The OpenLearning Forums:
Leading the Way in Online Learning

Join our free, 2-day forums taking place virtually on the 2nd and 9th December 2022 at 9:00AM to 2:00PM (AEDT).

Join us and our co-hosts Western Sydney University in Leading the Way in Online Learning with experts from across the education sector including University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Deakin University, Digital Skills Organisation, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), iCollege, Zena Consulting and more...

Friday, 2 Dec 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm (AEDT): Micro-credentials in Practice

Friday, 9 Dec, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm (AEDT): Learner-centered learning in Practice

With the objective of shifting the conversation from theory to practice, the forums will kick-off with short insightful presentations followed by future-focused panel discussions and wrap-up with hands-on, interactive workshops with valuable practical takeaways.

OpenLearning is set to pave the way for practitioners, researchers, thought leaders, and teaching and learning specialists to come together and share innovative models in practice with a focus on outcomes and impact at scale, including challenges in implementation and lessons learned.

We invite you to be a part of this unique opportunity and engage in an ongoing dialogue to collectively lead the way in online learning.

Agenda

Times are listed in:
Eastern Australian Time - Sydney (GMT+11:00)

Micro-credentials in Practice Forum
Day One Registration
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Welcome and Introductions

Dr Shazia K Jan, Academic Director, OpenLearning
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

About the Speaker

Shazia is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK and Academic Director at OpenLearning. A pracademic in the true sense of the word, Shazia has several years of experience in strategic and operational leadership of cross-functional teams for provision of innovative, meaningful, and outcomes-based educational solutions across the lifelong learning span.

Prior to joining OpenLearning in 2021, as Head of Design and Innovation at Macquarie Business School, Shazia led several innovative teaching and learning and student experience and employability initiatives with a focus on sustainable impact at scale. Shazia also played an instrumental role in the design, development and launch of the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education (ACPDE), Macquarie University from 2018-2019. Shazia is passionate about online learning design and analytics, educational affordances of learning technologies, and engagement in and evolution of digital networks and communities of learning. An award winner for excellence in research, Shazia has authored several papers in top-tier journals on online and technology enhanced learning and is currently Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD). Shazia has a PhD in Education from Macquarie University, Australia, a MA in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, USA and a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College, USA.

Dr Shazia K Jan

Academic Director

Flexible Curriculum - SFC as a Way to Build your Own Learning Journey

Prof. Simon Bedford, PVC Learning Futures, Western Sydney University
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

About the Speaker

Simon Bedford is Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Futures, at Western Sydney University where he is responsible for the leadership of strategic educational innovation and collaboration to shape the University's commitment to ensuring its students fulfil their potential to become influential global citizen-scholars in a new technology-enabled world. His portfolio includes, Teaching and Curriculum, Technology Enable learning, Placements, Mathematics Education Support (MESH) and Sustainability Education (SDG’s). 

At Western, his contribution to teaching and curriculum is evidenced through his leadership of the university strategic 21st Century Project (Teaching, Curriculum and Digital Transformation), the creation of a new curriculum design and approvals policy, better learning analytics data for the review of teaching, improved awards/recognition programs, and the collaborative delivery of original staff development programs to support the design and implementation of that curriculum within our technology enabled learning environments. 

As a researcher in the field of higher education, Simon currently supervises HDR students all drawing on a range of conceptual frameworks, methodologies and methods in the areas of learning analytics, assessment literacy, and digital transformation (Dx). He has helped to drive several national projects including Institutional External Referencing of Assessment Standards (ERoS), OLT Inter-institutional collaboration through delivering formative assessment, and OLT Assessing Assessments against threshold learning outcomes, and is co-leader of a CAULLT microcredentialing project within the IRU universities and Technology Enabled Mentoring Projects.

Simon is an award-winning teacher, having been recognised for his achievements with three Vice Chancellor Outstanding contributions to learning and teaching awards, and an Australian Awards for University teaching (AAUT) award. He is a leader of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) assessment group and is president of the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT).

Simon Bedford

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Futures

A Model for the Development of Digital Skills: Supporting Practice-Based Learning through Online Pedagogies

Dr Geethani Nair, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Skills Organisation
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

About the Speaker

Geethani Nair is the "Chief Innovation Officer" at Digital Skills Organisation (DSO). Before joining the DSO, Dr. Nair had over two decades of professional experience in leadership, education, technology, and training at TAFE NSW. In her former position as Head of Technology and Business Services SkillsPoint at TAFE NSW, she oversaw broad and complex work projects in partnership with the Technology and Business Services industries.

She has had the opportunity to impact both local communities and national & international audiences as a trusted advisor in vocational education and training, formulating innovative pedagogical models and, empowering teachers to advance to the next level, and building solid bridges between the business world and training providers to match skills provision to the needs of businesses. She oversaw training provision in various sectors, including electrotechnology, telecommunications, computer technology, the built environment, primary industries, and service industries.

Her formal credentials vary from education to technology. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Technology, a master's degree in information technology from Monash University, a graduate diploma in vocational education and training from the University of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka.

Her current work at DSO focuses on digital skills innovation by providing agile and effective methods for the Australian workforce to acquire digital skills. 

Dr Geethani Nair

Chief Innovation Officer

OpenCreds - Enabling Choice, Opportunities and Pathways

Cherie Diaz, Executive Director, Education Innovation, Western Sydney University
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

About the Speaker

Cherie Diaz is the Executive Director, Education Innovation at Western Sydney University. Prior to this, Cherie was the Managing Director, Australia at OpenLearning. Cherie has also served as Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Director of Customer Success at Scientia (Ivy Colleges). Cherie has held many pivotal roles, including, National Head of Academy and Head of College/ Registered CEO at Study Group Australia, Learning and Design Specialist at Staples Australia, and Training Consultant at Ernst & Young. Cherie holds a Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Arts from Australian Catholic University, a Master of Arts (History) from Macquarie University, and a Master of Arts (Education) from University Technology Sydney.

Armed with over 15 years of experience, Cherie is dedicated to building experiences that put the learner at the centre of the design and delivery process. She is a lifelong learner who is passionate about empowering educators and learners worldwide through technology.

Cherie Diaz

Executive Director, Education Innovation

Morning Break

ATN Frontiers - a Cross-university Professional Development Program for Higher Degree Research (HDR) Students

Sophi Bruce, Programs Advisor and Adam Agostino, Programs Manager, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)
10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

About the Speaker

Sophi Bruce has extensive teaching and learning experience working with people and organisations specialising in program design and delivery, professional skills capability uplift, leadership development and collaborative working. Sophi is Programs Advisor to the ATN and has managed the ‘concept to operations’ phase of the ATN’s Frontiers program which has included extensive consultation with OpenLearning as the Frontiers learning platform. She is a Director with Adaptive Leadership Australia’s learning programs and teaches a range of virtual workshops as senior faculty with The School of Life. Sophi is an industry fellow with the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at UTS where for a decade she held strategic responsibility for a suite of programs and subjects (both online and face to face) committed to building leadership capability across the public sector. Sophi holds a Masters in Communication and a BA in English, certificates in Positive Psychology Coaching and is an assessor of the Leadership Development Framework.

Adam Agostino is an experienced Higher Education senior manager. He has worked in a variety of professional and managerial roles across the sector in leading international institutions, in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Adam has an extensive background managing academic programs, most notably at King’s College London. Whilst at King’s, he was responsible for managing an expansive suite of academic programs and leading a large team of program administration staff in King’s Business School. Adam’s current role as Senior Manager, Academic Programs at Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) involves developing, managing and leading the ATN Frontiers program – both strategically and operationally – in collaboration with senior academic stakeholders.

Sophi Bruce

Programs Advisor

Adam Agostino

Programs Manager

Exploring Authentic Assessment Dimensions and Examples for Micro-credentials

Jenny Pesina, Senior Educational Designer, Deakin University
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

Jenny has close to 20 years in educational design and leadership experience in higher education and the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Design from Swinburne University of Technology, and a Master of Education (Research) from the University of Sydney. In her professional career, Jenny has led learning design teams and facilitated stakeholder engagement on a wide range of projects locally and internationally. She has also been involved in all aspects of educational design and development. Jenny is currently working at Deakin University, leading design and development of a range of postgraduate courses with a global focus, utilising a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform FutureLearn.

Jenny’s most recent research explored sociomaterial practices of education design teams. She has also researched educational technology implementations in higher education in the UK and Ireland and was part of the central team on the Australian Government Department of Education project “Reconceptualising Maths and Science Teacher Education Programs”. She has published in the field of online learning and educational innovation, and frequently presents at various events.

Jenny Pesina

Senior Educational Designer

Panel Discussion - Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

Cherie Diaz (Chair), Western Sydney University
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cherie Diaz (Chair), Western Sydney University

Panelists:
1. Prof. Simon Bedford, Western Sydney University
2. Patrick Kidd, Digital Skills Organisation
3. Asheley Jones, Zena Consulting
4. Anthony Mitri, Western Sydney University

Cherie Diaz

Executive Director, Education Innovation

Simon Bedford

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Futures

Patrick Kidd OBE OAM

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Asheley Jones

Managing Director

Anthony Mitri

Chief Executive Officer (Acting)

Closing and Thanks

Dr Shazia K Jan, Academic Director, OpenLearning
12:05 PM - 12:10 PM

About the Speaker

Shazia is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK and Academic Director at OpenLearning. A pracademic in the true sense of the word, Shazia has several years of experience in strategic and operational leadership of cross-functional teams for provision of innovative, meaningful, and outcomes-based educational solutions across the lifelong learning span.

Prior to joining OpenLearning in 2021, as Head of Design and Innovation at Macquarie Business School, Shazia led several innovative teaching and learning and student experience and employability initiatives with a focus on sustainable impact at scale. Shazia also played an instrumental role in the design, development and launch of the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education (ACPDE), Macquarie University from 2018-2019. Shazia is passionate about online learning design and analytics, educational affordances of learning technologies, and engagement in and evolution of digital networks and communities of learning. An award winner for excellence in research, Shazia has authored several papers in top-tier journals on online and technology enhanced learning and is currently Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD). Shazia has a PhD in Education from Macquarie University, Australia, a MA in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, USA and a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College, USA.

Dr Shazia K Jan

Academic Director

Afternoon Break

Workshop - The Power of Portfolios: Evidence-based Assessment Design for Lifelong and Life-wide Learning

Beverley Miles, Senior Learning Designer, OpenLearning
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Workshop Registration
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About the Workshop

In this 75-min. interactive workshop, participants will take inspiration from their own learning experiences, coupled with direction from current research, to rapidly design assessment strategies for micro-credentials and short courses. Implementable in any platform, the assessment design aims to nurture learners to produce, and reflect on, evidence of their learning through authentic problem solving and feedback opportunities. Participants will take a Portfolio Assessment Design Decisions checklist that they can customise and apply in any context.

About the Speaker

Beverley is a Senior Learning Designer at OpenLearning with almost two decades of experience in higher education and recognition from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, NSW Humanitarian Award in Education, and LearnX. She is an advocate for critical digital pedagogy, design justice, and widening participation – always asking ‘do you need to create it… or could you curate, co-create, or crowdsource it!?’

With a systems thinking mindset, Beverley has led rapid design programs in every discipline you can think of (from archaeology to aerospace engineering). She enjoys the challenge of shaping complex learning ecosystems from the macro (qualification, micro-credential, assessment) to the micro (learning journey, experience, activity, and interactions) with a pedagogy of care approach. Beverley is passionate about learner-generated digital media and encourages both facilitators and learners to create video, audio, infographic, and hypermedia artefacts through her online course.

Beverley Miles

Senior Learning Designer

Welcome and Introductions

Dr Shazia K Jan, Academic Director, OpenLearning
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

About the Speaker

Shazia is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK and Academic Director at OpenLearning. A pracademic in the true sense of the word, Shazia has several years of experience in strategic and operational leadership of cross-functional teams for provision of innovative, meaningful, and outcomes-based educational solutions across the lifelong learning span.

Prior to joining OpenLearning in 2021, as Head of Design and Innovation at Macquarie Business School, Shazia led several innovative teaching and learning and student experience and employability initiatives with a focus on sustainable impact at scale. Shazia also played an instrumental role in the design, development and launch of the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education (ACPDE), Macquarie University from 2018-2019. Shazia is passionate about online learning design and analytics, educational affordances of learning technologies, and engagement in and evolution of digital networks and communities of learning. An award winner for excellence in research, Shazia has authored several papers in top-tier journals on online and technology enhanced learning and is currently Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD). Shazia has a PhD in Education from Macquarie University, Australia, a MA in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, USA and a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College, USA.

Dr Shazia K Jan

Academic Director

From Boxes to Relations: Co-creation of a Knowledge Base by Teams of Students in a Business Course

Prof. Peter Reimann and Dr. Eva Huang, University of Sydney
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

About the Speakers

Peter is currently Professor of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. Peter studied Psychology at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and received his PhD from the same university. Peter's primary research areas are learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Current research activities comprise among other issues the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, and new forms of computer-supported peer tutoring. He's also working on developing research methods such as process mining and the use of knowledge technologies for open and reproducible research. In addition to basic research, Peter has been involved in several European Commission-funded R&D projects and has been working frequently as consultant for the European Commission's educational technology research programs. He has also done consultancy for numerous industry partners, and for the Singapore Ministry of Education as well as The Learning Federation. Peter directs the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) at the University of Sydney.

Dr Eva Huang is an expert on Regtech and Comparative Taxation in the Digital Economy. Her research focuses on building the compliance or regulatory business case in the design of compliance risk mitigating digital artefacts, especially regarding risks associated with taxation and financial crimes.

Eva’s experience in pragmatic cross-disciplinary collaboration places her in a unique position to understand digitalisation from both risk management and regulatory policy making perspectives. Eva collaborates closely with two data scientists to develop Regtech artifacts, incorporating new cutting-edge informatics research methods in design science and action research. Her research program is therefore able to bring together in-depth understanding of business and tax laws, policy analysis, and corporate internal control practices to the design of digital solutions that incorporate big-data analytics and machine learning techniques.

Eva’s close collaborative relationships with leading research institutions include:

- Research Affiliate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance based at theUniversity of Cambridge Judge Business School;
- Research Fellow at the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University; and
- Adjunct Researcher at the Center for International Tax Law and Comparative Taxation, Xiamen University.

Eva is an active and experienced research supervisor, she mentors and collaborates with her research students. Her supervision and mentoring resulted in a PhD internship grant, -- APR Intern Project: Toyota/USyd (Xi Nan) INT-0935 (Academic Mentor).

Eva is the founding and current joint editor of the Journal of Chinese Tax and Policy, the first English language journal with an exclusive focus on taxation policies and laws in China. She is also the convener of the International Conference of Chinese Tax and Policy which is the annual conference of the Journal.

Peter Reimann

Professor

Dr Eva Huang

Lecturer

Adapting the Genre Approach to Language Teaching and Learning Online

A/Prof Elizabeth A Thomson, Charles Sturt University
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

About the Speaker

Adjunct Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Thomson, Charles Sturt University and Managing Director, Coaching to Clarity Group, is a Systemic Functional Linguist with 30 years of teaching, researching and publishing experience both as an academic, public servant and professional. Her fields of interest include descriptions of Languages Other than English (LOTES), particularly Japanese and Wiradjuri, language education, English for academic purposes, English for defence purposes, online language learning & teaching, and curriculum & assessment. Currently, she is offering three courses on compassionate communication, Connecting Through Talk on the OpenLearning platform and is currently developing a course on English for Academic Purposes, called Writing for Success. She brings her knowledge, skills and experience to course design and development online.

Elizabeth A. Thomson

Associate Professor

Following to Success: The Fast Adaptor Model

Eve Ollerenshaw, Pro Vice Chancellor, iCollege
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

About the Speaker

Ms Eve Ollerenshaw is Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive General Manager Group Quality, Accreditation and Compliance.
Eve has over 35 years of education industry leadership and management experience peppered with commercial, government and consulting roles. She has worked in leadership roles at a number of exclusive Sydney independent schools, Stratco QLD, Australian Technical College, Carrick Education, Think Colleges, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Australian government funded Workforce Futures program, and Scentia. Eve has owned and operated large retail outlets, a global consultancy business, and a sports management and coaching business. She has held a number of board appointments including Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), Athletics NSW, LugeAustralia, the Queensland Studies Authority, along with several not-for-profits.

Eve joined RedHill’s (now known as iCollege Limited) Technology and Design division in October 2017 and was promoted to her current role in July 2018. In this role she is responsible for managing organisational compliance with domestic and overseas legislation, education industry registrations and accreditations, compliance with various regulatory bodies, governmental reporting, and new course accreditations. Eve is also the RedHill Privacy officer. Eve has been integrally involved in the NSW International Student Arrivals Program seeing the return of international students to Australia in the latter part of 2021, as well as contributing to a range of sector and government committees, working groups and advisory activities.

Eve is passionate about student and staff wellbeing with this interest forming a central pillar in her career. Eve has presented at many events and conferences around the world where regardless of the overriding theme wellbeing has been at the core.
Eve has post-graduate qualifications in education and is also qualified in governance and risk management.

Eve Ollerenshaw

Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive General Manager Group Quality, Accreditation and Compliance

Morning Break

Re-imagining learner centredness when students co-create curriculum: Lessons from the 21C project at Western Sydney University

Dr Tai Peseta, Shivani Suresh and Samuel Suresh, Western Sydney University
10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

About the Speaker

Shivani, Samuel and Tai are colleagues together on the 21C Project, Transforming Curriculum stream. Shivani is enrolled as a Master of Health Sciences student, and Samuel is in his final year a Bachelor Business/Science double degree. Both Shivani and Samuel are also 21C Student Curriculum Partners at Western Sydney University and co-create curriculum in partnership with academics and external partners. As the Academic Lead, Tai shepherds the University’s student-staff partnership curriculum strategy informed by the scholarly tradition of critical university studies.

Dr Tai L. Peseta

Academic Lead

Shivani Suresh

Student

Samuel Suresh

Student

Learner-Centered Learning Design in Practice: Designing Effective Learning Experiences Online

Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh, Head of Learning Service, OpenLearning
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

As Head of Learning Services at OpenLearning, Orna leads a team of learning designers and content creators. The team creates innovative and exciting social learning experiences in collaboration with our partners. The Learning Services team designs courses and outcomes-based assessments in line with educational best practices. Creating authentic, active learning experiences that empower learners is at the heart of what we do.Orna is an experienced learning designer and educator and has worked across a number of education and online learning spaces in Australia and Ireland. Orna is passionate about creating high-quality learning experiences and innovative solutions to enhance the learner experience.

Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh

Head of Learning Services

Panel Discussion - Implementing Learner-centered Learning at Scale: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Dr Shazia K Jan (Chair), Academic Director, OpenLearning
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr Shazia K Jan (Chair), Academic Director, OpenLearning

Panelists:
1. Prof. Peter Reimann, University of Sydney
2. A/Prof. Elizabeth A Thomson, Charles Sturt University
3. Eve Ollerenshaw, iCollege
4. Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh, OpenLearning
5. Dr Tai Peseta and student (TBC), Western Sydney University

Dr Shazia K Jan

Academic Director

Peter Reimann

Professor

Elizabeth A. Thomson

Associate Professor

Eve Ollerenshaw

Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive General Manager Group Quality, Accreditation and Compliance

Odharnaith (Orna) Ni Ghralaigh

Head of Learning Services

Dr Tai L. Peseta

Academic Lead

Closing and Thanks

Dr Shazia K Jan, Academic Director, OpenLearning
12:05 PM - 12:10 PM

About the Speaker

Shazia is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK and Academic Director at OpenLearning. A pracademic in the true sense of the word, Shazia has several years of experience in strategic and operational leadership of cross-functional teams for provision of innovative, meaningful, and outcomes-based educational solutions across the lifelong learning span.

Prior to joining OpenLearning in 2021, as Head of Design and Innovation at Macquarie Business School, Shazia led several innovative teaching and learning and student experience and employability initiatives with a focus on sustainable impact at scale. Shazia also played an instrumental role in the design, development and launch of the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education (ACPDE), Macquarie University from 2018-2019. Shazia is passionate about online learning design and analytics, educational affordances of learning technologies, and engagement in and evolution of digital networks and communities of learning. An award winner for excellence in research, Shazia has authored several papers in top-tier journals on online and technology enhanced learning and is currently Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD). Shazia has a PhD in Education from Macquarie University, Australia, a MA in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, USA and a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College, USA.

Dr Shazia K Jan

Academic Director

Afternoon Break

Workshop - Demystifying Social Learning

Shaun Thompson, Senior Learning Designer, OpenLearning
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Workshop Registration
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About the Workshop

In this 75-min. interactive workshop, participants explore how social learning principles can be applied in a variety of formal and informal online learning environments. Participants will build on these ideas and practice crafting learner-centred learning experiences that create social learning spaces and learning communities. Through this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how and why social learning is an effective and organic learner-centred learning approach in a variety of contexts, often mirroring our approach to learning in the every day.

About the Speaker

Shaun Thompson is a Senior Learning Designer with OpenLearning. With over 15 years of experience within his field, Shaun loves to get creative in engaging learners with different types of experiences and activities. Shaun has worked with corporate clients, he has spent his fair share of time in the classroom, and he spends most of his time designing spaces for learning online . He is having real fun when he can see he is a part of lighting the fire of knowledge and understanding for a learner.

Shaun Thompson

Senior Learning Designer

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