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Assessment Integrity and the Role of Examinations Forum Speakers

Speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Associate Professor Phillip Dawson

Associate Director | Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning | Deakin University 

Associate Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson is Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. He holds degrees in education, artificial intelligence and computer security. Phill leads CRADLE’s research agenda on academic integrity, with a focus on experimental studies and new technologies. His recent paper Five ways to hack and cheat with bring-your-own-device electronic examinations (British Journal of Educational Technology, 2016) is amongst the first published research on exam hacking. He is currently engaged in empirical research into marker accuracy at detecting contract cheating.

Anthony McClaran

CEO | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Anthony McClaran took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on 12 October 2015. Before joining TEQSA, Anthony was the Chief Executive of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for six years and prior to that the Chief Executive of the UK’s national agency for higher education admissions, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) from 2003-2009.

A graduate in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, Anthony began his career at the University of Warwick where, among other posts, he was Admissions Officer. In 1992 he moved to the University of Hull to take up the post of Academic Registrar, with responsibility for an office which included recruitment, admissions, student records, international affairs and academic resource allocation. In 1995 he was appointed Acting Registrar and Secretary.

Anthony was a member of the Executive Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) from 2013-2015 and is now a member of the Board of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and the US Council for HE Accreditation (CHEA) International Advisory Group. In Australia he sits on the steering groups for the Digital Student Data Project, the National Student Partnership Project and the National Peer Assessment Project.

He has held a number of governance roles at all levels of education and was Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire (UK) from 2007 to 2009.

Dr Mathew Hillier

Academic/Snr Lecturer | Office of Learning and Teaching | Monash University

Dr Mathew Hillier is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Office Learning & Teaching. He specialises in e-learning and in particular e-assessment and e-exams. Mathew is leading a half million dollar national project on e-Exams funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching encompassing nine Australian universities. He also currently co-hosts the Transforming Assessment monthly online seminar series on e-Assessment. Prior to joining Monash, Mathew held positions in Higher Education support at the University of Queensland and the University of Adelaide. At UQ he lead OLT grant projects in online professional development for academics in e-Assessment and the computerisation of high stakes exams. Prior to that he was a discipline based academic teaching in areas such as Business Information Systems, Multimedia Art Design and Engineering Project Management in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dr Andrew Fluck 

Senior Lecturer | Information Technology Education | University of Tasmania

Dr. Fluck trained as a teacher in Bristol, England. He has taught science, mathematics and computing in Nigeria, England and Australia. He is a past secretary of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), and is now a senior lecturer in information technology education at the University of Tasmania. His publications reflect his research interests in the transformational potential of computers in education. He was a co-author of the government report Making Better Connections and the book Seven steps to ICT integration. His funded research investigates the use of computers to teach integral calculus and quantum mechanics in primary schools; and eExaminations, where students take their own computers into the exam hall. He is the chair of Working Group 3.3 (research into educational applications of information technologies) for IFIP/UNESCO.  Andrew is also an avid longbow archer and continental archery judge. See more details at

Dr Ann Rogerson  

Senior Lecturer | School of Management, Operations and Marketing  | University of Wollongong 

Dr Ann Rogerson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at University of Wollongong (UOW). She holds a Doctor of Business Administration (Interpersonal Workplace communication), Master of Management (Dist) and a Master of Education (Higher Education) (Dist). Her research focuses on interpersonal communication in organisations, and issues related to the detection and prevention of academic integrity issues.  From a governance perspective, she designs and implements policies, and investigates allegations of academic misconduct for onshore and offshore campuses.  She is a subject matter expert on the use of Turnitin® with her recent webinar on interpreting similarity reports attracting in excess of 1600 participants from over 30 countries.

Ann has presented her research on communication, assessment design and academic integrity issues at local and international conferences.  She has been interviewed by national and international media in relation to academic integrity including the Times Higher Education and The Australian.  She has won a number of teaching awards at UOW in addition to the 2016 Turnitin® Global Innovators Award for Australia/New Zealand and runner up in the worldwide Turnitin® awards.  Publications include a chapter in the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Bretag, (Ed) 2016 Springer).  Ann is a reference group member on the OLT Project ‘Contract Cheating and Assessment Design’, on the executive of the Asia Pacific Forum for Educational Integrity (APFEI), and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Educational Integrity (IJEI, Springer).

Gypsy O'Dea  

Student Investigator | Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, School of Psychology  | Deakin University

I am a mature age student currently in my final year of Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Deakin. I have been the undergraduate student representative on the Faculty of Health Teaching and Learning Committee since 2014, and on the Student Experience Committee since 2016. I have also represented students’ views at the Health Faculty Review in 2013, and at the Faculty Course Directors’ Day in 2016. I have several years’ experience as a Peer Mentor in the Faculty of Health, and as a Writing Mentor in Deakin’s Students Helping Students program assisting students with academic writing and study skills. 

Professor Richard James  

Deputy Provost and Professor of Higher Education | University of Melbourne

Richard James is Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne and a Professor of Higher Education   He has wide-ranging research interests in higher education that centre on the quality of the student experience.  His research program spans access and equity, the transition to university, student finances, student engagement, quality assurance and academic standards. He has published widely on the effects of social class on higher education aspirations and participation.   Richard was a member of the inaugural Australian Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) that prepared the standards framework used by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency for regulatory purposes.   

Associate Professor Fiona Henderson  

Manager Academic Support and Development | Victoria University

Associate Professor Henderson was co-leader on the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded Academic Literacy Project, “Investigating the efficacy of culturally specific academic literacy and academic honesty resources for Chinese students” and Project Leader of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project “Working from the Centre: supporting unit/course co-ordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship”. She has led since 2006 VU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference with Chinese partner institutions in China and teaches regularly into the M TESOL in Vietnam. Fiona received a Carrick Citation in 2007, a Victoria University College Award in 2011 and VC Citations in 2012, 2015 and 2016.  

Dr Christine Slade

Lecturer | Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation | University of Queensland

Dr Christine Slade (PhD GC Prof Learning SFHEA) is a lecturer in higher education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland, where she specialises in assessment. In 2017 Christine and Associate Professor Susan Rowland have facilitated four creative design workshops with participants from 16 Australian universities, which sought to improve the verification of student identity through robust assessment design.  This work was partially funded by the Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI).  In 2016, with Susan Rowland and Dominic McGrath, Christine wrote the Student Dishonesty in Assessment Issues Paper for the UQ Assessment Sub-Committee, which is now publically available on the ITaLI website. In 2015, Christine was a recipient of a prestigious national Platinum LearnX Impact Award  and a commendation for excellence in innovation in the  ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management in recognition of her leadership in the implementation of ePortfolios at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Her learning and teaching research interests include innovative pedagogies, application of assessment principles, experiential learning, digital literacy and academic practice.

Associate Professor Gareth Denyer

Associate Professor and Research Data Steward | Faculty of Science  | University of Sydney

Dr Gareth Denyer is a researcher in Molecular Biology and Nutrition.  His main passion, however, is for eLearning innovations, and his activity in this space over the last 25 years has seen him win several local and national teaching awards.

Recently he became the Research Data Steward for the University of Sydney and this gives him responsibility for ensuring academic culture change around Research Data Management for the entire Institution.  This means providing staff with the tools, training, policy and information to enable them to conduct their research and manage their collaborations safely and efficiently.

Dr Lesley Sefcik

Lecturer and Academic Integrity Advisor | Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic | Curtin University

Dr Lesley Sefcik provides university-wide teaching, advice, and academic research within the field of academic integrity. Dr. Sefcik has an interdisciplinary education with a Phd in Environmental Science  (University of Michigan) focusing on Plant Physiological Ecology and Global Change, a Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Michigan) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Murdoch University) majoring in Science and Humanities and Social Science. She is a registered secondary teacher in Western Australia has been awarded an Outstanding Teacher rating for the National Professional Standards for Teachers in all seven domains. Dr. Sefcik’s professional background is situated in Assessment and Quality Learning within the domain of Learning and Teaching. Past projects include development of the External Referencing of Standards (ERoS) system for external peer review of assessment. Current projects include the development and implementation of academic integrity related programs for students and staff at Curtin, and research related to the development and implementation of remote proctoring for online assessment.

Steve Steyn

Deputy Dean | Engineering Institute of Technology

Steve is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager with a decade of experience worldwide in process control, automation, GIS, product development and project management industries. Steve lectured and tutored at the North West University in South Africa for both under- and post- graduate students. He has a passion for development, innovation and entrepreneurship and will be found in any technical field, programming, software development, R&D, or anything that stimulates the problem solving mind. He is also a specialist in robust control, modelling, and advanced mathematical control systems. He also worked as a Senior Engineer in Eskom South Africa and is currently CTO of Codemaster Institute and Deputy Dean of EIT.

Associate Professor Jon Yorke

Associate Professor and Academic Registrar | Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic  | Curtin University

Jon is the Academic Registrar at Curtin University, where he has oversight of academic policy development and a specific interest in the promotion of academic integrity. Prior to taking up this role in 2016 he was the Director, Assessment and Quality Learning at Curtin. Jon joined Curtin in 2008 from the University of Plymouth (UK), where he was the Program Director for academic development courses. Jon is active in research and publishes in the field of quality, policy, and technology enhanced learning and assessment.

Neil J Robinson

Deputy Head, University Services and Registrar | University of Melbourne

Neil Robinson joined the University of Melbourne in 2000, and was appointed Executive Director Student Services and Academic Registrar in 2009. In 2014 Neil was appointed to his current role, expanded in 2015 to include the additional responsibilities of Deputy Head of University Services. Neil has served on a series of University groups that have led significant organisational change: Melbourne Model Implementation 2007/8; Responsible Division Management Taskforce 2009/10 and Business Improvement Project Team 2013/14. Externally, Neil chairs the My eQuals Project Group, is Treasurer of the Groningen Declaration Network Executive and Chairs the Board of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Teresa Tjia 

Registrar | Student Services and Institutional Planning & Performance | Victoria University

Teresa Tjia has significant experience in leading service, infrastructure and digital transformation programmes, focused on student and staff engagement and experience, customer service, innovation and partnerships across a number of organisations. She focuses on bringing people together and connecting threads, and encourages learning, meaning and aspiration in her professional and community activities.

Jordan Piggott

Student Guild Education Vice President | Curtin University

Jordan Piggott is the Education Vice President of the Curtin University Student Guild and a Mass Communications student.  Jordan is responsible for overseeing all matters relating to the representation, equity, education and welfare of Curtin Students. Jordan also sits as a student representative on the University’s Academic Board, Learning and Teaching Committee, Courses Committee, Admissions Committee, Academic Services Committee and Student Services, Amenities Fee Expenditure Advisory Committee and plays an active role in the review and reform of University education policies and procedures.

Trung Nguyen

Student Advisory Group Member | William Angliss Institute

I am Trung Nguyen from Vietnam and I moved to Melbourne about 1.5 years ago. I am in my 2nd year studying the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management course at William Angliss Institute (WAI). I am one of 7 members of the WAI Student Advisory Group. We support the Student Activities and Events office to organise student engagement programs, events and activities to assist students in enhancing their studies and lives outside of study. I am also a member of the Study Melbourne Choir where I meet other international students to sing and perform in different city events such as the City of Melbourne Citizenship Ceremony, Victorian International Education Award and Australian International Education Conference. As an international student in Melbourne, I am doing my best to enjoy the studying experience in Australia as well as helping other students, especially international students, to have great memories and support while studying and living here.

Vern Garth

Associate Director (Examinations) Student and Education Business Services | Monash University

Vern has managed the examination process at Monash University for the last 18 years involving the conduct of around 360,000 examinations annually.  Vern is a member of the University’s Assessment Working Group and also provides expert advice to the Learning and Teaching Committee regarding assessment policy and procedures.   He is also a member of the Australasian Examinations Network and has presented on a number of topics, including a successful pilot trial in 2015 of online examinations, conducted in an invigilated environment.  Vern has been heavily involved in the investigation of ‘online’ and ‘digital’ exam systems for the last four years.  

Vern has been directly involved in many academic misconduct cases relating to cheating in examinations, from student substitution, concealed electronic devices and mobile phones, writing on body parts to minuscule written notes requiring considerable magnification to read.  Vern implements procedures at exam venues in an effort to deter students from gaining an unfair advantage or cheating, but also catch students who do attempt to cheat, wherever possible.     

Jaala Hill

Student | International College of Hotel Management

Jaala Hill is currently a second year student working toward her Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) & Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association) at the International College of Hotel Management, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Dr Michael Baird

Lecturer | School of Marketing, Curtin Business School | Curtin University

Dr Michael Baird is a Lecturer in a teaching focused role in the School of Marketing at Curtin University, Western Australia. Dr Baird has taught more than ten different marketing and advertising units in the Curtin Business School since 2004. Dr Baird’s research interests include contract cheating, academic misconduct, capstone courses, consumer behaviour and branding. Dr Baird has a Bachelor of Commerce with first class Honours, Masters by Research and a PhD in marketing.

Kathleen O'Neill

Student | Student Information Intern | University Services | University of Melbourne

Currently in the last year of her Master’s in Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Kathleen has been a student at the University of Melbourne for over 6 years. With a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Media and Communications) and a Diploma in Languages (French), Kathleen is also employed by the University’s Student Information communications team, supporting student service information in an online space. A freelance writer in her spare time, Kathleen has previously been an active writer and subeditor for the University Student Union magazine, Farrago.