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

Conference Day Two: Friday, 15 March 2019

8:30 am - 9:00 am COFFEE & REGISTRATION

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: A Framework to Measure Success: Aligning the Impact of Learning Spaces with Cultural Change

When analysing the impact of new learning spaces, a significant challenge is presented to separate the space itself from the expertise of academics and students inhabiting the space as a driver of improved learning outcomes. Kris Ryan explores a framework implemented to consider the new Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University and its impact to learning and teaching across multiple disciplines.
This case study will consider

  • The establishment of an agreed purpose of new learning spaces and identifying success criteria
  • The identification of six broad metrics that measure success of formal study opportunities: student feedback, academic success, opportunities for authentic assessment, student resilience, student engagement, and academic opportunities.
  • The impact of formal and informal space utilisation, with particular consideration of student background.
Dr. Kris Ryan, Academic Director, Education Innovation at Monash University

Dr. Kris Ryan

Academic Director, Education Innovation
Monash University

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

10:20 am - 10:50 am MORNING TEA

PLANNING AND DESIGN

10:50 am - 11:20 am CASE STUDY: Bringing Stakeholders throughout the Journey: In Preparation for Change and During Build
Operationalising learning space designs requires buy-in from all stakeholders. This presentation explores the practical ways to engage stake holders in the codesign of projects leading to successful operations and learning spaces.

  • Strengthening involvement and communication between all stakeholders
  • Ensuring project design supports pedagogy
Dinesh Paikeday, Strategic Advisor, Learning Environments at UNSW Sydney

Dinesh Paikeday

Strategic Advisor, Learning Environments
UNSW Sydney

Dr. Leanne Rose-Munro, Director STEMM Precinct Program Development at University of Melbourne

Dr. Leanne Rose-Munro

Director STEMM Precinct Program Development
University of Melbourne

PLANNING AND DESIGN

11:20 am - 11:50 am CASE STUDY: Strengthening Online Engagement Using Evidence-Driven Development Strategies
It can be difficult to achieve large scale online spaces that encourage engagement while competing with students’ time demands, and are adaptable across a variety of disciplines and cohorts. In a project to maximise student outcomes through online learning spaces, the Digital Futures Team at Western Sydney University are strengthening online engagement using evidence-based models and frameworks.

  • Examining online learning spaces: Identifying challenges and determining what factors are necessary to influence success
  • Adapting online spaces as a result of evidence-driven analytics
  • Exploring outcomes and looking at how to maintain the best online learning spaces with constantly evolving digital innovations
Lynnae Venaruzzo, Director, Digital Futures at University of Western Sydney

Lynnae Venaruzzo

Director, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydney

PLANNING AND DESIGN

11:50 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: Developing Student Led Learning Environments Through a Partnership Model
Changes in the global education sector are driven by the rapid growth of technology and are creating exciting opportunities for innovation. Active, collaborative and student-centred education is increasingly replacing ‘chalk and talk’ across both physical and digital spaces. This session will cover UNSW’s journey and strategy to enhance and personalise the student learning experience, focussing on the following themes:

  • Creating engagement – workshops, pulse surveys, social media
  • Developing a strategy and partnerships - Students as Partners
  • Piloting to practising – Active Learning Spaces
  • Innovation - LITE Room – AR/V
Dinesh Paikeday, Strategic Advisor, Learning Environments at UNSW Sydney

Dinesh Paikeday

Strategic Advisor, Learning Environments
UNSW Sydney

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

10:50 am - 11:20 am Encouraging a Responsive Rather Than Reactive Response to Innovative Technology Integration
Innovative technology creates a multitude of benefits and learning opportunities if teachers enthusiastically embrace and foster them into their teaching methods.

  • Encouraging the operation of new technologies when teachers may be intimidated by technical or complex administrations
  • The importance of awareness and training: Strategies to positively introduce new teaching tools
  • Maintaining communication and ensuring consistent technical support to ensure positive outcomes and return on investment
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

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

11:20 am - 11:50 am Examining Student and Staff Engagement during the Implementation of New Learning Spaces
The turn-over of semesters and the speed at which Universities run has a substantial influence on change management processes associated with new learning environments. The ability to produce interesting and engaging learning experiences both online and offline in new learning spaces impacts heavily on the working demand of teachers.


  • How new learning spaces is important in acknowledging different learning styles
  • Improving student experience by implementing change management strategies
  • Implementing allocation strategies to encourage adapting to new learning spaces while still having time to prepare, learn, and reflect
Samantha McKenzie, Project Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at The University of Queensland

Samantha McKenzie

Project Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
The University of Queensland

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Evolving from Didactic and Traditional Teaching Models and Encouraging Collaboration
Learning fads come and go and as a result many teachers comfortably maintain traditional teaching methods. However, there is now a clear motivation towards allowing flexible learning space designs (balancing traditional and innovative learning) and teachers need to utilise these spaces to maximum effect.

  • Defining the purpose and rationale for change: How new models achieve greater outcomes
  • Understanding modern students and successfully integrating authentic experiences into the classroom
  • Building teacher capacity with professional support and training that promotes collaborative teaching
Andrew Churches, Head of Faculty Technology and Design at Kristin School (NZ)

Andrew Churches

Head of Faculty Technology and Design
Kristin School (NZ)

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY: Communication & Network Power: Three Design Innovations to Improve Learning Spaces at Deakin University

Influencing the minds of others is now widely cited as a modern form of communication power. Nowadays, horizontal flows of network communication challenge the vertical forms, and the education sector is no different. This case study assesses three of Deakin University’s innovative projects which coalesce around the design of new learning spaces: Active Learning, Audio-visual Support and Design Standards. These design projects require cooperation, communication and “buy in” from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to lay the foundations for successful student learning.

  • Active Learning and collaborative learning: Which design features inform Learning Spaces to foster active learning?
  • NextGen AV Support: How can AV over IP return more control to, and lower costs for, large scale education providers?
  • Networked and Networking Power: What are the benefits and limitations of publishing Design Standards?
Andy Brader, Senior Project Coordinator - Building Projects eSolutions - AV & Network at Deakin University

Andy Brader

Senior Project Coordinator - Building Projects eSolutions - AV & Network
Deakin University

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm CASE STUDY: Enhancing Student Learning Experience Through Curriculum Transformation and Innovative Pedagogies in the Digital Age

This presentation will focus on a broad-based holistic curriculum transformation within the Higher education context. Parallel to curriculum transformation we need to examine the knowledge, skills and attitudes teaching staff need to thrive in a digital age. I will then examine student development and capabilities required by students to tackle the complexities of the learning landscape that is becoming increasingly digital, connected, and ambiguous.

  • Curriculum transformation in a digital age: Broad-based education, Holistic education, Life skills, Active learning and Blended learning, Assessment for learning
  • The knowledge, skills and capabilities teachers need to thrive in a digital age such as digital fluency, technology affordances, learning analytics and feedback as feed-forward
  • The knowledge, skills and capabilities learners need to thrive in a digital age such as digital literacies, self-regulated learning and selfassessment
Michael Keppell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Taylor’s University

Michael Keppell

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

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm CASE STUDY: Implementing Changes to the Curriculum and Pedagogical Practices to Improve Student Interactivity Online and Offline in Existing Spaces

Focusing on overcoming pedagogical challenges both online and offline – including ease-of-use, managing innovative technology, and occupying out-dated spaces – The Tertiary Preparation Program in the Open Access College at the University of Southern Queensland is working to upgrade its core course, Study Management. This presentation shares its experiences in regards to:

  • Exploring the challenges of physical attendance across campuses from a primarily online course
  • Examining how adapting the curriculum will encourage more attendance and interactive learning in traditional spaces
  • How curriculum modifications can also improve interactivity with the online space made available through the University’s course management system (CMS)
  • How to analyse the success of course changes through institutional, unit, and CMS capture of data and improved analytics capacity
Fernando Padro, Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program at University of Southern Queensland

Fernando Padro

Associate Professor, Tertiary Preparation Program
University of Southern Queensland

There are a growing variety of learning styles and opportunities for students today; as we accommodate these styles the pedagogy methods begin to evolve as well as learning environments. In a panel discussion, leaders in the industry explore the considerations that need to be taken into account when moving towards flexible and innovative learning space designs.

  • Highlighting the direction of new Generation Learning space designs as opposed to traditional designs
  • Considerations including adaptability, sustainability, and limitations
Wei-Ying Ho, Administration Assistant, Research Engagement at University of Technology Sydney

Wei-Ying Ho

Administration Assistant, Research Engagement
University of Technology Sydney

Rachel Bentley, Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures at University of Western Sydney

Rachel Bentley

Director, Rich Media, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydney

Lynnae Venaruzzo, Director, Digital Futures at University of Western Sydney

Lynnae Venaruzzo

Director, Digital Futures
University of Western Sydney

Samantha McKenzie, Project Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at The University of Queensland

Samantha McKenzie

Project Manager, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
The University of Queensland

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm END OF DAY TWO