Claire Macken

Professor Claire Macken

Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) College of Business and Law

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Contact details

COBL | Deputy PVC Learning & Teaching


Emailadvclt.cobl@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


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Contact details

COBL | Deputy PVC Learning & Teaching


Emailadvclt.cobl@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


More information

Professor Macken is an executive leader providing leadership, oversight, and direction for learning and teaching in the College of Business and Law.

Overview

Professor Claire Macken is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) in the College of Business and Law at RMIT University in Australia.  She offers dynamic, future-focused leadership in learning and teaching, with a focus on digital learning, the future of work, blended, active and authentic learning and student engagement. Professor Macken has previously held various senior roles in Australian Universities, including as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Future Learning) and Director of Online and Blended Learning at La Trobe University, and as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Law at Deakin University.  Professor Macken is a nationally-award winning teacher, with an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence, and an Australian Citation for her work in relation Student Engagement.  Professor Macken holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees with Honours.

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Industry experience

Professor Macken has held industry roles, including as a Director of Education at KPMG, and also at Apple, leading Higher Education and Industry.

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Research

Professor Macken's research primarily focuses student learning and experience in higher education, blended learning, curriculum design and the meaningful intersections of technology, education and industry.

Research output summary

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Publications

71

Talks

8

Awards

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Feature publications

Seven Radical Ideas for the Future of Higher Education: An Australian Perspective

Springer

Claire Macken, Julie Hare and Kay Souter (2021).

The Law Student’s Survival Guide: 9 Steps to Law Study Success

3rd edition, Thomson Reuters, Sydney

Claire Macken and Kath Hall (2021).

Reconstructing the Digital Learning Environment

In: McLaughlin T., Chester A., Kennedy B., Young S. (eds) Tertiary Education in a Time of Change. Springer, Singapore

Claire Macken, (2020)

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Awards


Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence– Early Career Category, Australian Learning Teaching Council (ATLC) - presented by the Hon Julia Gillard, Canberra.

Award date: 2009

Recipients: Claire Macken

Australian Citation for University Teaching – for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning For an imaginative, creative and engaging approach to the first year experience

Award date: 2009

Recipients: Claire Macken

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Public and media engagements

2021

  • Professor Claire Macken, Australian Government, National MC & Host TEQSA Annual Conference 5th Annual Conference: Hard Lessons, Valuable Learnings, Heightened Expectations (forthcoming 25 November 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken, Campus Morning Mail Speaker with Stephen Matchett: The Future of the Text : future learning (Forthcoming, October 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken, How are we going to manage this one? Blended learning for engagement, community and wellbeing as the future of higher education, Keynote Notre Dame, September 2021
  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote, Edith Cowan University Teaching and Learning Innovation Speaker Series 7 September 2021
  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote speaker Amsterdam (virtual) 17 September 2021: The Future of Higher Education: Reinventing Places and Spaces: The Future of Education
  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote, Torrens University Conference: Pathways to Future Learning 6 September 2021
  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote, Edith Cowan University Teaching and Learning Innovation Speaker Series 7 September 2021
  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote speaker Berlin (virtual) 16 July 2021: Freie Universität Berlin and speaking with Hugh Martin, Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer at the British University in Dubai and Vice- President Verena Blechinger-Talcott
  • Claire Macken and Michael Sankey "The move to online" .. Podcast Claire Field & Associates What now? What next? Insights into Australia’s Tertiary Education Sector (June 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken - Keynote to Monash College Converge "Learning for the Future: New Approaches in Education" (June 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken, Presentation to the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security and Australian Department of Home Affairs for Southeast Asia (May 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken (Podcast) - EdUP Edge Australia - ‘Higher Education - A Balanced Perspective’ Podcast recording (April 2021) with Warren Kennard
  • Professor Claire Macken (Panellist), BookUp Australian Book Industry Conference, The Future of Higher Education in Australia, with Stephen Matchett, Prof Michael Sankey and Claire Field (April 2021)
  • Professor Claire Macken, The Last Textbook Chapter? Campus Morning Mail (April, 2021)

2020

  • Professor Claire Macken, Keynote Education and Leadership, Education Perfect New Zealand, Australia and Asia (December 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken Membership International Advisory Committee of CASUGOL (November 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken Panel discussion: How to integrate your online offerings into traditional programmes (and should you?) - Curio London (November 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken, Global and Emerging Trends in Higher Education, Connected Crowdsourced Education Panellist (October 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken Online and Digitally Enhanced Learning (DEL) Policy Roundtable Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam; Australian Embassy Vietnam; Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Quality and Online and Blended Learning (September 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken Keynote “The Future of Universities“ , University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), University Industry Interaction Conference, International, June 2020
  • Claire Macken, (Host), Online & E-Learning In The Age Of Coronavirus (19th May 2020) IQPC
  • Claire Macken, RMIT University , RMIT NEXT 2025 Future of Learning (June 2020)
  • Claire Macken (Host, facilitator), TEQSA RMIT in collaboration with The Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, 6 weeks Webinar Series Online Learning May - June 2020
  • Professor Claire Macken (Keynote) The Future of Universities: Unbundled Disrupted and Disaggregated 22 June 2020 International Conference on Future Learning 2020
  • Professor Claire Macken, Learning in a technology-enabled environment
  • Professor Claire Macken, Workforce Innovation in Uncertainty Thought Leadership Virtual Series by RMIT Activator (March 2020)
  • Professor Claire Macken (Podcast) with Professor Stephen Parker: What is the Future of Australian Higher Education?
  • Claire Macken, (Podcast) Interview with Shona McPherson at the Foundation for Young Australians 'Why you will have 18 different jobs in your future career' , The Pickle Podcast (2020)
  • Claire Macken, When less is more: Universities are offering short, sharp LinkedIn friendly micro-credentials - Qantas Magazine, February 2020 / Travel Insider

2019

  • Professor Claire Macken and Professor Belinda Tynan The Best of Times 2019: Higher Education Holiday Edition and Reading List
  • Claire Macken (2019) Australian Financial Review. Lessons for Life: The future of work requires constant reinvention
  • Claire Macken The Future of Universities University Industry Innovation Network Melbourne (2019) University- Industry Innovation Network
  • Claire Macken (2019) Student Panel: Who is the Future Student, what are their needs and preferences? ATN Conference, Parliament House, Canberra
  • Claire Macken (2019) What advice would you give to a 15 year old about their career and learning choices for the future? RMIT University
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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.