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QAA confirms Quality Insights Digital Conference keynote speakers

Date: February 19 - 2021

QAA has confirmed that the keynote speakers for the Quality Insights Digital Conference will be Professor Beverley Oliver, Australian National Teaching Fellow, and Professor David Carless, Professor of Educational Assessment, University of Hong Kong.

Professor Oliver, who will explore the design and quality assurance of micro-credentials, is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Australian National Teaching Fellow. Formally the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, Professor Oliver was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering the University's research and scholarships in the field of education. Her leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and several nationally funded grants and fellowships. Professor Oliver’s areas of expertise include digital education, micro-credentials, curriculum transformation, quality assurance and graduate employability.

Professor David Carless is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong where he has served in various leadership capacities including Head of Academic Units, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Interim Dean. A distinguished author in the field of higher education, Professor Carless gained considerable recognition for his signature publication, Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from Award-winning Practice. Most recently, he published Designing Effective Feedback Processes in Higher Education, A Learning-Focused Approach (2019), co-authored with Naomi Wenstone. Professor Carless’ research interests focus on feedback for student learning in higher education and the development of sustainable feedback processes that prepare students for lifelong learning. His keynote at the conference will focus on assessment, feedback and digital pedagogy.

Other international participants at the conference include Sean Morris and Dr Brian Beatty. Sean is currently Senior Instructor of Learning Design and Technology in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, and Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, an international professional development gathering for educators committed to imagining a new future for education. Dr Beatty is Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University.

QAA welcomes all speakers and panelists to what is sure to be a topical and engaging conference. Full details of the programme and speakers are available on our event booking site.

The conference will take place on 23 and 24 February 2021. It is free of charge and open to all staff and students from QAA Member institutions who have taken the Quality Insights package.