The School Education Minister Peter Garrett has announced the creation of a new advisory group of education and IT experts to provide the Australian Government with advice on the next steps towards transforming teaching and learning through technology.


Speaking at the 2011 Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools National Conference in Hobart, Mr Garrett said the Digital Education Advisory Group will be a valuable source of advice on the latest ICT developments and their use in the schoolroom.


The group will help build on the Australian Government’s achievements through its $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution. 


The new advisory group will be chaired by eLearning expert and Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Equity at the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Shirley Alexander.


 Other members of the group are education and industry experts with experience in use of ICT in education. They are:

  • Dr Richard Eden, Associate Director-General, Department of Education and Training, Queensland
  • Mr David Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson Australia
  • Mr Tony Mackay, Chair, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, and Deputy Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • Ms Susan Mann, Chief Executive Officer, Education Services Australia
  • Dr Michelle Selinger, Director, Education Practice, Cisco Systems
  • Mr Greg Whitby, Executive Director, Schools, Diocese of Parramatta, and
  • An Australian Government representative, to be determined.