Elected Executive Committee members oversee ascilite business with support from a Secretariat service. The Executive is committed to the vision, mission and strategic aims of ASCILITE and the ascilite community. We welcome your feedback and ideas via the contacts page or through our social media channels.
Dr Dominique Parrish
University of Wollongong
Dominique is currently the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong. Her previous role was Director of Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Wollongong. In both these roles she has played a central role in delivering excellence in learning and teaching across the Faculty and giving effect to the UOW’s Strategic Goal, ‘Learning and the Student Experience’. Dominique has responsibility for the faculty wide leadership and management of: academic quality and standards both onshore and offshore; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum; the Student Experience and Social Inclusion & Outreach initiatives. An integral part of her role is championing and advancing the educational outcomes of the Faculty. The introduction of a new Learning Management System at the University of Wollongong has required Dominique to play a significant role in promoting the innovative use of emerging technologies in the delivery of courses and subjects.
Dominique was responsible for the management of the ASCILITE Secretariat 2008-2011 and in 2010-2011 held the role of ASCILITE Executive Manager. She served as the Treasurer of ascilite in 2012 and Vice-President in 2013. In 2013 Dominique lead the ASCILITE/NATA initiative that sought to develop a guide to support and advance network engagement for members of professional associations and networks in the digital age.
Prior to commencing work at the University of Wollongong in August 2011, Dominique ran her own consultancy business for 6 years. In this role she managed 3 ALTC projects including one on behalf of ASCILITE focusing on User Needs for the Carrick Exchange 2006-2008. She has worked with lecturers and subject coordinators to translate face to face learning content into a completely online delivery mode and also developed resources for tertiary subjects and courses. Additionally, Dominique has been involved in numerous organisation, department and programme evaluations and strategic planning initiatives. Prior to running her own business Dominique was the Marketing Manager for a professional sporting team. This role involved responsibilities associated with advertising, promotions, public relations, media and sponsorship. Dominique’s research interests outside of learning, teaching and student experience include emotional intelligence, job satisfaction and leadership in higher education.
Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland
Helen is an Associate Professor (Digital Futures) at the Australian Digital Futures Institute currently leading the HEPPP-funded Making the Connection project which is introducing digital technologies into correctional centres to increase access to higher education for prisoners. She also was a project leader within the USQ-led Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project with the Australian National University and the University of South Australia. Her project developed a Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework. She was the project lead of the Office for Learning and Teaching-funded ‘From Access to Success’ project which developed an internet-independent version of Moodle that enables electronic access to course materials and activities for those students without internet access.
Helen has many years’ experience as an educator in Higher Education and as a researcher of educational technology. Her research interests are focused around the use of mobile technologies, virtual worlds and using technology to promote participation in Higher Education.
She has been an Associate Editor of ASCILITE’s Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for over two years and an ASCILITE mentor in the community mentoring program for the past three years.
Blackboard Australia Pty Ltd
Allan Christie’s current role is Vice-President, eLearning, Blackboard APAC. With over 30 years of experience as both an academic and industry leader in the area of eLearning, he has taken on a “thought-leadership” role in the region which includes conference presentations, panel membership, industry association involvement and business development. Prior to his role in Blackboard, Allan was the founder of an eLearning company, NetSpot which was recognised as a BRW Fast 100 company in 2009 and 2011 before it was acquired by Blackboard Inc. in March 2012.
Allan holds a Masters (Research) degree in the area of the evaluation of educational technologies in teaching and learning and as a senior academic at the University of South Australia he was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 for his work in this area.
In 2003, Allan was awarded a Fellowship and life membership of ASCILITE for his services to the Society over an extended period. Allan was co-opted to the ASCILITE Executive Committee because of his specialised expertise and knowledge before filling the role of Treasurer in 2015.
Chris is passionate about the pedagogical use of new and emerging technologies in Education (K12 and Higher Education). Prior to moving to Griffith University as a Lecturer in Learning Innovation in January 2017, Chris lectured in digital technologies at the University of Queensland and before that at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) and La Trobe University (Bendigo). Her current research focus is on mobile learning and using new technologies, particularly in her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. With this focus, she investigates the integration of ICTs as a learning tool into learning designs and pedagogical approaches, e.g. virtual worlds, mobile augmented reality and gamification as well as active learning.
Chris has also conducted studies around the use of technologies that at the time were emerging such as interactive whiteboards, iPods/iPads, student learner response systems as well as social media for learning and teaching.
Chris has been an active member of the ascilite community for quite a few years now and regularly attends ascilite conferences. She was an ascilite campus representative at both La Trobe University and Notre Dame and gained a rich professional experience by participating in the ascilite mentoring program. She believes that ASCILITE is an extremely high quality professional Society and is keen to contribute more toward it as a member of the Executive. With the executive Chris has portfolios that include special interest groups and communication.
Auckland University of Technology
Mark is currently the Acting Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at AUT, with an accompanying role as Learning Technologies Manager. He has fifteen years’ previous experience as a High School teacher, followed by ten years as a staff professional developer at Unitec, Auckland, before his current thirteen-year tenure at AUT.
Mark has contributed in a variety of ways to the ASCILITE community, including being an organising member for both Auckland ASCILITE conferences (2002 and 2009) and participating in four mentor partnerships, and has attended all conferences but one since 2000.
The rapidly changing landscape of smart mobile devices and the increasing availability and expectations of students for rich, engaging content present many functional and pedagogical challenges for academic staff. Mark’s particular passion is to develop systems and support that ease the interface between teaching and technology for both academic staff and students, seeing the future of Higher Education as a partnership between the two groups.
Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning, National University of Singapore
Alan is an Associate Director at the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning, National University of Singapore. He has been working in the area of academic development and the pedagogical use of digital technologies in higher education since 2002. One key initiative that Alan is currently involved in is collaborating with faculty to redesign existing courses for blended learning through an evidence-based approach and to help them maximise the affordances of digital technologies to foster active learning. Alan’s research interest includes academic development in higher education and blended learning.
Alan was first involved with ASCILITE as co-chair of ASCILITE2007 which was held in Singapore, and subsequently served as part of the international judging panel for ASCILITE award 2008. Since that time, Alan has sought every opportunity to attend the ASCILITE conference and be part of this exciting community. He has been serving as an ASCILITE Executive since 2012 and leading a team to organise the Ascilite Live! Webinar series since 2013. Aside from working on the Ascilite Live! Webinar series, Alan has also served as a mentor under the ASCILITE’s Community Mentoring Program (CMP).
Dr Sue Gregory
University of New England
Sue is an Associate Professor, Chair of Research and member of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) team in the School of Education at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale. She is a long term adult educator having begun teaching adults in 1989 and coordinates ICT education units in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and coordinates all HDR students. Sue deals with all the research within the school. In 2007, Sue became aware of, and interested in, how adults engage with their learning in a virtual world. At this time she created a space for students in Second Life to undertake virtual world activities. This led her to begin researching virtual worlds as an educational space and complete her doctorate on this topic.
Since this time, she has been a lead on an OLT grant exploring virtual professional experience (2011 to 2012) through VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers. She is the recipient of an OLT citation award (2012) for “the innovative adaptation and expansion of virtual world technology to enhance learning and teaching in education and across disciplines”, and three other OLT grants. She is currently the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working (VWWG) group which she began in November 2009.
In early 2012 Sue became a co-mentor on the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program. Sue now chairs the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program and ASCILITE Awards. Since attending her first ASCILITE conference in 2009, Sue has presented papers every year. She has also conducted symposiums, displayed posters and been part of the ascilite Executive since 2012.
Dr Julie Willems holds qualifications in Nursing, the Humanities, and Education. She has worked across the Australian education sectors, and since 2004, has specialised in higher education. Her current position is as a Senior Lecturer in RMIT’s central unit, the Learning & Teaching Academy.
Julie’s research interests include the promotion of educational and digital equity as social justice issues, in addition to the media and technology of formal and informal learning (including social media). She was a recipient of the auDA Foundation’s national 2011 research grant for the i-Survive Project investigating the use of ‘back channel’ communications via mobile technologies and social media during Australian emergencies and disasters.
Julie has a community focus and has actively served on a number of committees and boards over the course of her career, such as on the national Executive of the Open and distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) (2011 – 2014). Julie is currently in her second term on the national Executive for ASCILITE (2015 – ). Julie has been a foundational member of a number of higher education conference committees, including ASCILITE’s 2018 conference organising committee which will be held in Geelong, Victoria, at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus.
University of Southern Queensland
Hazel is an Educational Designer in the Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Southern Queensland.
Hazel has worked in similar roles to her current one in higher education institutions across Australia for over 15 years. She joined ASCILITE in 2008 and has attended, presented at, and reviewed submissions for, many conferences over the last ten years. During this time she has also been involved in the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program, first as a Mentee and then as a Mentor. In 2017, she was heavily involved with ASCILITE events, taking on the role as co-facilitator for the Learning Analytics Special Interest Group, attending the Spring into Excellence Research School, and acting as a member of the Organising Committee for the 2017 ASCILITE conference.
Hazel undertook her PhD in the field of Learning Analytics, using the Behaviour Change Wheel to design an adoption strategy for Learning Analytics at our university. In addition to her ASCILITE conference papers, sbe has a range of publications including a journal article, two chapters in an edited book and co-editor of a book on mobile learning. All of these are in the field of online and blended learning and many are the result of successful collaborations with academic staff with whom she worked on projects to enhance student experiences.
Her contributions to the field of Technology enhanced learning have been recognised in a number of ways recently including attendance and scholarship for the Doctoral Consortium at LAK16, (Learning Analytics & Knowledge) conference in Edinburgh, Scotland; winner of Best Concise Paper Award at ASCILITE 2016 conference; and recently awarded a Designing with OER (DOER) Fellowship by the Open Education Group.
Mark Schier (Co-opted Member)
Swinburne University of Technology
Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Swinburne University of Technology.
He is an educator with many years of experience and his educational research interests are around adapting technology to promote and improve student learning and engagement. He holds a Grad Cert in Learning and Teaching and won an ALTC citation for contributions to student learning in 2009.
Mark has PhD in neuroscience, and his current discipline research interests are in the area of human sensory system measurements. This provides some challenges to adapting technological tools, but the possibilities are huge.
Mark has been an ASCILITE member since 2005 and tries to attend as many of the annual conferences as possible. He was an ASCILITE mentee in 2007, and strongly recommends this program to others. He is new to the ASCILITE executive in 2017.