Education & Research in the COVID-19 Era

Monday, 23 August 2021 9:30 AM - Wednesday, 25 August 2021 2:00 PM [MYT]

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Monday, 23 August 2021 9:30 AM - Wednesday, 25 August 2021 2:00 PM [MYT]

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, is hosting a series of webinars to share experiences on the delivery of online education and research during COVID-19 and discuss sustainable, innovative approaches to quality online education for a future beyond the current pandemic settings. 

Through these webinars we aim to discuss best practice approaches to delivering quality online higher education, support for continued research, quality assessment policies for online study programs, and to encourage further collaboration between educational institutions in Australia and Malaysia.

DESE Australian High Commission KL

This event is organised by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills, and Employment (DESE) from the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

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Dr. Helen Gniel
Director - Higher Education Integrity Unit
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Helen Gniel is the Director of TEQSA’s Higher Education Integrity Unit. Dr Gniel joined TEQSA, Australia’s independent national higher education quality assurance agency in January 2021 and brings a broad experience to the role, having worked as a scientist, an academic and as a quality assurance professional, including a previous stint at TEQSA as a Senior Assessment Manager. Most recently Dr Gniel was the Senior Advisor, Quality and Standards at Monash University.

About Dr. Helen Gniel

Director - Higher Education Integrity Unit
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Elissa McKenzie
Associate Director
Associate Director - Learning Experience

- Established and led teams in teacher capability, learning design and innovation projects - Designed and implemented blended learning action plan across the College - Successfully delivered 4 Stronger TAFE Fund projects, components of 3 WTIF projects and 6 Pitch Tank projects - Leading co-design for Higher Apprenticeships in the social services sector - Designed and implemented initiatives to improve digital uplift at scale, including BaseComps, Adobe for trades and virtual hospital - Developed and implemented teacher support service model that has supported more than 200 teachers - Winner - Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Leadership - Operational Leader 2019 - Won 4 x LearnX awards, including Platinum - Best Talent, Learning Design Team in 2018 & 2019

About Elissa McKenzie

Associate Director
Associate Director - Learning Experience
Dr. Wan Zuhainis Saad
Director, Academic Excellence Division
Department of Higher Education, MOHE

About Dr. Wan Zuhainis Saad

Director, Academic Excellence Division
Department of Higher Education, MOHE
Prof. Beverley J Webster
Vice President (Education)
Monash University Malaysia

Currently Professor and Vice President Education at Monash University in Malaysia. Beverley has an exemplary and award winning career in education at the highest levels spanning many years both in Australia and the South East Asian region. Whilst starting in the mathematics education field Beverley also has experiences in a wide range of disciplines including Business and Law, Economics, Health Sciences and Engineering. Most recently her teaching experiences are in Epidemiology and Biostatics. Her strong interest in providing transformative student learning experiences in higher education is reflected in her scholarly research for over a decade. Beverley has been successful in securing nationally competitive grants and has over 70 peer reviewed publications. She also has a strong and successful record of Higher Degree by Research supervision. Beverley has held executive roles at Hong Kong University, Melbourne University and more recently as Vice President Academic at RMIT Vietnam. These have provided opportunities for her to build effective teams and lead change in education innovation, to redefine processes and practices for optimum efficiency and outcomes and most importantly improve staff capabilities and morale and the student learning experience.

About Prof. Beverley J Webster

Vice President (Education)
Monash University Malaysia
Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance)
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

About Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance)
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Prof. Patrick H.H. Then
Professor, Head of School - Computing & Director - Centre for Digital Future
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

About Prof. Patrick H.H. Then

Professor, Head of School - Computing & Director - Centre for Digital Future
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak
Prof. Paula Moynihan
Director, Food and Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Adelaide

Paula Moynihan is Director, Food and Health in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide and is Academic Coordinator for University’s Industry Engagement Priority in Health & Medical Industries. She is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of nutrition and oral health (> 130 publications, H-index 51 with >16,000 citations). Prof Moynihan is a Public Health Nutritionist and her research focuses on the interrelationship between nutrition and oral health across the life-course. She has supervised PhD students from Malaysia, Brazil, India, Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and the UK. She is a Past President of the International Association for Dental Research; the World’s premier dental research organisation with approximately 10,000 members world-wide. Prof Moynihan’s research has aligned with the work programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2001, serving as Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre from 2003-2019. Prof Moynihan served as an expert advisor to the WHO Nutrition Guideline Advisory Group Sub-Group on Diet and Health, and her research into sugars and tooth decay underpinned the WHO Guideline on Sugars Intake. She has presented her research at prestigious side meetings of both the World Health Assembly and of the UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.

About Prof. Paula Moynihan

Director, Food and Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Adelaide
Dr. Nathan Absalom
ARC Research Associate
University of Sydney

Dr Absalom is a national leader in the fields of pharmacogenomics and neuropharmacology. He is an NHMRC-funded laboratory scientist at the University of Sydney currently working in a large collaborative project including basic science and clinical groups at the Danish Epilepsy Centre at Filadalfia hospital and the Florey Institute in Melbourne. His work includes investigating the genetic causes of severe rare epilepsies, adverse events to anti-epileptic treatments, and the development of precision medicine approaches. He has worked at the University of Sydney for the last 10 years after completing a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Training Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford and the Medical Research Council, Harwell. He has recently been an invited speaker at the 2019 AuPS National Conference and has multiple publications in prestigious journals including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Epilepsia, Chemical Communications and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

About Dr. Nathan Absalom

ARC Research Associate
University of Sydney
Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
University of Wollongong Malaysia KDU

About Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
University of Wollongong Malaysia KDU
Prof. Lyn Alderman
Dean (Academic Transformation)
University of Southern Queesland

About Prof. Lyn Alderman

Dean (Academic Transformation)
University of Southern Queesland
Prof. Ir. Dr. Siti Kartom Kamarudin
Director, Fuel Cell Institute
National University of Malaysia (UKM)

About Prof. Ir. Dr. Siti Kartom Kamarudin

Director, Fuel Cell Institute
National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Assoc. Prof. Michelle Whitford
Director, Curriculum Innovation
Griffith University

About Assoc. Prof. Michelle Whitford

Director, Curriculum Innovation
Griffith University
Dr. Nurbiha A Shukor
Deputy Director (Teaching & Learning) and Senior Lecturer at the School of Education
University Technology Malaysia (UTM)

About Dr. Nurbiha A Shukor

Deputy Director (Teaching & Learning) and Senior Lecturer at the School of Education
University Technology Malaysia (UTM)
Prof. Dr. Andy Liew
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
HELP University

About Prof. Dr. Andy Liew

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
HELP University
Noor Azizan Itam
Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic Education and Community College , MOHE

About Noor Azizan Itam

Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic Education and Community College , MOHE
Dr. Umawathy Techanamurthy
Senior Assistant Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic and Community College Education, MOHE

About Dr. Umawathy Techanamurthy

Senior Assistant Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic and Community College Education, MOHE
Dr. Zainal Azhar Zainal Abidin
Deputy Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic Education and Community College, MOHE

About Dr. Zainal Azhar Zainal Abidin

Deputy Director, Instructional and Digital Learning
Dept. of Polytechnic Education and Community College, MOHE
Dr. Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan
Director, Centre for Student Development
University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)

About Dr. Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan

Director, Centre for Student Development
University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Nik Naharudin Mohd Nasir
Head of Digital Talent Pipeline (Tertiary)
Malaysia Digital and Economic Corporation (MDEC)

About Nik Naharudin Mohd Nasir

Head of Digital Talent Pipeline (Tertiary)
Malaysia Digital and Economic Corporation (MDEC)
Mohd Dzafir Mustafa
Senior Director
Malaysian Qualifications Agency

About Mohd Dzafir Mustafa

Senior Director
Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Prof. Dr. Yong Zulina Zubairi
Professor, Centre for Foundation Studies in Science
Universiti Malaya

Prof Dr Yong Zulina Zubairi leads on the global strategy for partnerships and collaborations university wide with her current position as the Associate Vice-Chancellor (International). She works collaboratively with international partners and networks in projects and initiatives to promote student mobility, STEM education & graduates, talent management and leadership in women. As an alumnus of the Commonwealth Fellowship, she is involved with the works of ACU and other NGOs. She too is passionate in her primary training as a statistician and has published numerous articles in her long-standing research areas in medical and circular statistics as well as supervising a number of postgraduates in the field.

About Prof. Dr. Yong Zulina Zubairi

Professor, Centre for Foundation Studies in Science
Universiti Malaya

09:30 AM

Quality Assurance in Online Higher Education in Australia and Malaysia

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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  • Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance)

12:00 PM

Assessment, Evaluation and Integrity in Higher Education Online Learning

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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  • Dr. Wan Zuhainis Saad

    Director, Academic Excellence Division

09:30 AM

Online Learning & Teaching during COVID19: Experiences in Malaysian Polytechnic and Community Colleges and the Australian VET Sector

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • Elissa McKenzie

    Associate Director

12:00 PM

Sustaining Research and Collaborations during the COVID19 Pandemic

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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  • Prof. Patrick H.H. Then

    Professor, Head of School - Computing & Director - Centre for Digital Future

09:30 AM

Professional Development and Employability in the Post-COVID19 Era

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic

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