"My job is to help organisations think about the future in an uncertain world."
- Mr Peter Schwartz
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning
Salesforce.com
"Fixing the 'skills problem' isn't a simple matter of fixing training. We've also got to improve the way people's skills are used at work. This means we've got to look at how training and work need to change if we are to increase productivity and social opportunity."
- Professor Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor, LH Martin Institute
University of Melbourne
"It is not always clear what different stakeholders mean when they refer to 'learning' and 'work' – in fact, they often conjure up different images to different people. The aim of my research is to provide a more nuanced account of these meanings and how they might be better understood."
- Professor Alan Felstead
Research Professor
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Visiting Professor at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economics and Societies (LLAKES) Institute of Education
"Despite governments and companies investing billions in workplace learning there is a growing concern that those efforts have limited effect on work performance. My research suggests that a key reason for this critical problem is that our current understandings of competence provide a misleading base for learning efforts."
- Professor Jörgen Sandberg
Professor of Management and Organization
UQ Business School, The University of Queensland
"Much of post-school education focuses on initial preparation for occupations and working lives. Yet, beyond this initial preparation is the ongoing learning needed across working life as occupations transform, work requirements change and new technologies and ways of working and workplace goals constantly arise. Hence, CET is essential and deserves greater prominence."
- Professor Stephen Billett
Professor of Adult and Vocational Education
School of Education and Professional Studies
Griffith University (Mount Gravatt campus)
"Jobs for the Future believes everyone deserves the opportunity to gain the skills needed to compete in today's global economy. Acceleration strategies, such as integrating foundational learning with occupational training, are critical toward ensuring learners can earn a credential and become self-supporting."
- Dr Barbara Endel
Program Director
Jobs for the Future
"In the global economy, as companies strive to improve their performance, there is little awareness of the cultural values embedded in the best practice solutions offered by reputable service providers. This lack of awareness is both expensive and counter-productive. Consequently, there is an urgent need to be interculturally intelligent."
- Mr Bernard Lee
Founder, Director and Principal Consultant, GATES Global Pte Ltd
Director, Trainer, Creative Developer and Expert Storyteller
Digital Storytelling Asia Pte Ltd
"Practice, that is, what professionals' 'do', provides a richer construct through which to enhance professional learning. Practice is understood as a holistic conception of what professionals do in particular contexts, and a theoretical construct that provides a method of framing ways in which we can investigate the world."
- Dr Gayle Morris
Director of Academic Programmes Centre for the Enhancement of
Teaching and Learning
The University of Hong Kong
"Many adults need help with literacy learning. This is extremely challenging for the tertiary education sector and workplace situated learning organisations. Our study found that e-learning opens up greater interaction between adults' study, work, home and community environments, simply because the learning environment can be extended into those places."
- Dr Jo Fletcher
Senior lecturer in literacy education
College of Education
University of Canterbury
"Learning technologies could create the ideal bridging between learning and work, but they have been seriously under-exploited. Teachers are best placed to innovate with technology. No-one else should be asked to do it for them. So we work with them to build the design tools they need for innovating and sharing their best ideas."
- Professor Diana Laurillard
Chair of Learning and Digital Technologies
London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education
"CET professionals have a key role in personalizing e-learning to fit their learners' needs, which can also fit with workplace needs. One workplace is the home, so there can be cross generational impacts too. Our future scenarios illustrate trends towards diversification in work and training environments gone 'glocal'."
- Professor Niki Davis
Professor of e-Learning and Director of the College of Education e-Learning Lab
University of Canterbury

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Peter Schwartz Mr Peter Schwartz
Senior Vice President,Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning
Salesforce.com


Peter Schwartz is Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning for Salesforce.com. In these roles he directs policy and politics throughout the world and manages the organization's ongoing strategic conversation. [More...]
Diana Laurillard Professor Diana Laurillard
Chair of Learning and Digital Technologies
London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education


Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, leading externally-funded research projects on developing a learning design support environment for teachers and trainers, and on developing software interventions for adult learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia. She is also Assistant Director for Open Mode learning, and was previously Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University. She is on the Boards for the e-Learning Foundation, Supervisory Council for Fern Universität in Germany, and the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education.
Leesa Wheelahan Professor Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor, LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management
University of Melbourne


Dr Leesa Wheelahan is an associate professor at the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management at the University of Melbourne. She is one of Australia's leading researchers on the relationship between the vocational education and training and higher education sectors, and has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, student pathways, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum. She has worked in the adult and community education sector, as a VET teacher, and as a higher education academic. Her book "The Role of Theoretical Knowledge in Curriculum: A Social Realist Argument" was published by Routledge in 2010.
Alan Felstead Professor Alan Felstead
Research Professor
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Visiting Professor at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economics and Societies (LLAKES)
Institute of Education, London


Professor Alan Felstead has carried out pioneering research on the new frontiers of learning and work in times of crisis. This includes mapping and explaining: patterns of skill development, the changing quality and nature of work, and the limits to and opportunities for workplace learning. He has produced six books, over 170 journal articles, chapters and research reports, and has generated research income of £5.2m (S$10.2m). His recent books include: Improving Working as Learning (with Fuller, A, Jewson, N and Unwin, L), London: Routledge, 2009; and Changing Places of Work (with Jewson, N and Walters, S), London: Palgrave, 2005.
Stephen Billett Professor Stephen Billett
Professor of Adult and Vocational Education
School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University (Mount Gravatt campus)


Dr. Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has worked as a vocational educator, and educational administrato, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system and then as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in the fields of vocational learning, workplace learning and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. In June 2011, he commenced a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on learning through practice.
Jörgen Sandberg Professor Jörgen Sandberg
Professor of Management and Organization
UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia


Professor Sandberg currently leads the research program Knowledge in Organizations within UQ Business School, and was formerly its Director of Research. His main research interests include managing competence in organizations and qualitative research methodology. He is currently involved a large research project which investigates the relationship between knowledge taught in professional education and knowing underlying professional practice. His work on competence has appeared in top-tier journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Harvard Business Review. He has been a consultant and given several invited presentations to multinational companies such as Ericsson, the Hay Group and Volvo.