12 - 13 March, 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Monday, 12 March 2018

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


Jessica Williams

Lecturer and Tutor Faculty of Health and Medicine
University of Newcastle

9:10 am - 9:50 am Creating 21st Century Universities: A Pedagogical Perspective on Learning in a Collaborative, Technology-Rich Environment

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ranked amongst the world’s best universities. More than 110 tutorial rooms within the university have been refurbished to support peer-based interactive learning. Research has indicated that 80-90% of students lose their content knowledge after school and it is up to the convergence of technology, pedagogy and space to enable that we do not fall behind student expectations. In this session, Dr Peter Looker - currently the Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division at NTU- will present from his pedagogical perspective the impact of classroom designs on student learning and engagement.

  • What is active learning?
  • Designing formal and informal technology-enabled active learning spaces
  • Observing the flow of learning: relationship between space and memory
  • How to evaluate student responses
  • Assessing the methods of measuring successes in contemporary learning environments

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Through the Teacher’s Lens: Designing Space with Choice, Flexibility and Simplicity to Enhance the Nature of Teaching and Learning, and the Relationship between Teacher and Pupil

Diane Rickard, Teacher,Silverton Primary School
Silverton Primary School is more than just a school. Over the last 40 years, the school has constructed new spaces to incorporate and accommodate new technologies and pedagogies to reflect the students’ choices. According to Diane Rickard, a teacher at Silverton Primary School for over 12 years, all their designs were stemmed from a simple question asked to the children “What ways can we better your learning?” This case study will discuss the school’s journey into the digital age.

  • Designing spaces to reflect the modern student’s needs, choices, expectations and digital capabilities
  • Creating multimodal learning spaces to enhance collaborative and self-directed learning
  • Experimenting with pedagogy and the digital space to transition courses
  • Investigation into mobile-intensive pedagogies in school: a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend
  • Challenges teachers face in the digital education evolution

Diane Rickard

Silverton Primary School

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Meeting Student Expectations through Flexible Learning Spaces that allow Collaborative and Individual Learning Styles

Dr. Susan Ledger, Associate Dean Engagement & School Partnerships, Murdoch School of Education,Murdoch University
It’s time to say goodbye to traditional class room floor plans. Murdoch University have already made capitalized investments into renewing 172 units from its curriculum and learning environments. By 2020, it will focus on transforming existing spaces into improved environments, which are flexible, reconfigurable and multimodal. An example of how the university is achieving this is through its innovative trailing of TeachLive, a virtual reality environment for students led by Professor Susan Ledger. In this session, she will explore the dedicated plans for new teaching and learning spaces through the topics below:

  • Murdoch making every space a space for learning
  • Making a case study for why student need access to flexible and informal spaces for self-directed and peer-to-peer learning
  • TeachLive revolutionizing teaching spaces to allow collaboration and personalization
  • Evaluate the successes of TeachLive in driving flexibility learning spaces

Dr. Susan Ledger

Associate Dean Engagement & School Partnerships, Murdoch School of Education
Murdoch University

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: Focusing on Western Sydney University’s First Vertical Campuses as Improved and Engaging New Generation Learning Spaces

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, PhD (Teaching and Learning), Masters of Education Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic),Western Sydney University
Transformation of one of Australia’s fastest growing cities connecting thousands of students to businesses, government and industry. Professor Denise Kirkpatrick will present a case study on the vertical campuses and how they were designed to be the most technological advanced teaching and research spaces in Australia and across the world.

·         Campus Developments as strategic approaches to produce engaged and industry-ready students
·         Taking a look inside the Parramatta Vertical Campus’s highly interactive, digitally-infused studios to promote group-based learning
·         The Liverpool Vertical Campus Case Study: what to expect?

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick

PhD (Teaching and Learning), Masters of Education Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic)
Western Sydney University

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Preparing for the Digital Age through Continuous and Proactive Innovations of New Learning Spaces

Jim Nyland, Associate Vice Chancellor,Australian Catholic University
Over the last 5 years, there has been an extensive growth of modern world-class facilities within the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The Saint John Paul Building and Student Led Clinics are great examples of ongoing leadership in implementing better teaching and learning initiatives. This in turn has led to the university’s innovative $32 million capital project- The Mercy Building- which will be discussed by the Associate Vice Chancellor, Professor Jim Nyland. Drawing from his extensive background in higher education, his session will highlight:

  • Evaluating the successes of existing and transformed learning environments
  • Using learning analytics to improve learning space designs and pedagogies
  • The Mercy Building as a strategic direction to improve student engagement
  • Preparing academic stakeholders right from the beginning through consultations and workshops
  • Co-location of facilities with strategic partners to achieve the best teaching and learning outcomes

Jim Nyland

Associate Vice Chancellor
Australian Catholic University

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: The Art of Partnerships: Relationship Management with Internal and External Stakeholders to Improve Effectiveness of Space

Don Carter, Senior Lecturer Teachers Education Program,University of Technology Sydney Caterina Ciciulla, Project Development Manager,University of Melbourne Dr. Tanya Rose, Strategic and Innovation Lead,Macquarie University
Developing flexible and technology- enabled learning spaces require partnerships with external (engineers, technology consultants, equipment manufacturers) and internal stakeholders (staff, instructional technologists). The processes of understanding what works best for stakeholders and how to engage them have been barriers to building successful and functional learning environments. It’s time to bring everyone on board so we can deliver the best teaching outcomes. This panel discusses construction phrase, with a focus on:

  • Effective and structured communication between relevant stakeholders and development outcomes
  • Addressing ownerships issues in the processes
  • Are external stakeholders sacrificing functionality: the impact when stakeholders plan, design, and build but do not understand why
  • Discussing how to adapt your project to the viewpoints, goals, and current operational concerns of each partner so as to keep them invested

Don Carter

Senior Lecturer Teachers Education Program
University of Technology Sydney


Caterina Ciciulla

Project Development Manager
University of Melbourne


Dr. Tanya Rose

Strategic and Innovation Lead
Macquarie University

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: Building Co-created Spaces in the Pursuit of Individual Academic Excellence and Experiential Learning

Meredith Melville-Jones, Director, Bradfield Senior College,TAFE NSW
Bradfield Senior College is one of the first coeducational high schools established within The Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE. As part of the new Learning and Innovation Campus, its learning spaces offers the latest technologies and designs to allow students to combine their school programs with certificate courses through pathways provided by TAFE. In this session, Director Meredith Melville- Jones reflects on the considerations for building a TAFE- College partnership and the college’s successes in catering for the students.

  • Benefits of a TAFE- College spatial layout and its impact on student education and work skill authenticity
  • Empirical metrics that support student development through the implementation of a unique learning environment
  • Bringing students into the industry and campuses as an strategic approach to enhance students’ real-world skills
  • What sort of things could the educational sector be doing to enhance the school-college- community- TAFE- university partnerships?

Meredith Melville-Jones

Director, Bradfield Senior College

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CHAMPANGE ROUNDTABLE: The Quest to Integrate Pedagogical Practices and Technological Tools Keep Up with the Digital Age

Jessica Williams, Lecturer and Tutor Faculty of Health and Medicine,University of Newcastle
Australian Research shows that 91% of 12-to-17 year- olds reported the internet as very important to them.
The market research also indicates the use of the internet increasing with age and that this trend is not stopping. In fact, how will you know the integration of technology and financial investments will equate to any tangible return in such a fast paced industry?
In this champagne roundtable discussion, choose a topic you wish to discuss, and enjoy champagne while immersing in the following topics:

  • Roundtable A: Share your goals and visions for future learning and teaching environments- where are we heading?
  • Roundtable B:Integrating students into the design process and measuring their ongoing occupancy within the space
  • Roundtable C: Exploring new technologies that you think will align with the today’s digital age and budget

Jessica Williams

Lecturer and Tutor Faculty of Health and Medicine
University of Newcastle

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks from Jessica Williams