Featured Speakers at the Virtual #OLForums2022 [Day Two]

  • The OpenLearning Forums: Leading the Way in Online Learning will take place virtually on the 2nd (Day One) and 9th (Day Two) of December 2022, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM (AEDT).
  • The forums will kick-off with short insightful presentations followed by a future-focused panel discussion and wrap-up with a hands-on, interactive workshop with valuable practical takeaways.
  • The online forum for Day Two features experts from across the education sector including University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, iCollege, Western Sydney University and more.


The OpenLearning Forums are focused on showcasing best practices, emerging initiatives, case studies, innovative theoretical and conceptual models and frameworks, and forward-thinking strategic approaches in a day committed to moving from theory to action.

We’re pleased to share our featured speakers for Day Two on the Learner-centered Learning in Practice Forum, Friday, 9 December 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm.

Meet our speakers for Day Two:


Prof. Peter Reimann

University of Sydney

Prof. Peter Reimann


Peter is currently Professor of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. Peter studied Psychology at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and received his PhD from the same university.  Peter's primary research areas are learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Current research activities comprise among other issues the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, and new forms of computer-supported peer tutoring. He's also working on developing research methods such as process mining and the use of knowledge technologies for open and reproducible research. 

In addition to basic research, Peter has been involved in several European Commission-funded R&D projects and has been working frequently as consultant for the European Commission's educational technology research programs. He has also done consultancy for numerous industry partners, and for the Singapore Ministry of Education as well as The Learning Federation. Peter directs the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) at the University of Sydney.


Dr. Eva Huang

University of Sydney

Dr. Eva Huang


Dr Eva Huang is an expert on Regtech and Comparative Taxation in the Digital Economy. Her research focuses on building the compliance or regulatory business case in the design of compliance risk mitigating digital artefacts, especially regarding risks associated with taxation and financial crimes.

Eva’s experience in pragmatic cross-disciplinary collaboration places her in a unique position to understand digitalisation from both risk management and regulatory policy making perspectives. Eva collaborates closely with two data scientists to develop Regtech artifacts, incorporating new cutting-edge informatics research methods in design science and action research. Her research program is therefore able to bring together in-depth understanding of business and tax laws, policy analysis, and corporate internal control practices to the design of digital solutions that incorporate big-data analytics and machine learning techniques.

Eva’s close collaborative relationships with leading research institutions include:

  • Research Affiliate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance based at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School;
  • Research Fellow at the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University; and
  • Adjunct Researcher at the Center for International Tax Law and Comparative Taxation, Xiamen University.

Eva is an active and experienced research supervisor, she mentors and collaborates with her research students. Her supervision and mentoring resulted in a PhD internship grant, -- APR Intern Project: Toyota/USyd (Xi Nan) INT-0935 (Academic Mentor).

Eva is the founding and current joint editor of the Journal of Chinese Tax and Policy, the first English language journal with an exclusive focus on taxation policies and laws in China. She is also the convener of the International Conference of Chinese Tax and Policy which is the annual conference of the Journal.


A/Prof. Elizabeth A Thomson

Charles Sturt University

A_Prof Elizabeth A Thomson


Adjunct Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Thomson, Charles Sturt University and Managing Director, Coaching to Clarity Group, is a Systemic Functional Linguist with 30 years of teaching, researching and publishing experience both as an academic, public servant and professional.  Her fields of interest include descriptions of Languages Other than English (LOTES), particularly Japanese and Wiradjuri, language education, English for academic purposes, English for defence purposes, online language learning and teaching,  and curriculum & assessment.  Currently, she is offering three courses on compassionate communication, Connecting Through Talk on the OpenLearning platform and is currently developing a course on English for Academic Purposes, called Writing for Success.  She brings her knowledge, skills and experience to course design and development online. 


Eve Ollerenshaw


Eve Ollerenshaw


Ms Eve Ollerenshaw is Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive General Manager Group Quality, Accreditation and Compliance.

Eve has over 35 years of education industry leadership and management experience peppered with commercial, government and consulting roles. She has worked in leadership roles at a number of exclusive Sydney independent schools, Stratco QLD, Australian Technical College, Carrick Education, Think Colleges, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Australian government funded Workforce Futures program, and Scentia. Eve has owned and operated large retail outlets, a global consultancy business, and a sports management and coaching business. She has held a number of board appointments including Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), Athletics NSW, LugeAustralia, the Queensland Studies Authority, along with several not-for-profits.

Eve joined RedHill’s (now known as iCollege Limited) Technology and Design division in October 2017 and was promoted to her current role in July 2018. In this role she is responsible for managing organisational compliance with domestic and overseas legislation, education industry registrations and accreditations, compliance with various regulatory bodies, governmental reporting, and new course accreditations. Eve is also the RedHill Privacy officer. Eve has been integrally involved in the NSW International Student Arrivals Program seeing the return of international students to Australia in the latter part of 2021, as well as contributing to a range of sector and government committees, working groups and advisory activities.

Eve is passionate about student and staff wellbeing with this interest forming a central pillar in her career. Eve has presented at many events and conferences around the world where regardless of the overriding theme wellbeing has been at the core.

Eve has post-graduate qualifications in education and is also qualified in governance and risk management.


Dr. Tai Peseta

Western Sydney University

Dr Tai Peseta


Shivani, Samuel and Tai are colleagues together on the 21C Project, Transforming Curriculum stream. Shivani is enrolled as a Master of Health Sciences student, and Samuel is in his final year a Bachelor Business/Science double degree. Both Shivani and Samuel are also 21C Student Curriculum Partners at Western Sydney University and co-create curriculum in partnership with academics and external partners. As the Academic Lead, Tai shepherds the University’s student-staff partnership curriculum strategy informed by the scholarly tradition of critical university studies.


Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh

Head of Learning Design, OpenLearning

Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh


As Head of Learning Design at OpenLearning, Orna leads a team of learning designers and content creators. The team creates innovative and exciting social learning experiences in collaboration with our partners. The Learning Services team designs courses and outcomes-based assessments in line with educational best practices. Creating authentic, active learning experiences that empower learners is at the heart of what we do.

Orna is an experienced learning designer and educator and has worked across a number of education and online learning spaces in Australia and Ireland. Orna is passionate about creating high-quality learning experiences and innovative solutions to enhance the learner experience.


Shaun Thompson

Senior Learning Designer, OpenLearning

Shaun Thompson


Shaun Thompson is a Senior Learning Designer with OpenLearning. With over 15 years of experience within his field, Shaun loves to get creative in engaging learners with different types of experiences and activities. Shaun has worked with corporate clients, he has spent his fair share of time in the classroom, and he spends most of his time designing spaces for learning online . He is having real fun when he can see he is a part of lighting the fire of knowledge and understanding for a learner.


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