We all enjoy an inspirational Keynote presentation.  I believe we have some of the best Keynotes to appear in Perth for quite a while.  The edu-IT Conference will be highlighted by keynotes from Sara de Freitas and Jenny Luca.  Biographies for both Sara and Jenny are just below.   Jenny has a very active blog which you should check out; her passion for innovative use of technology in education shines through right across the contents of her blog. 

Professor Sara de Freitas

Sara de Freitas is Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Murdoch University In her role, she leads on strategy for learning and teaching across the university, and provides academic leadership for the Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) which supports a range of activities including: high quality research in learning and teaching, delivery of the OnTrack enabling program and support for advanced educational innovative technologies.

Her previous role was as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University where, she led the Curtin Teaching and Learning team which serves 62,000 on-campus and online students with 11 areas of activity, including learning design, assessment and quality, pathway programmes, online learning, learning technology, T&L innovation, Faculty learning engagement teams and the work integrated learning programme.

Before coming to Australia, Sara was Director of Research at the Serious Games Institute, Coventry University, UK. There she led the formation and development of a hybrid model of research, business and study, the first institute of its kind. The Institute attracted millions in research income from the British Council, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Union and European Regional Development Fund. The Institute also established a network of affiliated organizations in four continents and the business side of operations has successful commercial spinouts in the UK and Singapore.

At Birkbeck College, University of London, she helped to establish the well known London Knowledge Lab, with its focus upon digital learning. Over the period, she was also the Director of a consultancy company, which provided consultancies for the UK Department of Education and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Sara currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Coventry University in the UK, Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of London and is an Adjunct Professor in Malta University. Her research interests are focused in learning analytics, technology enhanced learning, higher educational policy and leadership and advanced educational games research and development.

Sara has published seven books and over 100 journal articles, conference papers and reports. She currently sits on over 100 programme committees and advisory boards and has undertaken over 100 international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents. Her most recent book, Education in Computer Generated Environments (2013) has been published in hardback by Routledge in their Research in Education Series. Her awards include a teaching award at Birkbeck College, Most Influential Woman in Technology 2009 and 2010 by the US Fast Company and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jenny Luca

Jenny Luca is Director of ICT and eLearning at Toorak College in Mt Eliza, Victoria.  She has been a teacher for 26 years with experience across all sectors and is fascinated by the potential that exists for leveraging new technologies for learning outcomes in education today.

Jenny has been a Keynote speaker on numerous occasions and has facilitated many seminars and workshops across a range of topics. She has also been a TEDx Melbourne speaker. Jenny writes a blog called 'Lucacept- intercepting the Web http://jennyluca.com/ and is forever grateful that she took the plunge and pressed the publish button on that first post!


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