Conference Day One: Tuesday 19th May 2020

8:45 am - 9:15 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:15 am - 9:20 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Michael Sankey - Professor & Deputy Director Learning Transformations, Griffith University

Michael Sankey

Professor & Deputy Director Learning Transformations
Griffith University

9:20 am - 10:00 am International Keynote Case Study from MIT University: Development of a Digital Learning Lab to Transform Classroom & Online Learning

Jennifer French - MITx Digital Learning Scientist Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT university utilizing the wealth of knowledge about how students learn, and applying it to the online learning environment.  They have created online learning environments that blend learning design and media to foster engagement among learners. This session will focus on:

  • Using blended learning to increase teaching and learning flexibility and interaction in the classroom
  • Increasing digital literacy with the faculty and engaging them in the online and e-learning journey
  • Utilizing learning design to get the most out of your online learning strategy

Jennifer French

MITx Digital Learning Scientist Mathematics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:00 am - 10:30 am TAFE NSW Digital Lab: Learnings from the Past 12 Months & an Exclusive Demonstration of Virtual Reality Technology

Joe Millward - Innovation Manager, TAFE NSW
  • TAFE NSW Digital Lab are focused on exploring emerging technologies for education & industry sectors. 
  • The Lab have developed a series of augmented and virtual reality training prototype applications for a range of industries: from childcare to construction to healthcare and more.  
  • The team are exploring what a virtual classroom could look like and identifying how and when VR and AR should be used to complement "traditional" training methods.
  • A full interactive demonstration of the capabilities of this technology will take place 

Joe Millward

Innovation Manager

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


Interactive Discussion Group (IDGs)
This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two topics you wish to discuss and solve. 

Table One

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Student Engagement
Overcoming key barriers to student engagement

Table Two

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Integrating Technology into your Online & e-learning Strategy
Encouraging Active Learning

Table Three

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Change Management
Increasing digital literacy among students & academics

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Thriving in the Face of Digital Change at the Western Sydney University

Rachel Bentley - Director Rich Media, Western Sydney University
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 focus on current projects including

  • A coded learning platform aimed at criminal justice, policing & psychology early learning
  • Employing a spider web of interactivity connected participants and respondents- creating active learning in this situation
  • Improving analytics maturity- analyzing how long and how people engage with content to improve modes of online education delivery 
  • Experimenting with technology that is more accessible to students including podcasting, video, AR, adaptive learning technologies 

Rachel Bentley

Director Rich Media
Western Sydney University

The pace of digital disruption in education is one of the key challenges to traditional models of delivery. Evolving online and e-learning capability has the potential to reach an ever-widening pool of learners, supporting a growing shift towards a life-long learning mindset, where education is more personalised and available whenever required. Universities are incorporating online and e-learning approaches into their education portfolios, but what is required into the future to sustain the delivery of these digital approaches and to keep universities on the front foot of digital innovation. This expert panel discussion will feature DVC/PVC speakers and discuss the sector-wide approach to Online & e Learning: 

  • Are universities responding appropriately and fast enough to digital disruption in education? 
  • What are the key challenges facing universities in responding to these disruptions and could greater collaboration amongst universities be beneficial? 
  • Given changing expectations and the broadening needs of learners, are universities doing enough to actively engage them? What role should online play in this?
  • What will digitally disrupted education look like in 10 years? Will universities be able to keep their competitive edge into the future?


Professor Darrell Evans

University of Newcastle


Joanne Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
University of Queensland


Romy Lawson

Murdoch University


Professor Kris Ryan

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Monash University

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm How UNSW Facilitated Rapid Entry into the Online & e-Learning Market by Having Change Management at the Forefront

Liz Smith - Director UNSW Online, UNSW
As head of UNSW Online, Liz is working to support the University 2025 strategy of increasing the number of students studying online at UNSW.

  • Insight into the centrally steered initiative, UNSW Online and the 2025 Strategy to integrate technology into teaching and increase the number of fully online students
  • Delivering online & e-learning content on a completely new scale
  • Change management within the faculty and developing a culture for online & e-learning 
  • digital fully online and proctored exams

Liz Smith

Director UNSW Online


3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Connecting Pedagogy, Digital Pedagogies and Teacher Learning

Joanne Blannin - Digital Learning Leader, The University of Melbourne
This session will explore evidence-based strategies to support teachers to navigate and interact with new and emerging technologies, with a focus on improved student outcomes. Key discussion points will include:

  • Re framing the use of educational technology as a pedagogy rather than an add on to education
  • The role of leaders in digital pedagogies use
  • Overcoming key challenges of integrating technology in the classroom

Joanne Blannin

Digital Learning Leader
The University of Melbourne

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm Vocational Education Sector: Utilising Data to Simplify Processes and Identify at Risk Students at TAFE Queensland

Neal McCann - Director, TAFE Queensland Online
TAFE Queensland Online, have begun a pilot  to restructure their digital learning strategy. This pilot takes learning content and delivers it in 12 week by week blocks, rather than all in one go to make it easier for students and teachers to utilise. This session will explore the strategy behind this restructure as well as a learning designers perspective on the key project challenges:

  • How refining the structure of TAFE Queensland’s online resources has contributed to increased levels of engagement
  • How data can be used to identify trigger points where students haven’t engaged so that teachers can offer support
  • Building engagement and student retention through data

Neal McCann

TAFE Queensland Online

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Close of Day One