15 -16 MAY 2018 | The Victoria Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 7th May 2019

7:20 am - 7:50 am Coffee & Registration

7:50 am - 8:00 am Conference Opening – Remarks by Conference Chair

Fernando Padro - Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program, University of Southern Queensland

Fernando Padro

Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program
University of Southern Queensland

8:00 am - 8:30 am Harnessing Faculty Innovation and Removing Barriers to Global Online Collaboration at Stanford University

Andy Saltarelli - Senior Director Digital Learning Design, Evaluation & Research, Stanford University
In 2011, MOOCs burst onto the scene at Stanford University as a largely faculty-led initiative. Before long the New York Times declared 2012 the “Year of the MOOC” and numerous public and private sector ventures spawned from this activity. In the midst of this rapid change, Stanford had to quickly develop a strategy to harness this energy and innovation to both serve the foundational goals of the institution and advance online pedagogy on a global scale. In this session, Andy will discuss how this effort has evolved over the past few years and explore specific topics such as:

  • Strategies for harnessing faculty motivation and creativity to innovate and advance online pedagogy at scale
  • Facilitating collaborative partnerships with faculty, learning designers, and researchers 
  • Challenges of maintaining institutional momentum in digital learning innovation
  • Challenges of engaging a global network of learners and meeting their diverse needs

Andy Saltarelli

Senior Director Digital Learning Design, Evaluation & Research
Stanford University

8:30 am - 9:00 am Developing a Learning Management System for Educators to Create Digital Content

Rob Wilkins - Leader – Information Management Systems, Department of Education NSW
Australia is reportedly 3-4 years behind its global counterparts when it comes to digital learning. Rob Wilkins is currently implementing a strategy to improve the digital literacy tools and frameworks for teacher professional development through the use of a unique LMS used by over 200 000 educators. This session will explore:

  • Exploring how curriculum and learning outcomes differ for adult learners 
  • Distributed authorship model- providing learners with the tools to create digital content and engage with peer to peer education
  • Data as a driver for innovation and curriculum design in the digital age- understanding how people interact with learning management systems and developing a strategy for growth and improvement

Rob Wilkins

Leader – Information Management Systems
Department of Education NSW

9:00 am - 9:30 am Thought Leadership Session

9:30 am - 10:00 am Speed Networking

10:00 am - 10:30 am Morning Tea Break

Innovative Technology

10:30 am - 11:00 am Exploring the Best Approach to Successful Integration of Augmented & Virtual Reality Within Your Organisation
Joe Millward - Innovation Manager, TAFE NSW
The capabilities of AR&VR are undeniable but as an organisation where do you start? How can you demonstrate the value of these tools to your organisation? The Digital Lab at TAFE NSW is in the midst of researching and collaborating with industry partners to gain insight into exciting new and innovative AR/VR technology solutions that will produce positive learning outcomes for TAFE NSW and the global education sector. This session will explore:

  • What are the first considerations when exploring immersive technology.
  • How to sell in the value of AR/VR to management and how to set ROI expectations. 
  • Obstacles and pitfalls to avoid when identifying initial projects and dealing with vendors within a large education environment
  • Navigating technical pitfalls and showcasing the potential of AR/VR applications

Conference Chair

Joe Millward

Innovation Manager

Innovative Technology

11:00 am - 11:30 am Designing with Play in Mind for More Meaningful Learning
Richard Durham - Learning Designer, University of Auckland
You already know games are a learning tool. But have you, like many other designers, had the sneaking suspicion that something was missing? That maybe there was more to it than colourful quiz-games and rethemed classics?

This session will question what the spectrum of gamification is and is not, examine why game-based learning increases engagement, and practice how you can design to those principles. By the end, you will have a tool to analyse and apply elements of games to learning designs to create more meaningful experiences.

Richard Durham

Learning Designer
University of Auckland

Innovative Technology

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Delivering Post Graduate Degrees Online - an Introduction to Deakin Degrees at Future Learn
Wendy Palmer - Program Director Degrees, Future Learn, Deakin University
Deakin University are leaders in smart technology and digital learning. This session will explore:

  • Creating an innovative learning design for online course delivery
  • Context and Development of Deakin Universities digital strategy offering a range of postgraduate degrees on a global MOOC platform - FutureLearn
  • Lessons learned and challenges faced throughout the implementation of Deakin’s digital strategies

Wendy Palmer

Program Director Degrees, Future Learn
Deakin University

Innovative Technology

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Online Technologies for Engaged Learning: Can Learning Engagement be Virtually Boosted?
Mushtak Dawood - E-Learning Advisor, University of Canterbury NZ
Retention rates for classes taught in hybrid or online education modes are more complex than classes taught in a face-to-face setting. Educators should engage students early and often, using different learning strategies customized to sessions content, class size and students' knowledge. Appropriately integrated technologies can be used to foster student engagement, facilitate the learning triangle integration and collaboration, and make course content come alive. Such integration is essential for students to learn from one another and expand their knowledge base together.  

This presentation presents key concepts of synchronous, asynchronous and flipped learning as methods of engaging students with the goals of enhancing the learning dialogue and increasing learner’s engagement

Mushtak Dawood

E-Learning Advisor
University of Canterbury NZ

Innovative Technology

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Implementing New Ways to Deliver Learning Through Technology at ANZ
Jeffrey Entrop - Senior Manager Learning Shared Services, ANZ
This session will explore ANZ’s approach to Learning Delivery. 

  • Demonstrating the ROI of Learning and Development
  • Challenging traditional models of learning
  • Driving culture change through learning delivery
  • Strategies to increase interactivity and engagement with corporate learning and development

Jeffrey Entrop

Senior Manager Learning Shared Services

Change Management

10:30 am - 11:00 am Adapting to Curriculum and LMS Transformation at the University of Sydney
Brian Bailey - Technology Innovation Manager, University of Sydney
The recent decision to change LMS and transform its curriculum has been a huge and difficult decision- yet also presents so many opportunities. Sydney University has undergone a journey of re training staff to confidently use the new system and reconceptualising their blended learning strategies. This session will explain what has worked and what hasn’t worked throughout this project.

  • Exploring the decision behind this significant change
  • Implementing the new generation LMS and providing teachers and students with the skills to meaningfully interact with them
  • Process of re designing courses before moving material to the new LMS
  • Reassessing the approach to teaching & learning online

Conference Chair

Brian Bailey

Technology Innovation Manager
University of Sydney

Change Management

11:00 am - 11:30 am Changing how Higher Education is Imagined – Insights into UQ2U program
Janet Frizzarin - UQ2U Program Delivery Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), University of Queensland
The UQ2U program is one of many UQ initiatives aiming to transform student learning experiences. This session will explore:

  • Institution wide program of work transforming course delivery into blended learning models impacting high numbers of staff and students
  • Embedding learning analytics into course design and delivery
  • Integrating physical and digital infrastructure to enhance learning outcomes
  • Fundamental changes on supporting and uplifting teaching and learning innovation

Janet Frizzarin

UQ2U Program Delivery Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)
University of Queensland

Change Management

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Transitioning from Passive to Active Blended Learning to Increase Student Learning Outcomes
Associate Professor Philip Uys PhD - echnologies Learning Technologies Unit, Division of Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University
Research shows that when a student is sitting in a passive lecture or just browsing through online materials (with no active learning) their mind is likely to wander. In contrast when students are in a blended (online or on-campus) classroom that makes consistent demands on external attention (active learning) students are far more engaged, leading to student success. The flipped classroom is often used in conventional settings to support active learning, but how can this concept be applied to blended learning in an online setting? Charles Sturt University utilises the flipped classroom approach to ensure their blended learning strategy is active. This session will explore:

  • Designing for active learning and student engagement
  • Strategies to transition away from passive learning and ensuring students and teachers have a positive experience with active learning
  • Providing teaching staff with a portal to access relevant information about learning environments and active learning.

Associate Professor Philip Uys PhD

echnologies Learning Technologies Unit, Division of Learning and Teaching
Charles Sturt University

Change Management

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Thriving in the Face of Digital Change at the Western Sydney University
Rachel Bentley - Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures, University of Western Sydne
Western Sydney University is committed to developing a high quality online interactive environment that promotes student engagement. Pioneering this change are the Digital Futures Team who are exploring Learning Analytics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Learning. This session will particularly focus on the Rich Media stream:

  • How the rich media team are integrating multimedia and interactive elements into online & e-learning
  • Change management: ensuring staff have the skills to adapt to new generation technologies and easily and effectively use them
  • Strategy for the future: technology as a catalyst for change

Rachel Bentley

Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydne

Change Management

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Designing Online Education Differently for a Diverse Cohort of Students
Darrell Evans - Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, University of Newcastle
Designing Digital Education Differently for a Diverse Cohort of Students
The University of Newcastle offers flexible and versatile online and mixed-mode course options for a range of students. In this session Darrell Evans will unpack how the university is rethinking online & e-learning design to cater for this diversity.
·         Developing a new framework for digital learning
·         Delivering accessible and engaging learning opportunities to students from a range of backgrounds
·         Enabling educators to navigate and exploit the digital learning environment
·         Next generation strategies

Darrell Evans

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic
University of Newcastle

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm How the “Transforming Learning Project” at Swinburne University Has Created “Future Ready” Leaners

Simona Jobbagy - Director, Business, Design, Media and ICT Programs, Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne university has launched a $40 million revamp of its current approach to learning & teaching. This includes incorporating learning through technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. This session will explore:

  • The key challenges of this project
  • Managing and supporting staff to engage with the overall vision
  • Discussing how organisations can provide quality online programs that prepare students for their industry

Simona Jobbagy

Director, Business, Design, Media and ICT Programs
Swinburne University of Technology

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Developing an Integrated Learning Experience for Online and On-Campus Learners at James Cook University

Danny Munnerley - Head Learning Environment & Transformation, James Cook University
James Cook University are leading the way in developing an inclusive student digital experience that consistently delivers high quality interactive learning for online and on campus students. This session will explore:

  • New technologies that support the delivery of inclusive learning experiences
  • Implementing new learning environments by transforming leaning management systems for the whole of institution.
  • Integrating digital experiences that enhance student learning such as adaptive learning, virtual, mixed and augmented reality.
  • Strategies to provide ongoing support for students and teachers to meaningfully interact with the online environment

Danny Munnerley

Head Learning Environment & Transformation
James Cook University

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exploring the Uberversity Model: A case Study (Murdoch University)

Romy Lawson - Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education, Murdoch University
This would explore:
- How we can offer a tailored learning
experience for students
- How we can extend the range of offerings for
students through a changed mindset from
delivery to assessment
- How we can partner with major online
providers to enhance learning experiences
- What next? Where might this model to
expanded to change how we consider higher

Romy Lawson

Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education
Murdoch University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Developing a Holistic Approach to Designing Courses for Online Delivery

Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos - Associate Dean Quality and Standards Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
Panos Vlachopoulos has taught for numerous years in the areas of Technology- enhanced learning and teaching. He has also completed various learning and teaching innovation projects in Australia and overseas. This session will bring together key lessons learnt based on evidence drawn from his own and other seminal research in the field. In particular Panos will focus on:

  • Successful Frameworks of technology enhanced learning design. 
  • Effective Approaches of online interaction and facilitation
  • Practical suggestions about  how signature pedagogies can create the conditions for effective online and e-learning

Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos

Associate Dean Quality and Standards Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Afternoon Tea

Champagne Roundtable Discussion: 

You will hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice; you will also receive focused thought leadership insights as well as being provided with drinks to encourage conversation...

Table One

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm How Can You Develop a Personalised & Engaging Online Learning Environment?
Dr Joanne Blannin - Digital Learning Leader Research Fellow: Plans to Pedagogy Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne
Discussing how a personalised approach to online & e-learning can increase student outcomes and provide them with a 21st century skillset.

Dr Joanne Blannin

Digital Learning Leader Research Fellow: Plans to Pedagogy Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne

Table Two

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm How do You Enable Technology to Improve Your Online & e-learning Strategy? What Should we Avoid?
Rachel Bentley - Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures, University of Western Sydne
Discussing an approach to working together with learning designers and academics to inform and improve Online & e-Learning delivery.

Rachel Bentley

Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydne

Table Three

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm How Can You Develop an Engaging Learning Environment that is Completely Online?
Lucia Stejer - Head of Learning & Delivery, Kaplan Professional
Strategies to increase student engagement and retention rates of completely online learning platforms.

Lucia Stejer

Head of Learning & Delivery
Kaplan Professional