Conference Day One: Tuesday, 14 March 2017

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM Coffee & Registration

08:30 AM - 08:40 AM Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

08:40 AM - 09:40 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Accommodating the Paradigm Shift in Education in order to Enable Student Centred Learning

Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide , ,
The higher education industry has undergone important paradigm shifts including the shift from teacher-centered to a student centered learning, and institutes and educators across Australia are taking measures to accommodate this. This panel discussion will delve in to the pressure of challenging the traditional relationships between teachers and students and the root causes of this paradigm shift in the process of learning.
  • Variety of learning spaces and not constricted to the classroom
  • Involving students in the learning experience through student-centres/ active learning techniques
  • Challenges faced by educators during this paradigm shift


Pascale Quester

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
University of Adelaide

09:40 AM - 10:20 AM Designing Social and Cultural Spaces for Students through Co-creation in order to create a Global and Connected Experience on Campus

Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide
In addition to lecture and tutorial rooms, the next generation of learning spaces will include cafés, parks, lounge rooms, prayer rooms and various other social and cultural spaces. The University of Adelaide opened its doors to The Learning Hub 4 years and it has been an immense success, with students spending 3-4 hours extra in this interactive and innovative space. In this session Pascale will discuss the concept of co-creation and the Universities approach to developing and retro fitting a building as a social student precinct.
  • Carrying the logic of co-creation for designing the concept for the student precinct involving social and cultural spaces as well as extra curricular activities
  • Allowing students to design their own learning outcomes and ‘own’ the process and outcome
  • Embedding the student voice in to the university infrastructure


Pascale Quester

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
University of Adelaide

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM Engaging Stakeholders through Participatory Design

Andrew Ford, Director of Research Learning Environments, Sebel Furniture

Andrew Ford

Director of Research Learning Environments
Sebel Furniture

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM Speed Networking

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Tea

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Transforming Existing Spaces through Massification of Classrooms in Order to Reduce Costs and Create Digital Learning Environments

Gordon Howell, Director Learning Environments and Technology Services, Queensland University of Technology
The Queensland University of Technology has been focusing on two major areas when it comes to learning spaces. Developing a new education precinct and transforming existing learning spaces within the university without major investments and overhauls. In this session, Dr Gordon Howell will discuss the challenges faced and successes
  • Creating modern digital learning spaces through massification of classrooms and allowing staff to link teaching, timetabling requirements to space types
  • Maximizing the use of engaging technologies, and pedagogies to spur higher level of discussion within the learning spaces
  • Gathering feedback from small pilot programs to prepare for the bigger transformation


Gordon Howell

Director Learning Environments and Technology Services
Queensland University of Technology

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM Developing New Generation Learning Spaces Based on Rapidly Changing Student Expectations to Fulfill Learner Needs

Kylie Readman, Director Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast
When developing new learning spaces it is imperative that there is involvement from all stakeholders during each stage of the process. Developing a brief for learning spaces that take into account of various stakeholder needs while not getting stuck in the present requirements, but being able to predict future requirements is also imperative.
  • Inspiring and enhancing learner and educator engagement through curriculum development and space design
  • Facilitating discussion around needs, aspirations and conceptualising of future scenarios
  • Exploring the nexus between users, space, learning activities and technology


Kylie Readman

Director Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching
University of the Sunshine Coast

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM Lunch Break

Teaching and learning space refurbishments can be driven by an individual or just a few individuals thinking of an idea, requesting funding for that idea then executing the plan and moving on to the next idea. Those behind this process, at least for the University of Queensland, didn’t pause to think whether or not the investments made were ticking the essential boxes for users of the space. That is, until recently. This session will share the trials and tribulations of creating a pilot evaluation process and how proactive enquiry is leading to enhanced outcomes.
  • Development of an evaluation framework that ensures continual progress and improvement
  • Creation of partnerships within the institution, including staff and students
  • Reflection of practices that have been successful and identifying areas of improvement with each case study


Samantha McKenzie

Learning Designer - Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation
University of Queensland

Matthew Scott

Manager Teaching Space Management
University of Queensland

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM Multi-purpose, Technologically-Enhanced Spaces that Offer Greater Informality and Flexibility for Informal Learning

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The University of Newcastle, Australia is currently involved in a $95 million building for Schools of Law, Business and Creative Industries that is situated in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD and due for completion in 2017. According to their architects, this new structure will have “the highest portion of informal learning spaces that any building in Australia has ever had”, thus establishing its reputation internationally as a worldwide benchmark for campus infrastructure. According to Pro-vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning Liz Burd, preparing students for “real life” must dictate how we design learning environments.
  • Understand modern students: we consider their needs, expectations and digital capabilities to reflect on the technologies they use and how they can be harnessed to enhance their experience and academic outcomes
  • Design beyond traditional lecture theatres: we have blended informal and multi-purpose spaces and furniture to incorporate advanced technology and facilitate interactive behaviour
  • What works for specific disciplines: we use prototyping of spaces ‘and’ technology to aid staff and student transition from old to new.
  • How to bring authentic experiences into the classroom: we expose students to collaborative and self-directed way of learning to prepare them for “real life”

3:40 PM - 4:50 PM Macquarie University’s Road Map for Equipping Teachers with Tools for Individual Mindset Growth and Personal Development

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Teachers aspire to develop and nurture creators, inventors. In order to do so and equip todays generation for a globally connected world; teachers must have the tools required to facilitate the transition from traditional classrooms to new generation learning spaces.

In this session Dr Tanya Rose will talk about the road map Macquarie University is developing and the strategy for implementation.
  • Create a plan for designing and implementing road map for support and professional development
  • Importance of creating a culture of fostering innovation and praise of growth mindset
  • Exploring innovative methods of implementing change of teacher mindsets

4:50 PM - 5:10 PM Afternoon Tea

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM CHAMPGNE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Next Steps for Learning Space Design and Pedagogy for Continuous Improvement

In this champagne roundtable session, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the direction learning space design is headed in the future. This session will also provide as a platform to share insights into designing mutually beneficial pedagogies, spaces, curriculum and culture.
  • Role of the 21st century learner and reconfiguration of student to teacher dynamics and student to student dynamics in the classroom
  • Importance of technology and learner space for increased uptake and adoption
  • Future of pedagogy and how best to align current practices in order to meet future demand

5:30 PM - 5:40 PM Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:40 PM - 11:59 PM Networking Drinks