Delivered through five webinars, the LH Martin Institute WebFest will explore the main theme of Crisis, responsibility and opportunity: Educational leadership during major change. The following sessions will each expand on this theme in greater detail.

Thursday 1 October, 11 - 12:30pm
The many faces of education: Challenges, opportunities and the future

This panel discussion will explore the future of education in the VET and higher education sectors, particularly in light of the recent and rapid transformation of education offerings and support services in response to COVID-19.

The discussion will focus on strategies to optimise the user experience and service delivery, including for education services that have traditionally been required to be delivered in face-to-face and blended modes.

Amanda Achterberg – Chief Learning Officer, Bendigo Kangan Institute
Professor Glyn Davis AC – Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation
Megan Lilly – Head, Education and Training, Ai Group

Thursday 8 October, 12 - 1:30pm
Course delivery: Lessons for the future

The COVID-19 crisis exposed a number of rigidities in in the way most education providers design and deliver course offerings. But the crisis also created the circumstances for a rapid and wholesale rethink of how we structure and deliver courses.

This four-person panel will draw on the experience of educators in responding to and transforming their courses to meet the new reality and to meet student needs.  The panel will look at what did and didn’t work, as well as provide insight into the features that are likely to remain and become standard in course design and delivery beyond the current crisis.

Dr Paul Whitelaw – Academic Director, The Hotel School Partnership, Southern Cross University
Associate Professor Thomas Cochrane – Technology Enhanced Learning, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Mitchell Parkes – Program Director, Academic Development at Learning and Teaching Transformation (LaTT) at the University of New England
Associate Professor Melanie Williams – Associate Dean (Scholarship), William Angliss Institute

Thursday 15 October, 1 - 2pm
The importance of leadership: New thinking and strategies for an education sector in flux

This webinar will be conducted in the form of an interview and provide insights and explore the latest thinking regarding leadership in a rapidly changing environment from an expert in the field. The webinar will analyse the factors that are likely to impact the sector beyond COVID-19, what the latest literature and research tell us regarding effective leadership, and the strategies that leaders can adopt to ensure they meet, identify and manage challenges and maximise opportunities in a post pandemic world.

Professor Warren Bebbington – Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Professor Kerri-Lee Krause – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life), The University of Melbourne

Thursday 22 October, 10 - 11:30am
Supporting scholarship and learning at the organisational and sector level

The theme of this session will be to consider how organisations and the wider education sector can support scholarship and the adoption of evidence-based teaching and research practice at the organisational and sectoral level and across different groups and stakeholders.

Dr Jeanette Baird – Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne
Liz BarĂ© – Honorary Fellow, LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne
Leah Dowsett – Manager, Strategic Planning, Curtin University
Dr Paul Rowland - Chief Executive Officer, Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce

Thursday 29 October, 3 - 4:30pm
Business not as usual: Education business models for a disrupted sector

Prior to COVID-19, most discussions on disruption focused on the impact of the digital revolution on education delivery business models. However COVID-19 has shown that the potential impacts may come from other quarters. At the very least, COVID-19 has shown us that the impact of digital disruption can be supercharged by factors that have, until recently, not been given as much thought as they probably deserve.

This facilitated roundtable discussion will consider and analyse the factors that are likely to shape future educational business models, and the implications for the business models and what these models might look like to best meet social and student needs.

David Barnett – Managing Director - APAC, Pearson
Megan Aitken – Educational Consultant: Digital Transformation
Dr Stephen Weller – Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University
Ray Fleming - Asia Pacific Higher Education Strategic Programs Manager, Google Cloud

Sessions are $55* each or all five for $220*.
*all prices include GST

All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

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For any enquiries please contact:

Myron Yovannidis | Program Officer
LH Martin Institute | Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
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