14 - 15 March, 2019 | Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: Thursday, 14 March 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am COFFEE & REGISTRATION

8:30 am - 8:40 am Conference Opening

8:40 am - 9:20 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE CASE STUDY: Investigating how the University of Amsterdam is Approaching Learning Spaces

Ranking 57th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2018/19 and recognised as the top Dutch University in the Europe Teaching Rankings, is the University of Amsterdam. In recent years learning spaces have been extremely relevant here and across the Netherlands in maintaining high standards and achieving optimal student outcomes. This presentation will explore how the changing role of campus education is adapting to pedagogies and encouraging both active and deep learning.

  • Investigating how campus education needs to adopt shifts towards deep and active learning
  • Analysing research and exploring projects currently being undertaken at the University of Amsterdam

9:20 am - 9:50 am Thought Leadership Session

9:50 am - 10:20 am Speed Networking

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



10:50 am - 11:20 am CASE STUDY: Exploring Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) in Learning Spaces
AR and MR are a few of the most exciting innovations currently bring introduced into modern learning spaces. This case study will share a deep analysis about what the outcomes of interacting with these new tools and learning environments might mean for both teacher and learner, and why we would want to embrace this move towards digitalisation.

  • Embracing AR and VR and exploring how it might enhance learning outcomes
  • Exploring Mixed Reality: Blending the digital with the physical
  • Social and cultural changes shaped by increased digitalisation
Fernando Padro, Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program at University of Southern Queensland

Fernando Padro

Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program
University of Southern Queensland

Scott Allardyce, Design Director at Spowers

Scott Allardyce

Design Director


11:20 am - 11:50 am CASE STUDY: Introducing Technology-Enabled Pedagogical Practices Using a Streamlined and Hassle-Free Pod Recording Studio
The Rich Media at University of Western Sydney have developed and implemented an innovative tool for academics (soon to be utilised by students) to easily and efficiently create online content. With a focus on accessibility, easy management, and efficiency; this tool is a catalyst for large scale organisational change in digital content.

  • Overcoming digital content production challenges including quickly outdating content, acoustic quality, split screen functions and self-management culture
  • Integrating new technology into practice: Change-management processes and adapting to unexpected challenges
  • Evaluating effectiveness and exploring the future of this technology in new generation learning spaces
Rachel Bentley, Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures at University of Western Sydney

Rachel Bentley

Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydney


11:50 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: Closely Examining Virtual Reality Technology as a New Generation Learning Tool
Jessica Williams has been using Virtual Reality (VR) since 2017 in the specialised field of nursing and midwifery at the University of Newcastle. In this presentation Jessica shares her research findings surrounding Virtual Reality and highlights valuable considerations for any faculty currently using, or looking to adapt VR.

  • Integrating VR as an innovative tool and exploring the benefits it provides to student learning development outcomes
  • Exploring how to collect data and analysing the performance of VR as a learning tool
  • Examining the limitations and grey areas for VR performance capabilities which have not yet been established
Jessica Williams, Associate Lecturer at The University of Newcastle

Jessica Williams

Associate Lecturer
The University of Newcastle


12:20 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: Using Decentralised Data to Analyse the Relationship between Learning Spaces, Experience, and Outcomes
Wooranna Park Primary has created unique learning spaces designed to harmonise with integrated technology. However, it is the unique way they collect and manage data to explore the learning space design outcomes that allows systematic organisation and authentication that is otherwise not possible.

  • How Blockchain improves the functionality and tracking of distributed educational content
  • Ensuring student driven outcomes based on reliable feedback of the learning environment using blockchain
  • Encouraging teachers to be responsive rather than reactive in managing new learning spaces


10:50 am - 11:20 am Innovative Space Designs that Optimise Advanced Learning Tools
Innovative technologies have delivered exciting opportunities for learning; however, it is critical that these learning tools are strategically integrated to optimise learning spaces, strengthen connectivity and student outcomes.

  • Innovative infrastructure and learning space designs are priorities to make changes in pedagogic approaches of learning
  • The need to integrate a blended approach to Virtual and Face-to-face learning methodologies
  • The introduction of Virtual Reality learning spaces to develop critical thinking in students cognition
Cyntia Franco, Educational Designer Technologist at University of Sydney

Cyntia Franco

Educational Designer Technologist
University of Sydney


11:20 am - 11:50 am Utlising Blended Learning Spaces to Achieve Active Learning Outcomes
The goal at Charles Sturt University (CSU), whether it be in digital or physical learning environments, is to create active learning experiences for our students. This presentation explores the design and delivery aspects of teaching in this paradigm from the teachers’ and students’ perspectives. It further reports on a portal used with QR codes for teaching staff to effectively access appropriate, timely and relevant information about teaching environments so that they can successfully implement well-though through designs for active learning.

  • Designs for active learning from a teachers’ perspective
  • Students perceptions on active learning
  • One-stop access to relevant and timely physical learning environments information
Philip Uys, Director, Learning Technologies at Charles Sturt University

Philip Uys

Director, Learning Technologies
Charles Sturt University


11:50 am - 12:20 pm Research Driven Learning Spaces that Promote Flexibility and Innovation Across Pedagogies
What has enabled Ormiston College to create a learning environment where young people achieve success is the pedagogical impact of their innovative teaching and learning framework. At the core of their research driven programs is a focus on achieving the best educational outcomes for students in a complex and ever-changing world.

  • How Ormiston College has reconceptualised their library into a state of the art learning commons to support the development of transferrable skills that equip learners with the skillset and mindset to ensure that they are future ready.
  • Hear how the College has developed a unique framework to support the development of students’ 21st century skills which explicitly incorporates innovative pedagogy and contemporary spaces to meet the diverse range of future learners.


12:20 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: NeW Space: Harnessing Innovative Space Designs that Focus on Improved Student Learning
The term “sticky” describes a flexible environment where spaces accommodate all types of learning methods, as a result, students utilise the space for longer periods of time – maximising outcomes. Enhancing the student experience through prioritising informal space to support learning, this presentation will explore the NeW Space project, a vertical campus developed at the University of Newcastle.

  • How data gained through Post Occupancy Evaluation can positively influence learning space design outcomes
  • Encouraging Industry and Community engagement within a modern teaching facility
  • Exploring flexible, contemporary teaching spaces, with coordinated technology and design.
Meri Butler, Campus Strategy Manager at University of Newcastle

Meri Butler

Campus Strategy Manager
University of Newcastle


Educational environments evolve rapidly to maintain student expectations and stimulate positive learning outcomes. Vacant spaces and new development projects are leaving executives to explore opportunities to transform and utilise aged infrastructures as a result.

  • Exploring how vacant spaces occur and the challenges surrounding out-dated infrastructure
  • Strategising how to transform and utilise an existing space into an innovative and modern learning environment
  • Examining successful projects where transformed spaces broadened learning opportunities and technology was cleverly integrated
Andrew Churches, Head of Faculty Technology and Design at Kristin School (NZ)

Andrew Churches

Head of Faculty Technology and Design
Kristin School (NZ)

Gregory Martin, Director, Teaching Technologies, Innovation Support Unit at University of Technology Sydney

Gregory Martin

Director, Teaching Technologies, Innovation Support Unit
University of Technology Sydney

Meri Butler, Campus Strategy Manager at University of Newcastle

Meri Butler

Campus Strategy Manager
University of Newcastle

Mathew Toniolo, Workplace Advisor at Haworth

Mathew Toniolo

Workplace Advisor

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: Implementing a Global Challenge-Based Learning Platform to Enhance Connectivity and Educational Development

Utilising all the capabilities of their ‘Challenge Platform’, Curtin University is launching a further evolved digital learning program called ‘Balance of the Planet’. Incorporating gamification and providing additional modules to further credits, this interactive online experience is aligned with learner development and encourages group collaboration.

  • Exploring the development and functions associated with Balance of the Planet and how the project accommodates next generation learning
  • Strategies used to overcome limitations and integration challenges
  • Examining the under-weighing learning analytic systems used to track progress and student involvement
Wei-Ying Ho, Administration Assistant, Research Engagement at University of Technology Sydney

Wei-Ying Ho

Administration Assistant, Research Engagement
University of Technology Sydney

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm PANEL: Maximising Student Support and Outcomes with Simulation Based Learning

Simulation based learning is becoming increasingly popular as a modern teaching method, providing increased practicality to professional engagement and challenges. This panel of industry thought-leaders and practitioners will explore simulated learning across specialties.

  • Managing space: Integrating simulated learning facilities into space design
  • Examining how simulated learning improves student outcomes and collaboration
  • Identifying challenges and strategies implemented to overcome them
Jessica Williams, Associate Lecturer at The University of Newcastle

Jessica Williams

Associate Lecturer
The University of Newcastle

Philip Uys, Director, Learning Technologies at Charles Sturt University

Philip Uys

Director, Learning Technologies
Charles Sturt University


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...


4:20 pm - 5:20 pm How to Design Facilities to Optimise Student Connectedness
Innovative changes to teaching and learning environments are being encouraged in order to maintain student connection and engagement. This round-table discusses how the design of new environments impacts positively on learning outcomes and connection.

  • Explore what facilities are most successful for engaging students
  • What is limiting students from further achieving connectedness in these environments
  • Strategising initiatives and designs for optimal student engagement and connection
Philip Uys, Director, Learning Technologies at Charles Sturt University

Philip Uys

Director, Learning Technologies
Charles Sturt University


4:20 pm - 5:20 pm How a Central Learning Management System can Enhance Accessibility
This round table will explore how consistency and a unified approach to online learning spaces can improve outcomes; and where MLS connections can be made.

  • Exploring the benefits of a central LMS including accessibility and simplicity and how it correlates with physical learning environments
  • Exploring the challenges/modifications as well as change management processes leading up to and flowing from an established LMS
John Capper, Director of Learning and Teaching at University of Divinity

John Capper

Director of Learning and Teaching
University of Divinity


4:20 pm - 5:20 pm Compiling Real-Time Data: How Students Expect Themselves to be Required to Perform
Sydney Business School, the University of Wollongong’s executive education ‘Street Smart’ MBA subject boasts a contemporary, experimental, and practical approach to learning. The creation and delivery of this student experience has been impacted greatly by the students themselves; this interactive discussion will explore how to strategise obtaining feedback in this unique, user focused way.

  • Facilitating conversation about student experience
  • Taking a practical approach to data and analytics: Designing an algorithm
Sharna Wiblen, Education Executive, MBA Lecturer (Talent Management) at University of Wollongong

Sharna Wiblen

Education Executive, MBA Lecturer (Talent Management)
University of Wollongong