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Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers are from two islands and two continents

Emeritus Professor Mick Healey
Professor Jito Vanualailai
Associate Professor Sylvia Tiala
Professor Phil Levy

Emeritus Professor Mick Healey

Mick Healey

Mick Healey is a HE Consultant and Researcher and managing director of Healey HE Consultants. He holds an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Until 2010 he was Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Gloucestershire. He is also a Visiting Professor at University College London, UK and The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, Canada.

Mick has particular interests in linking teaching and research, engaging students in research and inquiry, students as partners, scholarship of teaching and learning, and bringing about change in curricula. He was co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (2010-13) and the International section of the US-based Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly (2009-16). He is a founding co-editor of the International Journal for Students as Partners, which will publish its first issue in 2017. Mick is a frequent visitor to Australia and has presented at two-thirds of Australian universities.

Professor Jito Vanualailai
Jito Vanualailai

Professor Jito Vanualailai obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kobe University, Japan, in 1994, after which he joined the School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he is now an associate professor. Dr. Vanualailai is also the University's Director of Research, supporting the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & International) in developing and directing initiatives that promote excellence in research aligned to the University’s strategic research objectives.

One of the current initiatives is the implementation of the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework across the University's academic programmes. Initiated in 2012, the RSD implementation involves the training of course coordinators, the revision of course assessments to integrate research literacy and skills, and the development of the RSD marking rubrics in courses. From 2017, the focus will be away from courses and towards programmes in order to ensure a more cohesive implementation of the RSD.

Associate Professor Sylvia Tiala
Sylvia Tiala

Sylvia is in Teaching, Learning and Leadership, College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Stout, USA. Sylvia has taught high school technology education in both urban and rural school districts for 20 years. In that context she developed a process-based curriculum framework utilized in cross-curricular, inquiry-based, courses such as “Engineering and Problem Solving” and “Aerospace”. She has taught for 10 years in Higher Education and currently teaches subjects related to education disciplines with a focus on preparing pre-service STEM education teachers.

Sylvia leads the Research Skill Development Framework Community of Practice (CoP) at UW-Stout in collaboration with the Nakatni Teaching and Learning Center including a blog, developing RSD CoP manual, organizing workshops, promoting the RSD framework across campus, researching “Stages of Concern” as part of CoP implementation. She is actively exploring ways to overlay the Clinical Reflective Skills framework in pre-service and in-service teacher preparation; utilizing the RSD framework to overlay on process-based curriculum framework for STEM education and digital fabrication applications suitable for use in K-16+ settings.

Professor Phil Levy
Phil Levy Philippa joined the University of Adelaide as Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Learning in April 2015. Also in 2015, she was appointed Visiting Professor at the Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, UK.

Phil previously was Deputy Chief Executive, and Director of Academic Practice, of the UK’s body for the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education, the Higher Education Academy (HEA). At the HEA she led national enhancement strategy and services, including commissioned educational research, across all academic disciplines and in a range of thematic areas such as employability, internationalisation, student retention and success, flexible learning, online learning and ‘students as partners’. She also led the HEA’s work on a range of national strategic projects in areas including grade point average, teaching excellence, learning gain and college-based higher education.
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