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

Kathleen Donohoe

Director of Future Learning
NSW Department of Education

Kathleen Donohoe has held a number of senior positions within NSW, Ireland and the United Kingdom across Secondary, Tertiary and Vocational education. She was appointed as Director of Futures Learning in April 2016.

Her career in education began as a secondary teacher in 1994 and her subsequent appointments have included curriculum development, assessment development, Lecturer, Programme Development Executive and Learning Space Manager for organisations across the world including the European Union, UNESCO and the DVC(E) at the University of Sydney.

Currently as Director, Futures Learning, her key responsibilities include leading innovation in teaching and learning through the use of space and technology, informed by progressive professional practice to deliver quality outcomes. Her team provide high level leadership, strategic advice and direction for the development of future professional practice within the school sector, ensuring high quality design and delivery in order to reposition NSW public schools as innovative leaders.

Kathleen has a strong commitment to research and evidence based approaches to emerging learning and teaching practices. Throughout Kathleen’s career she has maintained a focus on the importance of building the professional knowledge and practice of educators. She continually leads the improvement in quality teaching to inspire learning, innovation and engagement to meet the educational challenges of the future.

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

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.


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Kathleen.

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