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, through our social media channels or via the email addresses below.
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. Prior to be elected as President, Chris’s portfolios on the Executive included special interest groups and the TELall blog.
Sue is an Associate Professor and Head of School, School of Education, at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale. She is a long-term adult educator having begun teaching adults in 1989. Sue has previously Chair of Research in the school and member of the ICT team. She has coordinated ICT education units in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and coordinated all HDR students. 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 was 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 four other OLT grants. She is also part of a team on a USA National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. 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. Since attending her first ASCILITE conference in 2009, Sue has published papers, conducted symposiums, displayed posters and been part of the ASCILITE Executive since 2012. Prior to being elected as Vice President, Sue chaired the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program and ASCILITE Awards.
Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Swinburne University of Technology with many years experience as an educator. 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’s PhD is 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. Mark joined the ASCILITE Executive in 2017 and became Treasurer in late 2018.
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.
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 third term on the Executive. Julie has been a foundational member of a number of higher education conference committees, including ASCILITE’s 2018 conference organising committee which was held in Geelong, Victoria, at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus.
Hazel is the Learning and Teaching Consultant (Curriculum) in the Griffith Business School, based on the Gold Coast campus.
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 as a member of the Organising Committee for the 2017 ASCILITE conference.
Hazel is undertaking her PhD in the field of Learning Analytics, using the Behaviour Change Wheel to design an adoption strategy for Learning Analytics to encourage individual staff to use Learning Analytics to inform and enhance their teaching practice. In addition to her ASCILITE conference papers, she has a range of publications including two 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.
Thomas Cochrane (PhD) is an Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer in educational Technology at Auckland University of Technology’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) and he has been an active member of ASCILITE since 2003 and ALT since 2009. In 2011 Thomas received an ASCILITE Fellow award. Thomas is also one of the first SCMALT holders – Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (2018).
Thomas is also an AJET Associate Editor, and an editorial board member of RLT, BJET, and IJMBL and special issue guest editor of AJET and RLT. He is the coordinator of the ASCILITE Mobile Learning Special Interest Group. He is a regular reviewer for a number of educational technology journals including: CAE, BJET, AJET, CHB, IJMBL, JCHE, UAIS, and TLT, and received a top 1% reviewer on Publons in 2018.
In 2017 Thomas established the SOTEL Research Cluster, facilitating a research hub for Design Based Research and the inaugural annual SOTEL Symposium.
In 2017 he was a member of the team winning the AUT Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence, Teaching Innovation Award. He also established the CMALT cMOOC to support CMALT accreditation internationally.
His research interests include mobile learning, social media in education, communities of practice, and the scholarship of technology enhanced learning (SOTEL). His PHD thesis was titled: “Mobilizing Learning: Transforming pedagogy with mobile web 2.0”. Thomas has managed and implemented over 50 mobile learning projects, with a focus upon mlearning as a catalyst to enable student-generated content and student-generated learning contexts, bridging formal and informal learning environments. He was co-lead of the AKO Aotearoa funded 2-year national project NPF14LMD Learners and Mobile Devices. Thomas has a peer-reviewed research portfolio spanning 49 journal articles, 31 book chapters, and over 140 conference proceedings. He received best paper awards at ASCILITE 2009, ALT-C 2011, ALT-C 2012.
He has been invited to keynote at several international educational technology conferences including: 2012 Australian Moodle Moot, 2012 m-Libraries conference in the UK, the launch of UWS massive iPad project in February 2013, 2014 IBSA VET Practitioners Conference in Melbourne, and was an invited speaker at EdMedia2014 (Tampere, Finland). He was an Educator In Residence at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University in 2015 and 2017. Thomas was an invited keynote at University of Western Australia’s Mlearning Summit in September 2016.
Sandy is a Lecturer and Digital Learning Leader in the School of Management at the UniSA Business School, having joined the school in 1998. As the Digital Learning Leader she takes responsibility for working with academic colleagues to ensure a high standard of digital resources for all students studying courses from the School of Management. As a lecturer Sandy is involved in teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate students in both Australia and Hong Kong, as well as coordinating course work placements for final year undergraduates.
Sandy has a PhD (Business), Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning), Graduate Certificate in Education (University Teaching), and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry). Her PhD investigated the management of end-user computing and end-user development of small-scale information systems. In education, Sandy has a research interests in experiential learning with a focus on work placements, graduate qualities/enterprise skills, learning analytics, flipped and blended learning, business simulations and role play. All courses that she teaches have an experiential component with associated authentic assessment to ensure students are ready for the professional world as soon as they graduate.
Sandy’s affiliation with ASCILITE commenced at the 2002 Auckland conference whe she first became a member. She has been a campus representative for many years, was Convenor for the 2016 ASCILITE conference and on the organising committee of the 2003 ASCILITE conference held in Adelaide. Her interest in the use of technology in teaching and learning has been sparked by her involvement in the ASCILITE community having attended all but one conference since 2002 and this has culminated in her completion of the inaugural cohort of the Grad Dip (Digital Learning). As a recent attendee to the Spring into Excellence Research School, Sandy intends to increase her research into TEL and would like to continue to be involved in this excellent initiative.
Sandy brings to the ASCILITE Executive her considerable teaching experience with the intention of raising the profile of ASCILITE and its excellent initiatives. She hopes to work with the executive to achieve a mutual sharing of knowledge and experience across the borders through webinars and shared resources for international scholars in the field. In addition she hopes to maintain the enthusiasm that she experiences within the ASCILITE community and promote this with colleagues, in particular the research and conference aspects of the community.
Associate Professor Michael A. Cowling is an award-winning technology educator and technology communicator with a keen interest in mixed reality education, computer science / technology education, and information technology in society. He is currently an Associate Professor in Information & Communication Technology at CQUniversity Australia, and is the founder of The CREATE Lab, which focuses on collaborative research and engagement around technology and education (www.thecreatelab.org). He holds an Australian Government National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and is an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, as well as a previous partner in an Australian Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) Innovation & Development grant and an ASCILITE Community Fellow.
His other appointments include as a consulting expert in information technology for the Australian Tertiary Education & Quality Standards Association (TEQSA), and an assessor for the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT). His workshop series “Weaving Technology into the Fabric of the Classroom” has provided training for over 200 Queensland teachers on innovative technology, and as a CSIRO STEM Professional in Schools he presents technology to students as part of the Queensland state member of parliament supported “Professor Tech” program, and has written opinion pieces for national publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, and the Brisbane Times.
A/Prof. Cowling has published at the ASCILITE conference every year since 2015. He has also published in the ASCILITE journal, AJET, and is an experienced ASCILITE conference program committee member. He is a member of several ASCILITE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and co-chairs the Open Educational Practice SIG with Adrian Stagg & Dr Carina Bossu. He has been involved with the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program (CMP) three times, twice as a mentor and once as a mentee, and attended the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence program in 2018.
A/Prof. Cowling lives by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, and believes in a pedagogy-first, technology-enhanced approach to technology adoption in society, if it is to truly enrich our lives. Joining the committee will provide support to enhance this vision, and will allow A/Prof. Cowling to give back to the Educational Technology community with his expertise. Further, the portfolios in the committee that align with the professional development of educators in the space, such as the SIGs or the CMP, match well with A/Prof. Cowling’s interests and are areas where he could make a significant contribution for the benefit of all ASCILITE members.
As a member of the ASCILITE Executive, Dr David Bruce Porter will extend his passion for learning and leadership in educational technology more broadly across the higher education sector and ASCILITE community. His hope is that his contributions as an Executive member will further build ASCILITE’s reputation and engagement with individual members and organisations.
David has been involved in ASCILITE since 2015. He currently takes part in the TEL Edvisers SIG. He has previously part in the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program, presented at ASCILITE conferences, and has been a conference submission reviewer for a number of years. Additionally, David was in the inaugural cohort of ASCILITE members who completed the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School, and he has actively contributed to a range of activities associated with the TELAS initiative.
David has spent more than a decade assisting organisations in enhancing learning through technology and in transforming educational practice. Currently, David is the Manager: Educational Technology in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health at the University of Wollongong. David’s accomplishments include (1) The establishment of Technology Enhanced Learning Collaboratives, faculty Communities of Practice established to develop, explore and apply new approaches to learning and teaching in the science and health disciplines; (2) The successful launch of three fully online graduate certificates, and: (3) Co-founding and co-chairing the University of Wollongong Educational Developers Network.
Prior to moving to Australasia, David was the Online Learning Specialist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the United States. In this role, he led the development of three fully online degree programs; actively contributed to the University’s Academic Senate and its Library and Educational Services and Online Learning committees and collaboratively planned and executed the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Virtual Conference.
David’s research interests include educational leadership and faculty development.
Kwong Nui is an academic developer/lecturer (e-learning) at the Centre for Academic Development, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand. Her research field is Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and its use in tertiary educational environments, focusing on ICT beliefs and practices (software and tools use) for students and academics, which then informs ICT use in teaching, learning and researching (TLR). The applied nature of her research aligns with her academic development role and directly informs her practices at VUW. For example, the findings from her Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub Fund project in 2018 informed the need to support the use of ICT in doctoral research processes in her unit and other faculties.
As an emerging scholar/academic, Kwong Nui foresees potential connections and collaboration opportunities with new and experienced colleagues at ASCILITE. Kwong Nui would like to contribute to the development and implementation of effective digitally enabled TLR beyond her own institution and through ASCILITE in a way that aligns with ASCILITE’s aim of shaping tertiary education through enabling and sharing high quality research, innovation and evidence-based technology-enhanced practices.
Being an executive member at FLANZ (Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand) and a co-organiser of the FLANZ bi-annual conference 2020, Kwong Nui believes that she can make a strong contribution to ASCILITE.
Further, coming from Malaysia and collaborating closely with universities in South-East-Asia, her representation on the Executive is important in building productive reciprocal relationships in this region beyond New Zealand as it has a growing interest in ICT led educational development for TLR. In short, Kwong Nui is very keen to work with the ASCILITE Executive and members on ASCILITE projects such as webinars, the Community Mentoring Program, AJET, the ASCILITE annual conference and perhaps even new initiatives like an Irish Gasta where the community shares activities, innovation and research in a brief rapid-fire style.