The Inspired Learning Summit
24 November 2017
UNSW Sydney


Shaping education for students' success.

The Inspired Learning Summit celebrates Year One of the UNSW 2025 Inspired Learning Initiative (ILI). Based within the Portfolio of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education (PVCE), the ILI is an initial 5-year strategic investment of $55.5M comprising nine interconnected programs to deliver the distinctive UNSW Scientia Education Experience. This year’s theme explores the Digital Uplift and Students as Partners initiatives.

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Our Speakers

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Shara Evans

Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity

Shara Evans is globally recognised as one of the world’s Top Female Futurists. Fusing her engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies, Shara weaves the implications of technology innovations into powerful narratives that can be applied to every industry.

Shara is the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the telecom and emerging technologies markets, and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology throughout her successful career.

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Prof. Geoffrey Crisp

Pro Vice Chancellor, Education (PVCE)

The Inspired Learning Initiative and Scientia Education Experience have been designed and implemented through the PVCE Portfolio in partnership with Faculties and Schools. The Portfolio provides leadership in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in education through the enhancement of curriculum design, development, delivery, and evaluation, including the effective use of online technologies, the design and management of effective learning environments, and the development and renewal of academic policies and quality assurance processes. The Portfolio engages with faculties, divisions and student groups to re-shape UNSW Sydney's education and realise the 2025 Strategy.

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Associate Prof. Mark King

Director, Educational Delivery Services, PVCE

Mark is the author of the $55.5M Inspired Learning Initiative. His portfolio, which includes 60+ academic and professional staff in Educational Design and Development, Educational Evaluation, and Educational Technology Services, respectively, is spearheading the Digital Uplift and Students as Partners initiatives (in 2017 including 163 student partners across 9 projects). Mark's portfolio works in Partnership with the university community to implement the Scientia Education Experience and 2025 strategy for UNSW Sydney's sustained competitive advantage.

Panel Discussion Speakers

Oya Demirbilek

Associate Professor

Dr. Simon McIntyre

Associate Professor

Tania Bucic

Associate Professor

Seiya Takeda


Valerie Combe-Germes

Arts and Social Sciences

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Dr. Shane Keating


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Dr. Arman Khoshghalb


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Dr. Sophia Lin


Dr. Mohammad Mojtahedi

Built Environment

Tania Bucic

Associate Professor

Dr. Prue Vines


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Jim Ward

Art and Design



Time Activity
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Registrations and Arrival Tea
09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Opening of the Inspired Learning Summit by Associate Professor Mark King
09:10 AM - 09:20 AM Official Welcome by Professor Geoff Crisp
09:20 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote - Careers of the Future by Shara Evans, Technology Futurist
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Panel Discussion - Embedding the Scientia Education Experience with Students as Partners

Panel members - Shara Evans, Associate Professor Tania Bucic, Associate Professor Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor Simon McIntyre, and Seiya Takeda

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Morning Tea
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Inspired Learning Streams

  • Stream A - Student Partners in Educational Services (Design, Development, Technology and Evaluation)
  • Stream B - Student Partners in Blockchain Technology and Outreach Programs (Peer Mentoring and ASPIRE)
  • Stream C - Student Partners in Immersive Learning (AR/VR/MR and Tour of the new Multimedia Studios M2C)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Cocktail Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Inspired Learning Digital Uplift Showcase

Eight Faculty presentations in 10-minute speed rounds showcasing digital uplift courses.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Closing Address by Professor Geoff Crisp
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Session (Drinks and Gelato)


John Niland Scientia Building (G19), UNSW Sydney.