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Mike Keppell
Executive Director and Professor
Australian Digital Futures Institute
University of Southern Queensland, Australia


This presentation will focus on how new generation tertiary education students interact in a digital age. It will discuss how they adapt and customise their learning and personalise their interactions to suit their needs. It will argue that students need to acquire a range of literacies to successfully personalise their learning and social environments. New generation tertiary education students are characterised by having a rapport or relationship with technology and they have an inherent need to express themselves through multiple avenues which utilise user-generated content. User-generated content includes artefacts created by the student that are uploaded to the internet for sharing with other people. Knowledge acquisition now focuses on networks and ecologies, and knowledge now requires literacies in networking (Siemens, 2006). In addition, our learning is increasingly mobile as we move through a wider range of spaces. We now expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever we want (Johnson, et al, 2012).


Professor Keppell commenced at the University of Southern Queensland in October 2012 as Executive Director and Professor, Australian Digital Futures Institute. Professor Keppell has a long professional history in higher education in Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. Professor Keppell was Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Flexible Learning Institute at Charles Sturt University, and prior to that was Head of the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Professor Keppell has also held positions at the University of Melbourne, Central Queensland University and private providers in Canada. He holds qualifications from the University of Calgary and University of Queensland. Having published widely in the field of flexible learning, and with a background in educational technology, extensive community involvement and a strength in design-based research, Professor Keppell has a range of valuable skills and experience in Higher Education.

His research focuses on learning spaces, blended learning, learning oriented assessment, authentic learning and transformative learning using design based research. He has edited two books: Instructional Design: Case Studies in Communities of Practice and Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment. He is a Life Member of ascilite after serving 12 years on the executive including three years as Treasurer and three years as President. He is widely published and has completed numerous keynote and invited presentations.