2017 Keynotes

Morning Keynote

Speaker: Dr. Tom Collins

Working Title: Policy and the Higher Education landscape


Tom Collins is Chairperson of the Governing Bodies of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the Institute of Technology Bloanchardstown and founding Chairperson of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) since 2015. He was also appointed Chairperson of the Public Water Forum in 2015. Tom Collins was President of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) Bahrain from 2011 to 2013. He was Emeritus President of Maynooth University 2010-2011 where he was also Professor of Education, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science from 2006-2010. He was Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2006.

Tom Collins played a leading role in the further education and higher education sector in Ireland. He was Director of the Centre for Adult and Community Education in Maynooth from 1994 to 2001, and Government Advisor on the Green Paper (1998) and White Paper (2000) on lifelong learning in Ireland. These papers continue to form the policy background for the development of further education in Ireland.

Tom Collins has published and lectured widely in all areas of education, and is a regular media columnist. His footprints are on Educational Policy in Ireland at almost every level of the spectrum.

Afternoon Keynote

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Carey

Title: The ‘Voice of the Educator’ on the Workplaces of the Future: How We Teach is a Key Part of What We Teach

Summary: The increasingly competitive, fluid and challenging workplaces of the future will require graduates who are prepared to work with knowledge that doesn’t yet exist, using practices that don’t yet exist, in jobs that don’t yet exist. We can prepare graduates for these changing environments by building their capability in adapting and shaping these emerging learning and knowledge practices – using our own teaching and learning environments as exemplary ‘workplaces for learning’.

We’ll use as an illustration a recent initiative In Canadian higher education to develop graduate Capability for Engaging with Innovation in the Workplace. This will demonstrate the potential for our actions as educators to speak for us about the workplaces of the future: as we engage with innovations in teaching and learning, we can provide a model for students’ engagement with emerging learning and knowledge practices in their own careers (and in their other roles as community members and global citizens).

How we teach is a key part of what we teach…and may have a more lasting impact on our students in the future than the specific subject matter content of our classes!

Dr. Thomas Carey is currently Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and Learning Innovation for the British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities in Canada. He previously served as Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Senior Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and co-leader of the Workplace Learning research theme in Canada’s national Tele-Learning Network of Centres of Excellence.

Dr. Carey is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and a Research Professor in the Centre for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. Tom’s other recent roles in the U.S. include Senior Partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Visiting Senior Scholar at the California State University Office of the Chancellor and Chief Learning Officer for the MERLOT Open Educational Resources Network.