15 -16 MAY 2018 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 15th May 2018


9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening remarks from Conference Chairperson

Danny Liu - Educational Innovation Team Leader University of Sydney

Danny Liu

Educational Innovation Team Leader
University of Sydney

9:10 am - 9:50 am Digital Innovation: what happens when you offer degrees on a global MOOC platform – and why would you?

Professor Beverley Oliver - Deputy Vice Chancellor Education Deakin University
Deakin University promises its students “a brilliant education where they are, and where they want to go” for the jobs and skills of the future, and in the digital economy. A key strategy has been adopting a global platform, FutureLearn, to offer degrees and credentials with greater global visibility. The value proposition in the digital era means that any student from anywhere can have a global experience. In this session, Professor Oliver will explain what really happens when institutions adopt digital strategies in a global play:

  • The context and design process of the FutureLearn strategy
  • Lessons learned and challenges in implementation

Professor Beverley Oliver

Deputy Vice Chancellor Education
Deakin University

9:50 am - 10:30 am Creating a Framework for Educators to Enhance Blended Online and Digital Learning

Educators are as varied as their student cohorts; they come from a variety of backgrounds and technical capabilities. This can result in a huge disparity in online course quality and student experience between courses and faculties. Yvonne Button is the Manager for Online Futures at Federation University, where she and her team have consulted with educators throughout the university to create a four tier Standards Framework for Online Teaching which puts ‘Pedagogy before Technology’. In this session Yvonne explains the particulars of the Framework:

  • Effective teaching and learning principles for Blended, Online and Digital Delivery
  • Development of delivery mode specific standards
  • Design of Faculty presentation protocols and requirements
  • How Moodle is strategically integrated into each tier

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Unlearning Change, Re-learning Transformation

Dr Wesley Payne McClendon - Industry Executive Victoria University
In the changing landscape of learning in general and higher education in particular, the traditional models of engagement, delivery and outcomes will need to be transformed to capitalise on new ways of thinking and learning, and leverage technology to meet a broadening learning population. To maintain competitiveness in a growing market of new and alternative learning delivery entrants, institutions will be required to dedicate resources towards creating their unique value proposition in which to define their market service offering.

The successful learning model of the future will be integrated within a delivery framework that has multiple touch points bringing together people, technology and learning outcomes. This session will focus on:
  • How we learn to develop and accept the incremental change paradigm
  • What’s required to re-learn big picture thinking resulting in disruptive innovation
  • Applying transformative thinking to learning systems of engagement, delivery and outcome

Dr Wesley Payne McClendon

Industry Executive
Victoria University

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Adoption of an Agile Organisational Culture to Improve the Student Experience

Jason Alford - Change Manager University of Adelaide
Despite the many opportunities presented by new educational technologies, both graduate satisfaction rates and graduate employment rates have been stagnant over the past three years. This is an indication that the approach taken by the Higher Education sector to adapt in the evolving digital age is not succeeding in using technology and innovation to deliver a better student experience. At the University of Adelaide however, an agile culture has been adopted and is utilised on a day-to-day basis to improve strategic alignment and deliver the greatest student value sooner. In this session Jason will highlight the steps taken to achieve this:

  • Changing the preoccupation within the Institutional business model from efficiency and predictability to transparency and continuous improvement
  • Evolving team culture and practices to foster a greater sense of autonomy, collaboration and openness
  • Using student feedback and closer student involvement to improve the operational model and effectiveness

Jason Alford

Change Manager
University of Adelaide

Lunch: Roundtable Discussion

During lunch delegates will be given a topic to discuss and explore together with their table.

The topics which will be assigned to the tables are:

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Creating Fit for Purpose Digital Tools for Educators and Students to Better Implement Interactive Online Learning

Netty Gibson - Digital Innovation Team Leader University of Tasmania
The integration of multiple media platforms into the online learning experience is becoming increasingly important for staff and student engagement but it can often be complex and inefficient, especially for time poor educators. To combat this challenge Netty Gibson and her team have developed a unique set of interactive tools, designed for ease of educator and student use. In this session Netty will walk you through the process of integrating engagement driven experiences into online learning:

  • Designing a simple to use, interactive content builder which fulfills the requirements of the staff and is specific to the online content being delivered
  • Creating a robust online teaching guide which will foster a sense of confidence within the educator in adapting content for the online platform
  • Developing fit for purpose, staff e-learning resources
  • Designing an interactive virtual tour that shows the first year university experience through online games, videos, and learning material

Netty Gibson

Digital Innovation Team Leader
University of Tasmania

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: Designing Flexible Humanities Courses for the Future at the University of Canberra

Dr. Sam Hinton - Program Director Bachelor of Arts University of Canberra
In 2013 the University of Canberra launched the Bachelor of Web Design and Production, which was designed as a fully flexible course that could be studied online, on-campus, or a mix of both. More recently, they have been developing a Bachelor of Arts program which will incorporate five degree programs, as part of a significant course renewal project at the university. In this session Sam will outline:

  • Lessons learned from the Bachelor of Web Design and Production
  • Application of these lessons in designing a new Bachelor of Arts model
  • Considerations in balancing the time costs of flexible course delivery against demand for flexibility while continuing to manage student engagement and participation.

Dr. Sam Hinton

Program Director Bachelor of Arts
University of Canberra

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Developing a Student - Centric Support System for Online Learners to Improve Learner Experience and Outcomes

Liz Smith - Director Academic Success and Strategic Practice Leader in Online Education Charles Sturt University
In Australian universities last year 66% of online learners failed to complete their course. As one of the leading providers of Online Education in Australia with a large cohort of remote learners, Charles Sturt University has identified the importance of providing an online learning experience which is not only engaging and interactive but critically, supportive. This session will outline the university’s comprehensive approach to the provision of student support including:

  • Supporting a successful transition to online learning
  • Creating a student centric online student support model
  • Examples of effective online student support mechanisms

Liz Smith

Director Academic Success and Strategic Practice Leader in Online Education
Charles Sturt University

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Live Long and Prosper - Creating eLearning Resources which will Stand the Test of Time

Sandra Lipinski - Manager of eLearning Silkwood School
Developing online learning resources is very time consuming, so educators need to be clever about how they design these resources to ensure their time is used efficiently and effectively. This session will explore real world high school examples of the successful (and less successful) use of digital multimedia resources used in Blended Learning courses and provide a framework for the effective creation of resources. In this session Sandra will present:

  • Design principles that increase the chances of reusing and repurposing those resources
  • Tips that will help teachers and institutions to reduce the waste when resources cannot be used repeatedly, and to reduce the amount of updating required as courses change over time
  • A guide to developing resources that can be used across many courses and age groups

Sandra Lipinski

Manager of eLearning
Silkwood School

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Closing remarks from Conference Chairperson

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm NETWORKING DRINKS