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

Post-Conference Workshops & Site Tours: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Workshop A

8:30 am - 10:30 am Using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) and Design Thinking to Inform Design and Ensure Effective Use of Learning Space

Kathleen Donohoe - Director of Future Learning NSW Department of Education
Learning can and should happen anywhere- from Antarctica to outer space to underground mines- and VR can now bring classroom lessons to life. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) mark the beginning of a new era in our relationship with technology, one that will blur the lines between physical and digital spaces.
We are no longer the outsider staring into the screen; instead we are part of the experience.

Be one of the first to understand how Futures Learning can support with bringing the world into our classrooms.
No longer are we just working with physical spaces alone; the future possibilities of learning spaces are becoming infinite

Reasons to attend:
  • Explore the possibilities of AR and VR within new learning spaces and its impact on both students and teachers
  • Is this a cheaper method and how can Futures Learning support this?
  • Learn how to operate and integrate AR/VR as tools in education
  • Delve into a hands-on 1 hour workshop about Designing Thinking.


Kathleen Donohoe

Director of Future Learning
NSW Department of Education

Workshop B

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Socio-Spatial Analysis: A Designed Approach to Understand the Innovations of Spaces and Pedagogies that Work for Students

Allan Kjær Anderse - Principal Ørestad Gymnasium Denmark
The space between pedagogy, learning environments and teacher collaboration are responsible for the way we design learning spaces of tomorrow.

Researchers and educators have called for better understanding of the ongoing occupation of space (Bateman, Loughlin, O’Mara, and Aranda 2011). In order to design the best learning space There is a need to understand the way teachers and students occupy the space together, what pedagogical practices are used and their impact.

Let Allan guide through this workshop to design a learning space that best suits you and your students.

Take the first step and truly understand:
  • Analytic exploration of people and space
  • How they work together? Explore the social, spatial and pedagogical implications within learning spaces
  • How to measure student-teacher-space interactions within new learning spaces
  • Training and workshops to achieve revenue-raising architectural designs and developments for the best socio-spatial success


Allan Kjær Anderse

Ørestad Gymnasium Denmark

Workshop C

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm University of Sydney (USYD) Immersive Learning Laboratory

Jacqueline Thomas - Project Leader Immersive Learning Laboratory University of Sydney
Join the University of Sydney for its first Immersive Learning Laboratory (ImmLL)-the largest of its kind in Australia. Take a tour and discover first hand how the interactive 360° video of real life environments and constructed virtual environments have revolutionised educational opportunities. Due to the cost involved most VR immersive learning environments have a shared setup, however in this instance, the whole class can share the VR experiences at once. It houses the largest number of VR devices any educational installation in Australia. The ideal classroom isn’t just a physical classroom anymore- rather a flexible and highly interactive learning space. Find out more about the laboratory’s benefits, applications and features in this guided tour.

The guided tour will discuss:
  • Transiting into a VR Immersive learning environment and its challenges
  • The process of applying for the Strategic Education Grant
  • In small groups, experience the application of the high-powered Oculus Rift headsets in an educational setting
  • Explore the changes in the curriculum, management, facilities, pedagogy practices entailed with the implementation of the ‘ImmLL.’


Jacqueline Thomas

Project Leader Immersive Learning Laboratory
University of Sydney