Bejing 2008


Keynote Speakers

Professor Shirley Alexander -
Teaching and Learning on the Web: 1995 to 2008: achieving the dream?

Graham Ingram
Threats to the Web

Geoffrey Kwitko
Building communities on the Web: What Web2.0 has to offer.

Stephen Atherton
Universities on the Web: from podcasts to iTunes U

Professor David Lowe
Web development: fabrication or orchestration?

Shirley Alexander

Presenter: Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and Equity), University of Technology, Sydney. <>

Title: Teaching and Learning on the Web: 1995 to 2008: achieving the dream?"

Outline: In early 1995 I submitted a paper to a new conference, AusWeb, the title of
which was "Teaching and Learning on the Web". At that time, the first widely available
web browser (Mosaic) had been freely downloadable for approximately one year. Many claims
were being made at the time for the ways in which the Web was going to revolutionise many
industries, not the least of which was Education.

In that paper I implored educators not to focus on the capabilities of the new "tools"
themselves, but on learning of itself. Educators were encouraged to use the tools to
provide qualitatively different learning experiences for students rather than simply an
automation of existing teaching and learning experiences.

In this 2008 paper I will focus on the factors that influenced the outcomes (successes
and failures) of attempts to achieve that dream, concluding with some bold predictions
for the future of learning.

Biographical details: Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies at the
University of Technology, Sydney where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Equity). She has previously held the positions of Director of the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning and Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Shirley's long term research agenda has been on the effective use of information and
communication technologies in learning in both higher education and schools. She has
delivered keynote and invited addresses to a number of international and national
conferences on this research. She has also managed the production of a number of
award-winning e-learning products, and developed and taught post-graduate courses in
multimedia and e-learning. She was a member of two successive national government
committees on teaching and learning in higher education from 1997 to 2004.

Presenter: Graham Ingram, General Manager AusCERT. <>

Title: Threats to the Web

Outline:  Web based e-government and e-business continue to grow with the potential to deliver improved service efficiency and flexibility with reduced costs.  Web 2.0 is
looming as the next leap in this process increasing interaction and personalisation.  The presentation will look at the growing level of threats being directed against Web based services and the impact on government, business and users.

Biographical details: Graham Ingram is the General Manager of AusCERT. He took up the position in January 2002 after 17 years employment with the Australian government. Immediately prior to joining AusCERT, Graham worked with the Australian Department of Defence where he was responsible for managing computer security incident reporting and response for Commonwealth  government agencies.
Graham has extensive experience in critical information infrastructure protection (CIP) and spent four years working in this area for the government. During this period he managed a number of major IT security and information protection issues including computer network attacks during the Y2K period and IT security threats to the 2000 Olympic games. Since joining AusCERT, Graham has consolidated AusCERT as Australia's national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and strengthened its strategic relationships particularly in the Asia Pacific region. AusCERT was the founding chair of APCERT which comprises the leading 17 CERTs/CSIRTs from 14 economies in the Asia Pacific Region. Graham has a BSc (honours).

Presenter: Geoffrey Kwitko, Web Community Strategist, <>

Title: Building communities on the Web: What Web2.0 has to offer.

Outline: Everyone has their own definition of Web2.0, yet there is one common theme that stands out - the ability to participate in a community. Whether it is through a social networking site such as Facebook, a video sharing site, a blog, a bulletin board or a wiki, the role of community is paramount. Online communities break traditional business rules and paradigms. Communities grow faster and perform better than traditional Web sites, benefiting from marketing factors such as membership loyalty and stickiness.

This keynote explores the importance of community to the online world today and shows how online collaboration is simply a natural extension to our daily lives. It looks at online communities from a practical entrepreneurial business perspective as well as from a technological point of view. Drawing directly from my experience with as an example of this growing trend, I will outline some of the issues, benefits and experiences that surround running an online community. I will also look at some of the great online community successes and failures in recent years.

Biographical details: Geoffrey Kwitko is a leading young talent in the Web community industry. As a consultant in the field, he has taken start-up Web communities from 0 to 700 active members in less than a month on shoestring budget. Over recent years, Geoffrey provided Web community strategy to a number of finance companies, music artists, hobby groups, and educational institutes. In particular, Geoffrey provides strategic and technical guidance to, recently voted the best stock market discussion forum in Traders Choice Awards.

Geoffrey's practical experience is founded on a strong academic foundation of both business and technology. Geoffrey was awarded a full scholarship to study a Bachelor Business (E-commerce) and Bachelor Information Technology (Internet Technology) at Bond University. Placed first in class in nearly half of his courses, Geoffrey was the highest performing business/information technology student for both 2005 and 2006, earning him the Australian Computer Society Award. Geoffrey loves working with online communities, and enjoys sharing his passion with others.

Stephen Atherton

Presenter: Stephen Atherton, Apple Australia, <>

Title: Universities on the Web: from podcasts to iTunes U

Outline: The concept of the digital native and the technologies that are encompassed in their digital world has been well examined. Just how do technologies such as RSS and solutions such as iTunes develop in a university environment and how are students responding? This presentation will look at the development of iTunes U in the U.S. and directions in Australasia. Apple technologies for podcasting and collaborating will be discussed and demonstrated. The implementation of such technologies at both a strategic and technical level will be discussed whilst always considering the basic question - what's in it for the local educational community?

Biographical details: Stephen Atherton is the National Development Executive (Higher Education) for Apple Australia. In this role he engages with the tertiary sector in collaborative research and teaching projects, consulting, and is involved in professional development of tertiary education staff. He taught at a number of schools in Australia where he developed a continuing interest in computers in education. Stephen spent a number of years at the University of Queensland where he managed a wide range of activities associated with the provision of I.T. solutions in teaching and research. Stephen has been an external consultant with Apple Computer Europe and UK and managed the education division of the UK Macintosh User Association based in Oxford. He is a member of a number of computing and education associations in the UK and Australia.

David Lowe

Presenter: Professor David Lowe, Director, Centre for Real-Time Information Networks (CRIN),
University of Technology, Sydney <>
Title: Web development: fabrication or orchestration?
Outline: The way in which developers have viewed Web systems has evolved along with the evolution of the technologies which underpin the Web. In the early-to-mid 1990's, Web applications were viewed as static content-driven systems and this was reflected in hypertext-oriented design approached. In the mid-to-late 1990s as increasingly sophisticated functionality was incorporated more traditional software development approaches were incorporated (with the associated emergence of debates about whether Web apps were really just software systems, or whether they were fundamentally different - a debate which still periodically emerges).
The next stage of evolution in the early-mid 2000's was interesting. It saw a return to a consideration of content, but focussed on active user-generated content rather than passive author-generated content: blogs, wikis, syndicated content etc. It was here that a fundamental "balance of power" shift in development occurred. The effect of applications (on their host organisation, on users, and on the way in which they are used collectively with other applications - for example in complex mash-ups) can longer be "controlled" or necessarily even predicted. Rather applications tend to more organic in their adoption and evolution. Development is shifting from traditional controlled design, to evolutionary orchestration. These issues will be discussed, as will the implications of these observations for the future evolution of Web applications and the ways in which we might approach their development.
Biographical details: David Lowe is the Director of the Centre for Real-Time Information Networks (CRIN) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is passionate about teaching, and particularly the twin threads of e-learning and the role of practice-based engineering education. From 2002-2008 he was the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for the Faculty of Engineering at UTS.

He has active research interests in the areas of Web development and technologies, software engineering and real-time control systems. In particular he has published widely in the areas of Web development processes, web project specification and scoping, and information contextualisation. He has also published three books (the most recent being Pressman and Lowe, Web Engineering: A Practitioners Approach, McGraw-Hill).
He is on numerous Web conference committees and journal editorial boards, and is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Wen Engineering. He has undertaken numerous consultancies related to software evaluation, Web development (especially project planning and evaluation) and Web technologies. He was the recipient of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2001 McGraw Hill New Engineering Educator Award, and won the Paul Thistlewaite Award for best paper at the 2000 AusWeb Conference. He is still trying to win the annual Web Trivia Quiz before either of his sons do.

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