PresidentDr Caroline Steel
The University of Queensland
Caroline Steel is currently seconded into a position as a Research Fellow in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. Caroline has served as a member of the ascilite Executive since December 2005, became Vice President in 2008 and President in 2011. During her time on the Executive she has been a highly active Executive member who has identified the need for and led and initiated a number of new activities such as the biannual member survey; the webinar series; and the sponsorship portfolio. Caroline was on the organising committee for the annual ascilte conference in 2004 and was a co-host and program chair for ascilite2010 (while also fulfilling her commitments as Vice President). She has also been involved with the Campus Reps program, the Mentoring Program from 2005 to mid 2010 and has written articles for ascilite newsletter.
Caroline has completed her PhD on 'University teacher's pedagogical beliefs, their beliefs about web technologies and their enactment in practice'. She currently conducts research into teacher and learner beliefs, academic and teacher development (with an emphasis on teacher beliefs and technology affordances), and new and emerging technologies. She is interested in a number of research methods and methodologies including concept mapping, stimulated recall and educational design research (design-based research).
Vice President/Executive Officer
University of Wollongong
Dominique Parrish is the Director Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HBS), University of Wollongong. In this role she provides leadership in regard to learning and teaching and is focused on the enhancement of student engagement and experience. As a consequence of the introduction of a new LMS at the University of Wollongong, Dominique's role will have a significant focus on eLearning and the use of technologies in the delivery of courses and subjects.
Prior to joining the ascilite executive, Dominique was responsible for the management of the ascilite Secretariat (2008-2010) and in 2010-2011 held the role of ascilite Executive Manager. These roles have provided Dominique with a sound understanding of the operational and aspirational goals and activities of ascilite. Moreover, she has been involved in the development/organisation and implementation of the ascilite strategic plan, member survey, fortnightly bulletin and 2010 conference. She has also developed a good working knowledge of all of the ascilite budgetary processes.
Dominique's research interests outside of learning, teaching and student experience include emotional intelligence, job satisfaction and leadership in higher education. Dominique's PhD focused on the influences and interrelationships of emotionally intelligent leadership in higher education and how best emotionally intelligent leadership in higher education can be developed. Dominique's other research interests include innovative and transformational pedagogy for learning and new and emerging technologies.
From 2005-2011, Dominique ran her own consultancy business. In this role she managed 3 ALTC projects including one on behalf of ascilite focusing on User Needs for the Carrick Exchange 2006-2008. She has worked with lecturers and subject coordinators to develop flexibly delivered and fully online courses and subjects. She has developed resources for use in tertiary subjects and courses and been involved in numerous organisation, department and programme evaluations and strategic planning initiatives. Prior to running her own business Dominique was the Marketing Manager for a professional sporting team. This role involved responsibilities associated with advertising, promotions, public relations, media and sponsorship.
Mark Brown is currently the Director, Teaching, Learning and Distance Education at Massey University. His current role includes responsibility for teaching and learning strategy and policy, which encompasses the area of technology-enhanced learning. Over the last three years Mark has played a lead role in the implementation of a major digital teaching and curriculum renewal initiative at Massey.
He is widely published in the area of blended and distance education and serves on several international journal editorial boards. His research interests include both the areas of technology-enhanced learning and higher education more generally.
He is a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence and past recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching. Mark serves on the executive of DEHub and the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ).
He is well connected to a number of other professional communities, including the Association of Learning Technology (ALT) in the United Kingdom and the National University Technology Network (NUTN) in the United States.
Philip Uys is the Director, Strategic Learning and Teaching Innovation in the Division of Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) at Charles Sturt University.
Philip directs the evaluation and implementation of educational technology towards learning and teaching innovation for both distance and on-campus students at CSU - see www.csu.edu.au/division/landt/resources/resources.htm
Philip serves on the editorial panels of a number of national and international journals. He has experience in knowledge management, implementation of educational technologies and information and communication technologies (ICTs); the majority of this experience was gained as a practitioner but Philip was also a senior lecturer for a number of years. He has worked both in developing settings (Botswana and South Africa) and in developed environments (New Zealand and Australia).
Philip's post-graduate qualifications are in communications; educational technology; university leadership and management; information management and tertiary teaching. Philip's expertise, professional and research interests are in:
More information is available at www.globe-online.com/philip.uys
Queensland University of Technology
Elizabeth (Liz) Greener has worked as a manager in the field of promoting effective use of educational technologies in higher education for ten years; previously working as a secondary teacher and professional development manager in several parts of Australia and internationally. Currently Liz manages the Learning Design group at QUT, her role has recently included establishing faculty based programs supporting the implementation of blended learning approaches, managing and delivering QUT Innovation Forums, piloting approaches for crowd sourcing ideas on innovation and convening the ACODE 53 Workshop. Liz has also directed major flexible learning projects and programs, including being seconded to the ALTC where she developed strong understandings of the important role ascilite and other national and international bodies can play in supporting and informing the strategic directions of organisations.
More broadly Liz contributes to improving educational outcomes; including by having participated in a donor evaluation visit to CARE International education projects in Cambodia and being part of International School accreditation teams. Her doctorate, commencing in 2011, will explore leadership practice. Liz's qualifications in education, project management and leadership provide her with a foundation for effective practice in her professional role.
Liz's recent career highlights include winning several QUT based and National awards including an individual performance and team award, eLearning Services QUT 2010, Director of Business Flexible Learning Initiative; recipient of team award, TALSS, QUT 2009, University Excellence in Teaching Award 2006 IRIS (Introduction to Research for International Students Program), and being coordinator of the ATN LEAP Program awarded a Carrick Award for Programs that Enhance Learning 2007.
Oriel Kelly has been teaching and managing in the area of learning technology for most of her academic career, both as a secondary teacher and, for the last 20 years, in the polytechnic sector. As such Oriel brings a polytechnic/TAFE voice to the ascilite Executive at a time when the reach of ascilite is expanding from its traditional university base into the tertiary sector as a whole, and increasingly, international membership. She was a winner of a New Zealand Ministry of Education Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (for Innovation) in 2002.
Oriel most recently worked in a unit which supports the deployment of technologies for teaching and learning. This unit worked across the institute in a staff development role but also produced a number of the resources that staff make use of. The importance of a society such as ascilite, in the current environment, as a means of sharing good practice and maintaining a sustainable, useful learning community is critical and Oriel contributes proactively in this network. Her teaching and research interests include teaching with learning technology, staff development (particularly with regard to the appropriate use of learning technologies), curriculum re-design and pedagogy incorporating learning technologies.
Oriel is passionate about the possibilities technology can bring to tertiary teaching and particularly in a multi cultural environment.
Shirley Reushle is the Associate Director of the Digital Futures Institute, a futures-oriented research Institute at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Shirley is involved in research and development and their direct translation and adoption into practice with a particular focus on digital communities. She has taught online in Higher Education contexts for fifteen years and her doctoral research was in transformative approaches to professional development for online educators. She regularly consults and conducts workshops in designing and facilitating online learning and has authored and co-authored articles on the future of Higher Education, transformative learning, online learning design and the creation and evaluation of learning spaces.
Shirley has held a senior lecturer position in the USQ Faculty of Education, Program Co-ordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, and the position of Principal Advisor, Learning and Teaching, with the USQ Division of ICT Services. At USQ, she is a member of Academic Board (and its Executive Committee), the USQ Learning and Teaching Committee and USQ's Teaching Academy, and leads the Community Mentoring Program for ascilite. Shirley regularly reviews papers for journals (AJET, JLD, SLEID, IJPL) and conferences (iPED, CATaC, ascilite).
See http://sreushle.wordpress.com/ for further information.
Senior Education Specialist
Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL)
National University of Singapore
Alan has been working in the area of professional development and the use of ICT for teaching and learning in higher education since 2002. In his current position, Alan plans and coordinates for the Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPDP) which aims to enhance the teaching quality of faculty in the university, apart from conducting staff and student workshops on various pedagogy and learning issues. Due to his passion in enhancing learning and teaching with technologies, he recently collaborated with his colleagues in designing online modules on effective communication for students to access. Alan also provides leadership to the publication team which produces books and newsletters (including online versions) which deliberate on teaching and learning issues, and discuss various topics on pedagogy such as classroom practices and the use of technologies for teaching and learning.
Alan's research interest includes professional development in higher education (including the appropriate use of learning technologies), blended learning and transformational pedagogies. His most recent publication includes co-authoring a book chapter on mentorship in teacher training:
Chng, H. H., & Soong, S. K. A. (2012). Mentorship in teacher training: A preliminary review of a professional development programme for tertiary teachers in Singapore. In E. Simon & G. Pleschová G. (Eds.), Teacher development in higher education existing programs, program impact, and future trends. (pp. 71-85). New York, NY: Routledge.
Alan was the co-chair for ascilite 2007 which was held in Singapore, and also served as part of the international judging panel for ascilite award 2008.
Lecturer, ICT Education
University of New England, Armidale
Sue has been a lecturer in Information Communication Technology (ICT) Education at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, since 2006. She is a long term adult educator having begun teaching adults in 1989 and she now coordinates four ICT education units and teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Sue has attended ascilite conferences since 2009 and sees her position on the ascilite executive as an opportunity to give back to her community.
In 2007 Sue became aware of, and interested in, how adults engage with their learning in a virtual world. At this time she created a space for students in Second Life to attend weekly sessions so that they could think about using a virtual world as future educators, with their students. This led her to begin researching virtual worlds as an educational space. Since this time, she has been a lead on an OLT grant exploring virtual professional experience (2011 to 2012 - VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers) and the recipient of an OLT citation award (2012) for "the innovative adaptation and expansion of virtual world technology to enhance learning and teaching in education and across disciplines". She is also part of an OLT team exploring problem solving, of which her component is the use of a virtual world for problem solving (2011 to 2013).
In early 2012 she became a co-mentor on the ascilite Community Mentoring Program where she has been working with Philip Uys to mentor people from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Her project is called "Conducting and reporting on educational technology research for wider institutional purposes". The group wrote a paper for ascilite 2012 that included most of the mentees and this is the first time they were published.
Sue is currently the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working (VWWG) group which she began in November 2009. Since their initial meeting of 10 people, there are now over 190 members of the group. From this group, they have published several joint papers and five members of the VWWG produced a scoping study titled "A systematic review and environmental analysis of the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education institutions", the 179 page report will be available soon. Four members VWWG are also Editors of a two volume book titled "Virtual worlds in online and distance education" of which Sue is the Chief Editor.
Since attending her first ascilite conference in 2009, Sue has presented papers every year, and several since 2010 as co-author. She has also conducted symposiums, displayed posters and been part of the ascilite community mentoring program.
Managing Director, NetSpot Pty. Ltd.
Allan Christie is the Managing Director and founder of NetSpot Pty Ltd. NetSpot is an eLearning technology services partner to educational institutions throughout the Australasian region. NetSpot is an official Moodle partner in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong and is also an official Mahara partner in the region.
Allan is a former senior academic who completed his post-graduate study in the evaluation of educational technologies and then established NetSpot in 1998. In 2003 Allan was awarded a Fellowship and life membership of ascilite for his services to the Society over an extended period.