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Keynote speakers include:

Professor Beverley Oliver: Assuring Graduate Outcomes, Deakin University

Image on right Alfred Deakin Professor Beverley Oliver leads Deakin's ambitious education strategy, including the drive to premium cloud learning and our partnership with FutureLearn. Professor Oliver’s portfolio includes oversight of the projects designed to enhance student learning and experience, as well as Academic Governance and Standards, the University Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, Deakin Learning Centres, the Centre for Research in Assessment for Digital Learning (CRADLE) and DeakinCo. Professor Oliver is Chair of Universities Australia’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Working Group and Deputy Chair of the Board of EduGrowth, a not-for-profit entity and Australia’s acceleration network for high-growth, scaleable, borderless education.

Professor Oliver's leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and several nationally funded grants and fellowships, including a National Teaching Fellowship (Assuring Graduate Capabilities, completed 2015); Teaching Fellowship (Benchmarking Partnerships for Graduate Employability, 2010); Good Practice Report (Assuring Graduate Outcomes, 2012); competitive grants (Building course team capacity to enhance graduate employability, 2010; and 21C Credentials, completed 2016). Professor Oliver researches and publishes in areas associated with graduate employability, graduate skills and capabilities, assessment and evidence of learning, digital credentialing, curriculum reform and digital innovation.

Professor Morgan Miles: The relevance of entrepreneurship to agricultural education, Charles Sturt University

Image on right Professor Morgan P. Miles is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Charles Stuart University.  Prior to that, he was Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Canterbury.  Previously he had been the Tom Hendrix Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee- Martin, Professor of Enterprise Development at the University of Tasmania, and Professor of Marketing at Georgia Southern University.  He has been a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech, Cambridge University, University of Stockholm, the University of Otago, University of Auckland, and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.  He holds a D.B.A. in Marketing from Mississippi State University, an M.S. and B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and Mississippi State University respectively. Currently, he is working with the Department of Industry on entrepreneurial support program policies dealing specifically with accelerator and incubators. Prior to becoming an academic Professor Miles worked with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centre programs in South Carolina, Mississippi and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a director and management consultant.

Dr Peter Sale: Striving for student engagement: flipping our first year animal/agricultural science subject, with a focus on relevance

Image on right Peter Sale was a farm boy from southern Queensland, where he grew up on a cropping and beef farm on the Darling Downs. After graduating in Rural Science at the University of New England in northern NSW, he spent 11 years working on farms in Queensland and NSW.  He returned to academia after completing a PhD in plant nutrition at the University of Sydney in 1981. He has since been involved in university teaching and research, first at the University of New England, and then moving  He was part of the team that to La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1989. He has coordinated and lectured in Agricultural Science subjects in plant, soil, and environmental science, and in farming systems. Peter was a member of the Agricultural Sciences Teaching Team that was awarded a 2017 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the development of a flipped 1st-year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to diverse student cohorts.

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