Alternative Staffing Approaches

uImagine hosted a think tank exploring alternative staffing approaches for scaleable Distance Education.


uImagine hosted a think tank exploring Alternative Staffing Approaches for Scaleable Distance Education. This event was held on the 15th of September 2015 on the Bathurst Campus of CSU.

The international Experts discussed their institutional staffing approaches with a focus on the roles, responsibilities and employment conditions of online teaching and subject development staff for online and distance learning.

Building upon the CSU DE Strategy, this Think Tank was designed to examine best practices by high quality global online institutions and create a dialogue across the CSU academic community about alternative staffing models that strengthen online teaching, student engagement and academic staff support.

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Dr. Valerie Peachey

Dr. Peachey’s expertise as entrepreneurial educational leader, spans over 25 years in Canada’s Public Post Secondary Sector, where she has often created/initiated new and innovative programs. Her expertise combines “an eye on the bottom line” with online education, credential development, faculty training, and leadership. Her diverse set of skills support the foundation of a quality educational experience for students. She is often asked to present nationally and internationally on leadership, sustainability scalability models in online education, online faculty development and motivating teams in the virtual world. Noted for her infectious enthusiasm, and Dr. Peachey believes in education as a transformative agent, that creates opportunities individuals to reach their potential through open and flexible access.

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Prof. Albert Sangrà, Ph.D.

Albert Sangrà is the Academic Director of the UNESCO Chair in Technology and Education for Social Change at the Open University of Catalonia. He is a researcher at the Edul@b research group and full professor at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department. He worked as a consultant and trainer in several online and blended education projects in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia, focusing on implementation strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning, particularly online education and its quality. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank Institute. At the UOC, he has served as Director, Methodology and Educational Innovation until 2004, being in charge of the educational model of the university; Director of the M.Sc. program in Education and ICT (e-learning) (2006-2012), and Director of the eLearn Center at UOC (2012-2014). He has been Vice-President for the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) (2011-2014), and member of the Executive Committee of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) (2003-2009). He also served in the Advisory Board of the Portugal’s Universidade Aberta. His main research interests are ICT uses in education and training and, particularly, the policies, organization, management and leadership of e-learning implementation, and its quality assurance, and the professional development for online teaching. He has been awarded with the 2015 EDEN Senior Fellow recognition for having demonstrated excellence in professional practice in Open, Distance and E-Learning, and with the 2015 Award of Excellence in E-Learning from the World Education Congress. European Ph.D. in Education at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Postgraduate in Applications of Information Technology in ODE at The Open University of the UK, and Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education at Harvard University. BA in Education at the Universitat de Barcelona.


Professor Belinda Tynan

Professor Belinda Tynan is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Innovation) and a Professor of Higher Education at the Open University, UK. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Innovation contributes to the strategic vision and mission of the University and has a focus on supporting student success by providing executive leadership in the areas of innovation, strategy and policy development, production, informal learning and research and scholarship in technology enhanced learning. The PVC (LI) is Chair of the Education Committee amongst others and is a driver of initiatives relating to learning and innovation. The role interacts across the University faculties, institutes and supporting portfolios. Belinda Tynan joined The Open University in April 2013. Previously, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Western Australia and is an active researcher with expertise in technology enhanced learning, staff development and scholarship and learning and teaching pedagogy. She has 70 peer reviewed articles, books and book chapters and in excess 3000 views and more than 2500 downloads on ResearchGate. She is a frequently invited speaker, experienced postgraduate supervisor and has more than thirty years of experience in the education sector in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. She has significant executive level leadership and management experience and was recently awarded her Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK). She has a doctorate from the University of Western Australia, several postgraduate certificates from the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University in education, curriculum and higher education and a Masters in online learning.

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Dr. Michael Crock

Michael has over 30 years higher education, management and consulting experience, including extensive involvement in the strategic development and operationalization of teaching and learning initiatives across multiple organisations, significant involvement with the commercialisation of higher education products and services, as well as additional relevant professional work experience in industry and working with local, state and federal government organisations. Michael has held senior academic and management positions at The University of Queensland, Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Open Universities Australia, and most recently at the University of New England as the Pro Vice Chancellor Educational Innovation and International. He has also served as the CEO of STARLIT, one of six original Australian national co-operative multimedia companies initially established under federal government funding.

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