Pre-conference Workshops: Wednesday, 19 October 2016


2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Capacity Building Framework to Enhance Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology for Increasing Engagement throughout Placement

Franziska Trede, Co-Director, International & Partnerships, The Education For Practice Insti, Charles Sturt University
During this interactive workshop, participants will apply a framework and tools to measure the influence and effectiveness of mobile technology on student engagement throughout work placement. The session will aim to help educators and workplace supervisors make better use of personal mobile technology in their learning.

Professor Franziska will discuss the following concepts:
  • Translating research-based evidence into tools and resources that university teachers can use in course and curriculum design
  • Developing resources to better assist students’ workplace learning through connected learning networks
  • Consolidate the digital literacies and skills required for future lifelong workplace learning


Franziska Trede

Co-Director, International & Partnerships, The Education For Practice Insti
Charles Sturt University


2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Scaling up blended learning: a school-wide capacity-building project

Susie Macfarlane, Senior Facilitator, Teaching Excellence & Innovation, Deakin University
Blended learning involves a shift in teaching practice in which learners access information, learning activities - and perhaps their teachers – online. Most academics however do not possess the learning design and eLearning development skills required to produce learning resources that can effectively guide students’ learning and meet their expectations for visually engaging, media rich, interactive resources and personalized learning activities. Susie Macfarlane is an academic developer who will present a three year project she has successfully undertaken using evidence-based organizational change practices to build a school’s capacity to provide high quality eLearning resources. This workshop will provide teaching and learning leaders, academic developers and academics the opportunity to apply and adapt the model to their own institution-wide, school or program.

Participants will undertake discussions and analysis to develop a strategic plan to build blended learning capacity in their context. Planning activities will include the following:
  • Identify your own feasible short and long term goals for blended learning
  • Anticipate the likely challenges, and identify the strategies to mitigate them
  • Recognize the types of resources you possess and that may be available to you
  • Select and adapt blended learning capacity building approaches that are likely to be successful with academics and in the higher education context
  • Apply organizational change approaches that will foster a learning culture, build momentum and sustain meaningful change.


Susie Macfarlane

Senior Facilitator, Teaching Excellence & Innovation
Deakin University


4:30 PM - 11:59 PM Increasing Technology Enhanced Learning on Whole-of-University Unit LMS Sites for Improved Engagement

Ron Kordyban, Blended Learning Coordinator, Bond University
At most universities, the subject LMS site is the primary interface for the student learning experience. If the site is poorly organised, students do not know how to navigate the learning experience, such as when to engage with what content. If assessment criteria are minimally indicated, the quality of submissions suffers. If no tools are used to foster interaction, the learning experience becomes isolating. Conversely, when LMS sites are effectively designed and maintained, the quality of the student learning experience tends to be high. The quality of LMS sites varies across universities and within programs of study. Students who experience a well-designed site in their first semesters come to expect this standard in subsequent semesters.

Bond University thereby undertook a whole-of-university strategic priority project to improve 180 LMS subject sites in 180 days. Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching) in each faculty selected the sites. The initial quality of the sites varied, with many assessed as initially high quality, meaning that improvement meant moving from strength to strength and focusing on elements such as increasing elements of technology enhanced learning.

The key takeaways for workshop participants will be:
  • Project design suggestions including how to resource
  • Identification of challenges and stumbling blocks, as well as success strategies
  • Checklists and professional development materials
  • Illustration of before and after improvements as exemplars
  • Ideas for increasing elements of technology enhanced learning
  • Templates for emails, announcements and other communications


Ron Kordyban

Blended Learning Coordinator
Bond University


4:30 PM - 11:59 PM Applying Critical Thinking to the Development of Blended Learning

Steve Parker, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Flinders University
In this workshop, Dr Steve Parker will present the model of critical thinking developed by Richard Paul and Linda Elder followed by an opportunity for participants to practice applying the model to their own questions, issues and/or problems associated with blended learning. Apart from the model presentation, the workshop will be discussion-based and respond to participants needs. The following concepts will be covered:
  • Elements of thought - how humans think
  • Intellectual standards of thinking - how thinking can be evaluated
  • Intellectual traits - how thinking changes people
  • The application of critical thinking to blended learning design


Steve Parker

Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)
Flinders University