Conference Keynotes

Norah McRae

Norah McRae

Associate Provost
Co-operative and Experiential Education
University of Waterloo

Norah McRae, PhD, is Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

In 2017, she was awarded the Donald McLaren Jr. Academic Award from the World Association for professional achievement in co-operative and work integrated education. In 2016, she was awarded the Albert S. Barber award from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for outstanding contributions to the field of co-operative education in Canada and was co-recipient for the BCCIE Award for Outstanding Program in International Education.

Her doctoral research examined conditions that enabled transformative learning during work-integrated education and led to the development of a preliminary theoretical model for learning during work-integrated education. Norah has been published in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, the Asia-Pacific Journal for Co-operative EducationCEIA Journal and The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education.

She is a faculty member for the WACE Planning Institute for Global and Experiential Education and the WACE Assessment Institute. Norah has served as President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and is an Executive member of the World Association for Co-operative and Work-integrated Education Board of Directors.

Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education
Deakin University

Professor Liz Johnson leads Deakin’s ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and our partnership with FutureLearn. Professor Johnson’s portfolio includes Academic Governance and Standards, Cloud Campus, Global Studio, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, and the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE).

Professor Johnson was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning from 2014, leading Deakin Learning Futures and with oversight of the online learning environment, teaching innovation and course development projects and building staff capability for learning and teaching. Professor Johnson has led whole-of-institution curriculum reform projects at Deakin University and La Trobe University and nationally funded projects, most recently Successful WIL in Science, on work-integrated learning in science faculties, funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia and the Department of Education and Training.

Professor Johnson was the founding Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science’s Teaching and Learning Centre. Her leadership has been recognised through a National Teaching Fellowship (2012), national and institutional awards (2006, 2007) and competitive grants (2009 to 2016).

Professor Johnson trained as a plant biochemist and taught university biochemistry for over 30 years. She now researches and publishes in areas associated with work-integrated learning and digital credentialing

Sherman Young

Sherman Young

Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Executive Director of Studios at RMIT Studios responsible for leading learning and teaching strategy, practice and innovation across the university.

Sherman was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and a Professor in the department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Before that he had academic leadership roles in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie where he taught and researched in the area of new media theory and production.

Sherman is the author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book (UNSW Press, 2007), co-author of Media Convergence (Palgrave, 2012) and Beyond 2.0 – the Future of Music (Equinox, 2014) – all of which analyse the impact of new media technologies.

He has a BSc in Design (UNSW), an MA in Media, Technology and Law (Macquarie) and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (UQ). Prior to becoming an academic, Sherman ran a multimedia production company building interactive media for a range of corporate and publishing clients.

Megan Lilly

Megan Lilly

Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

Megan Lilly is the Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and Managing Director of the Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS). In this role Megan is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as member service delivery across the breadth of workforce development. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Services Training Australia, the national industry advisory board for the business services and related industry sectors. Before joining the national board, she held several senior management positions in various Victorian TAFE institutes.

 Ms Lilly is a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee, board member of National Apprentice Employment Network, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, and the Naval Shipbuilding College – Delivery Advisory Committee. Megan was also on the AQF Review Panel. She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council.  Megan also chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21 Century and has presented at international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

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