With research that has the potential to substantially transform education on a global scale, Professor Liz Burd, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Newcastle is an exciting addition to the DiG Festival program.

Her talk will address how technology influences education and vice versa, the impacts of equal access to technology and how people work together to harness technology for education.

“The essence of my research is fair and equal access, and the technology we are developing at the University of Newcastle is the first of its kind,” said Professor Burd.

Professor Burd joins leading commentators and thinkers in the technology and innovation space and will bring valuable understanding of research collaborating with industry to the conference program.

Having worked with global technology groups including IBM, Microsoft, British Telecommunication, BAe and Logica, Professor Burd has won many awards for her work and developed networked multi-touch tables style technology for use in classrooms. The technology makes it possible for teachers to monitor the work of students and offer help or set more challenging problems depending on progress.

“Interactive white boards, which are now quite prevalent in schools are a step in the right direction, however these are typically controlled by the teacher. In achieving an interactive environment, the interaction needs to involve the students,” said professor Burd.

A multi-user, multi-touch interactive table networked to support interaction across the classroom.

Professor Burd holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons), a Masters in Science (Human Interaction) and PhDs in Risk and Software Maintenance.

Visit the DiG website to purchase tickets (70% discount for students) and see the full conference program.

About Liz

Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Burd is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Newcastle, where she is responsible for driving the next phase of development, innovation and advancement of learning and teaching across the University.

Professor Burd is formerly from the University of Durham in the UK, where she was Dean of Undergraduate Education and Chair of Information Technology. With an international reputation in the field of education, Professor Burd is particularly recognised for her pioneering research into Technology Enhanced Learning.

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) from Worcester College of Higher Education; a Master of Science Human Computer Interaction and D.Phil. Risk Management from the University of York; and a Ph.D. Software Maintenance from the University of Durham.

Professor Burd is a member of key international bodies including Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Pre-university Education Coordinating Committee, where she is responsible for promoting Engineering and Technology education to its 400,000 members. She is also the 2nd Vice-President for the IEEE Computer Society, which has 75,000 members.

Professor Burd’s academic and professional expertise will advance the University’s aspirations in teaching and learning, particularly in the online environment. Working with faculties and divisions, Professor Burd will lead the development of the UoNline Plus initiative, and support other key NeW Directions projects such as the University-wide Innovation Teaching and Learning Exchange Groups.