28 - 30 November, 2016 | Crowne Plaza, Auckland New Zealand

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 29 November 2016

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9:10 International Keynote Presentation: Multi-purpose, Technologically-Enhanced Spaces that Offer Greater Informality and Flexibility

Professor Elizabeth L. Burd , Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle, Australia

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. This case study will consider techniques we have employed to: 
  • 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” 
  • Transforming pedagogy: we have transitioned courses to a blended pedagogy by experimenting with the opportunities afforded by digital ecosystems 
  • Disseminate new teaching techniques – we have supported staff to better manage students’ activity in the classroom
Professor Elizabeth L. Burd
Professor Elizabeth L. Burd
Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning
University of Newcastle, Australia

9:50 Keynote Presentation: Implementing Flexible Spaces for Distributed Learning

Liz Gosling , Chief Information Officer, Auckland University of Technology

Over the last few years, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has implemented a program to construct new spaces that incorporate and accommodate for new technologies and pedagogies and a range of new learning opportunities. Liz reflects on one of the university’s newest constructions, the Sir Paul Reeves building; an impressive 12-story glass-roofed structure that reflects AUT’s position as ‘The University of the Changing World’. 
  • Evaluation: Are more students attending these spaces and is student achievement improving? 
  • How more group study areas have improved levels of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning 
  • Appropriating technology to the pedagogy and integrating technology into the development process and university systems 
  • Sufficient resourcing within the university, and increased regular involvement of consultants and contractors on-site to ensure the space and accompanying technology is operational 
  • No one-size fits-all – having technology and eLearning advisors on-site to help lecturers cope with new technology on-the-job and improve capabilities and pedagogies on an individual-level 
  • Designing multi-purpose spaces that can cater for many disciplines
 Liz Gosling
Liz Gosling
Chief Information Officer
Auckland University of Technology
An effectively structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

12:10 CASE STUDY: Modernising Learning Environments through Continuous and Proactive Innovation

Sarah Martin , Principal, Stonefields School

Michael Mercer , Principal, Hadlow Preparatory School

Stonefields School and Hadlow Preparatory School are internationally recognised for their highly innovative facilities in terms of learning space design and accompanying pedagogy. Built within the last decade with the vision for collaborative learning and autonomous learners, these forward-thinking schools serve as a research and teaching platform for universities. Sarah and Michael are the change champions of futurefocused teaching in their respective regions, having embraced technology in innovative ways. Here they will share their experiences on:
  • Personalising learning by designing non-prescriptive curriculums tailored to each student’s strength, needs and interests, thus developing self-motivated and selfmanaged learners 
  • Strategies for creating future-proof spaces that enhance teaching and learning outcomes 
  • Interconnected learning hubs and the benefits of having composite classrooms 
  • Creatively leveraging technology, and its impact on staff, students and parents 
  • Complete incorporation of technology through online platforms to eliminate a paper trail and increase flexibility, connectivity and transparency
 Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin
Principal
Stonefields School
 Michael Mercer
Michael Mercer
Principal
Hadlow Preparatory School

13:50 A Transformational Shift towards Digitally Enabled Learning

Alan Cadwallader , Executive Director of Faculty, Open Polytechnic of NZ

Open Polytechnic NZ is a national provider of distance education unique to the tertiary sector. Currently engaged in a significant “Transformation Change” program, Open Polytechnic has been successful in its strategic evolution of education as we know it. A key feature is the shift of their course delivery onto their expertly designed digital learning platform “iQualify”, including inherently traditional disciplines that can be challenging to shift into the digital environment, such as accounting, engineering and mathematics. In this session, Alan speaks to the transformation that has been prompted by adopting a digitally enabled educational delivery strategy and reflects on Open Polytechnic’s transformational journey: 
  • Making the shift – implementing a digital education strategy 
  • Designing online learning programs that are learnercentric and intuitive 
  • Realigning and redesigning the role of Faculty 
  • Perceptions of the future in digitally enabled education
  • Organisational transformation inspired by a digital future
 Alan Cadwallader
Alan Cadwallader
Executive Director of Faculty
Open Polytechnic of NZ

14:30 EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving Effectiveness of Spaces through Increased Collaboration and Communication during the Design and Construction Phase

Dr Linda Keesing-Styles , Dean Teaching and Learning, Unitec Institute of Technology

Christian Hurzeler , Dirctor Strategic Property Development, Unitec Institute of Technology

Robert Ayres , Director Te Waka Urungi (Course Development Centre), Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec Institute of Technology is currently immersed in the development and re-development of its property portfolio, built off a strong foundation of an institutewide common approach to curriculum, learning and teaching. Through a process of close collaboration with key players, significant improvements and outcomes are being achieved in the development of spaces; learner engagement; staff capability; and programme redevelopment. This expert panel will discuss the processes and implications of improved cooperation and communication during the design and construction phase, with a focus on: 
  • Developing a common approach to curriculum across the institution 
  • Collective ownership of process and outcomes of space development 
  • Effective and structured communication between all relevant parties 
  • Prototyping of new spaces to evolve design based on findings 
  • Collecting data on utilisation and student and staff engagement to inform decision making 
  • Creating compulsory staff development programs to help staff transition into new pedagogies and environments, including enhanced blended learning approaches 

Metrics such as learner engagement with spaces, staff capability development progression and space usage will be addressed.
Dr Linda Keesing-Styles
Dr Linda Keesing-Styles
Dean Teaching and Learning
Unitec Institute of Technology
 Christian Hurzeler
Christian Hurzeler
Dirctor Strategic Property Development
Unitec Institute of Technology
 Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres
Director Te Waka Urungi (Course Development Centre)
Unitec Institute of Technology

16:40 The Changing Role of the Teacher: Humanising Education in New Spaces and Uniting Teachers Across Departments

Dr Sarah Stein , Director Distance Learning, University of Otago

The role of the teacher is changing in light of new learning spaces and technology to the extent that teachers must now reflect on the ‘how’ their role is transforming and challenge the accompanying mindset on ‘what it means’ to be a teacher. Teachers must now practise within different learning spaces – the physical and the virtual – and be able to effectively leverage tools and resources afforded to them to maximise and more importantly ‘humanise’ learning experiences and outcomes. The humanisation of education is a key focus for the University of Otago since 1986 in its provision of distance learning. In this session, Sarah reflects on: 
  • Terminology: Redefining “distance” and how we must differentiate it from “online” 
  • To make a difference in distance learning, we need to change or enhance the perceptions 
  • How teachers operate and ‘humanise’ education in virtual space – recognising that students are human beings, and why this is crucial for achieving optimum engagement 
  • Evolving the teacher’s role in physical space – how teacher partnerships and cross-curriculum courses create more authentic, collaborative and multidisciplinary learning experiences for students, while preparing them for real-life situations
Dr Sarah Stein
Dr Sarah Stein
Director Distance Learning
University of Otago

17:20 CASE STUDY: Embracing the Opportunities of the Future to ‘Stay’ Relevant in the Future

Alex Hanlon , Executive Director Learning Resources, University of Canterbury

Since 2010, the University of Canterbury (UC) has embarked upon a $1.1 billion transformation programme with the vision for creating a world class learning environment from the opportunity of recovering from earthquakes. Future-proofing buildings where technology and pedagogy invariably change at varying rates is a key challenge of the program. In this session, Alex emphasises the intrinsic connection between technology and space (physical and virtual), and the importance of exploring the opportunities that our digital landscape affords us in order to enhance student and staff engagement and learning outcomes. 
  • Pedagogical choices in physical and digital spaces 
  • Strategies to better incorporate technology into space to enhance pedagogical choices and space utilisation
  • Taking advantage of new technologies and bringing it into space to enhance pedagogies and learning experiences and outcomes
 Alex Hanlon
Alex Hanlon
Executive Director Learning Resources
University of Canterbury
Choose a topic that you wish to discuss, and exchange your experiences among your peers over a glass of bubbly. This is also your chance to network with influential experts! 
  • Roundtable A: The link between nature and pedagogy and incorporating nature into physical space
  • Roundtable B: Co-creation with students in design
  • Roundtable C: Prototyping spaces and technology
  • Roundtable D: Exploring new technologies that enhance future learning