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May 2015

We would like to invite you to this year's Research Fest. It will take place on Thursday 5 November, in the Charles Perkins Centre Hub, at the University of Sydney. Registration is now open at

rf_discuss.jpgThe Research Fest is our annual event inviting the community of researchers and practitioners in the sciences and technologies of learning to come together to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations in learning and knowledge technology research.

Program details are being finalized and will, as always, depend on what our attendees are interested in demonstrating on the day so register as early as possible if you would like to showcase your work. We expect a full day of activities, including plenaries, poster presentations and parallel workshop and roundtable sessions.

Registration to submit posters, presentations and other content will be open until Sept 21st although earlier submissions are recommended. You can register to attend until Oct 21st. Registration is free but needed for catering purposes, light refreshments will be provided. More details on events and schedule will be emailed to registrants and published at

Assessment driving the learning... technology supporting the process, a Research on Learning and Education Innovation seminar with Bob Fox.

This presentation reflects on 10 years of teaching masters courses for practising teachers, where weekly assignment tasks drive the learning and students evidence their understandings in ePortfolios. In class, activities provide opportunities for students in groups to exchange comments and share key learnings between group members and later the class. Students use feedback received from peers and the teacher to make ongoing improvements to their ePortfolios. The final assignment builds on what students have learnt and placed in their ePortfolios. As the technologies evolved over the past decade, the pedagogy model was adapted, but maintained its focus on students improving their work, based on continuous feedback, leading to the development of a capstone assignment that builds on the culmination of the weekly tasks.

The technology supports the learning and evidences the student work. The technology enables evidencing improvements students make to their work, based on feedback they receive from teachers and fellow students. This presentation examines the teaching approach and an integrated learning design model used to enrich student learning experiences and ensure active and reflective student engagement across the entire course, supported by technology.

When: June 3, 11.00am–12.30pm (arrive at 10.45 for refreshments)
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
More information available here.
This seminar will be live online at

Join us on 27 May for Building better universities, a Research on Learning and Educational Innovation seminar with Jos Boys.

This seminar starts from the belief that we have reached a key moment for the tertiary-education sector, where the services, location, scale, ownership, and distinctiveness of education are being altered dramatically, whether universities and colleges want it or not. Higher education faces many challenges, including marketisation, internationalisation and the impact of new technologies. Most crucially, these shifts are affecting traditional assumptions about the ‘proper shape’ of higher-education institutions, its teaching and learning practices and the roles of – and relationships between – learners, teachers, researchers, managers, businesses and communities.

At the same time, many universities are developing responses to this changing world. What, then, can we learn from such initiatives – both large and small – in university and college provision across the globe? How can they help us think critically, constructively and creatively about alternative learning and teaching frameworks and practices in our own institutions? This seminar, based on Jos's most recent publication, Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies (Routledge 2015), offers participants the opportunity to discuss the implications of contemporary change on institutional ‘shape’ and on curriculum design and delivery.

Jos Boys is an academic developer with the Learning and Teaching Unit of the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. She has a background in architecture and design, and has worked across many institutions as an academic, researcher and in curriculum design and development. Jos was employed as a research fellow in learning spaces at the University of Brighton, UK, and has several publications in this area, including Towards Creative Learning Spaces: Re-thinking the Architecture of Post-compulsory Education (2011).

When: 27 May, 11am–12.30pm
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
This seminar will be live online at
More information here

Join us on 20 May for "Modelling complex learning spaces", a Research on Learning and Education Innovation seminar, with Director of eLearning Associate Professor Rob Ellis and Professor of Education Peter Goodyear.

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Universities and schools are spending billions of dollars each year creating new kinds of learning spaces, without much evidence to connect built form to educational outcomes. In this talk, we will share some foundational ideas from our new ARC-funded project "Modelling complex learning spaces". This project has a number of aims including discovering how designers of new spaces are able to make use of research evidence in their design processes and how to combine observational and experiential data about space and learning into actionable knowledge for the many people who (re)configure space for learning.

We are interested in the implications of this knowledge in supporting teaching staff in their design of, and teaching in, complex learning spaces, as well as how physical and digital spaces interweave and how network and spatial framings of educational phenomena may be integrated.

When: 11am–12.30pm (arrive 10.45am for refreshments)
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
This seminar will be live online at
More information available here.

Our 13 May seminar is "Design for learning: communities and flexible design processes" with Davinia Hernández-Leo.

davinia100.jpgDavinia Hernández-Leo is Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Communications Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona (UPF), the coordinator of the Learning Technologies section of the Interactive Technologies Group (, Vice-Dean of the UPF ICT-Engineering School and the head of its unit for teaching quality and innovation.

In this seminar Davinia will present a short overview of the Learning Technologies research that we are carrying out at the ICT department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Focusing on the results the METIS European project, which aims at promoting the adoption of design approaches enabling educators to act as (co-)designers of sound (technology-supported) learning activities, she will in particular introduce the Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE).

ILDE is a community environment that integrates co-design support for educator communities; learning design editors following different authoring and pedagogical approaches; interface for deployment of designs on mainstream Virtual Learning Environments. ILDE has been used in a variety of community contexts, each of them applying different design processes supported by combinations of selected tools integrated in ILDE.

When: May 13, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Where: Room 612 in the Education Building A35
More information available here
This seminar will be live online at

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