Keynote Speakers

We have an excellent line up of keynote speakers for the 2012 Ascilite conference, with more to come.  Learn more about our keynote speakers below:
Keynote speaker Dr Neil Selwyn
Dr Neil Selwyn - Confirmed
Doctor of Sociology currently working at the London Knowledge Lab
Neil Selwyn is a sociologist working at the London Knowledge Lab. His research and teaching focuses on the place of digital media in everyday life, and the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings.

Neil has written extensively on a number of issues, including digital exclusion, education technology policymaking and the student experience of technology-based learning. He has carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities.

Learn more about Dr Neil Selwyn here

B Oliver
Professor Beverley Oliver - Confirmed
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Futures), Deakin University, Australia
Beverley Oliver is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University. She is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellow (Assuring Graduate Capabilities http://tiny.cc/boliver). At Deakin, she leads the transformation of the University's teaching and learning to premium cloud and located learning. During her time at Curtin, she led the creation and implementation of Curtin’s eVALUate (the University’s online student feedback system) and Curriculum 2010 (a university-wide curriculum reform initiative which focused on graduate employability, curriculum mapping, ePortfolios and evaluation of curriculum effectiveness) and the iPortfolio. Her leadership has been recognised with two ALTC Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2007 and 2010). Professor Oliver publishes in a range of teaching and learning areas, including graduate attributes and employability; student, graduate and employer evaluation; curriculum renewal; ePortfolios and student ownership and use of emerging devices and Web 2.0 applications. 

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Dale Stephens - confirmed
Founder of UnCollege
 Dale Stephens brings a unique perspective on the future of education, talent, and innovation.   An educational futurist and speaker on issues facing Generation Y, he delivers core insights about learning, technology, and success.   He is a sought-after education expert appearing on major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, and TechCrunch. His work has been covered by the New York Times and New York Magazine to Fast Company and Forbes.

He has spoken around the world at high-profile events, from debating Vivek Wadhwa onstage at TED 2012 to lecturing at the New York Times to speaking to C-level executives at NBC Universal.

At 20, Dale leads UnCollege.org because we're paying too much for college and learning too little.   In just over a year, this global social movement has shifted the dialogue about the future of education from evolution to revolution.   Perigee/Penguin will publish his first book, Hacking Your Education, in early 2013.

In May 2011 Stephens was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top twenty-four entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty.   In addition to leading UnCollege, Stephens advises education and technology companies.

Rejected for being young or inexperienced, he has risen above skepticism to do what many said he couldn't. Because he bridges the gap between teens and adults, he doesn't just relate to both but shares their experiences, fears, and challenges.

Stephens' energetic, informative and down-to-earth presentations draw on his own experience to address generation-specific issues most relevant to people in their 10s, 20s, and 30s.