Masterclasses: Thursday, 22 June 2017


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Translating Learning Design Ideas into Academic Practice

Panos Vlachopoulos, Associate Dean Quality and Standards Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
In complex organisations like universities, the ways in which faculties and disciplines integrate technology into their curricula is far from consistent, with the quality of the outcomes varying considerably. The reasons for this include the diverse learning and teaching needs in faculties, the variety of pedagogical traditions in disciplines, and also the lack of accessible learning design processes for academic and professional staff. In this Masterclass, Panos will address these challenges and introduce you to an agile learning design methodology that was developed to assist program teams design, develop and implement new programs, new units or just new activities that enhance student learning.
  • Discuss challenges of transforming the learners' online learning experience through learning design.
  • Introduction to Design Develop Implement Methodology
  • Learn from the successful journeys of international and Australian universities alike on the implementation of this methodology in developing innovative curricula.

At the end of the workshop you will walk away with a plan on how to approach the design and delivery of an effective learning initiative involving eLearning, videos and material to accomplish the learning goals.

Panos Vlachopoulos

Associate Dean Quality and Standards Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Using Gamification and Microlearning Techniques To Engage The Learner Into A Lifelong Learning Journey

Kim Flintoff, Learning Futures Advisor, Curtin University
With highly variable student engagement and retention rates for MOOCs and online learning models in general, Gamification and micro-learning techniques are being employed to learner experience and engagement. But how does one do this effectively with so many ideas and possibilities to be explored? How do we personalize the learning process? These questions and more will be answered in this Masterclass and provide takeaways around:
  • Developing a model for using MOOCs/ SPOCs and other online programs with Gamification
  • How emerging models of credentialing (micro-masters, stackable credentials, badges, etc.) can be leveraged to help the learner define their own educational journey
  • Moving towards an iterative model of e-learning and online engagement

Kim Flintoff

Learning Futures Advisor
Curtin University


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Leveraging E-Learning Techniques For An Effective Change Management Strategy

With most universities and organizations struggling to overcome organizationalwide change that digital disruption is bringing about, this workshop will look into the neurological aspects of human behaviour and provide solutions around:
  • Understanding the psychology and rationale behind staff resentment to change and learning of new roles and skills
  • Consequences of change management on e-learning strategies
  • Utilizing e-learning capabilities to efficiently and successfully manage change


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Owning The Online Learning Experience Through Co-Creation And Re-evaluation Of The Education Model

Janet Frizzarin, Head of Product Development, Open Colleges Mollie Dollinger, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne
Online learning has disrupted the traditional idea and mode of education.
With universities scrambling to get their products out and capture market share before their competitors, a glaring lack of advocacy among universities over ‘good’ online learning experience and design is evident. This workshop steps away from this scenario to discuss:
Part 1
  • Practical steps to evolve online learning into a strategic education solution rather than a plug-in, secondary model to the existing education system
  • The elements of a successful, immersive online learning program
  • Evaluating the LMS to own the student experience and development process

Part 2
  • Exploring the potential for co-creation with students
  • Learning from successful co-creation models such as Starbucks
  • Charting a roadmap and tackling the challenges with this model of course development

Janet Frizzarin

Head of Product Development
Open Colleges

Mollie Dollinger

PhD Candidate
The University of Melbourne