17-18 October 2017 | Pullman Sydney Airport , Mascot, NSW

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 17th October 2017

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

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am KEYNOTE SESSION: Developing Student Centered Curriculum and Effectively Utilsing Technology to Enhance Learning

Professor James Arvanitakis - Dean - Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University
For many educators, a blended learning approach provides innovative educational solutions through an effective mix of traditional classroom teaching with mobile learning and online activities. Coupled with rapidly changing student cohorts and technological advancements, educators are constantly challenged to think beyond traditional models in order to keep pace. This session will look at the latest trends in curriculum development, blended learning techniques and importance of cross collaboration in producing work ready graduates.

  • Preparing for tomorrow’s learner: employing agile methods to efficiently design, create, and maintain interactive and dynamic blended learning scenarios
  • Curriculum of the future: developing student centered curriculum adapt for digital delivery
  • Importance of industry and institute wide collaboration for producing work ready graduates

Professor James Arvanitakis

Dean - Graduate Research School
Western Sydney University

9:50 am - 10:30 am Beyond Blended Learning at James Cook University: Positioning Students at the Center of University Experience and Moving Beyond the Baseline

Danny Munnerley - Head Blended Learning and Innovation, James Cook University
James Cook University is in the midst of a major digital transformation project, which includes standardizing blended teaching, migrating over 3000 subjects on to a newer LMS and future plans for 2020. JCU has always had good blended learning standards, however this transformation project means translating these good standards to practical teaching. In this session Danny will outline their plans for the future, whole of institution transformation strategy and how they are moving beyond the baseline.

  • Moving away from a successful and scalable project based approach
  • Understanding analytics: looking beyond focused success to institutional wide success to see scale of impact
  • Viewing the transformation project as a catalyst for change, embracing core values of the team and agile delivery

Danny Munnerley

Head Blended Learning and Innovation
James Cook University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Whole of Organization Change at St Stephens College for Implementing Blended Learning and Encouraging Active Learning

Peter West - Director of eLearning, Saint Stephen’s College
St Stephens College has been making headway to being at the forefront of technology enhanced learning. During this transformation, a vital component has been a structured whole of organization change agenda. Peter has been driving organizational change using educational technology in K12 schools for over 15 years. In this session he will discuss the factors to success and the obstacles faced along the way.

  • Developing a defined plan, style guide and not straying away from this
  • Identifying ‘champions’ who are willing to take charge and lead the paradigm shift and continued on-going professional development
  • On-going professional development, persistence, consistency of message, resourcing, some new blood and the occasional transfusion

Peter West

Director of eLearning
Saint Stephen’s College

Hot Seats 3 Experts, 30 Minutes, 3 Hot Tips…


Peter West

Director of eLearning
Saint Stephen’s College


Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson

Head of School, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Federation University Australia


Lucia Stejer

Head of Learning & Delivery
Kaplan Professional

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch Break

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm De-designing for blended learning: Integrating the Academic Skills for University Success MOOCs into on-campus classes at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching

Katherine Olston - Director (Acting) Centre for English Teaching, University of Sydney
The University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching developed a series of five Massive Open Online Courses, the Academic Skills for University Success Specialization, aimed at preparing students for tertiary study at an English-medium university by introducing them to the core values and expectations of academic culture. Whilst the courses were originally designed to be delivered in purely online mode, they are now being adapted for blended delivery in CET’s on-campus classes. In this session, Katherine will discuss how the combination of the inquiry-based pedagogical approach and the use of adaptive technology influenced the design of the online learning experience with a focus on personalisation and learner autonomy.

  • Leveraging adaptive technology to design a personalised learning experience and promote learner autonomy
  • Adapting online courses for the blended classroom
  • Redefining teaching practices for the blended classroom

Katherine Olston

Director (Acting) Centre for English Teaching
University of Sydney

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm On Campus, Online or Both: Whole of Program Blended Learning Project at Western Sydney University

Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns - Deputy Dean Humanities & Communication Arts, Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University is concluding the implementation of a 3 year project to offer the Bachelor of Communication as on-campus or online on a unit by unit basis. The project involved creating communities of practice among academic staff to design best practice online materials and delivery methods. In this session Lynette will discuss the journey they have been on and the challenges encountered along the way as well as the lessons learnt.

  • Analytics being run through the LMS to get a better understanding of student engagement
  • Working with teams consisting of a subject matter expert, information designer and a app developer to create simple, clean and familiar formats
  • Assessing the quality and effectiveness for the students

Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns

Deputy Dean Humanities & Communication Arts
Western Sydney University

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

The ‘flipped classroom’ model of blended learning involves online content delivery, followed by active learning in the classroom. The success of this model depends on strong student engagement both with pre-class preparation and in-class participation, but neither are guaranteed; indeed, lack of preparation and lack of attendance by students are among the most common complaints of academic teachers. How can we motivate students to engage more fully in both aspects of learning? In this session, Raoul will discuss initiatives currently being trialed in his unit to encourage engagement in preparation for class, and participation in class.

  • How do you prepare students for flipped teaching?
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivators for student engagement
  • Outcomes, successes and ongoing challenges

Professor Raoul Mulder

Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Advancement, Faculty of Science
University of Melbourne

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Connecting the Classroom to the Workplace and Developing Attributes for 2020 through Flipped Learning at Monash University

There is no single model for the flipped classroom—the term is widely used to describe almost any class structure that provides pre-recorded lectures followed by in-class exercises.
Flipped classrooms were initially introduced to one nursing unit and soon spread across the whole unit. Since then there has been a transition across the curriculum and the course. In this session Kerry will discuss the framework adopted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery for before and after class engagement.

  • Using flipped learning to develop the attributes required for the workforce of 2020 – delivering work ready graduates
  • Creating a robust community of practice among other like minded colleagues in other schools
  • Getting other stakeholders on board and making everything explicit and easy to understand

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Curriculum Mapping Tool: A Tool to Support Strategic and Cultural Change in Higher Education

Sharon Short - Project Office, Western Sydney University
Gina Saliba - Manager Curriculum Advisors, Western Sydney University
The Western Sydney University Curriculum Mapping Tool (CMT) was developed to enable the production of visual and summary data of academic programs to allow the institution to which could:

(1) Demonstrate the full alignment of course and unit learning outcomes and assessment across and within segments of a course to assist in the scaffolding of student learning; and

(2) Explicitly integrate the embedding of generic skills and higher order attributes articulated through the university’s graduate attributes.

(3) Allows for the mapping of Professional Standards (i.e. the requirements of Professional Accreditation bodies) across the curriculum to facilitate the development of documentation required for professional accreditation.

This tool is currently being used by the institution to provide a high level of transparency and quality assurance to its programs that in the past could only be dreamed of.
This session will cover:
  • Discuss the development and implementation of the CMT
  • Showcase its attributes and functionality
  • Outline future development of this tool

Sharon Short

Project Office
Western Sydney University


Gina Saliba

Manager Curriculum Advisors
Western Sydney University

5:40 pm - 6:20 pm Improving the Quality of Blended Delivery and Encouraging Sharing between Schools at Federation University

Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson - Head of School, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Federation University Australia
A blended course combines face-to-face elements such as lectures and tutorials with some online learning elements. In this session Beth will talk about how Federation University is making significant steps towards standardizing and setting up procedures for blended learning which can then be scaled across schools. This session will look at customizing blended learning that is shared between schools.

  • Setting up structures and process for blended delivery across schools
  • Working on linking why blended learning is more effective and the use of certain tools
  • Getting academics to write manuals rather than learning designers to encourage transdisciplinary collaboration

Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson

Head of School, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Federation University Australia

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Learning Analytics to Leverage Data on Student Engagement and Effectiveness of Course Design

Learning analytics is playing an extremely important role in gauging student engagement and satisfaction. The University of Sydney has moved beyond retention and is trying to make sense of data and the student experience in a blended learning environment. 40% are very satisfied, 20% are on the fence, and 40 % are finding it difficult to keep up. The university is using analytics to investigate why, while also looking at the design of the courses that have high achievement rates.

  • Leveraging data to strategic positions in education
  • Combining and collaborating data across schools to benefit students
  • Creating a holistic vision for strategy and enabling support for academics in course design