Michelle Williams

In a nutshellMichelle Williams

Life has several phases and Michelle has been blessed to have a variety of roles professionally. From an education background, she has been able to work as a teacher in Secondary schools and at universities. She manages a consultancy business enabling her to work in a variety of education-related fields including non-profit associations. She manages projects for groups and Government sectors. Since 2004, Paul and Michelle built Digital Learning Futures together and they explored new directions in life, they were able to work with Indigenous communities on non-education and education projects, plus work in the Pacific.

Michelle has had considerable experience in Government and quasi-Government contracts, and programs including several in the non-profit, University and Government sectors. She is familiar with the structures of contractual arrangements: project deliverables, budgets, timeframes, steering and management committees, reporting and evaluation. She has managed more than 10 major Government contracted projects from 1998-2006, totaling more than 3 million dollars. With Paul Sutton, she has managed more than $1,100,000 worth of contracts since 2007.

Michelle has a background in education in various roles from administration in central and regional office positions to consultancy and advisory services to teaching. She has ten years tertiary teaching experience.  She has a strong background in using computers and technology in education with a national and international reputation for her research and groundbreaking community projects.

Michelle has more than 20 years experience in non profit associations including a state and national presidency and an international Board position in the Technology in Education Field. She is the life member for the Queensland Society for Technology in Education (QSITE) and a fellow of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE).  She has designed and managed several conferences including co-managing the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2006, the most successful ever national conference for QSITE and ACCE. She has also managed a number of national and state projects for non profit associations and continues to volunteer for QSITE.

Michelle has considerable Election experience at Local, State and National elections in Australia and in elections in New Guinea.

Michelle is a member of the Australian Civilian Corps, a 500 strong team of specialists to support Pacific and other countries in Humanitarian work, Emergency responses, Education and Elections.

Together

Michelle and Paul have been working together since a consultancy with Nauru to redevelop their curriculum and assist teachers to implement this curriculum. Within this consultancy Michelle also was involved in policy development, budgeting and submission writing, project management and conference design and management. Paul and Michelle have been involved in several projects in Indigenous Communities in Northern Territory and far North Queensland, including design of a Sea Country Education Guardians Progam for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority. She and Paul have also worked with the University of Southern Queensland in the Teaching Teachers for the Future Project, which will assist the university to ensure graduates of its programs meet the national ICT dimensions of the National Standards for Teachers. They have developed some learning/ teaching strategies which favour the learning styles of Indigenous and Pacific Island peoples, drawing on their teaching expreicne to create flexible but meaningful learning situations.

Personal stuffMichelle Williams Fishing

Michelle has some nieces, nephews and god children who add fun into her life. She is an avid gardener and loves the gardens in the Australian Bush as well as the ones she creates with Paul. She loves sewing of all sorts and caring for people in her community.

Educational qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics and Economics) Qld Institute of Technology 1978

Graduate Diploma of Education University of Queensland 1979

Graduate Diploma of Education (Computer Education) Qld University of Technology 1988

Masters of Distance Education Deakin University 1995

Highest professional status

Fellow of Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)

Life member Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education QSITE

Professional Associate of Australian Council for Computers in Education

Professional history

 

 

2016 - Everyday Digital Skills workshops

Workshops were conducted in 12 very remote Indigenous communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Southern Gibson Desert) of Western Australia providing a wide range of on demand digital training for local people. Our only workshop rule "No shame, just respect" and our totally open curriculum based on "What do you want to learn today?" makes these workshops very flexible and highly successful. Our clients choose the task they would like to work on and all take away a personal product as well as their empowering learning. 

2015  Election  Support Autonomous Bougainville Government

A member of ACC Team appointed to Bougainville to support the ABG Electoral Commission. Bougainville 2015. (Short term - 9 weeks). Assisting in a multi-nation team to assist Vanuatu Electoral Commission to host elections; training polling teams and counting teams; planning events and activities, developing electronic tools to support logistics. Testing counting tools, general mentoring and support to local staff and international team members.

2009 - ongoing

Community Liaison Officer contracted to Department Of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) to identify remote and very remote Indigenous Communities of fewer than 50 people eligible for the installation of a public satellite phone, assist nomination processes, negotiate installation and provide training in management and use. Internet Installations and training. Over 100 communities.

Various Years

Australian Election experience. National, State and Local levels. Pre-polling, Polling, Counting, recruitment, management.

2011-12

Project Officer on the Teaching Teachers for the Future Project, which aims to ensure university programs and pedagogy enable graduates to learn about, experience and demonstrate ICT pedagogy. The responsibilities in this project include course and resource review, advising about course content, assessment and pedagogy, modeling online practice, reviewing national resource banks, collecting data and providing a professional learning program for lecturing staff.

Sheldon College. Provide consultancy support for teachers and administrators involved in an Australian Government Quality Teacher Project to deeply integrate use of technology in teaching in a very successful pilot program involving 11 teachers.   

2010

Co project manager of the Sea Country Guardians Project, a contract with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to assist Indigenous communities to design learning experiences for young people so they understand and know their sea country, express how they value sea country and undertake activities to take responsibility for care for their sea country.

2009

Designed and implemented an eight week computer training project for CDEP participants at Lockhart River.


2008-09

Backing Indigenous Ability (DBCDE) Project design and implementation of very successful computer training in 20 remote Indigenous communities in Cape York, Torres Strait, Arnhem Land, Tiwi Islands, Minyerri, Ngukurr and Borroloola.


Jan 2001 - 2005

Consultancy business hosting a range of research, project management professional learning and educational development projects for the following clients.

Indigenous Education and Training Alliance, Education Queensland.

Various schools and groups

Australian Government Quality Teacher Program AGQTP

Australian Council for Computers in Education

Education Queensland

Catholic Education Commission and Catholic Education Queensland

Lutheran Schools Australia


2005-2006

Nauru Government

Ausaid

ACEC 2006 Conference

Joint Council of Queensland Teacher Associations

Lutheran Schools Australia

SiMERR, National Centre for Science, Information Technology and Mathematics in Remote and Regional areas, Armidale.

James Cook University

Jan 1989 – 2000    

Lecturer in Computer Education and Communications Technologies, School of Mathematics Science and Technology, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology