And the keynote speakers are…

By now you will have heard that the 2020 BJBS L&T Symposium will be online. In light of that move, we recently made the decision to deliver the event over 3 consecutive mornings, which means that we’ll be kicking off at 9 am on a Wednesday (2 September) rather than the traditional Thursday lunchtime. The details (including sign up and login) will be nailed down soon but I can tell you that day 1 will kick off with our keynote speakers and a panel, followed by our Unsymposium. Day 2 is all about our elective workshops, which will look a little differently this year and not just because they are online, and Day 3 will be a closing plenary session.

Our theme for this year’s symposium is ‘the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in a digital world. To help us wrestle that through systematically I’m very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers and their broad topics:

Deb Clarke on the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Deb is an Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University and Executive Officer of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), overseeing their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) modules. She teaches in a range of undergraduate courses and supervises Honours and PhD students. Deb has worked at five NSW tertiary institutions and was a Health and Physical Education teacher and Faculty Director in NSW secondary schools. Deb was an author of the Personal and Social Capacity General Capability of the Australian Curriculum, and author of the NSW Board of Studies Years 7-10 and Stage 6 PDHPE syllabuses

Tim Gentle on the practice of technology-enabled learning and teaching

Founder and Director of Think Digital, an advocate for regional, rural and remote Australia, Tim’s specialty is “Immersive Technologies in Agriculture”. He has created #FarmVR and #FarmAR – Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality farming experiences to help educate people where their food comes from, inspire them to consider agriculture as a career pathway, and improve productivity in the supply chain.

He has over 20 years of experience in marketing and the digital world. Tim’s energy, enthusiasm, and industry knowledge has been shared in well over 2,000 workshops both internationally and across Australia. Tim has also architected over 1,000 websites for an array of customers.

Tim’s #ThinkDigitalCoach is a hi-tech 14-metre classroom on wheels, that travels throughout Australia providing digital education, experiences, and education. Tim’s mission is to build the digital skills and confidence of those he meets and his vision is to help bridge the digital divide between the city and country.

Carolyn Childs on education developing the skills required for the future

Carolyn has spent more than 30 years helping businesses achieve their goals by using research and other evidence to guide strategy and planning – mainly in the aviation, travel, and tourism fields.  She has worked in more than 35 countries on every inhabited continent and brings a detailed understanding of customers and how to connect with them.

As well as running her own businesses, she has worked for organisations such as the International Air Transport Association, Kantar (the world’s largest custom research company) and the Travel Research Centre.  Her blue-chip clients include Tourism Australia, TurEspana (Spanish national tourism organisation), Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Emirates.

Her passion is making a difference and she does this by making research accessible and business-focused. She co-created Domesticate™ (now owned by Kantar) – one of the industry’s most respected sources of strategic direction for the Australian domestic tourism market. She also set up MyTravelResearch.com in 2011 to help fulfill this passion by making the tools, approaches, and insights accessible to everyone.