Engineering Next Generation Learning


Abstract: Join two previous TEDx speakers showcase insights to the skills and learning methods required for next generation learning.

Dr Bror Saxberg – Vice President, Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), USA
Keynote Title: Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Learning Science at Scale

Xiaochen (Susan) Zhang – Director of Global Sales, Bytedance Inc., China (Largest start-up in the world)
Keynote Title: Go Big, Girl Geek!

  Date and Time




  • Date: 04 Dec 2018
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 07:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Sydney
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  • Hope Theatre
  • University of Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Australia 2522
  • Building: 40
  • Room Number: 153

  • Starts 19 November 2018 09:39 AM
  • Ends 03 December 2018 11:39 AM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Sydney
  • No Admission Charge


Xiaochen (Susan) Zhang


Go Big, Girl Geek!

From a software engineer "behind the screen" to an international speaker "on the front"; from an international student to a global citizen; from the "tech giant" Google to "the most valuable startup in the world"—Susan‘s curious mind and go-getter attitude create a life twice its speed as it seems to others. In this keynote, she will unfold stories behind her "IT girl" journey and reflections by her adventurous soul.


Xiaochen (Susan) Zhang is Director of Global Sales at Bytedance, a leading Chinese Internet company whose content platforms enable people to enjoy content powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. She previously worked as a Creative Technologist at Google in London. Ms Zhang has deep expertise in both the buy and sell sides of online advertising, having worked to bring machine learning and programmatic advertising to life for the largest advertisers across Europe and the United Kingdom. A serial entrepreneur, Ms Zhang has founded multiple start-ups, including Dragon Translating and Interpreting Service, which helps Australian Businesses and government agencies to improve cultural understanding with China. She uses these experiences to mentor young entrepreneurs in Sydney, London and Canada. She is a committee member for the Institute of Director's Young Directors Forum in London and an Australian delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. Ms Zhang holds dual Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Zhengzhou University, China and the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, as well as a Master of Information Communication Technology majoring in Enterprise Networking, also from UOW.

Dr Bror Saxberg


Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Learning Science at Scale

Herb Simon first came up with the term “learning engineering” in the 1960's to describe the application of learning science within constraints to real-world learning environments. With rapidly changing information-rich tools making careers change faster and faster, there is more value than ever in having learning environments that can be trusted to change what each person can decide and do from where they start, to what's needed, throughout our lives, in and out of work and school. However, most of our large-scale learning environments, at school, at work and elsewhere, have not made effective use of the build-up of learning science over the last few decades. How do we get "learning engineering" to happen? This talk will cover some key general findings about expertise, learning, and motivation that can be applied at scale, and offer a change management approach to implementing at scale.


As Vice President, Learning Science, Dr Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning – pre-K, K-16 and beyond. Dr Saxberg most recently served as Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc., where he was responsible for the research and application of innovative evidence-based learning strategies, technologies and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings. He also worked to maintain consistent learning standards for Kaplan's products and services. Dr Saxberg also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and offline learning environments and developing new student products and services. Dr Saxberg has also held positions at Knowledge Universe, Dorling Kindersley and McKinsey. Dr Saxberg received an BA with Honours in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MA in mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.