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TLC ANZ 19 Committee Members


The role of the TLC Program Committee is to provide support, guidance and direction on the types of presentations and topics to be included in the Blackboard TLC ANZ 2019 conference.  The Program Committee assists the Blackboard team in producing a conference agenda that demonstrates and empowers institutions to thrive in a complex and changing educational environment.

Each committee member has been asked to join due to their long standing and well-respected relationship with Blackboard and their experience, leadership and knowledge of the Higher Education sector. We are very fortunate to have their support.

The Blackboard Program Committee is chaired by Mark Bailye, Customer Success Advocate from Blackboard and together with the Program Committee helps us build an innovative and up to date program agenda that allows delegates to learn and discuss innovation in educational technology, best practices, and new and enhanced solutions.  We thank you for your support.

Bill Searle
Manager – Learning Technologies
Charles Darwin University

Bill has worked in the tertiary education sector for 17 years. He provides leadership and expertise in leading the implementation and advancement of education and learning technologies to support online learning and teaching at CDU.

He was the project leader on the roll-out of Analytics for Learn at CDU and has presented previously on learning analytics at BbWorld and at several conferences in Australia. He is the co-author of numerous publications on learning analytics and is currently the joint lead on ‘Learner-facing learning analytics: analysis of student perspectives’ a project of the Australian Innovative Research Universities network.

He joins the Blackboard TLC19 Conference Committee for the second year and brings wide-ranging knowledge of Blackboard products to compliment conference organisers and other committee members.

Dr. Kulari Lokuge Director, eLearning Monash College

Dr. Kulari Lokuge
Director, eLearning
Monash College

Dr. Kulari Lokuge is the Director eLearning at Monash College in Melbourne Australia. She leads the Central eLearning Team that inspires, enables and empowers all teaching staff at Monash College to provide a better learning experience to students through Technology Enhanced Learning. Teaching staff are supported to use the Blended and Flipped teaching and learning models, designing, developing and delivering high-quality learning, to transform student’s lives.

She is actively involved in the governance of professional development for staff, managing teams that support teaching and learning resource development process and quality assurance of technology-enhanced delivery. She is also responsible for the development of staff capacity and capability, particularly in relation to technology-enhanced learning. Dr. Kulari has extensive teaching experience in the areas of Digital Learning, Programming, Knowledge Management, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and System Analysis. Her research interest cover eLearning, Technology Enhanced Learning.

Lisa Ransom, Learning Technology support (including Blackboard and LT projects)– Centre for Learning and Teaching Auckland University of Technology

Lisa Ransom
Learning Technology support (including Blackboard and LT projects)– Centre for Learning and Teaching
Auckland University of Technology

Lisa has been a member of the Learning Technologies team at AUT since 2012 (previously at MIT). In this time, Lisa has provided advice and training to staff in the use of the Blackboard Academic Suite (i.e. Learn, Content, Community, Mobile and Collaborate Ultra) and other supported learning technologies relevant to teaching and learning (to name a few: Mahara ePortfolio system, Voicethread and iPeer).

Lisa has been pivotal in projects including mobile device support and aspects of learning design. Supporting academic teams in course and curriculum development and assistance with effective authentic assessment strategies is one of her most gratifying duties.

Lisa is the current convenor for 2018-2019 (and member) of the NZ/Australian Learning Analytics, MOOCs and innovative teaching and learning.

Lynnae Venaruzzo
Director, Digital Futures
Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Digital Futures)
Western Sydney University

Lynnae has over 15 years of experience in applying design thinking approaches to solve complex challenges in technology-enabled-learning environments and delivering solutions that transform academic practice. Leadership roles have enabled her to pursue a passion for fostering positive team culture and inspiring teams to deliver results that are sustainable, scalable and empathetically designed.

Her current role is Director, Digital Futures at Western Sydney University and has a team of User Experience (UX) Designers, Learning Science Analysts (specialists in cognitive science), and Educational Technologists who engage with academic staff across nine faculties to design, using evidence-based approaches, technology-enabled-learning environments and materials that enhance the student learning experience.

Mark Bailye
Customer Success Advocate, Blackboard
TLC Program Committee Chair

Mark is a passionate advocate of technology enhanced learning, ongoing innovation in learning technologies and the pedagogical application of technologies for learning, teaching, and assessment.

He has been involved in online education for more than fifteen years, working as an educator, educational/learning designer and consultant in K-12, VET, Higher Education, and Corporate (particularly Medical Education) sectors.

Mark’s current role as Customer Success Advocate at Blackboard allows him to work closely with numerous institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand where he champions the effective adoption and use of technologies to transform and enhance education at an institutional and personal level. Mark has been recognised with a Blackboard Customer Success Advocate of the Year Award which recognises his leadership and expertise in enabling client success.

Sharon Long
Learning Environments and Innovation Support
Learning Teaching and Student Engagement
James Cook University

For the past eleven years Sharon’s passion for enabling learning and working from anywhere anytime has assisted JCU staff and students across all campuses to maximise their use of Blackboard LMS and associated learning technologies.

Sharon has been integral in increasing user competency and capability in the use of “LearnJCU” and fundamental in supporting and facilitating JCU’s move from self to managed hosting and more recently the transition to SaaS and Ultra.

A recipient of the team Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change in 2018, Sharon is a return TLC Committee member and long-standing attendee at Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conferences.   Sharon is also an active member of the Blackboard User Group, SaaS User Group, Collaborate User Group and Tech Preview groups.

Sharon previously worked as an Education Manager in South Australia on the planning and implementation of learning technology programs in the Education and Government sectors.

Professor Michael Sankey
Learning Futures
Griffith University

Professor Michael Sankey is from Griffith University in Brisbane, where he leads the Learning Transformations portfolio in the Learning Futures group. He specialises in emerging technologies, technology enhanced learning, curriculum renewal, eLearning quality, multimodal design, digital, visual and multiliteracies. He has worked in Higher Education for 29+ years and is particularly interested in how constructively aligned and aesthetically enhanced learning environments can better transmit concepts to students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds.

In addition to this role, Michael is the Vice President of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE) and is the Director of the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. This is a major initiative of ACODE that is run bi-yearly for those aspiring to become leaders in the area of technology enhanced learning.

Michael also runs the biennial ACODE Inter-Institutional Benchmarking Summit for technology enhanced learning (TEL). Thirty five institutions in Australasia use the ACODE TEL Benchmarks, which in many cases now forms a major quality assurance measure for these institutions.

For more information about Michael please see his ePortfolio at:

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