11th International Conference on Experiential Learning
ICEL 2008 will include opening and closing Keynote Speakers and Keynote Symposium
Speakers. The Keynote Symposium Speakers will present as a team and
raise issues pertinent to the conference themes
over two days. Each theme will then be explored experientially through a large
group ‘World Café’ activity.
Another new element of ICEL 2008 will be the introduction of Key Contributors
who will facilitate large-scale experiential events for delegates at the
Opening Keynote Speaker
University of Technology, Sydney
A brief abstract of David’s paper is to
Professor Boud is interested in how people
learn and what can be done to foster their learning. This has taken him
to a variety of settings in adult, higher and professional education
and prompted an examination of many practices and processes. This has
ranged from new forms of curriculum design (problem-based learning, negotiated
learning and work-based learning) to learning practices (use of reflection,
reciprocal peer learning) and assessment (self-assessment, sustainable
assessment). A continuing theme of these explorations has been the role
of the learner and how learning might be fostered. This has taken Professor
Boud to developing models for learning from experience and the role of
reflection in learning, and to examining the role of those who intervene
in learning whether or not they are identified as teachers.
Currently, Professor Boud is interested in the challenges faced by formal
education from new modes of knowledge production, learning in organizations,
new practices in doctoral education and the role of assessment for long-term
Closing Keynote Speaker
University of British Columbia
A brief abstract of Tara’s paper is
to be confirmed.
Tara, is Professor of Education and Head
of Department of
Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2004 she published ‘Learning Through Experience: Troubling Assumptions and
Intersecting Questions’ (2004, Krieger) which won the American Houle Award for
Outstanding Literature in Adult Education.
Her research and teaching centre on issues of experiential learning
in everyday spaces and places of work. Work environments are complex,
contested and riddled with politics, so her studies examine learning
as it is linked to
power relations in work.
Tara’s recent research projects have examined specific issues such as
how garment workers learn to survive difficult work conditions; how small
businesses learn through networks; how and what self-employed professionals
learn when they go solo; and what employees learn through technologies
such as individual learning plans.
Her recent books include Educating the Global Workforce (with
Lesley Farrell, 2007, Routledge), Work, Subjectivity and Learning (with
Stephen Billett and Margaret Somerville, 2006, Springer), and Spirituality
and Adult Education (with Leona English and Jim Parsons, Krieger,
She is looking forward to the ICEL conference in December 2008, and
hopes to connect with new questions, new perspectives, and of course
new as well as old friends.
Symposium Keynote Speakers
Dr. Colin Beard originally trained as a zoologist
and worked for fifteen years for NGO environmental organisations early
in his career. He gained his doctorate at 54 years of age (by an 'experiential
route') and has worked in learning and development practices across a
range of fields of study, including outdoor learning and corporate HR
work, around the world. His current interest lies in research concerning
interconnectendess and interdisciplinarity within experiential approaches
Colin is a UK National Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Arts, and a visiting professor in Beijing, China. He is a reviewer
for the Journal of Experiential Education, on the editorial board of
the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning and on the editorial
board of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
His recent publications include Experiential Learning: A Best Practice
Handbook for Trainers and Educators (2006) and The Power of
Experiential Learning (2002).
Experiential Techniques & Education for sustainable development
Dr Hilary Armstrong is the Director of Training
and Research and an executive coach at the Institute of Executive Coaching.
The Institute trains executive coaches as well as delivering coaching
into major organisations. Hilary oversees the development of the Institute
through curriculum design, training and research as well as through the
thriving Community of Practice, which provides IEC alumni with ongoing
professional development and supervision.
Until 2004 Hilary held senior
academic roles at the University of Western Sydney, first in the School
of Social Ecology and then the School of Psychology. Hilary was
coordinator of the Graduate Diploma and Masters programs in the radical
education program of Social Ecology at UWS for a number of years. Her
PhD examined conflict, narratives and power in experiential learning
environments. Through this, she developed an ‘ethical conversations’
process and was a consultant at the St James Ethics Centre, coaching
and training people in organisational ethics and workplace relations.
In her role at the Institute Hilary works extensively with individuals
as well as teams, providing executive coaching, conversational processes,
facilitation and mediation using experiential learning and narrative
Hilary has publications in the area of workplace
ethics, coaching, qualitative research, action learning, narrative forms
of practice and mediation. Her
professional memberships include the International Coaching Federation,
Aust. Assoc. for Professional and Applied Ethics, Aust. Assoc. of Social
Psychologists and the Aust. Assoc. of Group Analytic Psychotherapists.
Paul McKey is an internationally
recognised authority in the area of
learning and performance and its
application for business improvement.
With a background in music, film,
business, learning and technology,
he applies a creative approach to the
design of successful learning and
performance programs that make a
definitive difference and achieve results.
Paul has consulted and practised
extensively in Australasia and
the USA, primarily in the areas of
organisational learning and performance,
online technology design
and business improvement.
As a manager at Apple Computer he
helped pioneer online learning in the
corporate environment and saw first
hand the competitive advantage
quality learning, technology and
smart-business can provide.
He has formal qualifications in Electronics
Engineering (data communication),
a Master of Education degree
and is currently a PhD candidate.
His topic is organisational
learning and business improvement.
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Jennifer is a Wiradjuri woman and lecturer
at UTS in Aboriginal Studies and Adult education.
She uses experiential education to help individuals celebrate their
cultural identities but does this in a way that allows them to walk together
comfortably with care and respect on Aboriginal land.
As well as working with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and
International students at UTS Jennifer also works for two American University
programs conducted in Sydney: the Boston University internship and the
Rollins College Australian Studies programs. She has recently been to
Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida to teach on their Australian Studies
Jennifer is a part-time member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal and
brings a cultural and community perspective to hearings regarding people
with intellectual disabilities.
A brief abstract of Tony’s paper is to
Tony has been involved in outdoor experiential
training since its infancy in Australia in the early 1980s and then since
1990 he has worked in a number of roles for training businesses. He is
now most often found facilitating ‘real live’ learning with business
improvement teams and senior leadership teams.
Tony and his family have also been involved in house building trips
to Cambodia for the Tabitha Foundation in 2005, 06 and 07. He has co-written
a curriculum using the Cambodian house building experience as a leadership
development opportunity. The program focuses on elements of ethical decision-making
and authentic leadership while working in communities with real needs.
In 2008 Tony will co-develop a program with partners in the corporate
sector and remote communities in Northern Australia to deliver a robust
learning experience for participants, including clear outcomes for businesses,
and sustainable support for the communities involved.
He will be facilitating a unique experience for delegates as part of
the opening session of the conference.
Yoshimi and Jon
A brief abstract of Yoshimi and Jon’s paper is to
Yoshimi and Jon Brett are corporate facilitators
who model messages about bringing life to organisational sustainability.
They are known for optimising talent by creating interactive, relevant
contexts for learning.
They've created a learning tool/mental model that has served thousands of people
around the globe. A metaphorical model of Nature, TetraMap helps learners
to reduce conflict, communicate more effectively and focus on results.
Their 2007 book, "TetraMap: develop people & business the way
nature intended", brings together lessons learned, applications
of the tool, strategies for positive development and sustainability.
At the heart of Nature is a geometric shape, the tetrahedron. Also described
as the minimum system in the Universe, the tetrahedron serves as a powerful
model for individuals, organisations and communities to work inter-dependently
This keynote contribution will help participants to experience Nature's
lessons of creating and doing more with less. Understanding the mental
model within the tetrahedron will involve hands-on action, intra and
interpersonal communication and application of ideas. Learners will have
opportunities to create together, reflect, and envision strategies for
To move beyond binary thinking (good/bad;
right/wrong; war/peace) we will view diversity as a critical success
factor, and sustainability as no longer a buzz-word, but a non-negotiable