The World of Digital Disruption and Future Change

Is the world upside down, or just ever-changing? Digital disruption and applying technology to induce turmoil and grow industries has been a key force behind innovation over the last 20 years.

‘And these disruptive technologies have implications for everyone in the English language teaching sector,’ reports NEAS General Manager, Ana Bratkovic. ‘For many of our younger teachers, and for most of our students today, digital disruption has been all they’ve known.’

‘When we use the word disruption in the context of digital disruption, we’re talking about innovating to break the ranks of status quo, to redefine the norm, and change the markets and competitors around us,’ says Ana.

‘In my work with ELT centres awarded NEAS Premium Product Endorsement,’ observes NEAS Quality Assurance Assessor Ben Colthorpe, ‘I’m seeing at firsthand how rapid advances in computing power, connectivity, mobility, and data storage are being used to unlock new opportunities. Take the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), for example. In addition to traditional course materials and teaching methodology, I’m seeing how MOOCs are being used to challenge traditional English language teaching by offering an online platform for students and teachers to collaborate and experience innovative learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom.’

That is why our 2018 NEAS Management Conference explores the theme Beyond the Digital Revolution in ELT, embracing the experiences of students, teachers and professional staff and their interactions with technology inside and outside the classroom.

To help us better explore these emerging trends in our hyper connected world, Global Futurist, Chris Riddell will present the Conference opening keynote address, challenging us to consider The World of Digital Disruption and Future Change.

‘Ours is now a world in which the velocity of change we experience as a consequence of digital technology is unprecedented and, in most cases, unpredictable,’ says Chris.


Chris is Australia’s “futurist for the leaders of tomorrow”. He is a renowned strategist and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s disrupted world.

Chris will invite you to ‘turn your digital journey into an incredible success story,’ as he explains to us that future changes in our digitally disrupted world aren’t simply about ‘putting your finger in the air and saying what the future might be. It’s about authentically embedding yourself into the very space from where true innovation, and disruption is taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, then distilling them into a clear and meaningful keynote message to take affirmative and decisive action on’.

With a talent for analyzing emerging trends, patterns and behaviors, Chris Riddell’s insights are compelling, thought provoking and inspirational. ‘Digital can help change your perspective, and make things incredible,’ says Chris.

Stand by for an energizing and immersive experience when Chris Riddell presents our conference opening keynote on Thursday 10 May.

There are still places available at the 2018 NEAS Management Conference which convenes at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, Sydney from Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 May 2018.

‘So, join us,’ invites Advisory Council Convenor, Denver Craig. ‘Immerse yourself in Chris’s inspirational and context-driven keynote. Connect with other ELT industry leaders, participate in up to 3 pre-conference workshops and 20 additional plenary sessions, and help to shape the future of teaching English beyond the digital revolution.’

For full details of the Conference program, and to register, click here now: