Conference Day One - Tuesday 26 September

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Morning Refreshment and Registration

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

John Stewart, Creator, Living School, Byron (Australia)


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John Stewart

Creator
Living School, Byron (Australia)

9:10 AM - 9:20 AM Ice-breaker: What are Your Objectives?

In order to boost networking and interactivity, the conference will begin with an opportunity for everybody to get to know one another. Attendees will have 20 minutes to discuss their key objectives for attending the event which will be documented and used as a tool to influence discussions throughout the entire conference.

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM Case Study: Blending Spaces: Designing for a Meaningful Relationship between Formal and Informal Learning Spaces at Nanyang Technological University

Peter Looker, Head, Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division, Nanyang Technological University
Since 2010, NTU has reconfigured all tutorial rooms into collaborative learning spaces, as well as building a new learning hub, The Hive, with an additional 56 classrooms. An interesting outcome of this undertaking has been a better understanding of the relationship between formal and informal learning spaces. Instead of seeing them as separate, we can now think of them as blended space, where there is meaning in what students take from one to the other.
· Investigating how and why students use informal learning spaces, and on some aspects of the deliberate blending of the formal and the informal in The Hive
· Blending of the formal and the informal for better learning transfer across spatial domains
· Exploring future learning space as one node in a network of learning spaces, both physical and virtual

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Peter Looker

Head, Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division
Nanyang Technological University
Innovation and technology in the classroom are taken for granted in the modern classroom. Cutting-edge educators thirst for what’s next. Is it the integration of neuroscience into mobile app design? Augmented reality that brings learners into unchartered territories? Or 3D printing that allows students to mold and build their world? Join education thought leaders in defining next-generation learning spaces and how to stay on the pulse of dynamic developments in education spaces.

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Dr CJ Meadows

Director, I2i – The Innovation & Insights Center
S P Jain School of Global Management
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John Stewart

Creator
Living School, Byron (Australia)
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Denise Kirkpatrick

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
Western Sydney University

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM Speed Networking and Morning Refreshment

K12

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Case Study: Nook, Cave & Shelter: How Garden International School is Developing Dynamic Learning Spaces to Enhance Learning

Ashley Cornfoot, Deputy Head of Primary, Garden International School
· How do dynamic learning spaces enable greater choice and flexibility?
· How much does the learning environment impact learning?
· Exploring the ideas in classroom design and the thinking behind it
· Ensuring that our schools provide the best environment for learning

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Ashley Cornfoot

Deputy Head of Primary
Garden International School

K12

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Case Study: Developing a Flexible Team to Shape the Classroom Environment

Helena Croser, Assistant Principal, Yew Chung International School Chris Panell, Middle School Head of English, Yew Chung International School
· Getting the space to work for you, not against you
· Any space is a good space: making the most of what you currently have
· Teacher collaboration and planning forward: getting into the right frame of mind - Team Building is as important as the Building
· When scaffolding comes down and it starts all over again: Building a team that continuously leverages resources and flexibly adapts to the meet the needs of students

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Helena Croser

Assistant Principal
Yew Chung International School
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Chris Panell

Middle School Head of English
Yew Chung International School

K12

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Exploring the Power of Lighting and Learning at the Thomson Light Studio

Tina Stephenson, Executive Director of Pedagogy, Etonhouse Education Group
Inspired by the ‘Ray of Light Atelier’ at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, the Thomson Light Studio is a place of exploration, experimentation and inquiry into the nature and experience of light. Inquiries into light provide experiences with reflection, refraction, and diffraction, as well as provide opportunities simply to play with the beauty and power of light. The studio aims to inspire wonder and curiosity and stimulate creativity and deeper inquiry for young children. It is also a place for adults to research and explore new possibilities for science teaching and learning. The session will take participants through the process of creating a light studio and share some of the children's and teacher’s experiences with the EtonHouse Thomson Primary Campus Light Studio.

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Tina Stephenson

Executive Director of Pedagogy
Etonhouse Education Group

Higher Education

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Case Study: Listening to the Student Voice to Redefine the Campus into a “Sticky Space” that Attracts and Engages Learners

Samantha McKenzie, Learning Designer - Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation, University of Queensland
The University of Queensland is a research-intensive university in Brisbane, Australia, with 50,000 students and 200 centrally-controlled learning spaces. When designing our learning spaces, we follow four design principles and good practices of collaborating with and seeking feedback from students. However, we have had mixed results in recruiting student feedback and truly hearing the student voice. This session will discuss where we have been, where we are, and where we are going to get the student voice.

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Samantha McKenzie

Learning Designer - Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation
University of Queensland

Higher Education

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Case Study: Education in 2020, New Pedagogies and Socio-Constructivist-Connectivist Learning Environment

Daniel Tan, Chief Learning Officer, Taylor’s Education
Learning space can be a key component in the strategic response of educational institutions to the fast emerging VUCA world. The impact to businesses, lifestyle, though having uncertainties, have certain pathways of lesser risks. Education will certainly play a key role in that pathway for students (aka pre-workers) as well as future employees. Due to the growing prevalence of the lifelong learning paradigm, formal educational pathways (at K12 and post-18 education in schools, colleges, universities, etc) and continuing education/professional development (in employment) is now becoming a continuum.

At the Taylor’s Education Group, the process of learning spaces starts in its primary schools. The model is then extended from these K12 entities to its higher educational institutions to support a socio-constructivist-connectivist learning environment. Such learning spaces extends beyond the physical space, into the virtual learning spaces online. On a daily basis, formally and informally, the students interact and engage with other learners, chief among them their teacher who plays the role of the facilitator, mentor and lifelong learner.

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Daniel Tan

Chief Learning Officer
Taylor’s Education

Higher Education

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Rejuvenation of the 21st Learning via Higher Education Active Learning Spaces (Heals)

Prof. Dato' Dr Norazah Nordin, Dean, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
The design of learning spaces in formal higher education environment is an important field that is often neglected. Traditionally, learning spaces in higher education are designed to facilitate one-to-many delivery mode of teaching, in which the seating is fixed towards the lecturers and the lecturers’ content. Previous studies, such as the SKG Project by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council have discovered that such settings are not efficient way of facilitating learning as knowledge is delivered to a large group of learners and does not facilitate for collaborative learning. In addition, these learning spaces often do not consider personalization and customization according to the needs of the learners during learning, which is needed to promote learner-driven innovation. The presentation aims to expose audience of the design and implementation of the 21st century higher education active learning spaces (HEALS), which apply the concepts of space, pedagogy and technology. The best practices at global levels: the 21st century active learning spaces in Australia and Malaysia will be shared in inspiring the 21st century active learning.

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Prof. Dato' Dr Norazah Nordin

Dean, Faculty of Education
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Classroom Immersive Experiences, Discussion and Gallery Walk to Experience Team-based Learning Facility Layouts

Brian O'Dwyer, Adjunct Professor, College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
In this interactive session, the conference room will be transformed to feature different types of classroom seating. Delegates will be divided into different groups and immerse in theater, roundtable, blended, big circle classroom set up and discuss the pros and cons of the learning experience through these formats. Brian will help the delegates with deep understanding of these learning setups, through simultaneous reporting, debate, gallery walk, and etc.

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Brian O'Dwyer

Adjunct Professor, College of Business
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Out-of-the-Box Talk: Play, Create and Learn: How Playeum Sparks Children’s Creativity within a Playful and Fun Environment

Dr. Esther Joosa, Pedagogical Advisor and Creative Director “Making it Home”, Playeum
As Singapore's first dedicated creative space for children, the learning content of Playeum Children's Centre for Creativity consists of a series of interactive spaces. The carefully designed environment incorporates unique learning designs, custom-built installations, and technology. Its use of repurposed materials in the current hands-on exhibition “Making it Home” is unique. Children (and adults) have ample opportunities to engage in hands-on activity to explore their ideas of creativity within the home. In this session, Dr Joosa will share the thinking behind the design for unique play spaces and how the creative nature and the design of the play environment nurtures sustainability, learning and thinking, including:
· Designing with repurposed materials in creating inviting play and learning spaces that foster collaboration and creativity;
· Integrating play with higher order learning and thinking skills;
· Creating sustainability and awareness through play of the creative opportunities of old furniture and reusable materials to reduce costs and carbon footprint

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Dr. Esther Joosa

Pedagogical Advisor and Creative Director “Making it Home”
Playeum

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM When Physical Space, Technology and the Attitudes of People Come Together: the (Re)Design of Teaching Rooms to Enable Teaching Excellence

Gunter Saunders, Director Digital Engagement, University of Westminster
This presentation will show how and why the effective re-design of teaching rooms is a critical and often neglected factor in the pursuit of teaching excellence, and then analyse what institutions can do to improve this situation. How UK institutions are currently re-designing teaching rooms will be illustrated with reference to range of universities in the United Kingdom. The potential impact of redesigned classrooms on both staff and students will draw on data recently collected specifically from a study conducted at the University of Westminster.

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Gunter Saunders

Director Digital Engagement
University of Westminster

5:20 PM - 5:30 PM Closing remarks & End of Conference Day One

John Stewart, Creator, Living School, Byron (Australia)


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John Stewart

Creator
Living School, Byron (Australia)