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Curriculum Design that encourages PERSONALISED LEARNING and STUDENT AGENCY – through critical and creative thinking and collaboration. 

Workshop 2 | Emily Ashcroft | Friday 2 August, 2:30pm | Liechardt Room 


This workshop investigates leveraging Generative AI (GenAI) to enhance educational experiences, with a particular focus on personalised learning opportunities. Participants will gain insights into understanding and evaluating GEN AI technologies, emphasising ethical considerations and reflective practices. During the interactive session, educators will be encouraged to try a range of GenAI-driven technologies, while fostering ethical decision-making. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be equipped with practical strategies to integrate GenAI responsibly into their teaching, promoting an engaging, adaptive, and ethically sound learning environment.

Mrs Emily Ashcroft 

Lecturer and PhD Candidate

Emily is a PhD candidate and qualified early childhood and primary educator passionate about teaching and mentoring pre-service and early career teachers. With a decade of experience in the education industry, Emily has held various teaching and leadership positions in public, Catholic and International Baccalaureate schools.

In 2018, she joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra (UC). Emily has lectured and tutored across a range of Initial Teacher Education and Post Graduate units, including Creative Arts, English, Mathematics, and her specialisation area- STEM and Technologies. In 2022, Emily was awarded a Fellowship from AdvanceHE's Higher Education Academy in recognition of her commitment to teaching excellence.

Emily is pursuing her PhD with a research focus on exploring teacher readiness for STEM education in early years contexts. Emily’s research extends to the UC Affiliated Schools Research Project, where she is the Primary Investigator on a grant, collaborating with colleagues from UC and Macquarie University. The research team is exploring the role of embedded formative assessments in educational apps, focusing on the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) apps. This project aims to enhance student learning outcomes by developing and testing more effective formative assessment practices within educational apps.

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