Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Coffee & Registration

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

09:10 AM - 09:50 AM INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Transforming Traditional Learning Spaces into Smart 21st Century Classrooms through the Incorporation of Spatial Design, Pedagogical Principles and Technological Tools

Gunter Saunders, Internet and Education Technology Services, University of Westminster (UK)
Traditional learning spaces are fast losing it’s relevance with 21st century students. This generation of technology wired students are expecting constantly engagement and interaction in a collaborative environment or they will lose interest. This session looks at best practises for incorporating design, pedagogy and technology.
  • Prevalence of smart classrooms, enabling teachers to share content across various devices for active and collaborative learning
  • Adaptable learning spaces equipped for use across multiple disciplines
  • Incorporating social interaction spaces and leveraging contemporary learning methods through space


Gunter Saunders

Internet and Education Technology Services
University of Westminster (UK)

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM Educating Students in a Time of Disruption: Becoming Innovative and Creating an Internal Shift to Drive The Future of Universities Teaching & Learning Spaces

With an estimated seven to nine career changes in today’s students’ lifetime, the age of the ‘four year career’ is forcing universities to adapt, diversify and respond. Educators need to prepare students for such an environment by becoming flexible and keep up with demand for multidisciplinary and modal thinking in a rapidly transforming employment market.
  • Looking to the future of education: embracing change to improve the learning experience through space
  • Delivery of disciplinary content: incorporating skills into a blended curriculum
  • Creating the internal shift to encourage and develop a flexible and innovate curriculum and designing spaces accordingly

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Morning Tea


11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Redesigning a School of the Future at UTS Kuring-gai Campus in Order to Accommodate Growing Enrolments

Susan Low, Director Public Schools NSW, Department of Education
The Department of Education NSW is currently in the process of designing and retrofitting the UTS Kuringgai site in order to redevelop a school, with a broader view of being a school within a school, to cater for at least 2000 students from kindergarten to year 12. This session will look at the transformation this complex heritage listed building is going through in order to fit a school in to the current setting.
  • Creating 6 neighborhoods with its own geographic area within the school
  • Enabling student directed learning within these spaces in order to engage students
  • Distinctive learning spaces for science labs, gym, dance floor, auditorium, virtual school and center for post graduates


Susan Low

Director Public Schools NSW
Department of Education


11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Redesigning Formal and Informal Learning Spaces at Swinburne University for Providing a Seamless and Consistent Student Experience

Mike Keppell, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations, Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne University is currently in the process of redesigning 9 informal learning spaces, 15 learning and teaching spaces and an innovation precinct. In this session Professor Mike Kepplle will take a look at space through a pedagogical point of view and will discuss what factors contribute to a personalized learning space which enables authentic learning.
  • Linking space and pedagogy for formal, informal and virtual learning spaces
  • Creating a seamless learning experience between different learning environments
  • Guiding pedagogy and reinventing spaces for personalised learning and meeting future requirements


Mike Keppell

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations
Swinburne University of Technology


12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Driving Innovative Teaching through Continuous Culture Improvement for Providing Education to 21st Century Learners

Anne Knocks, Director of Development at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL), Northern Beaches Christian School
Learning environments are no longer just the places where students are taught; they now form an active part of the learning process and with digital technology, the opportunities for learning are further enhanced. In this session, Anne will discuss the importance of delving deeper into the physical design of the space as well the teacher’s environmental capacity to think about the purpose of the learning within the space. With extensive experience at the Northern Beaches Christian School in Terry Hills, Anne will draw from practical experiences and the schools forward thinking approach.
  • Future-focused schools on the international educational landscape
  • The Northern Beaches Christian School
  • Growing a culture of innovation and collaboration


Anne Knocks

Director of Development at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL)
Northern Beaches Christian School


12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Cultural Shift towards Open Space, Collaborative Learning Spaces for Increased Productivity

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Collaborative and co-working learning styles are driving a cultural shift away from the traditional classroom space. In this changing environment it vital that space planning and productivity implications are taken into consideration from the beginning. This session will look at important elements to be considered when planning for a collaborative learning space.
  • Identifying benefits and disadvantages of flexible, open area learning spaces within institutes
  • Reviewing collocation of disciplines, shared resources and various other issue implications
  • Understanding how to control capital, operational and maintenance costs

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM Lunch Break


1:40 PM - 2:20 PM Wooranna Park Primary Schools Use of Digital Technology and Space for Aiding the Current Paradigm Shift in Education and for Improving Student Learning

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Wooranna Park Primary School has recognised the need to design adaptable learning spaces in order to align the incorporation of technology, pedagogy and spaces. Being a lighthouse school for technological innovation and having a vision of being like Disney World, WPPS is adopting contemporary practices in both designing learning spaces and utilising these spaces. In this session, Principal Raymond Trotter will delve into the schools pedagogical practices and philosophy underpinning the technological paradigm shift.
  • Student being the driving force being the development of these innovations
  • Utilising resources to optimal capacity during budget constraints
  • Creating a culture of organic collaborative learning and teaching among students and staff


1:40 PM - 2:20 PM Designing Stimulating Learning Environments across Primary and Secondary Level by Keeping Student at the Centre of the Process

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Hobsonville Point Schools in New Zealand have created a stimulating learning environment with one vision across primary and secondary. It has implemented a connected curriculum based on a student centred approach to learning through incorporating blended teaching methods in new generation learning spaces. Daniel will share his practice of multi age groupings, no subject silos, adaptive learning spaces and professional learning for staff that shifts thinking and practice to meet the needs of modern learners.
  • Creating a seamless pathway from primary to secondary to tertiary
  • Looking in to the multiple layers of the student journey when developing learning spaces and curriculum
  • Implementing professional development for staff and encouraging a culture of innovation


2:20 PM - 3:00 PM Planning and Delivering ‘Super’ Schools, STEM Schools, Vertical Schools and Amalgamating Schools in South Australia to Meet the Evolving Educational Needs of Students

Ross Treadwell, Executive Director, Department for Education & Child Development South Australia
The South Australian government is to build a first ever vertical school in the CBD to open in 2019. The school will have a STEM focus with active and flexible learning spaces through out the building. SA is also upgrading a number of primary and secondary schools to enable improved delivery of STEM programs and is also undertaking a number of school amalgamations across the state. In this session Ross will look into the changing environment and how vital it is, that demographics, space planning and productivity implications are taken into consideration from the beginning. This session will look at important elements to be considered when planning for collaborative learning spaces and growth:
  • Shared facilities and options
  • Creating vital indoor and outdoor connectivity to enhance the student learning experience
  • Reviewing collocation of disciplines, shared resources and various other issue implications
  • Understanding how to control capital, operational and maintenance costs


Ross Treadwell

Executive Director
Department for Education & Child Development South Australia


2:20 PM - 3:00 PM Evolution of Teaching and Learning and the Move Away from Traditional Classroom Settings for a 21st Century Learning Experience

Derek Bartels, Director of Innovation & Technology, Lutheran Education Queensland
With the increasing importance placed on technology, and the growing interest around ‘student centred learning’ it is crucial for educators to keep pace with the changes to teaching and learning – through curriculum, infrastructure and pedagogy. This panel discussion will allow for participants to discuss the evolution of teaching and learning practices as applicable to their own experience.
  • Pushing the boundaries of the learning environments with an integrated approach to academic development and supporting learning space initiatives
  • Challenges associated with learning space design for the digital natives
  • Utilising learning spaces through the integration of technology, curriculum and pedagogy


Derek Bartels

Director of Innovation & Technology
Lutheran Education Queensland

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea


3:30 PM - 4:50 PM Optimising the Use of Technology within Learning Spaces for Creating Smart Classrooms and for Understanding the Students Use of Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

Robert Ellis, Director of eLearning and Learning Space, University of Sydney
Smart classrooms aim to be student centric by providing a seamless movement between learning at school, home, work and socially. This session explores the opportunities and potential successes of integrating space and technology within learning spaces and fully understanding the students use of physical and virtual space in the learning process.
  • Developing and incorporating learning technologies in to the new learning spaces at institutes
  • Link between learning spaces and the use of technology for creating a smart classroom
  • Key aspects of effective collaboration between spaces and technology


Robert Ellis

Director of eLearning and Learning Space
University of Sydney


3:30 PM - 4:50 PM The Role of Space and Environment in the Construction of New Learning and Knowledge Ecologies

Mauricio Novoa, Lecturer and Researcher, Western Sydney University
Today, space and environment shape learning physically and virtually while globalization and technology overflow education with data. Higher education institutions are investing heavily into physical infrastructure and technology to maintain industry excellence. However, technology may act either as facilitator or obstacle. Many say change is taking place faster than adoption, risking stakeholders’ alienation and missing opportunities to transform information into discipline intelligence and foresight. Successful technology implementation needs cultural change from the ground up meantime normal definitions for learning space and environment are contested and in flux. Currently, new types of citizens (knowledge workers) are increasingly jumping between physical, digital, private and public domains, to produce value in the form of portable capital assets the more technology becomes readily available and open. The challenge is how to prepare new professionals and citizens capable to figure out complex, uncertain and wicked problems to later produce and deliver solutions that help society. Research by the author seeks to discover educational change from the participants’ side, experiment and propose ways to enable cultural improvement through new learning environments with an approach that is
  • Active to engage students and lecturers in learning activities
  • Contextual to take into account background, experience and relationships
  • Human/student centered through design and participatory research to propose unique value proposition (UVP) and minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Problem and project-based to encourage learners to discover and enable new knowledge
  • Social to directly promote active interaction among students, experts and peers, and
  • Significant with solutions that deepen learning and assist meaningful relevance


Mauricio Novoa

Lecturer and Researcher
Western Sydney University

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:00 PM - 11:59 PM End of Conference