Professor Robert Fitzgerald has recently been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy at Charles Darwin University overseeing excellence and innovation in learning and teaching. The position brings together the central areas responsible for education strategy and curriculum design, learning and digital futures, academic professional development and academic quality and review.
Professor Fitzgerald has built an international reputation for innovation in education design in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, working with schools and universities in Australia and internationally.
Prior to his recent appointment, Robert was Professor of Education and Director, INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education and Training in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra. At UC he led the design and development of the internationally recognised INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education & Training. He led a $1.2 million curriculum renewal project for his Faculty designed to improve flexibility, innovation, retention and engagement. He has extensive leadership experience across schools, universities and diverse research projects, designing and implementing strategic, user-centred initiatives.
Robert has secured over $17 million in research funding. His two most recent projects included a Mixed Reality project with Pearson UK and Microsoft and, a STEM project led by SERC UC, focussed on the early years.
Dr Samson Tan is currently Head of the Centre for Innovation in Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE). As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, IT Governance Committee and MOOC Steering Committee, he drives learning innovations and shapes digital learning policies at NIE. He has over 20 years of involvement in education, with a focus in academic professional development and learning innovation. Prior to joining NIE, Samson was responsible for professional development of academic staff and pedagogical innovation at the Republic Polytechnic (RP). He spearheaded RP’s digital learning, design and delivery of e-learning training and collaboration with other institutions.
In his previous role in RP, Samson was responsible for leading the SkillsFuture initiatives, providing research, consultation and training in workplace learning for the Logistics, Hotel and Biomedical sectors. Samson lectured/trained curriculum design and innovation in learning related subjects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. He graduated with a Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2007 and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull. His research interest is in learning innovation and workplace learning.
Samson is a member of the Executive Board of Association for Problem-based and Active Learning (http://www.panpbl.org/about/#board), the Executive Committee of Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS http://eras.org.sg/about-us/executive-committee-current/), Advisory Board of RMIT School of Engineering, Aviation Industry Advisory Committee, Singapore and editorial board of Journal for Applied Learning and Teaching (JALT).