Keynote Address


Higher Education Staff Development and Research in Teaching and Learning: Malaysian Perspective


Prof. Dr. Mohd Majid Konting

Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT)
Ministry of Education Malaysia

Dr. Mohd. Majid Konting is a Professor at the Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He joined UPM in 1982 and obtained his Ph.D in Education from Lancaster University, England in 1995. His expertise, research and teaching interests lie in the field of learning and teaching and educational policy, planning, research and evaluation as well as teacher education. He is a renowned expert in learning outcomes and soft skills which is currently the strategic element being pursued by the Government of Malaysia. He was entrusted by the Ministry of Education Malaysia to lead a research team to evaluate the teaching and learning practices in the national educational system in 2012 which resulted in the formulation of Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. He was also entrusted by the Ministry to evaluate the effectiveness of the Malaysian Smart Schools, which resulted in developing new policy for the initiative. He is currently leading many research projects related to learning and teaching in higher education and has developed a research-based Leadership Development in Higher Education Learning and Teaching Model and Framework whereby he has lead and coordinated 15 research projects and 45 training modules related to higher education learning and teaching. Currently, he is seconded to Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), Ministry of Education Malaysia since 2009.

Computing Accreditation: The Emergence of a Profession

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Prof. Dr. Stephen B. Seidman

College of Science and Engineering
Texas State University

Stephen B. Seidman is dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He received the B.S. degree in mathematics from City College of New York in 1964 and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1969. Before joining Texas State in August 2009, he held administrative positions at several universities. These positions include dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Central Arkansas (2006-09), founding dean of the College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (2001-05), chair of the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University (1996-2001), and head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Auburn University (1990-96).

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Seidman has held computer science and mathematics faculty positions at New York University and George Mason University. His research interests include mathematical social science, parallel computing, and software engineering. He is the author of over 60 papers and two books.

More recently, Dr. Seidman’s interests are in the area of computing education and computing professionalism. He played a leading role in the development of an international standard for software engineering certification, and he has worked with the international IP3 effort to develop a program to accredit computing societies to certify information technology professionals.

Dr. Seidman is a leader in US computing accreditation. Since 2010, he has been a member of ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission. He has been a member of the board of trustees of CSAB (the society responsible for ABET computing accreditation) since 2006, serving as CSAB president from 2009 to 2011.

Dr. Seidman is a long-term IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) volunteer. He has been a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors (2003-05) and the IEEE-CS Executive Committee (2005-08). He has served the Computer Society as Secretary (2005), Treasurer (2006) and Vice-President for Educational Activities (2007-2008).

Quality Teaching and Learning in Engineering Education:
A Research Based Approach


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyn Brodie

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
University of Southern Queensland

Lyn Brodie is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research interests include engineering education, Problem Based Learning, assessment and the first year experience. She is a board and founding member of the USQ Teaching Academy and Director of the Faculty Engineering Education Research Group. Lyn was the academic team leader for the teaching team which successfully designed a strand of PBL courses for the faculty. Her work has been recognised through several awards including a University Award for Design and Delivery of Teaching Materials, Carrick Institute Citation and Australian University Teaching Award for Innovation in Curricula Learning and Teaching, USQ Associate Learning and Teaching Fellowships for curriculum and assessment development and recognition from the Australian Association of Engineering Educators for innovation in curricula. On several occasions Lyn has been a visiting Professor to the University of Hong Kong – Centre for Advancement of University Teaching, consulting in both PBL and online curriculum development and assessment. She is the 2013 president for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE).

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