Digital Disruption and its Impact on Workforce Development, 21 - 22 January 2020


In January, 2020, IAL’s Centre for Work and Learning (CWL) and Research, Innovation & Design (RID) brought together well-known international and local researchers across a variety of disciplines to collaborate with senior managers and leaders from a range of business sectors, including the Training & Adult Education sector, to consider the phenomenon of digital disruption on workforce development. The world of enterprise has seen disruptions before, but in the current age of digital disruption, the path ahead may be even less clear. What can business leaders do to ensure industries remain progressive, and their workforces competitive and relevant? The two-day, transdisciplinary roundtable sought to examine the ramifications of digital disruption and strategize on potential optimal courses of action into the future.


Professor Phillip Brown, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, is recognised as one the world’s leading experts in the field of work, skills and learning. Professor Brown is a Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW). He has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 100 academic articles and reports. Since 2005 he has given keynote presentation in over 17 countries, including World Bank in Washington, International Labour Office in Geneva, European Commission in Brussels.

Professor David James is a Professor of Sociology of Education in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, where his research interests encompass governance, educational policy, teaching, learning, assessment and learner identity across a range of educational settings, with a particular focus on the relationship between educational processes, social inequalities and workplace learning.

Doctor Hanne Shapiro (Founder, Hanne Shapiro Futures) is a national and international policy analyst and consultant on education, the labour force and business. She has worked with Danish and international clients on how to form and utilize new technology in the interests of social cohesion, sustainability, and competitiveness.

Professor David Boud is currently the Alfred Deakin Professor and Foundation Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning at Deakin University. Professor Boud has been involved in research and teaching development in adult, higher and professional education for over 30 years and has contributed extensively to the literature.

Professor George Siemens is Professor and the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington and cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He is a writer, theorist, speaker, and researcher on learning, networks, technology, analytics and visualization, openness, and organizational effectiveness in digital environments, known for creating one of the first massive open online courses (MOOCs), a “landmark” in open teaching.

Professor Sun Sun Lim is Professor and Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Her research seeks to uncover the intricacies of the relationship between technology and society. With technology encroaching into virtually every realm of our lived experience, her latest research extends to the implications of technological disruptions in the workplace.

Doctor Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan is currently serving as the Vice President of Learning & Development at OCBC Bank, and formerly served as the Assistant Dean (Knowledge Mobilisation), Research Scientist (Creativity, 21st Century Literacies and Learning), and Co-Convenor of the Creativity and 21st Century Competencies Research Task Force at the Office of Education Research, NIE, Singapore. Jennifer specialises in techno-pedagogical innovations and learning analytics aimed at fostering 21st century skills and dispositions in learners.

Doctor Alexandre Biotteau is currently serving as the Discovery Research Coordinator for the Institute for Application of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology (ALSET) at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on Lifelong learning, Public Policy Evaluation, and Integration in the labour market.

Associate Professor Tan Seng Chee is the Associate Dean, Instructional Analytics & Research at the Director's Office, National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He obtained his BSc (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1989 under the sponsorship of PSC Local Merit Scholarship; he completed his Master in Education from the National Institute of Education in 1997; and he obtained his Ph.D. (Instructional Systems) from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 under the NTU Overseas Graduate Scholarship. His research interest is in the area of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.