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

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 7th May 2019

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

9:00 am - 9:00 am Conference Opening – Remarks by Conference Chair

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

Fernando Padro

Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program
University of Southern Queensland

9:00 am - 9:30 am Harnessing Faculty Innovation and Removing Barriers to Global Online Collaboration at 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 at Stanford University

Andy Saltarelli

Senior Director Digital Learning Design, Evaluation & Research
Stanford University

9:30 am - 10:00 am Developing a Learning Management System for Educators to Create Digital Content

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 at Department of Education NSW

Rob Wilkins

Leader – Information Management Systems
Department of Education NSW

10:00 am - 10:30 am Speed Networking

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am Exploring the Best Approach to Successful Integration of Augmented & Virtual Reality Within Your Organisation

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 at TAFE NSW

Joe Millward

Innovation Manager

11:30 am - 12:00 pm How the "Transforming Learning" Projects at Swinburne University has Created "Future Ready" Learners

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

Simona Jobbagy

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

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Delivering Post Graduate Degrees Online - an Introduction to Deakin Degrees at Future Learn

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 at Deakin University

Wendy Palmer

Program Director Degrees, Future Learn
Deakin University

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Designing Online Education Differently for a Diverse Cohort of Students

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 at University of Newcastle

Darrell Evans

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic
University of Newcastle

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Adapting to Curriculum and LMS Transformation at the 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 at University of Sydney

Brian Bailey

Technology Innovation Manager
University of Sydney

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Transitioning from Passive to Active Blended Learning to Increase Student Learning Outcomes

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 at Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Philip Uys PhD

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

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

Romy Lawson

Murdoch University

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

Associate 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
- 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 at Macquarie University

Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos

Associate Dean Quality and Standards Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Changing how Higher Education is Imagined – Insights into UQ2U program

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) at University of Queensland

Janet Frizzarin

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

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Tea

Table 1: Innovative Technology

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm How Can You Develop a Personalised & Engaging Online Learning Environment?
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 at The University of Melbourne

Dr Joanne Blannin

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

Table 2: Change Management

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm How Can You Develop an Engaging Learning Environment that is Completely Online?
Strategies to increase student engagement and retention rates of completely online learning platforms.
Lucia Stejer, Head of Learning & Delivery at Kaplan Professional

Lucia Stejer

Head of Learning & Delivery
Kaplan Professional

Table 3: Student Teacher Relationship

Rebecca Godwin, Online Course Facilitator at UniSA Online

Rebecca Godwin

Online Course Facilitator
UniSA Online