Keynote: Professor Claire Macken

Professor Claire Macken is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) in the College of Business and Law at RMIT University in Australia.  Prior to this appointment, Claire was Director of Future Learning at RMIT Online.  She has previously held roles as a Director of Education at KPMG, and also at Apple, leading Higher Education and Industry. Claire held various senior roles in Australian Universities, including as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Future Learning) and Director of Online and Blended Learning at La Trobe University, and as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Law at Deakin University.  Claire is a nationally-award winning teacher, with an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence, and an Australian Citation for her work in relation Student Engagement.  Claire holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees with Honours and is the author of nine books and multiple book chapters and journal articles in both law and education.

Connected in a disrupted world: strategies for engagement in learning between learners, teachers and industry

In this keynote presentation hear an optimistic view as to the future of learning and teaching in higher education.  In response to an unanticipated circumstance, educators and institutions have successfully adopted new approaches that challenge traditional ways of learning, engagement and assessment.  Higher education is in the midst of a wonderful opportunity to reimagine the physical and virtual learning environments for learning moving forward – with new student spaces (online and in person) to facilitate new ways of on-campus connection, collaboration and teaching and learning practices.  In this presentation we will discuss how learner, industry and teacher interactions can create a transformative approach to learning and teaching, to allow higher education to reimagine its future.