Dr Melissa Langdon | Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Learning Futures
Curtin University | Australia

Dr Melissa Langdon, Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Learning Futures, Curtin University

Melissa is helping lead Curtin University's learning transformation by building new kinds of school and community partnerships through its Innovative Schools Consortium (ISC). Launched in 2017 with 15 partner schools across Western Australia, the ISC develops high school students' aspirations for university study by offering innovative co-designed curricula, online learning challenges, academic scholarships, and alternative entrance pathways. Through working more strategically with school, community, and industry partners, the ISC offers exciting new learning opportunities to build skills in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and prepare students for workplaces of the future.

Melissa works with the Learning Futures team to develop and strengthen strategic education relationships with stakeholders across sectors at local, national and international levels.  She also engages and collaborates with senior academics and managers at Curtin University to identify opportunities and implement educational partnerships and pathways.

Melissa has extensive management experience working in tertiary, museum, not-for-profit, federal and state government roles.  She was formerly the Engagement Manager at the Western Australian Museum, and prior to that the Head of the Communications and Media program at the University of Notre Dame.  Melissa was an invited speaker at TEDxPerth on online media and social activism, with qualifications including a Ph.D. in Communications, Digital Media and Cultural Studies (University of Western Australia), Masters of Philosophy (University of Cambridge) and BA Honours (First Class, University of Western Australia).


Expo Main Stage - Day One @ 14:40

Why we need disruption to close gender gaps

Over the last year, world headlines have been dominated by gender issues and inequities. Schools and universities have important parts to play in closing gender gaps. We know that attitudes about gender roles and behaviours start early on, and that teachers and lecturers can be powerful role models and influencers. They should develop and reward learner attributes such as disruptive thinking, courageous leadership, empathetic communications, personal accountability and resilience in seeking to address and close gender gaps. This paper will explore how teachers, academics, and executive leaders can be courageous — even disruptive — in championing for change.

Day 2 @ 14:40

Innovative partnerships for learning transformation

  • How Curtin University is transforming learning by building new kinds of school and community partnerships through its Innovative Schools Consortium (ISC)
  • Lessons learned from ISC to date
  • The keys to partnership success

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