14 - 15 March, 2019 | Sydney, NSW

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 13 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 CASE STUDY: Welcome to Denmark’s Ørestad Gymnasium: A Modern High School with a Pedagogical Vision

Allan Kjær Anderse - Principal Ørestad Gymnasium Denmark
Meet the creator behind this remarkable high school purposely designed to nourish its pedagogy-aiming at a flexible and structured use of different learning environments. Allan Kjær Andersen is the principal behind this renowned modern school for its innovative learning environments with open spaces instead of traditional classrooms and its immersive use of digital technologies. This year, the school will have over a 10 year history of proven successes for its academic excellences in teachers and students.
Allan believes that creativity and innovative skills are essential skills in the future society and have architecturally designed a school just for this. In this session, he will amaze us with the topics below:

  • Taking a tour of the Ørestad Gymnasium: Why was it built?
  • Analysing the architectural design that allow teachers and students to stimulate each other in innovative and creative ways
  • Emphasizing on digitalized learning materials
  • Exploring the gains and challenges of the high school
  • Evaluation of the learning spaces

Allan Kjær Anderse

Ørestad Gymnasium Denmark

9:50 am - 10:30 am Empowering Active Learning of Higher Education Students through Space, Pedagogy and Technology

Dr. Mike Keppell - Former Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning Transformations Swinburne University of Technology
Learning spaces need to encompass formal teaching spaces, informal learning spaces and virtual learning and teaching spaces. The combination of space, pedagogy and technology needs to be seamlessly integrated to support 21st Century learning.
Learning spaces must utilise new technology and flexibility to enable active learning and meet student expectations and accommodate different teaching approaches. In this session, Professor Mike Keppell will reflect on different institutional approaches in addressing student learning by choreographing space, technology and pedagogy to achieve Institutional goals. Professor Keppell is an internationally respected academic and has held leadership roles across six universities. In this session he will to discuss his experience in transformational teaching and learning spaces that require the blend of technological tools and pedagogical practices to meet teacher and learner expectations. Case studies from different universities will be presented in the points below:

  • Pedagogy, space and technology: What’s new? How have the three elements evolved? How do they all relate
  • Swinburne University of Technology Learning Space Case Study
  • European Learning space Case study
  • Malaysian University Case Study

Dr. Mike Keppell

Former Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning Transformations
Swinburne University of Technology

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING TEA

11:00 am - 11:40 am CASE STUDY: Design for Delivery: Designing Innovative and Collaborative Learning Environments to Enable Students’ Development of Soft Skills and Resilience

Dr. Gordon Howell - Director Learning Environments and Technology Services Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
The world is constantly changing and so is the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The Queensland Government has built over 36 new research facilities, and underpinning that growth is a $3.6 billion investment into research infrastructures, industry and educational organisations to build leaders of the world. Directing the strategic planning, design and delivery of world-class learning and teaching environments at QUT is Dr.Gordon Howell.
He recognises the principles behind building realistic agile and flexible learning spaces and will discuss:

  • Making the shift- implementing digital and flexible education strategies to enable student soft skills
  • Retro-fitting existing spaces to create agile and flexible learning environments
  • Strategies to achieve better future-proof learning spaces
  • Observing the relationships between of space utilisation and student achievements
  • Where are we going with the physical spaces?

Dr. Gordon Howell

Director Learning Environments and Technology Services
Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

11:40 am - 12:20 pm STUDENT PERSPECTIVE: Going Beyond Flexibility: Maximising Student Personalization through Flexible Learning Styles and Spaces

Alexander Mayer - Student Ambassador University of New South Wales
Personalized learning goes beyond the design of space. It encompasses the design of space and the usage of space rather than the furnishing we place in them to ensure students achieve their greatest potential. Hear from Alexander Mayer in this session about his experience of how the personalization of spaces has transformed his educational career.
Alexander is an honoured student ambassador for the University of New South Wales and is currently completing his 4th year in the Bachelor of Mining Engineering. He will reflect on:

  • The transformation of learning spaces within the Faculty of Engineering and Business and its impact on his education
  • His personal reflection on personalized learning: how it has affected his student experiences and is this strategy we should all adopt?
  • Using ViMine for personalised education objectives- a mining project tool allowing accessible by students
  • Assess how personalized and flexible learning spaces have given her a voice, and choice in what, how, when and where to learn

Alexander Mayer

Student Ambassador
University of New South Wales

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm LUNCH

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY: Design to Create Wonder: Redesigning Open Spaces to Increase Student Well being, Personalised Learning Experience and Authenticity

John Stewart - Creator Living School, Byron (Australia)
Emerging into the heart of Byron Bay is the Living School, a school stimulating passion, persistence, patience, positivity and personalized opportunities.
It is a school still in its early phrase of developments to create wonder and awe. John Stewart created this enterprise with beliefs that learning must have an authentic focus on engagement, mastery, grit and practical experience. The present and future spaces within his school will focus on connecting children with nature, connecting people with each other and connecting learners with the future. In this session he will share his experiences on:

  • The principles and strategies in designing co-learning spaces to stay relevant and future-focused
  • No one- size fits all: preparing holistic approaches and open space learning to cater for personalised learning
  • What works for specific disciplines: tailoring spaces and technology to suit students, teachers and their preferred pedagogies
  • Transitioning staff and students from the old to new learning environments and pedagogies
  • Bringing education into the community: introducing pop-up schools

John Stewart

Living School, Byron (Australia)

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm A Paradigm Shift in Learning Environments and Culture to Enhance Pedagogical Choices and Space Utilisation

Professor Iain Hay - Director Professional Learning and Engagement Macquarie University
It is no secret that universities are shifting towards more immersive styles of teaching, utilizing active and flexible learning spaces. With the paradigm shift to student-centric learning, physical teaching space must be re-examined and re-designed. Macquarie University has invested $97 million into its new library with cutting-edge technological and architectural designs to win the hearts of students. With over 20 years of experience in the delivery and development of high quality learning and teaching, Professor Iain Hay will explore the opportunities s and challenges as we shift from a teacher-centric to a student-centric practice. He will explore the topics below:

  • Adopting emerging technologies and new learning styles
  • Macquarie’s integration of Incubators, Eco-Systems and Modern Active Learning Spaces
  • Evolving the teacher’s role in the physical space-how teacher-student partnerships will allow more authentic, collaborative and multidisciplinary learning experiences.
  • Evaluation: Are more students attending? Are there more collaboration and peer- to-peer learning?

Professor Iain Hay

Director Professional Learning and Engagement
Macquarie University

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm CASE STUDY: A New Reality in Class: Australia’s Largest Immersive Learning Laboratory Launched by The University of Sydney

Jacqueline Thomas - Project Leader Immersive Learning Laboratory University of Sydney
Fast forward to the present and the University of Sydney has launched its first ‘Immersive Learning Laboratory’ (ImmLL). There is a definite ‘wow’ factor as it is Australia’s largest Virtual Reality laboratory with 26 Oculus Rift Headsets available to students across faculties in engineering, science, arts and social sciences. To date, more than 900 students have been taught through virtual field experiences and learning environments that were once impossible to be in. This session will highlight:

  • The team’s journey to implement the ‘Immersive Learning Laboratory’ (ImmLL)
  • Going beyond books: assessing the impacts of students’ learning experiences with the 360° video interactive virtual environment
  • Highlighting the successes and challenges of the ‘ImmLL’
  • Exploring the possibility of ImmLL as the future of education

Jacqueline Thomas

Project Leader Immersive Learning Laboratory
University of Sydney

The evolution of technology has taken us into a world where virtual instructions can now combined with physical learning spaces to enhance student exploration, collaboration and discussion. No longer will it just be the traditional learning spaces of ‘bricks and mortars’. This panel will discuss the challenges and solutions they have encountered, in particularly, how Virtual Reality technologies and spaces can enhance and support an individual’s learning outcome. Explore the possibility of creating new realities for our learning spaces through these questions:

  • What does a Virtual Learning Environment mean to you?
  • Are Virtual Spaces sufficient for the learning and teaching goals of faculties and students?
  • To what extent can virtual spaces complement and integrate into physical leaning spaces? Do you think this will be our future?
  • How do you envision virtual spaces in 20 years?

Craig Williams

Senior Innovation Specialist/ Project Leader
University of Newcastle


Seher Ata

Associate Professor/ Virtual Reality Program Developer
University of New South Wales


Stefanie Gaspari

Director of Library Services
Trinity Grammar School


Jessica Williams

Lecturer and Tutor Faculty of Health and Medicine
University of Newcastle