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Ep 25 - Unitec CEO Dr Rick Ede on challenges and lessons learned at the helm of NZ’s largest vocational provider
Dr Rick Ede shares his insights and lessons learned having been at the helm of Unitec, New Zealand’s largest vocational and applied training provider, for almost a decade. He speaks about Unitec’s approach to remain competitive, leveraging technology for pedagogical and product renewal, embedding flexible and blended learning within the curriculum, and Unitec’s Living Job Initiative. Rick reflects on his leadership in the New Zealand education sector and government policy and divulges what has surprised him the most in his career. Watch it here:
December 18, 2017
Ep - 24 Evolving Teaching and Learning in Technology-Rich Environments
Dr David Parsons speaks about The Mind Lab and its focus on building digital literacy and critical knowledge creation skills, and the realisation that teachers need more progressive scaffolds to evolve to more contemporary teaching practice. He also talks about how Unitec is leveraging cultural diversity in their digital learning experience, being a change agent for teachers to undertake postgrad study in digital and collaborative learning, and shaping mobile learning policy nationally and internationally. Watch it here:
December 11, 2017
Ep 23 - Creating Opportunity Through Experiential Learning
Wes Sonnenreich and Suzy Watson share why they invest their most precious resource – time – into a supportive relationship with EduGrowth and its startups and what they’ve learned from the Class of 2017, and in their own origin story. They discuss their work around supporting the complexity of experiential lifelong learning and employability in the age of machine learning and the gig economy, and the expectations of today’s students.
December 04, 2017
Ep 22 - What’s Going On in Australian EdTech Startups?
Maria Spies – Digital Learning Futures, Navitas Ventures and GM, Navitas Learning & Teaching Services Maria Spies shares her insights on how EdTechs are reimagining education, current innovations and trends, Australia’s VET sector today, and disruptive companies offering short, intensive skills-based programs that are tied explicitly to workplace readiness. Watch it here:
November 27, 2017
Ep 21 - Delivering Flexible Education through a Global Online Platform
Lucy Schulz talks about the initiatives and uniqueness of the Cloud Campus, using Future Learn as the MOOC platform, the challenges of online education, digital credentialing and their newly launched ‘Masters in Professional Practice’. We ask about their specific focuses for their online cohorts, how they simplify the complexities behind the user and customer experience (UX and CX) to provide a student-centric experience, and what their aspirations are globally. Watch Here:
November 13, 2017
Ep 20 - Improving Engagement with Dry Topics
Siva Navaratnam talks about his approach to creating engagement and interest in a dry topic like risk management, the use of gamification, ANZ Bank’s digital strategy and engaging with disruptive players like partnering with Apple on Apple Pay, embracing agile and design thinking, and communicating the benefits internally to get the right outcomes. We also discuss the importance of managing change effectively within the organisation and how leadership needs to be progressive and creative. Watch it here:
October 30, 2017
Ep 19 - What comes after the LMS? Designing Next Generation Digital Learning Environments
Mark Robertson discusses why the current LMS’s are not cutting it, where existing platforms are negatively impacting learning organisations, Cengage’s new architecture founded on the concepts of “backward design” and “holistic, pragmatic alignment”, and the features of next-gen digital learning platforms and their benefits to learners. We also ask about thought leaders and institutions that are leading the way, and deeper cultural and organisational challenges that educational leaders need to address. Watch it now -
October 16, 2017
Ep 18 - Blended Learning Consortium – How Colleges Partner for Higher Quality Blended Learning Delivery
Peter Kilcoyne – Director of Information and Learning Technology, Heart of Worcestershire College Peter Kilcoyne speaks about the Blended Learning Consortium, its benefits to members, how college partnerships can improve the quality of educational outcomes, and best practice insights on the deployment of knowledge sharing channels and tools. Watch Now:
October 02, 2017
Ep. 17 - Creating Unique Learning Experiences with Adaptive Learning
Dror Ben-Naim talks about how Smart Sparrow came about and its evolution from the digitisation of education to interactive learning, then to an adaptive learning and courseware development platform, and their company’s focus in the future. We discuss the importance of collaborating with universities, education consortiums and edtech incubators to develop better learning experiences, and advice for edtech entrepreneurs to focus on solving problems. Watch is here:
September 18, 2017
Ep. 16 - Move Faster Together or Go Slow Alone
Dr Bridget Burns – Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance Dr Bridget Burns shares insights on what it takes to build Higher Education systems at scale and what the sector should focus on to better shape macro policy. We learn about the University Innovation Alliance, how the organisation has improved outcomes for all learners, and much more. Watch it here:
September 11, 2017
Ep. 15 - Infusing Technology in Learning and the BEST Network
Professor Nicolas Hawkins – Director, Office of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland and Lead, Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) Network Professor Nicolas Hawkins shares his insights on technology-infused, quality learning and teaching and his vision and work with the BEST Network. We explore graduate employability and career development today. Watch it here:
September 04, 2017
Ep. 14 - EduGrowth startup: BEcoME
We speak with BEcoME founder, Liv Pennie, on their focus on inspiring kids to design their happiest future, their aspirations, and 21st century career development. Watch it here:
August 30, 2017
Ep. 13 - Leveraging Technology, Micro & Macro Credentials to ‘Live the Future’
Professor Beverley Oliver shares her thoughts on Deakin’s ‘Live the Future’ digital agenda which would prepare students for the jobs of the future. She discusses how Deakin is using technology to solve the challenges with student learning and experience, student diversity and personalising varying needs, and addressing the differences in their “digital cohorts”. Beverley provides insights on how she keeps abreast of students’ motivations, needs and goals, the importance of collaborating with other universities, her work and 2016 paper on ‘Better 21C Credentials’, and how this all applies globally. Watch it:
August 28, 2017
Ep. 11 - Building Australia’s Tertiary Education Future
Professor Glenn Withers provides insight on the current Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education environments in Australia and the important choices we should focus on at a national level. We discuss the challenges of internationalisation, massification and digitisation, and what’s driving universities to move online. We ask if universities’ preoccupation with the on-campus experience may be blinding them to opportunities with blended and fully online offerings and what impact they may cause. Watch this episode
August 22, 2017
Ep. 10 - EduGrowth startup: Craftsposure
Ria Chan – Founder, Craftsposure Craftsposure founder, Ria Chan, talks about how her startup evolved from her passion in design and digital marketing to creating online courses that help artists and craft makers market themselves online. Watch this episode
August 17, 2017
Ep. 9 - Utilizing Mobile Apps to Drive Greater Engagement
Dr Koh Noi Keng – Senior Lecturer, Director of the Centre for Financial Literacy, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore We speak with Dr Koh Noi Keng about utilising mobile apps to drive greater student engagement and motivation, the role of great instructional design, and if mobile/smart devices are a distraction or classroom aid. Watch this episode
August 14, 2017
Ep. 8 - EduGrowth startup: Upstart Academy
Upstart Academy founder, Martin Astbury, shares their goal to help students learn practical skills to bridge the gap between study and work and set them up for success. Watch this episode
August 10, 2017
Ep. 7 - The Quest for the Most Effective Blended Teaching Methodology
Professor Bob Fox – Academic Lead Curriculum, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, University of New South Wales Prof. Bob Fox discusses the differences in Asia Pacific universities, how they are “unbundling” higher education, finding the right balance in blended learning programs, and leveraging technology-rich learning environments. Watch this episode
August 07, 2017
Ep - 6 EduGrowth startup: LifeIsYellow
We speak with LifeIsYellow founder, Isuru Wanasighe, on their focus on increasing the happiness quotient of learning in classes everywhere. Watch this episode
August 02, 2017
Ep. 5 - Designing World Class Infrastructure for the Modern Learning Environment
Professor Michael Keppell shares insights on “seamless learning” and the significant shift from and impact of face-to-face learning and teaching to blended learning for students and staff, building ecosystems and “toolkits” for a more holistic and personalised learning experience for students. We delve into why assessments are universities’ greatest challenge and the need to evolve assessments to support the learner becoming a problem solver and ready for the workplace. Mike also discusses the importance of empowering academics to co-create and co-learn with students as mentors, learning analytics, the impact of machine learning, and the role of adaptive platforms. Watch this episode
July 31, 2017
Ep. 4 - Improving Student Agency with Blended Learning
Professor David Sadler – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education), University of Tasmania David Sadler discusses the strategic use of MOOCs in UTAS, connecting with students throughout their learning journey, the ubiquity of content and the need for the personalisation of learning. Watch this episode
July 27, 2017
Ep. 3 - Preparing Educators for Blended Pedagogies
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick – DVC & VP (Academic), Western Sydney University Denise discusses the factors driving pedagogical change, the student-centered experience at WSU and how the university is leading the way with student engagement, learning and assessment. Watch this episode
July 24, 2017
Ep 2 - EduGrowth
We talk with Riley Batchelor, EduGrowth’s CEO, about why the organisation was started, its pre-accelerator and accelerator programs, events, conference, census project, benefits, funding and its “bold ambition to see 100 million learners educated globally per annum, by 2025, through Australian education.” We discuss why the founding members decided to collaborate and what problems they were trying to solve. Watch this episode
July 14, 2017
Ep. 1 - Are we ready for the age of machine learning?
The crew headed to iDesignX 2017 in Brisbane, Australia, where we learned about the future of learning in instructional design and virtual reality. We had insightful discussions on recent research on the Future of Work, learning trends and next-gen digital environments, AI and adaptive learning platforms, the use of VR, and the importance of the learner experience.  This episode features: Dr Melissa Bordogna, Savvy Academic Mark Robertson, Cengage Dominic Sebastian, Smart Sparrow Peter Clowes, Maxart Gerry Marcus, iDesignX Watch this episode
July 11, 2017