EduTECH’s Higher Ed Conference  is a strategic-level conference that explores how higher education is evolving and what strategies university VCs and leadership teams can adapt to remain financially viable, attract investment and donations, implement new technology, finance research, improve standards, attract more students, compete domestically and internationally…. and climb international university rankings.



Leadership & Management
  • Vice Chancellors
  • Deputy VCs
  • Pro VCs
  • Provosts
  • Executive Directors
  • Directors and Executives
  • ICT Leaders
Faculty Staff
  • Deans
  • Heads of School
  • Faculty Heads
  • Learning Directors
  • Instructional Designers
  • Senior Lecturers
  • eLearning Managers


  • Global partnerships
  • Funding & finance
  • Research
  • Student acquisition & marketing
  • International students post-COVID
  • Student accommodation
  • Ed-tech
  • Remote and hybrid learning
  • Social issues
  • Student employability
  • Micro-credentialing
  • Collaboration with industry and TAFE
  • Attracting and retaining talent




Higher Ed, Wednesday 10 August 2022

Fiona Letos
Higher Ed

Global Victoria presentation

Fiona Letos, Director, International Education, Global Victoria
Prof Adam Shoemaker
Higher Ed

From The Workshop to The Disruptor: Flipping the script during the pandemic

Prof Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University
Higher Ed

The future of student experience in a post-pandemic world

The tertiary education sector continues to reimagine the student experience amid sustained demand for seamless, hybrid and tailored learning experiences. Developing new digital capabilities to satisfy changing expectations is imperative to student engagement and retention, enhancing learning and employment outcomes, and more effectively competing on the global stage. 

This fireside discussion will focus on what’s driving the transformation of learning environments, how universities can respond and the significant implications for education providers, students, and the broader economy.

Panel discussion
Higher Ed

Panel: Latest challenges and opportunities for Australian universities

Prof Pascale Quester, Vice-Chancellor and President, Swinburne University of Technology
Prof Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
Matt Baker
Higher Ed

The future of flexible / hybrid learning

What have we gained from the pandemic? An accelerated path to the future of learning!

Future-thinking education leaders around the world are leveraging the learnings and opportunities of the pandemic to create their vision and build new flexible learning ecosystems at their institutions. Meanwhile, others are wondering why not just go back to "the way it was"? 

From the chaotic pivot to emergency remote teaching toward an intentional strategy for the future of learning, we will explore the key opportunities and challenges for administrators, educators and students.  

Matt Baker, SVP of International/Strategy, Class Technologies Inc
Deborah Terry
Higher Ed

University of Queensland presentation

Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor, The University of Queensland
Panel discussion
Higher Ed

The Academic Perspective: How to bring academics along for the digital transformation journey

Chris Bradman, General Manager APAC, Instructure
Prof Jamie Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), The University of Melbourne
Dr Yenni Tim
Higher Ed

Work integrated learning at scale and its tripartite impact

The benefits of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) are well established, but so are its challenges. In this session, we address one of the most critical challenges of WIL - scalability. Scalability is the cornerstone of bringing industry experience to each and every student completing a university degree, but most existing WIL initiatives only offer boutique-style learning opportunities for small cohorts of students. This session will introduce the Sandbox experiential learning pedagogy pioneered by the UNSW Sandbox Program (unsw.to/sandbox) and discuss how the pedagogy has transformed 13 courses across 4 disciplines into real-world “Sandboxes” that have brought 55 contemporary industry challenges from 22 industry partners to over 4,300 students in less than 3 years. 

Dr Yenni Tim, Senior Lecturer & Founding Director, UNSW Sandbox Program, UNSW Business School
Bill Lee
Higher Ed

What roles do AI and Data Analytics play in enabling smart campuses to go further in the Digital 4.0 journey? What are some key learnings from successful institutions in achieving such ambitions?

Azendian Solutions has partnered leading institutions to apply AI for a quantum leap in progressing every learner to their fullest attainable potential while stretching the education dollars, looking into the future rather than managing via the rear view mirror. 

Bill Lee, Managing Director, Azendian Solutions
Professor John Fischetti
Higher Ed

Dumb phone, smart phone - the future of universities

Professor John Fischetti, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Human and Social Futures at the University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle
Martin Bean
Higher Ed

Building successful industry partnerships for teaching and learning - Lessons learned from the Bean and Dawkins Review"

  • What we learned from Industry as part of our review of industry collaboration in teaching and learning. 
  • What were our recommendations and why we believe they matter? 
  • What is the opportunity for universities to work with industry to support lifelong learning? 
Martin Bean, Founder & Chief Executive Officer (Former Vice-Chancellor & President of RMIT University), The Bean Centre
Prof Andrew Parfitt
Higher Ed

How universities can re-build and attract international students post-Covid

Prof Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
last published: 06/Jul/22 03:15

Higher Ed, Thursday 11 August 2022

Prof Phillip Dawson
Higher Ed

What works in addressing the wicked problem of cheating?

Prof Phillip Dawson, Associate Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University
Panel discussion
Higher Ed

Panel: Academic Integrity

Prof Phillip Dawson, Associate Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University
Ishan Kolhatkar, General Manager Inspera UK, Australia and New Zealand, Inspera Assessment
Panel discussion
Higher Ed

Can film and television contribute to positive student engagement?

  • Teaching and learning has gone through a dramatic shift over the past 18 months as students disperse around the world
  • Creating an environment of active student engagement can be enhanced with the use of film and television but the question remains; can it create or solve equity issues for domestic vs international students?
  • Understanding how film and television shapes social views (gender bias, ethics, culture) and expose cultural differences can help students build critical thinking skills
  • Explore the future of media in teaching and learning and the impact it can have on student outcomes
Dr Rachel Wilson, Program Manager, Bachelor of Communication (Media), RMIT
Daniel Binns, Screenwriter, Producer, Educator, and Theorist of media and screen cultures, RMIT
Catherine McClellan
Higher Ed

Virtual work experience

Catherine McClellan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Assessment), Australian Council for Educational Research
Panel discussion
Higher Ed

MyBCom: a gamified student-led platform for holistic assessment

  • Introduce ‘myBCom’ as a framework and gamified online platform for the holistic development and assessment of professional skills from curricular and co-curricular opportunities in a Bachelor of Commerce. 
  • Solve the widespread problem of poor ‘soft’ skills in business graduates. 
  • Demonstrate how a visual dashboard and intuitive ‘point’ system allows students to track their progress in achieving program learning outcomes; choose how to address lesser strengths; and showcase achievements in digital portfolios.  
Tam Nguyen, Director, Education Design and Digital Development, UNSW Business School
Dr Christine Mathies, Academic Director Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor in Marketing, UNSW Business School
Higher Ed

The development and authentic assessment of soft skills

Michelle Ryan
Higher Ed

The development and authentic assessment of soft skills needed for the workplace

Michelle Ryan, General Manager - Education Content & Strategy, Chartered Accountants ANZ
Ameena L. Payne
Higher Ed

Empowering students through equity-driven Human-Data Interaction

When students engage in online learning, they leave behind digital footprints, artifacts that trace their activities such as contributions, page views and communications.  

These data are one aspect of the wider field of learning analytics (LAs). LAs encompass the broad data mining, collection, analysis, and sharing/reporting/disseminating of students’ digital footprints. 

The collection, analysis and communication of students’ data should account for addressing structural inequalities such as the ways in which data has been used to predict students’ potential, to perpetuate exclusion and the ways in which data have been used commercially rather than for learning. 

Attendees are called on to reimagine and discuss how LAs can be used to reconstruct students from passive “data subjects” into active participants in the processing of their personal data for their academic decision-making and success. 

We will discuss the pitfalls of data-driven pedagogy as well as how LAs can serve to empower students in the pursuit of equitable human-data interaction through legibility, agency and negotiability. 

Ameena L. Payne, Doctoral Student, Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Deakin University
last published: 06/Jul/22 03:15