Day One

Wednesday, 8 September
8.30 9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.15 9.45 Maria Peters
CEO, Chisholm
10.00 10.45 Bruce Hilliard
Managing Director, Seahorses

Rapidly Building Effective Training Programs
How do you design a training program, so your students will really understand your message and truly learn? This is a question that has perplexed all of us at one time or another, and the need to resolve this conundrum can take a great deal of effort and time (and let’s face it – none of us can afford to waste this time in our busy lives).

This session will help you to solve this puzzle, by introducing a system known as cognitive templates. With just five easy-to-use templates you can literally create any form of presentation or training resource. More importantly, these templates are the result of more than 18 years of research into the fields of psychology and cognitive science, so they are directly aligned to the way people assess and comprehend information. In practice, this means that you can use these templates to rapidly create highly effective messages that genuinely assist your students to learn.

The first section of this session provides an overview of the cognitive templates. The latter part of the presentation will demonstrate the application of these templates by dynamically building training resources for subjects defined by the attendees.
10.45 11.15 Morning Tea
11.30 12.15 Dr Denise Meyerson
Director, Management Consultancy International

Build Resilience to Change - Deal Effectively with the ‘Change Monster’
Join this highly experiential session to explore the impact of change on how we behave and find ways to successfully negotiate the change curve. Review different ways in which we can fight the ‘change monster’ as we recognise the emotional issues that emerge when change occurs. By confronting these very human issues with heightened sensitivity, we are able to move through the changes with positive outcomes. Create strategies for building resilience to change in ourselves and in the staff and students we deal with in our implementation processes.

12.30 1.15 Lunch
1.15 2.00 Allie Clemans
Senior Lecturer

Leaping Toward Change… with Feet Firmly Planted
What are the things that TAFE teachers know about powerful teaching and learning in TAFE that they carry into their professional practice? What are the things that matter? In this presentation, Allie Clemans will suggest that when moving toward change, it is important to know the foundation on which we stand and how it influences the teaching and learning ‘moves’ we make.

2.15 3.00 Warrick Wynne
Director of Learning and Curriculum at Methodist Ladies College

‘Riding the Wave of Change’
Warrick will explore what ‘blended learning’ looks like now, what we should be expecting of teachers in the new classroom, and how we can support them through the changes we want.

3.15 3.45 Afternoon Tea
3.45 4.15 Tomaz Lasic
Educational Researcher - Moodle Headquarters

Tomaz will be discussing the philosophy and pedagogy around Moodle including upcoming developments in Moodle 2.0.
4.15 5.00 Plenary

Day Two

Thursday, 9 September
8.30 9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.15 9.45 Mike Adamson
Manager, Information Technology Services
10.00 10.45 Carmel Speer
General Manager, Organisational Capability, National Australia Bank

Change in the Context of Large Organisations (ie. Herding Cats)
Leading change in the context of complex environments.

11.00 11.15 Morning Tea
11.30 12.15 Cathy Moore
E-Learning Consultant and Instructional Designer

How to Design e-Learning for Real-World Change
How can you design activity-rich e-Learning that creates a measurable change in the world? One way is to use action mapping, a visual approach to instructional design. In this session, we'll use a structured mind map to identify the change you want to create and brainstorm the learning activities that will help create that change.

This simple approach helps you: Pinpoint the real-world change that your materials will help create; identify what people need to do in the real world to bring about that change; brainstorm compelling online activities that help people practice those real-world actions and identify what information really needs to go into the online course and what should go in job aids.

You'll end up with a streamlined design process that will tie your e-Learning to business strategy and make your materials concise, lively, and memorable.

12.30 1.15 Lunch
1.15 2.00 Susan Mackie
Chief Executive, De Bono Institute - Research and Education

Where Do Ideas Come From?
We have been “programmed” through our experiences and what we have learnt to create routines.  If we are willing to invest commitment and energy, rather than waiting for chance or serendipity, we can change these routines.  We can play with the boundaries in our imagination and create new possibilities, concepts and ideas. This talk is intended to give insight into thinking, creativity and innovation. What are the misconceptions about creativity and innovation?  What are the barriers? How creative are you?  Where do ideas come from?

We can all be creative. We all have the ability to change our thinking routines through the application of thinking tools and frameworks.

2.15 3.00 Bruce Hilliard
Managing Director, Seahorses

Optimised Visual Display of Information (To enhance comprehension and shape impressions)
How often have you seen e-Learning programs or presentations, where you were so bored and confused that you wished that life had a fast forward button? Even worse, research into sciences such as psychophysics and biopsychology has indicated that many widely used visual display practices actually stop students from learning. This session provides an overview of some easy-to-apply techniques that will help you to improve learning outcomes, by making best use of visual display techniques.

This session provides an overview of some easy-to-apply techniques that will help you to improve learning outcomes, by making best use of visual display techniques.

These methods are based on more than 15 years of research into the way visual information is handled in the brain. You can therefore use the techniques described in this session to enhance your presentations and e-Learning programs, so you can improve your audience’s comprehension. Just as importantly, these methods can be used to positively shape your student’s impressions about the content, which in turn helps to motivate them about the subject.

For example, this session will give you ideas on the best application of layouts, animation schemes, colours, and fonts, to increase your students’ understanding of the content. Additionally, you will be shown straightforward techniques that aid understanding, by leveraging advanced Gestalt perceptual principles.

3.15 3.45 Plenary