EdTechPosium – Keynote from Maryanne Dever

EdTechPosium is an educational technology conference that is held annually in Canberra and has been running for over ten years drawing EdTech enthusiasts from the ACT and surrounding regions to share, network, collaborate, and learn new ideas about enhancing education through technology. The 2021 edition was held at Canberra Grammar School on Friday 10 December and saw academics and professional staff from ANU, CIT and UC in attendance.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education + Digital) Professor Maryanne Dever delivered the keynote address provocatively titled “Better than we went in?” which you can see below.

Keynote Abstract: Massive digital disruption of the pace and scale we have seen was not on the agenda for our higher education system.  While Australian universities have managed with varying degrees of success to deliver emergency online learning in the wake of COVID19, most of us are still processing what the last 18 months mean for the future of university learning and teaching. In this presentation I will draw on my experience managing change across this period to explore some of the opportunities offered by this new normal, reflect on the comfortable assumptions that have been shattered, and question what it might take if we are to emerge from this moment in better shape than we went in.

Many thanks to Nick Cossart the AV technician from Canberra Grammar School for the material.

Professor Maryanne Dever is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) at ANU

December 2021