8th Annual New Generation Learning Space Design 2019

02 - 04 March, 2020 | Sydney

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 3 March 2020

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee & Registration

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Andrew Churches

Head of Faculty Technology and Design
Kristin School (NZ) (Chair)

Dr Wesley Imms is undertaking world-leading research into the impact of learning spaces, teaching practice and education outcomes. This session will explore the latest findings from the project.

  • Aligning teaching practices with multi-modal, technology rich learning environments
  • Exploring the significant changes required in new approaches to teaching
  • Analysing the relationship between  quality teaching and the effective use of innovative learning environments
  • Evaluating the learning return on investment in new generation learning environments
  • Assisting teachers through the transition into radically different learning environments
  • Exploring teacher behaviour before and after the transition
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Dr Wesley Imms

Associate Professor of Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Director
University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network

9:50 am - 10:20 am Thought Leadership Session

10:20 am - 10:50 am Speed Networking

10:50 am - 11:20 am Morning Coffee and Networking

Stream One: Innovative Learning and Teaching Technologies

11:20 am - 11:50 am CASE STUDY: Exploring the Integration of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Immersive Learning Spaces
Andrew Churches - Head of Faculty Technology and Design, Kristin School (NZ) (Chair)
This presentation shares the knowledge and experienced we have gained and are gaining from implementing the use of Virtual reality into the learning environment. The implementation of VR is a work in progress as we progress beyond the sandbox stage and into the first iteration of deployment, learning and adapting as we go.

The presentation examines:
  • The selection process for choosing a VR system
  • The health and safety  considerations for use of the systems in a classroom environment
  • The design and adaption of classroom spaces to become VR friendly
  • The storage and security of VR headsets and hand pieces in a dynamic education setting.
  • The support and training for staff using devices within an educational setting
  • The support and training for students using the devices to supplement, enhance and transform their learning experience
Chair: 
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Andrew Churches

Head of Faculty Technology and Design
Kristin School (NZ) (Chair)

Stream One: Innovative Learning and Teaching Technologies

11:50 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: The CSU Learning Space Portal: Developing an Interactive Tool that Enables Teachers to Effectively Utilise Collaborative and Active Learning Spaces Across our Campuses
Andrew Churches - Head of Faculty Technology and Design, Kristin School (NZ) (Chair)
Phillip Hua - Lecturer, Learning Spaces Educational Lead Port Macquarie Campus, Charles Sturt University
  • Providing capabilities to our staff to enhance learning for our students and deliver a positive campus experience
  • A portal that advises academics on the opportunities for collaborative and active learning within a specific learning space
  • Listing technology support to enable best use of space
  • Exploring how we develop activities that focus on kills development for the future of work
  • The stakeholder engagement process and the involvement of academics to provide active learning case studies
  • Exploring plans to upgrade version 2 with AR/VR capability
Chair:
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Andrew Churches

Head of Faculty Technology and Design
Kristin School (NZ) (Chair)

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Phillip Hua

Lecturer, Learning Spaces Educational Lead Port Macquarie Campus
Charles Sturt University

Stream Two: Stakeholder Engagement and the Change Management Process

11:20 am - 11:50 am The Evolution of Collaborative Learning Space Design at UniSA
Michael Keppell - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Taylor’s University Malaysia
Dr Stuart Dinmore - Senior Lecturer: Academic Development – Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia
The University of South Australia began work on prototype, technology-rich collaborative teaching and learning spaces in 2012. Since then. The university has built the Jeffrey Smart Building (a 7 storey, purpose-built, student owned, collaborative teaching space) and worked through 4-5 iterations of collaborative classroom design. This presentation will discuss the evolution of these designs using a ‘whole of university’ approach to implementation. This has approach has involved broad engagement with facilities management, teaching and learning, students and IT services to reach the best outcome. It will outline current thinking on the design and implementation of these types of spaces based on our experiences across this spectrum of stakeholders within the university.

  • Timeline of design and building implementation
  • Student response to new spaces
  • Outline of ‘whole of university approach’ to classroom design and implantation
  • Outline of challenges to widespread adoption of blended pedagogies for teaching staff
Chair: 

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Michael Keppell

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching
Taylor’s University Malaysia

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Dr Stuart Dinmore

Senior Lecturer: Academic Development – Teaching Innovation Unit
University of South Australia

Stream Two: Stakeholder Engagement and the Change Management Process

11:50 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: Developing the Responsive Campus Environment: Designing Learning Spaces to Empower Learners and Teachers to Succeed
Michael Keppell - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Taylor’s University Malaysia
Taylor’s University has implemented strategies that have reshaped the campus environment through curriculum transformation to create an educational ecosystem based on core values of their educational approach.. This case study focuses on the educational ecosystem encompassing curriculum, pedagogy, teaching, learning, assessment, learning spaces, and technology. The design of a vibrant campus empowers graduates for future employment. Designing collaborative spaces and changing educational mindsets of teachers is an essential aspect in the future transformation of universities.

In this session:
  • Designing collaborative learning spaces to influence future learning and teaching expectations
  • Developing change management strategies to accommodate changes in pedagogical approaches, learning spaces, blended and online learning 
  • Developing an ecosystem of programme and module transformation across all undergraduate programmes
  • Implementing professional development strategies to encourage academics to embrace physical and virtual learning spaces
Chair:
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Michael Keppell

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching
Taylor’s University Malaysia

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Break

Stream One: Innovative Learning and Teaching Technologies

1:20 pm - 1:50 pm CASE STUDY: University of NSW: Designing an Engaging, Experiential and Collaborative Learning Space for Your Connected Students
Professor Bob Fox - Curriculum Academic Lead, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), UNSW
This session will explore the innovative and immersive learning spaces that are engaging students with technical environments and accelerating industry specific learning and growth.

  • The development of a 360-degree interactive visualisation facility used to observe, explore and learn
  • Utilising high-performance computer graphics to enhance new generation learning
  • Retrofitted spaces with specialised learning tools  that engage students with technical environments
  • How are we measuring student outcomes across all projects?
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Professor Bob Fox

Curriculum Academic Lead, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
UNSW

Stream One: Innovative Learning and Teaching Technologies

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Curtin University: Guiding University Leaders and Empowering Teachers to get the Most of out of Innovative Learning Technologies
Dr Jennifer Howell - Assoc DVC Learning and Teaching, Curtin University
This session will discuss how to utilise cutting edge technologies that can transform the classroom experience for both teachers and students.

  • Encouraging the use of immersive virtual reality in classrooms
  • Exploring the practical, ethical and safety issues that come with integrating emerging technology in classrooms
  • Turning passive learning experiences into active learning experiences
  • Putting students at the centre of learning and allowing them to experience anything and everything first hand

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Dr Jennifer Howell

Assoc DVC Learning and Teaching
Curtin University

As innovative educational technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace, it can be a challenge rolling out new initiatives whilst also ensuring that teachers and students are prepared and invested in the technologies that will need to be utilised in the modern teaching and learning environment. 

This panel will discuss:
  • Piloting new technologies and understanding  what is  working for teachers and students
  • Understanding the technologies that are increasing student engagement to roll-out to larger groups
  • Developing user groups to ensure a smooth roll-out of new technologies
  • Establishing peer mentor groups for teachers, students and staff
Panel members:

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Professor Tania Broadley

Deputy PVC Learning and Teaching
RMIT University

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Michael Keppell

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching
Taylor’s University Malaysia

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Judy Currey

Director, Active Learning, Office of the DVC E
Deakin University

Stream Two: Stakeholder Engagement and the Change Management Process

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Bridging the Missing Link: Understanding what Drives Teacher Spatial Behaviour after their Transition into Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs).
Vicky Leighton - Teacher, Researcher and Mentor, Churchie
This presentation explores ways to observe the impact of new learning environments on a teacher’s professional practice. The theory suggests that educational settings are places that shape what people do, how they engage with one another, and how they consequently contribute to teacher identity and behaviour. Despite this general agreement, it is also understood that teachers are taught how to teach curriculum content and pedagogy, but rarely trained on how to use space to advance and support their teaching and maximise learning experiences for students. This is particularly true for teachers well established in their career.

Understanding how or if teachers actively manipulate designed classroom spaces to improve pedagogy, and devising systems to observe this transaction, remains one of the ‘missing links’. This research has sought to bridge the gap through the construction of a teacher spatial behaviour theoretical framework, and the development of an app designed to link teacher spatial behaviour with their learning environment.

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Vicky Leighton

Teacher, Researcher and Mentor
Churchie

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Afternoon Tea

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Architects Panel: Discussing the Strategies Australian Universities are Using to Design and Develop Flexible and Collaborative Learning Spaces

David Tweedie - Tertiary Design Director, Hayball
Marina Carroll - Principal, Architectus
Meaghan Dwyer - Principal, John Wardle Architects
As new technologies continue to emerge, the way students learn and engage is going to continue to change. In response, universities must continue to develop new and innovative ways of teaching and design learning environments that are flexible enough to accommodate and crate a dynamic, flexible, technology-rich and collaborative style of learning.

This panel will discuss:
  • Designing future proofed and adaptable learning and teaching environments
  • Exploring the new future focused learning and teaching environments that are set to transform the education sector
  • New Technologies – The future proofing process and the integration with space design
  • Discussing international examples of innovative learning 
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David Tweedie

Tertiary Design Director
Hayball

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Marina Carroll

Principal
Architectus

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Meaghan Dwyer

Principal
John Wardle Architects

Interactive Discussion Groups:
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... 

How Can Teachers Deliver the Same Engaging Experience to On-line Students as On-Campus Students?

  • How can we improve the on-line learning experience?
  • How can we connect physical learning spaces to on-line lectures?
  • How do we create and interactive and collaborative on-line learning experience?
  • How can we improve the quality of on-line teaching?
Facilitator:

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Stefan Popenici

Senior Higher Education and Training Developer
Charles Darwin University

Incorporating Mobile Technologies into Learning and Teaching Environments

  • Incorporating mobile technologies into innovative and interactive curriculum
  • Exploring new ways of learning with mobile technologies
  • Personalised and collaborative use of mobile technologies
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Phillip Hua

Lecturer, Learning Spaces Educational Lead Port Macquarie Campus
Charles Sturt University

Utilising Innovative Learning Spaces to Improve Teaching Skills

  • Understanding and improving teacher mindsets
  • Developing mechanisms to identify ‘teacher mindset’ characteristics
  • Developing strategies to assist teachers to maximise the opportunities offered to them by new learning spaces
  • Measuring the impact of new learning environments 
Facilitator:

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Dr Benjamin Cleveland

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)
The University of Melbourne

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm END OF DAY ONE & NETWORKING DRINKS