The HEIR2017 team is inviting three keynote speakers to share their own thoughts and experiences on aspects of the conference theme, 'Breaking the mould: creating an evidence-based enhancement culture'

HEIR2017 Gilly SalmonProfessor Gilly Salmon

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Professor Salmon is one of the world’s leading thinkers around learning futures and pedagogical innovation. She researches and publishes widely on the themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning. She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, innovation, program design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies.

She has established The Centre for Education Futures to realize UWA's Education Futures principles and visions, including the 'Mobile is the new Blend', establishment of the futures and radical thinking and achievements through the Futures Observatory, the collaborative design of UWA teaching units through the Carpe Diem methodology and the achievements of extensive digital learning environments for the university. 

Professor Salmon will join the Management School at the University of Liverpool as Professor of Innovation and Transformation, in September 2017.

Professor Salmon's keynote will discuss 'Four places to be for 2023'.  Polish up your future GPS and board your driverless vehicle for a journey to the lands of learning innovation. Bring your bag of boldness and carton of courage.  Professor Salmon guides us to investigate the terrain.

Niall SchlaterNiall Sclater

Consultant and Director at Sclater Digital, an educational technology consultancy, and is affiliated faculty at the University of Amsterdam.

Previously Niall was Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, responsible for institutional strategy in areas such as educational technology and learning analytics. He is currently advising Jisc on its Effective Learning Analytics project and has been providing consultancy in this area to several universities. He has been involved in the research, development and management of learning and teaching in higher education since 1992, and is author of “Learning Analytics Explained”, recently published by Routledge. Niall’s blog and details of his publications are at

Niall's keynote will introduce 'Learning analytics: The evidence and the potential'The data sources increasingly being accumulated about students and their activities provide the potential to enhance education in multiple ways. Learning analytics promises benefits such as the early identification of students at risk; the personalisation of learning content and pathways; and the facilitation of more evidence-based approaches to curriculum design. There is plenty of hype about the power of big data but is there any proof yet that its use is having a positive impact on learners and learning?  By examining case studies from around the world Niall Sclater will discuss the evidence has emerged so far and where learning analytics could take us next.

Professor Sarah Moore

Associate Vice President Academic at the University of Limerick.

Professor Moore has researched and explored the process of academic development, teaching and learning, and uses what she has found to help academics, teachers, researchers and students to develop productive patterns of learning, innovation and professional development.  In much of her work she draws heavily on the theory of creativity which provides valuable and under-utilised insights for higher education. 

Notably, Professor Moore chairs Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (NFETL).  The NFETL is the key system-level infrastructure for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education, and for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in this area.

Professor Moore's will explore 'The contested concept of excellence in teaching'.  Sarah's keynote will consider definitions of teaching excellence from a range of different perspectives, and as chair of Ireland's National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning, draw on experience and evidence from Ireland's learning impact awards initiative. 

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