Professor Tania Aspland
Professor Tania Aspland is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at Australian Catholic University. Appointed as Executive Dean in late 2014, she has also held the positon of National Head of Education and Head of Education NSW/ACT at ACU within the Faculty. Prior to ACU, she was a Professor in Education at the University of Adelaide, the University of the Sunshine Coast and ECU in Western Australia.
Professor Aspland has been a leader in teacher education and curriculum development for many years and has been engaged in a number of research projects in higher education pedagogies and transnational education. She has led innovative change processes in undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs across Australia and she has been a leader of teacher professional development through higher degree programs and doctoral supervision internationally. Professor Aspland has recently launched ACU mentoring – National Mentoring in Education Hub which includes professional development programs and a range of pathways into formal study exploring mentoring for teachers, school or early learning centre leaders across career stages.
Prof Aspland has supervised multiple Higher Degree Research students and has been the recipient of a number of grants, and published over 40 articles. Prof Aspland represents various Education institutions and is the President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) and a Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
Professor Julian Sefton-Green
Julian Sefton-Green is Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He has worked as an independent scholar and has held positions at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Oslo working on projects exploring learning and learner identity across formal and informal domains. He has been an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong and he is now a Visiting Professor at The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland.
He has been the Head of Media Arts and Education at WAC Performing Arts and Media College - a centre for informal training and education - where he directed a range of digital media activities for young people and co-ordinated training for media artists and teachers. Prior to that he worked as media studies teacher in an inner city comprehensive London; and in higher education teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading teacher training degrees in media education.
He has researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, new technologies, creativity, digital cultures and informal learning and has authored, co-authored or edited 12 books. Recent volumes include The Class: living and learning in the digital age (New York University Press 2016) and Learning Identities, Education and Community: young lives in the cosmopolitan city (Cambridge University Press 2016). He has directed research projects for the Arts Council of England, the British Film Institute, the London Development Agency, Creative Partnerships and Nominet Trust and has spoken at conferences in over 20 countries.