ACEC2014 is very pleased to have Professor Toni Downes as the final keynote speaker for our national conference. In a unique twist to this role, Toni will be writing her address entitled Personal learning, informal education and Australian Schooling: a reflection, with the assistance of the ACEC2014 delegates throughout the course of conference.
This presentation will seek to draw together the main themes and threads of the conference in the context of the presenters own 30 years of experience in the field of computers and education. The focus of the presentation will be a critique of the transformative power of personalised learning in the context of the political and social contexts of informal and formal education.
Professor Toni Downes has worked with universities, educational systems and schools for nearly 30 years in the pursuit of improving educational outcomes through her scholarship in the effective use of digital technologies and her leadership in teacher education and her commitment to social justice and Indigenous Reconciliation.
Currently Professor Downes is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University. The Faculty houses the disciplines of Education, Information Studies, Exercise Science and Indigenous studies. Her previous roles include Professor and Head of School of Education and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Western Sydney. Key outcomes of these roles include significant transformation of teacher education curriculum and course profile in both institutions, and at CSU, a significant increase in research infrastructure, productivity and income.