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

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 18th 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 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: What’s Next in Higher Education: Emerging Trends in Technology, Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning

Jennifer Sparrow - Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State University (USA)
Today’s students have an ever expanding set of options for how they choose to pursue learning. New technologies create new ways for student to collaborate and learn. As the learning environment continues to evolve, so does the need to partner with faculty in developing new approaches teaching. In recent years, Penn State has designed and implemented a diverse collection of faculty-focused programs to innovate instruction both in and out of the classroom. The most recent of these, the Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) program, is not only an approach to faculty development, but also provides a framework for course development and research. In this session, Jennifer will talk about the journey Penn State university has been on, their plans for the future and his views on what’s next for higher education.

  • Identify ways to structure faculty engagement programs that enable innovative approaches to teaching, research, and course design.
  • Explore the possibilities that emerging technologies hold for engaging students in new ways.
  • Challenge common assumptions that are made about where and how courses are delivered

Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology
Penn State University (USA)

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

UNSW is investing an additional $500 million into education initiatives over the next 10 years to increase the quality of student learning experiences, the programs and courses it provides as well as the quality of its teaching. As part of this initiative, UNSW is developing 660 online and blended courses that 75% of undergraduate students will experience in the next five years. In line with the University’s vision and the resources and funding it has allocated, is a shared curriculum framework, course learning design models and tools as well as student-centred guides. UNSW is also developing a capacity building strategy in partnership with faculty to support staff to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work successfully in the more intensive digital learning environments.

This session will outline the UNSW strategy and the various education initiatives on curriculum, programs and course development, and associated capacity building for staff:

  • Developing blended and online learning
  • Designing for micro credentialing course components
  • Providing capacity building for teachers and developers with a focus on new literacies and skills capabilities

Professor Bob Fox

Academic Lead, Curriculum
University of New South Wales


Dr. Mark King

Director of Educational Delivery Services
University of New South Wales

11:00 am - 11:40 am Curriculum Transformation at University of Sydney

Brian Bailey - Technology Innovation Manager, University of Sydney
As the University of Sydney consolidates 16 faculties into 6 by early 2018, this is a transformation effort some feel has been a long-time coming. Established in 1850, and as Australia’s oldest university, Sydney is one of the last major Australian Universities to transform their curriculum. Sydney University has committed to transform not just its curriculum, but the whole learning experience, across the institution. Join this session to discover what is and isn’t working (yet) and whether there really is such a thing as ‘last-mover advantage’. The session will cover:

  • Why such wide-reaching change, and why now
  • Implementing a next generation LMS
  • Cultural considerations, within the Faculty that international visitors to Sydney identify as ‘Hogwarts’
  • What approaches and techniques are creating a ‘distinctive Sydney education’
  • The search to find the right balance of pedagogy and technology
  • Finding the organisational conversations that can sustain the transformation

Brian Bailey

Technology Innovation Manager
University of Sydney

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


Professor Michael Adams

Dean School of Law
Western Sydney University


Jennifer Stokes

Course Coordinator
University of South Australia


Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson

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


Dr. Fiona Sanders

Learning & Teaching Coordinator
University of Technology Sydney

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Break

Teacher communities can be empowering networks to share experiences, explore new ideas, and pause to socialise in an otherwise non-stop profession. At the Australian College of Applied Psychology, School of counselling previously there wasn’t a peer to peer platform for Teachers. In order to create and facilitate communities of practice, the Blended and online: learning and teaching team has created a Teacher Space using Moodle at no additional cost. This space encourages teachers to actively participate in unstructured discussions to foster innovation and collaboration. In this session Ishrat and Daniel will discuss the importance of a peer to peer platform and the journey they have been on.

  • Advantages and reasons behind building the platform on Moodle
  • Getting traction among teachers and encouraging active participation
  • Vision for the future

Ishrat Siddique

Blended and Online: Learning and Teaching Manager
Australian College of Applied Psychology


Daniel Moon

Blended and Online: Learning and Teaching Coordinator
Australian College of Applied Psychology

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Designing and Implementing a Digital Strategy: The Experience of Melbourne Law School

Judith Marychurch - Assistant Dean – Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Currently Melbourne Law School predominantly conducts classes face to face. In order to meet student demands of flexibility and to align with the University’s wider Digital Learning Strategy, the Law School is currently undergoing a curriculum review. In this session Judith will outline the journey they have been on from getting approval to the implementation of the strategy.

  • Scope of the Melbourne Law School’s digital strategy
  • Challenges and outcomes of the curriculum review
  • Road map for implementation

Judith Marychurch

Assistant Dean – Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne

2:40 pm - 12:00 am Afternoon Tea

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Building a Culture for Blended Learning within the Organization to Instill Excellence in Staff and Students

Professor Michael Adams - Dean School of Law, Western Sydney University
Educators can deliberately build a culture within an institution, that enhances the blended learning environment for both students and staff. With the accelerated change within the academic community and the move towards dynamic learning experiences, it is extremely important to engage the entire community of learners. Michael has been instrumental in leading the blended learning transformation projects at both UTS and Western Sydney University. This session will cover best practice for creating a culture of collaborative inquiry.

  • Engaging the community including senior management in the transformation
  • Recognising and supporting educators (cross faculty/school units) in their blended learning journey
  • Focusing on career success of students and enhancing skills with related graduate attributes

Professor Michael Adams

Dean School of Law
Western Sydney University

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Shifting Pedagogy and Embedding Digital Learning in to Enabling Programs at UniSA College for Building Student Engagement

Jennifer Stokes - Course Coordinator, University of South Australia
With an increasing demand for digital skills and with the prevalence of technology in today’s society, it is vital that digital literacies are embedded into courses. UniSA College provides a one year Foundation Studies program which provide a structured transition to university. Jennifer has been employing innovative teaching approaches to build student engagement, with a focus on technology, equity, interactivity and new media. In this session, Jennifer will provide an overview of the work she has been doing to help students develop digital literacy skills for the future workforce.
Jennifer will also provide advice on embedding Universal Design for Learning as a design principle for creating accessible digital content which engages 21st Century learners.

  • Development of an innovative new course: Digital Literacy: Screen, Web and New Media
  • Allowing students to choose subjects which are meaningful for them will increase engagement, facilitate deep learning, develop problem solving and analytical skills
  • Adopting Universal Design for Learning approaches in creating and implementing blended learning programs

Jennifer Stokes

Course Coordinator
University of South Australia

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm How to Improve Academics’ Understanding of Blended Learning Tools Through Communication and Continuous Improvement Culture

Dr. Kate M. Delmo - Lecturer Public Communication, University of Technology Sydney
Keeping up to date with ever changing technology involves constant communication and a culture of continuous improvement. With technology offering so many varied options, a blended approach has evolved to mean the use of more than one delivery method to provide and enhance training and support. This panel discussion will look at the importance of communication and culture for keeping staff up to date and motivated.

  • Improving faculty staff understanding of technology and resources
  • Setting up a professional network to share successful concepts
  • Permanent vs part-time staff: Designing courses and creating consistency

Dr. Kate M. Delmo

Lecturer Public Communication
University of Technology Sydney

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm End of Conference