Conference Keynotes

Megan Lilly

Megan Lilly

Keynote Speaker

Executive Director

Ai Group Centre for Education and Training

Ms Lilly has had an enduring commitment to research, policy and advocacy in education and training.  Over her 30  career, Megan has been consistent in the belief of the capacity of education and training to transform lives.  Megan is currently 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, and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition. 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.

Professor Liz Johnson

Professor Liz Johnson

Panelist

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Deakin University

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic provides strategic leadership for Deakin’s ambitious curriculum reform and management of the student learning experience. 

Professor Liz Johnson leads Deakin’s ambitious Education and Employability strategy, including the drive to premium digital learning and student experience. Professor Johnson’s portfolio includes Indigenous Strategy, Academic Governance and Standards, Graduate Employment, Faculty Services, Student Services, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, and the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). Professor Johnson is also currently leading the restructure of Deakin’s student and faculty administrative divisions. 

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education from 2019-2021, Professor Johnson steered teaching and learning at Deakin through the disruption of the COVID pandemic, building from extensive projects on Deakin’s online learning environment, teaching innovation and course development and 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, including 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, national and institutional awards and competitive grants. 

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

Professor Sherman Young

Professor Sherman Young

Panelist

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Vice-President

RMIT University

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Vice-President is responsible for the Student journey from enrolment to graduation. He leads the Education Portfolio which includes the Students Group, RMIT Library, Academic Registrar’s Group, the Centre for Educational Innovation and Development, the Centre for Academic Quality and Enhancement and RMIT Vietnam’s Student and Academic group.

Sherman was formerly Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Executive Director of RMIT Studios where he was responsible for leading learning and teaching strategy, practice and innovation across the university, including RMIT’s educational response to COVID-19.

Prior to joining RMIT, Sherman was the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and a Professor in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. He held academic leadership roles in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie where he undertook teaching and research in the field of new media theory and production. Sherman’s research focuses on the impact of new technologies on media policy, cultures and industries. That research focus has more recently been applied to the higher educational sector. He 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 technologies. He has published, presented, supervised and peer-reviewed in both Media Studies and Education disciplines.

Sherman has a Bachelor of Science in Design (UNSW), a Masters in Media, Technology and Law (Macquarie) and a doctorate in Media and Cultural Studies (UQ).

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