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Keynote speakers and panels

There are a variety of keynote speakers and panels this year covering topics such as contemporary challenges in academic integrity, global trends, artificial intelligence and student representation. To learn more about our speakers, please click here

Speakers: Liz Johnson, Margot McNeil, Karen Nelson, David Sadler, Lenka Ucnik
The role of leadership in responding to contemporary challenges to student academic integrity in Australian higher education
Professor Liz Johnson, Deakin University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor Karen Nelson, University of Southern Queensland’s Provost, will co-facilitate a panel discussion with senior leaders from across the Australian higher education sector.  The panel will consider institutional and cross-institutional strategies and priorities for promoting and maintaining the integrity of tertiary qualifications, and the role of sector leadership in responding to the big issues currently in the field of student academic integrity. Professors Johnson and Nelson will be joined by Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at the University of Western Australia; Dr Margot McNeill, Chief Product and Quality Officer at TAFE NSW; and a representative from TEQSA (tbc).  

Speaker: Sarah Eaton
Title: Academic Integrity: Global Trends, Emerging Threats, and Updated Approaches

Description: Join us for an evidence-informed keynote about key issues and global trends related academic integrity including updated understandings that extend beyond student conduct: the role that equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and Indigenization play in academic integrity; new threats and cutting-edge topics such as the role artificial intelligence is playing in teaching, learning, and assessment; and finally, we’ll look at trends in the ways in which academic misconduct is being addressed and what the benefits and barriers are to these shifts.

Speakers: Lucinda McKnight and Phill Dawson
Title: AI and AI: a conversation about the role of content generation tools in student assessed work and beyond

Description: We asked an artificial intelligence writing tool ( to write the abstract for our session and here is what it wrote:
“Academic integrity is central to the mission of any educational institution. It promotes learning, ensures the quality of degrees conferred, and protects the reputation of the institution. However, artificial intelligence (AI) content generation tools are becoming increasingly sophisticated and readily available, posing a new challenge to academic integrity.
In this session, Lucinda McKnight and Phillip Dawson will explore how AI content production tools impact on academic integrity. They will discuss the implications for assessment design and the role that AI-generated content will play in the future of work. This promises to be a fascinating and informative discussion on a topic of increasing importance.”

Student Panel

• Dr Jen McPherson, Western Sydney University (facilitator)
• Jennifer Skinner, TAFE NSW - First Nations student
• Liz Slattery, Western Sydney University – Student representative on Student Misconduct Committee
• Jean-Baptiste Philibert, Western Sydney University – Student peer leader
• Dr Penelope Pitt, Deakin University – Student advocate 

Description: Students play a key role in promoting a culture of academic integrity through peer leadership, advocacy and representation. The student panel will be a structured Q&A session featuring student perspectives on academic integrity experiences, challenges and initiatives. Student representatives, peer leaders, student advocates, and student members of misconduct panels will be invited to discuss their experience, exploring strategies to promote a positive culture of integrity and to address current and emerging threats to integrity. The session will highlight student perspectives, good practice examples and areas to consider in future academic integrity practice, policy and research.