Post-pandemic, is life just permanently digital?

Post-pandemic, is life just permanently digital? A discussion of Digital citizenship, safety, communication, well-being and pedagogy.

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This webinar explored the concept of digital post-pandemic. Through a lens of digital citizenship and what it means in 2022, we will speak to experts in the areas of digital safety, digital communication, digital well-being, and digital pedagogy and get their views on what their areas might look like once the pandemic breaks, and consider the question of what our digital future might need and how we can help society achieve it. The panel will be moderated by Professor Michael Cowling, winner of the 2020 Universities Australia AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence (Physical Sciences) and will include national and international experts Professor Matthew Bellgard (QUT), Dr Joanne Orlando (Western Sydney University), Dr Kwong Nui Sim (Auckland University of Technology), and Dr Robert Vanderburg (CQU).

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Associate Professor Michael Cowling – Information & Communication Technology, CQUniversity Australia

Professor Cowling has been a leader in educational technology for over 20 years and was the 2020 recipient of the Universities Australia AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence (Physical Sciences). He is an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, and an Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Community Fellow. Tens of thousands of academics, teachers, and students have heard his mantra, ‘pedagogy before technology’, whilst learning directly and indirectly from him through his award-winning educator workshop series ‘Weaving Technology into the Fabric of the Classroom’, and his Australian government supported ‘Professor Tech’ K-12 student engagement program.


Dr Kwong Nui Sim – AUT Learning Transformation LAB, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Dr Kwong Nui Sim is an award-winning emerging scholar/academic committed to enhance practices in the use of educational technology for students and teachers as well as within doctoral education and academic development capacity. She is currently a senior lecturer/learning and teaching consultant at AUT Learning Transformation LAB, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and has been active in the scholarship of higher education for about a decade now.

Dr Joanne Orlando – Western Sydney University and TechClever

Dr Jo (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed) is leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles. She is best known for her ground breaking insights into how to enhance children’s online safety, digital activity and wellbeing. Dr Jo’s insights come from her own cutting-edge research with children, evidence from science, social science and health, lessons from popular culture, and her own everyday observations and experiences that explore how we can make our digital lives better. Most recently Joanne launched her own brand TechClever, a digital literacy education program for parents and schools. She was formerly a writer for ABC PlaySchool. When away from her own screen, you’ll find Joanne hiking up and down mountains, travelling, and hanging out with her kids and dog Jasper.

Dr. Robert Vanderburg – (Senior Lecturer – Education, CQUniversity Australia) is an experienced education researcher, with a focus on educational psychology and digital pedagogy. Beginning his career in America before moving to Australia, he has been a researcher in education for over 20 years and has won multiple teaching awards across both continents. His work on developing an innovative digital-based pedagogy for numeracy and literacy in the PRAXIS in America and LANTITE test in Australia has enabled hundreds of pre-service teachers to obtain registration, and his award-winning scholarly engagement has allowed him to pass these digital pedagogy strategies to educators throughout Australia.

Professor Matt Bellgard – Director eResearch QUT

Professor Matt Bellgard is the inaugural eResearch Director at Queensland University of Technology and has attracted over $45m in research funding, co-inventor of 5 full/20 provisional patents, designed and commissioned a world’s top 100 supercomputer, co-authored 160 articles in areas including human/animal/plant genomics, bioinformatics, health informatics, AI, biosecurity, eResearch, HASS radio astronomy. He has led the design and development of digital health solutions for government, industry and academia, addressing policy, privacy, consent issues across multiple jurisdictions. He is co-leading a project to inform the development of a Queensland Health Data Governance Framework. As Chair of the APEC Rare Disease Network, within 16 months of introducing the Concept Note in August 2017, the 21 APEC governments endorsed the APEC Rare Disease Action Plan that brings together governments, industry, academia, clinicians and patient advocacy groups to support the estimated 200 million individuals living with a rare disease within the APEC economies.


Location: Online
Start Date: 01/04/2022 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 12pm
End Date: 01/04/2022
End Time: 1pm (AEST)