Wrangling next-gen higher education excellence
Seminar with Professor Sally Kift
Our Australian world class higher education system has now been without systematic, sector-wide investment into pedagogical research and development since mid-2016. Of itself, this would be enough of a grand challenge, but the hiatus has coincided with increasing competition in the global educational market, sector scrambling in the face of endemic disruption, a new era of performance funding, and constant reminders of the changing world of work and skills gaps. On the equity front, we remain challenged to lift tertiary education participation and attainment for our most disadvantaged citizens and communities in the shadow of Industry 4.0.
How do those of us toiling away in learning and teaching land keep calm and carry on, let alone innovate and enhance for student success? This presentation will suggest that our next-gen learning and teaching transformation will require the self-generated learning leadership of us all; leveraging expanded networks, and curating and working with what we’ve got. Particularly, new skills of sector literacy and report (and data) wrangling will be demanded. Only in this way, collaborating closely with employers and industries, and our students and alumni, might we be assured of sustaining both our sector and future graduates’ success.
About the Presenter
Professor Sally Kift is 2019 NCSEHE Visiting Professorial Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), and President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF). She has held several university leadership positions, most recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University. Sally is a national Teaching Award winner, a national Program Award winner and a national Senior Teaching Fellow on the First Year Experience. In 2010, she was appointed an Australian Discipline Scholar in Law. In 2017, Sally received an Australian University Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education.