Global Professional School

2023 Partner Conference

Re-imagining the student experience 2023 and beyond

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 February 2023

Federation University Australia

SMB Campus, Ballarat

Event overview

The 2023 Federation Partner Conference, whilst being a professional development opportunity for Federation University and partner staff, is a great opportunity to network and create a collegiate environment between Federation and partners.

Conference Registration

Registration forms for attendance at this event, can be access via this link:

Pre-conference information for delegates PDF, 489.21 KB

Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this event is taking place, the Wadawurrung people and pay my respect to Elders, past and present.


Wednesday 1st February 2023

OPTIONAL Pre-Conference Training
TimeProgram DetailsPresenter/s
2.00pmSession 1 – Optional Partner Training Session - Campus SolutionsBrooke Adams, ITS Training and Vanessa Brady, Manager, Global Professional Services
3.00pmSession 2 - Optional Partner Training Session - fdlGradesBrooke Adams, ITS Training and Vanessa Brady, Manager, Global Professional Services
4.00pmTraining conclusion 

Thursday 2nd February 2023

TimeProgram DetailsPresenter/s
8.30amRegistration: Building A, SMB 
9.00amWelcome to Country and housekeeping

Associate Professor Jason Giri, Dean, Global Professional School and

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation elder

9.20amOpening Address:
Federation University: Enhancing our Global Communities
Professor Duncan Bentley, Vice-Chancellor and President Federation University
9.40amUnderstanding the Co-Op Education ModelCarolyn Chong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and
10.30amTransforming Lives: The Student perspective of Co-op educationProfessor Christina Lee, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
11.00amMorning Tea 
(concurrent sessions)

Session A:
Enhancing Communities: Meeting the needs of Industry

Session B:
University Policy Library Rejuvenation & impact on Partners

Session A:
Omaru Maruatona – CEO, Aiculus,

Josh Power, alumni of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) – Federation University

MC: Andrew Evans - Director, Academic Services and Support, Federation University

Session B:
Karen Robinson - Manager, International and Strategic Compliance, Centre for Academic Development (CAD), Federation University

11.50amMove between sessions 
(concurrent sessions)

Session C:
I’m a student! Hear me roar!

Session D:
Meeting Students’ Academic Skill Development Needs

Session C:
Emma Derainne – Program Coordinator – Early Childhood Education, and Food and Nutritional Sciences, OES/Federation University Online

Session D:
Leigh Albon - Manager of Learning and Academic Skills Success, Student Experience and Admin Services (SEAS),  Federation University

(concurrent sessions)
Session E:
Connected and integrated: Recasting student experience, innovation, and learner centricity

Session F:
How great are Libraries!?
Session E:
Prof. James Roffee - Head of Campus, Brisbane Federation University

Session F:
Allison Hadfield - Liaison Librarian (Partner Support), Library Services, Federation University
1.40pmMove between sessions 
1.50pm (concurrent sessions)

Session G:
Industry Facing Experiences/Co-op Model Elements

Session H:
Degree Plus & The Employability, Skills and Jobs Hub: Creating a pathway to success, curated for an international cohort

Session G:
Christina Lee - Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Federation University

Session H:
Kayne Hunnam - Manager, Campus Operations and Partnerships, Federation University, Brisbane

2.20pmMove between sessions 
2.30pm (concurrent sessions)Session I:
Building inclusion through language

Session J:
Understanding Federation Alumni and the Federation University Australia Foundation
Session I:
Christine Muscat - Program Coordinator – Psychology and Postgraduate Health , OES/Federation University Online

Session J:
Pam Sutcliffe - Advancement Manager, Advancement, Federation University
3.00pmAfternoon Tea 
(concurrent sessions)

Session K:
Respondus – AI invigilated Assessment

Session L:
Motivating Minds Across Cultures: Inspiring life-long learners

Session K:Adam Barbary - Manager, Learning and Teaching Technology Support, Centre for Academic Development (CAD), Federation University

Session L:Grant Meredith – Discipline Leader Information Technology, Global Professional School, Federation University

4.00pmPanel Presentaion
Student Voice Panel: What does the future of education look like for them?

MC: Alan Labas - Lecturer, Management, Global Professional School (GPS), Federation University

Student Voices:

Aengus Bowers, Learning and Teaching Support Officer, Centre for Academic Development (CAD), Federation University – Alumni from the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)

Yishi (Lewis) Liu, Graduand in Honours,Bachelor of Science (Honours), alumni from Bachelor of Information Technology (Games Development) and Advanced Diploma of Computer (delivered in China at Guangdong Shaoguan University)

5.00pmDay 1 formal end 
5.30pmBallarat Old Gaol Tour - Optional, RSVP essentialDavid Waldron,  Lecturer, History, Federation University
6.00pmComplimentary Conference Dinner: Prospects Restaurant, J Building, SMB Campus. RSVP essential 

Friday 3rd February 2023

TimeProgram DetailsPresenter/s
9.00amWelcome / Housekeeping notesAssociate Professor Jason Giri, Dean, Global Professional School

Keynote: Panel presentation

Lucy Elliott - Academic Director, OES/Federation University Online

Sue Kokonis - Chief Academic Officer, OES/Federation Unviersity Online

Veronica Morin, Technology Innovation Manager - OES/Federation University Online

10.10amMorning Tea 
10.30am (concurrent sessions)Session M:
Project Based Learning

Session N:
Development of Fed pathways with Ed Tech platforms
Session M:
Nadil Sundarapperuma - Assistant Manager, Academic Services, IIBIT 

Dr Naga Dasari, Lecturer, IIBIT

Session N:
Jason Rogers - Manager, Global Pathways, Global Professional School (GPS), Federation University
11.00amMove between sessions 

Session O:
Gamified, scenario-based learning

Session P:
My Accent is my Superpower: International Student Employability

Session O:

Jaimee Westin - Senior Digital Designer, Centre for Academic Development (CAD), Federation University

Session P:

Cheree Macdonald - International Student Employability Coordinator, Global Professional School (GPS), Federation University

11.40am Move between sessions 
(concurrent sessions)

Session Q:
Industry as partners in curriculum – a collaboration in creating co-op learning experiences

Session R:

Work Integrated Learning Opportunities for partners

Session Q:
Tulsa Andrews - Director (Lecturer), Teaching Quality and Learning, Centre for Academic Development (CAD) Federation University

Kellie Macneil - Learning Designer, Centre for Academic Development (CAD), Federation University

Session R:

Dr Debbie Lord

1.20pmKeynote Session:
Study Melbourne Future Founders : Innovating International Student Experience
Keynote Session:
Tara Power, Partnerships Lead – State Library Victoria/StartSpace

Tran Nguyen, Manager, Student Programs, International Education – Global Victoria

Kennie Kurniawan, Future Founders Program Manager
2.20pmMove between sessions 
2.30pmKeynote Session:
Managing (panicking?!) current and emerging challenges to Academic Integrity – discussion forum
Keynote Session:
Cameron Foale, Discipline Leader, Information Technology, Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability (IISS), Federation University
3.15Wrap up with drinks and Award presentationsAssoc. Prof. Jason Giri, Dean, Global Professional School
4.00Conference conclusion