve his PhD in Knowledge Management from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and graduated at the young age of 57, an exemplar of a lifelong learner. Michael has been an experiential learning educator at a wide range of universities and community colleges. Michael’s current focus is conveying emotional intelligence soft skills by using gamification, serious games, immersive learning environments, and simulations within both institutions of higher education and corporate training and development firms. In late 2019 Michael published and co-authored a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in education: Emotify!: The power of the human element in game-based learning, serious games and experiential education.
Dr. Hazel Tan
Dr Hazel Tan is an academic at the Monash University and part of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Academic Community. Her areas of research and teaching interest are in secondary mathematics education, educational technology, and international comparative studies. Her research methodological expertise is in quantitative and mixed methods and her work on Facebook as a recruitment tool for research has gained academic interest. Before moving into academia Hazel worked as a senior secondary mathematics teacher and head of mathematics department, and as an educational technology officer for the Singaporean Ministry of Education. This prior experience provided a solid foundation for her current academic work.
Dr Samson Tan
Dr Samson Tan is currently Head of the Centre for Innovation in Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE). As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, IT Governance Committee and MOOC Steering Committee, he drives learning innovations and shapes digital learning policies at NIE. He has over 20 years of involvement in education, with a focus in academic professional development and learning innovation. Prior to joining NIE, Samson was responsible for professional development of academic staff and pedagogical innovation at the Republic Polytechnic (RP). He spearheaded RP’s digital learning, design and delivery of e-learning training and collaboration with other institutions.
In his previous role in RP, Samson was responsible for leading the SkillsFuture initiatives, providing research, consultation and training in workplace learning for the Logistics, Hotel and Biomedical sectors. Samson lectured/trained curriculum design and innovation in learning related subjects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. He graduated with a Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2007 and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull. His research interest is in learning innovation and workplace learning.
Samson is a member of the Executive Board of Association for Problem-based and Active Learning (http://www.panpbl.org/about/#board), the Executive Committee of Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS http://eras.org.sg/about-us/executive-committee-current/) and Advisory Board of RMIT School of Engineering, Aviation Industry Advisory Committee, Singapore.
Shannon Tan is the Journal Manager, and also an Associate Editor, of JALT. She holds a Bachelor degree (double major in Psychology and Management) at Murdoch University via Kaplan Higher Education Singapore. She joined Kaplan Singapore and the JALT team as a Research Assistant as of October 2020.
Tan Shao Han
Tan Shao Han. Co-founder of Curious Chimeras. An experienced game master and designer, Shao is the lead architect behind many of the Curious Chimeras games. Curious Chimeras is a Singapore-based design house and gaming consultancy.
Assoc. Professor Tang Mun Leong
Assoc. Professor Tang is currently serving as an Assistant Director and Head of Education and Training in St. Andrew’s Community Hospital. Before devoting his time to serve fulltime in a mission hospital, Assoc. Professor Tang serves as a director of a private nursing college and was lecturing in several universities in Australia and UK. He has published many articles in renowned journals, and his long-standing research interests are in nursing education, assessment, clinical simulation and palliative care. In addition to being a university lecturer, he has conducted leadership training for doctors and nursing leaders from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Hongkong and Taiwan. Currently he is also serving in the Singapore Nursing Board Education Committee which is involved in accreditation of clinical sites and nursing curriculum.
Anne Michelle Todd
Pharmacist educator with interests in medication safety, quality improvement and deprescribing and how this can be taught and modeled in interprofessional learning contexts.
Ian A. Van Deventer
Dr. Van Deventer currently teaches accounting and finance courses at Spalding University. He has been an educator for more than 10 years. Prior to teaching, Dr. Van Deventer worked in the lodging industry in various accounting roles. He also worked as an accountant for a financial services firm before becoming a full-time educator. Dr. Van Deventer possesses an undergraduate degree in German, an MBA in finance, a second MBA in accounting, an ME in online learning, and a PhD in advanced accounting. He is an active CPA and currently pursues research interests related to business education and corporate finance.
Ms Kate Vincent
Ms Kate Vincent is a social worker who has recently completed a PhD project exploring Whiteness within the social work profession, focusing on the practice of white social workers who work with people seeking asylum and people of refugee background. Kate has been part of the teaching team at the University of Tasmania Social Work and Sociology disciplines for several years. She is a director of the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service and is also currently working within the non-government sector. Kate is deeply interested in Critical Whiteness Theory, the critique of how Western framings of knowledge are privileged and how to adopt a decolonising lens in relation to practice, research and education. She is also interested in exploring strategies to build social cohesion and enhancing leadership skill development within recently arrived refugee communities.
Dr Kerry Volansky
Dr. Volansky comes from a strategically diverse background with experience in patient care, teaching, technology, and team leadership. As an entrepreneur, she owned a successful rehabilitation staffing agency for 20+ years that served patients in the greater Cleveland area. She served as an associate professor at the University of Findlay (2001-18) and her efforts played an important role in the development of a hybrid strategic plan, mentorship/coaching of faculty, and training in online instructional design. Currently, she is the Program Director and Clinical Professor for the hybrid DPT Program at Hanover College, a new program in development.
She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Ohio and a healthcare MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. Dr. Volansky completed her Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She recently acquired her Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Findlay with an emphasis in online teaching and learning. Her research interests include online teaching and learning; specifically, the exploration of how to teach “hands-on” skills in an online environment. Dr. Volansky has lectured on numerous topics on a national and local level as an invited speaker and an industry expert.
Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter
Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter is a palawa person descending from the pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the larger Briggs Johnson Tasmanian Aboriginal family. She is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. The centre of Maggie’s intellectual passion are Indigenous statistics and data. She is a founding member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and has published extensively in the field including, Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology and is Co-Editor of Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong, an edited research collection based on a longitudinal study of Indigenous children.
Professor Peter Waring
Professor Peter Waring is Murdoch’s Singapore Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor Transnational Education, based in Singapore. Peter is responsible for advancing the University’s academic and strategic interests in Singapore, Dubai and Myanmar. Peter has previously held academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of NSW (Asia) including the leadership positions of Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Newcastle and Academic Director and Deputy CEO of Newcastle’s Singapore operations. A qualified lawyer, Peter also holds degrees in Commerce and Management. He is the co-author of five books on employment relations and has published more than 100 book chapters and articles in leading international and national journals. His research and teaching interests span the business and law fields of employment relations, human resource management, corporate governance and labour law. In 2011, Peter was a recipient of the Australian Government’s ‘Outstanding Young Alumni Award’ in Singapore. He has lived in Malaysia and Singapore for the past 17 years.
Jane Marie Watson
Professor Emerita Jane Watson has been a tertiary mathematics tutor, pre-service teacher educator, and mathematics education researcher across 48 years at the University of Tasmania. Her main research specialization has been statistics education and her seminal work, “Statistical Literacy of School: Growth and Goals,” was first published in 2006 and republished in 2013. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Life Member of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, a recipient of an Australian Government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week Minister’s Award, and of a Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award. She has been a Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council projects worth more than $3million and has a google scholar h-index of 40. She has been a consultant in Australia and New Zealand on curriculum matters and given over 30 keynote addresses to mathematics teaching and research organizations, both nationally and internationally. She has also written over 40 articles for teachers on various topics for the classroom, including lbw decisions in cricket, fishy statistics, division by zero, estimating the height of a tree, “cheating” partners, and what’s typical in the Melbourne Cup.
Dr Mark Wheaton
Dr Mark Wheaton is responsible for quality and delivery of the Accounting programs for Kaplan Business School (KBS), Australia. Mark’s role with Kaplan is to provide guidance to accounting academic heads, subject coordinators and lecturers. Key to his position is to embrace innovative ideas about the novel ways in which accounting can be more effectively taught.
Prior to working for KBS, Mark had worked in government, industry, private practice and recently academia. During his 35-year career, he has worked as Banker with major Australia banks and self-employed for 10 years. Mark was a co-founder, Chairman and CFO of Valuation Exchange Pty Ltd. Mark directed and implemented strategies that saw Valuation Exchange Pty Ltd developed into the largest mortgage valuation business in Australia. Mark was the Managing Partner of a substantial accounting practice in Australia, and along with one partner, built a comprehensive practice focused on business acquisitions. Mark’s Doctoral dissertation is concerned with accounting education and the need to employ engaging pedagogies. His current research interests are accounting education in Asia. Mark is an avid mountain trekker having walked many parts of the World.
Associate Professor Andrew Dafydd Williams
Associate Professor Williams is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and Director of the University of Tasmania Exercise Clinic. He has extensive experience in the development, and delivery of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology curriculum with a commitment to providing students with authentic interprofessional learning experiences. He has significant research and clinical experience in the assessment and prescription of lifestyle, specifically exercise/physical activity modification in chronic disease and healthy aging with an increasing focus on the translation of clinical guidelines into clinical practice.
Rune Liore Winters
Runa Liore Winters coordinates Applied Learning Assessment for the Office of Applied Learning at UNC Wilmington. As the office’s Social Research Assistant, she is charged with both the oversight of assessment activities, analysis of assessment findings, management of applied learning research, and support of other critical functions within the Office of Applied Learning. Runa holds an M.A. in Criminology from UNC Wilmington and has a background in both qualitative and quantitative research, currently focused on educational research in support of UNCW’s strategic plan and applied learning in general.
Professor Andrew Wood
I joined Portsmouth Business School in January 2018 following sixteen years at the University of Essex where I was Professor of Finance and Director of Education, and before that eight years at London Guildhall University. Prior to entering academia, I worked in a variety of positions including at the National Economic Development Office (NEDO) and the Treasury and Civil Service Committee at the House of Commons.
My academic background is as an economist with specialisms in financial economics and financial management. In the past, I would have described myself as a heterodox economist but I am now best described as a behavioural (financial) economist. A theme throughout my research is how markets actually work in practice – I have applied both qualitative and quantitative methods to addressing this question. This has ranged from exploring how lumpy capacity decisions can be coordinated and whether more or less competition helps to achieve a beneficial outcome, to examining the financial decision making of companies, professional investors and households.
Dr Sam Wu
Dr Sam Wu, a registered nurse by training, currently works as a senior healthcare administrator in one of the largest nursing home operators in Singapore. He holds a doctorate in business administration and serves as an adjunct faculty for several universities in Australia and Europe. Prior to his work at the aged care sector, Dr Sam has served as the Deputy Dean at a private healthcare college and nurse clinician at several major hospitals in Singapore. His areas of interest are in healthcare services management, nursing and clinical education and he now devotes his time to healthcare research, quality and innovation consultancy works for government agencies and academic institutions
Dr Yeap Peik Foong
Dr Yeap holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Northern University of Malaysia, a Master of Business Administration (International Industrial Management) from the University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen, Germany, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.
Dr Yeap is a Senior Lecturer of the University of Newcastle (UON), Singapore campus. He actively publishes in international journals and conferences, and he leads numerous university and national research grants. His research interests include strategic management, teaching and learning, cross- cultural management and interorganisational collaboration. He is currently supervising postgraduate students and he has served as reviewer and international editorial board member for journals, as well as internal and external examiner for postgraduate candidates.
Dr Yeap currently is also the Postgraduate Program Coordinator in UON Singapore. He is committed to establishing collaborative partnerships between universities, government, industry and communities that directly contribute to education, economic and social communities, and environmental and cultural health of Asia.
Alanna Yeo. Co-founder of Curious Chimeras. Alanna supervises the logistics of the Curious Chimeras team and brings together the team into a beautiful, organised whole. Curious Chimeras is a Singapore-based design house and gaming consultancy.
Xi-Wei is the Director and founder of Living Theories, a team of specialists that employ Gamification as a core strategy in maximising Human Engagement experiences. He works extensively with government and corporate organizations to build new programmes and projects to enhance learning procedures, organizational culture and training programmes. He has also spoken in multiple conferences and symposiums on Gamification, and the ability of games to harness human emotions and motivations for the betterment of humanity.
Xi-Wei graduated with an honours degree in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies from Nanyang Technological University, and has over 10 years of experience in Training and Development.
Eric Yeo Zhiwei
Eric is a Lecturer and Academic Partner Liaison with Kaplan Singapore and teaches Economics at the Kaplan Diploma School. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance with RMIT and subsequently, a Master of Education with Monash University, Eric holds a special interest in engaging the unmotivated student to make better life decisions through the use of economic concepts and principles. He enjoys making his students stand up and sit down for in-class activities in order to gauge his students’ willingness to pay for certain items, and asking them to make tough decisions on how they would spend $100,000, a limited resource, if it was given to them. All this done, in the name of learning and understanding Economics.
Sarah Young is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing, College of Health & Medicine, at the University of Tasmania. Her research focus is on incorporating mental wellbeing into a broad range of contexts. She also has interests in public health and higher education curriculum development, and tutors into and develops content for several courses in the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia.
Alexander Ziegler is employed at IBM in the role as Program Director, Business Development for Education. His focus is on taking care of the global education offerings and the strategic development and implementation of new routes to market to drive IBM’s skills into the market.
In addition to his role at IBM, he is also a doctoral student in Business Administration at Edinburgh Napier University. His research is specialised in routes to market for education as well as questions around how to increase product adoption with the right training.
In his free time, Alexander Ziegler is a lecturer at Fresenius University for Applied Science in Köln. He is currently teaching the module “Online Management – Foundations of Digitalization”.
Dr. Raja M. Zuha
Dr. Raja M. Zuha is a senior lecturer and began his career as an academic in 2006. He was also the Head of UKM Forensics (2012-2019) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He obtained his first degree from UKM in Biomedical Science (2003) and conferred Master of Criminal Justice by Universiti Malaya (2006). His doctoral advisor and mentor, Prof. Dr. Baharudin Omar nurtured his interest in the field of forensic entomology as a growing scientist and a lecturer. In 2014, Raja completed his PhD thesis, Bionomics of Forensic Scuttle Flies, which was greatly influenced by the current world’s authority in scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae), Dr. R. Henry L. Disney. In the same year, he flew to University of Cambridge to learn from Henry about scuttle fly and they have collaborated on scientific papers regarding taxonomy and bionomics of forensic scuttle flies which include the discovery of new genus and species. For his effort in recording several novel species from Malaysia, he was honored by having a species named after himself, the Chonocephalus harveyetzuhai. Raja is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, Australia, an associate researcher at the Center for Insect Systematics and Fraser’s Hill Research Center, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM. Other than teaching and conducting research, he provides consultation in many forensic entomology cases, including testimony to the court as an expert witness. His expertise has been featured in NTV7’s The Breakfast Show, TV3’s Buletin Utama and BFM Radio Station. He loves to engage with public through scientific communication about flies and forensic entomology. For the love of flies and passion in macro and close-up photography, Raja founded Lalatologi (www.lalatologi.com) - an initiative to highlight the biodiversity of flies and other insects through research and photography.