Thursday, April 07, 2011

Some thoughts on CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011

Here is a summary of my blog postings from CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011, a conference held in Sydney, 3 to 6 April 2011. The conference was organised by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-Learning (ACODE). The involvement of the US based EDUCAUSE, appeared to be limited to some speakers imported from the USA. For an "Australasian" event, there was minimal input or discussion of Asia. A copy of the program is appended.

The conference had plenary sessions with keynote speakers starting and ending the day, and up to five parallel streams in between. The delegates were a mix of university IT directors, university librarians and educators (mostly with an interest in e-learning). The topics therefore addressed issues of IT management, the cloud, mobile computing and the role of university libraries with e-research and e-learning. Much of what was discussed at EDUCAUSE is in everyday use by some at ANU. The task is how to make these routine practice across the university sector.


There were about 700 people registered. A quick count showed that organisations sending ten or more delegates were:
OrganisationNumber of Delegates
Australian Catholic University10
Curtin University13
Flinders University11
Griffith University19
Macquarie University23
University of Auckland19
University of Melbourne17
University of Sydney19
University of Newcastle12
University of Wollongong10


My involvement in the conference was linted to providing a poster "International Graduate Level Sustainable ICT Course" about the Green ICT course run for ANU, attending as a delegate and asking a lot of questions. There were only about a dozen posters on display, with limited interest shown by the delegates. I put my poster online and included a
the web address for this was on the poster, both as text and as a 2 dimensional barcode. Delegates photographed the QR code with their smart phones to get the notes.

Innovative Federation: Telescopes, Labs and Clouds

Michel de la Vilefromoy, UTS, UTS, talked about "Remote Labs", where students can use real laboratory equipment remotely over the Internet. The most important reason for doing this is scheduling: students can use the equipment 24 hours a day from wherever they are. This allows for much more intensive use of the equipment: 70% of the time rather than less than 20%.

Several universities can share a remote lab, reducing costs and allowing for efficient use, when in different time zones. One issue is the issuing of security credentials for students at other universities. The same techniques can be applied to instruments for physics experiments, telescopes and the like.

Michel praised the "Australian Access Federation" (AAF) which allows staff and students to be issued with security credentials for use between institutions. Several later speakers mentioned the AAF. This was a little frustrating as none of them explained what it was. At question time I asked what it was, but took several attempts to get the presenters to explain it.

The next session discussed federated systems at the business level. This seemed to be the public part of a detailed discussion going on inside CAUDIT about how universities can get together to get a better price from cloud vendors such as Microsoft and Google. Some issues here were how visible to the end user should the products be; should the university, consortium (such as CAUDIT) or the vendor be branding the product. Other issues were if individual or even consortia of universities were large enough to be a viable market, or do they just have to use what the industry offers.

What seemed to me to be lacking was the business model: who is going to pay for this and will they see it as worth paying for? Universities naturally think in terms of products for their students on their campus. They do not want to point out to their students that there is a wider world out there they could get educational services from.

External Hosting of University IT Facilities

This is very much a conference about the relationship between academia and business. This was best illustrated by the session on "Managing Relationships with External Learning Management System Providers". Allan Sieper, ANU, talked about the need to understand what is in the contract with the LMS provider (ANU uses NetSpot to provide Moodle). In my view having an external provider can be good for internal university ICT management as it makes the processes explicit. The external provider costs money and so this encourages thought into what is important to provide and what is not.

Alan Arnold from University of Canberra (who also use NetSpot to provide Moodle) explained how it took only six months to migrate from Web CT to Moodle. UoC avoids the term LMS and refers to edgeless support for learning and teaching (ANU re-badged its LMS as "Wattle"). The UoC system has over 400,000 quiz questions in it and so gets used "a lot". NetSpot staff sit on the same governance board with senior university educational staff. It occurs to me that this could be as valuable as the LMS itself, as the vendor can help educate university people on governance of ICT projects. Alan showed a graph with LMS use increasing exponentially (40% per year), while the cost per user is decreasing steadily.

Minh-Tam Nguyen, UoC, mentioned that they use Yammer for staff discussion of the facilities.

Marina Lobastov, ANU, talked about the distributed approach where educational designers are located in the university's colleges, with a relatively small central support unit. She pointed out some interesting and unusual uses, such as teaching Sanskrit online.

One of the audience asked about the implications of student data hosted off-site. Minh-Tam replied that UoC does authentication at the university, so NetSpot does not have the student's passwords. Also marks are in a separate system. Allan explained that ANU addressed privacy in the contract, requiring the contractor to meet Australian privacy laws. To me this seems a non-issue for data hosted in Australia, but is an important issue if the data is sent out of the country (I cover this in my records management course at ANU).

E-learning in Remote Aboriginal Communities

Dennis Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland discussed a study of "E-learning in Small Remote Aboriginal Communities". They found that web based learning was accepted as a viable option for remote locations, using both asynchronous and synchronous. Some students use the e-learning as a supplement to a face to face program, others have it for all schooling. Some of the students are adults returning to education. Pre and in service training for teachers was considered essential.

Dennis commented web based learning was not a cheap option. Also he pointed out that aboriginal students will miss weeks or months of schooling due to the need to go on hunting trips and courses need to accommodate this.

Pre-service (B.Ed.) courses were found to lack on-line pedagogy, web based technology and aboriginal cultural perspective. Provinces do not require on-line teacher education. Dennis pointed out that some of the school systems had vocational higher education articulated programs which were useful.

I asked Dennis if the same web based system used by the students could be used for teacher in-service training. He said this worked very well, with teachers forming on-line support groups.

This is all very relevant to Australia, which in addition to remote aboriginal communities, have itinerant communities which conventional schools do not cater for. One example are the travelling show people, for whom the Queensland government provided mobile schools. While this is not my area of expertise, my suggestion would be rather than treat these students as a special case, the curriculum should be available online to all students, so they all have this option.

Research Administration Online

Simon Porter from University of Melbourne talked about "eResearch Administration: The Game will change". He demonstrated the on-line information provided about staff at University of Melbourne. This provides a list of publications by each staff member. They also produce diagrams of who collaborates with who.

University of Melbourne no longer asks staff what publications they have produced and instead harvests this from published sources (a technique I have suggested for ANU). Apart from decreasing the administrative burden for staff it also reduces the problems of verification.

University of Melbourne is expanding this approach to use ViVo to create semantic web based system for universities. This looks useful for other universities.

One disappointment is that most of the detailed information about what University of Melbourne staff research is not available to the public. Given that this work is mostly publicly funded, in my view the University of Melbourne should not withhold it from the public.

Higher Education High Horizons

The closing keynote talk on the first day was "Visions of the higher education horizon: possible futures" by Bryan Alexander, NITLE. But Bryan's vision was still somewhat limited. He saw a future where scholarly papers were "peer reviewed" by anyone human on the planet. I suggest that it is likely that AI systems will also be used to peer review papers. Apart from this there will be a system of reputation as used on LinkedIn: anyone will be able to review a paper, but the amount of weight that carries will depend on your reputation, as judged by your peers.

Regulatory Frameworks for Distance Education

Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, talked on "Regulatory Frameworks for Distance Education in the Asia/Pacific Region". This was the result of a small research project on what is happening in the region. Organisations involved included DeHub, INQAAHE. Issues included social inclusion, role of commercial providers, international providers and open universities. Other issues are the provision of Internet access and copyright.

What I found interesting was that there was no mention of the role of professional and industry bodies. These provide a form of international regulation, sometimes with and sometimes without government endorsement. An example is the ACS which sets standards for IT education in Australia and is part of international bodies settings standards.
A consortium of DE Hub, the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), and the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and ELearning (ACODE) is undertaking a pilot review of formal and informal literature of regulatory frameworks for distance education (DE) in the Southwest Pacific/South East Asia Region. The existing laws, policies, rules and regulations related to distance and online education in the region will be collated and posted in an open source database. The frameworks of countries within the region will be compared for similarities and differences, in particular, highlighting those elements that hinder development in distance education. The comparative analysis will be discussed in the context of other recent research into regulation of distance education. Case studies will provide examples of distance and online education regulatory practice currently extant within the region. The outcomes of the project will be disseminated using an open source content management system published on the ICDE website and linked to the websites of the collaborative partners i.e. DE Hub, AUQA, INQAAHE and ACODE to ensure convenient access for the various stakeholders with an interest in regulatory frameworks for distance education. This will provide a portable, scalable resource. Deliverables will include a final report providing a contextual overview of distance education in the region and outlining the project and analytical results, and a database of the regulatory frameworks for distance education in the region.

From: Regulatory Frameworks for Distance Education, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), 2010

Online Student Conferences for Assessment

Michael Nycyk, Curtin University talked on "Online Student Conferences as Assessment Instruments". The Internet studies students were required to organise and run an academic online conference as part of their course "Debating Communities and Networks Conference 2010". They had to write their own paper and review others and were assessed on this.

Michael commented that the students were excessively polite in their online discussion. Also there were a limited number of postings by students. Michael commented that ACS with its ACS Computer Professional Education Program take a firmer approach to requiring students to contribute to forums (I use the same approach at ANU). Curtin will likely take this approach for next year.

The idea of an online conference by and for students is one which could be adopted more widely. It requires less resources than the type of face-to-face symposia organised for PHD students and would provide this experience for a wider range of students. Also real conferences will be moving to this online format and so students will need experience of this.

Library of the future

Mal Booth, UTS, talked on "How we are taking UTS to the library of the future". It was refreshing to have a presenter who invited the audience to find the notes for their talk online and read it. Unfortunately as the material is in Slideshare it is very difficult to read and access.

As was said at the Learning Commons forum in Brisbane last week, UTS claims to be at the forefront of the use of RFID in libraries. While criticising the RFID industry for not being innovative, Mal did not actually say what UTS were using it for. At question time I asked and he replied they want to use RFID to track books in the library so they know what is used where. They might have RFID readers on book trolleys and have mobile checkout devices. Mal said that the industry has difficulty with providing this. It did not sound like a very advanced requirement and is something the UTS engineers would be able to produce quickly, even if the library industry could not.

Mal praised the Philological Library at Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin. He argued that design can be sued to have an open design which discourages inappropriate behaviour without having to have as many walls and doors.

Mal also mentioned the British Library Business and IP Centre, which has materials to help start-up businesses.

What occurred to me was that Mal is showing lots of examples of physical buildings, but few of what the library's online services look like. Most clients will rarely visit the physical library, it will be the online interface they see most (and online materials are what most of the money will be spent on). So more emphasis has to be placed on how the library looks online.

Next Generation Learning

Diana Oblinger, President of Educause, talked on "Next Generation Learning". She pointed out that the US and Australian goals for increased participation in post secondary education will require courses to be provided for people had not expected to do them. To me that does not appear a new challenge. The vocational education sector has been running courses for people who are not the typical academic student. It also makes use of teachers who are not traditional academics.

Diana mentioned Purdue University’s Signals system. This detects student behavoiur online which indicates they are having problems and suggests help. This has shown to be effective. She claimed that blended learning was liked by students and staff.

E-books are worth it

Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic, University of Auckland Library talked on "E-books: how can we show they are worth it?". Ksenija showed statistics on the borrowing of paper and e-book copies of the same works, showing the electronic versions are accessed far more often than the paper books. She pointed out that students are borrowing these books because they are required to for courses, not for casual browsing. She also pointed out that proper cataloguing of e-books is just as important as for paper books. The university provides an e-learning course to familiarise both students and staff with e-books.

McKenzie Wark Through the Looking Glass

McKenzie Wark talked on "Alice Through the Looking Glass". He argued that there was no millennial generation of students who are comfortable with technology. Students producing a "newspaper" still want to see it in print.

I tried to find where I first came across McKenzie, so I did a web search and found a entry on the Austrlaian Senate Committee on Internet censorship 1997. This has a link to McKenzie Wark's commentary and my commentary.

McKenzie talked about Betaville, an "open-source multiplayer environment for real cities". The idea being that the public can experience proposed buildings and art installations before they are built (or ones which are completely virtual).

"The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International" is a graphic novel coming out in June 2011.

McKenzie pointed out that the cost of software distorts the education process. If students can't afford the software they learnt on after they graduate, them may have to enrol in a further course just to get access. He therefore argues for open access tools at unviersity. He suggested that courses should teach media students about rival video standards and the benefits of open formats. He pointed out that game engines can be sued for creating videos, without using conventional movie making tools.

McKenzie argued that blogs are not a useful way to interact about a large text work. He pointed out that with a blog there will be a large lump of text from the blogger and then comments tacked on at the end. Instead he showed an interface showing the comments as stacked cards, linked to sections in the text. This reminded me of an early Apple Mackintosh application which used a card metaphor.

McKenzie explained that giving books away online helps print sales. He said he did not understand why this works and that publishers are willing to try this as they are so desperate for sales. I suspect that this only works for well know authors.

McKenzie demonstrated an animated online graphic novel. This looked okay, but he commented it can't be found with a web search.

Monsters, eduPunks

Richard Katz presented the last talk of the conference on "Close note: Monsters, eduPunks, devils, and things that go bump in the night: Reflections of an educational optimist on a sector gone Gothic". It was not clear to me what this talk was about. But he got my attention by mentioning an Oxford debate over having compulsory lectures. Richard also mentioned Alex Reid, former director of the Oxford Computer Centre, who clarified this arose over a legal case. I found "Oxford lecture attendance could become legal requirement" (by Liz Ford,, Tuesday 31 January 2006 11.29 GMT). Oxford decided not to adopt this.


There is an extensive and excellent exhibition of vendors associated with the conference. One vendor which got my attention was Symplectic, a UK based company which supplies software to help academics get their papers published.

Microsoft were demonstrating a coffee table touch screen, similar to (but not as good as) the "MultiTouch Cell" units used for the National Museum of Australia (NMA) Yiwarra Kuju Exhibition.

Up Coming Events

The conference pack contained details of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2011 conference (ascilite 2011), in Hobart 4-7 December 2011 and Questnet 2011 is 12-15 July 2011.


Sunday 3 April 2011: Meetings, Tall Ships Cruise, and Conference Welcome

13:15 - 14:45Meeting space availableMeeting space availableTall Ships Cruise and Lunch: Departs 13:15 from Campbell’s Cove, The Rocks (Adjacent to Hyatt Hotel). Concludes 15:45 at Darling Harbour.
15:00 - 15:45CAUDIT Procurement Update and Discussion (All welcome)Meeting space available
16:00 - 16:45CAUDIT Orientation Session (All welcome)Meeting space available
17:00 - 17:45Meeting space availableJoint meeting of the conference Organising, Program, and Conference Experience Committees
18:00 - 19:30Conference Welcome Reception

Monday 4 April 2011: Conference Day 1

8:30 - 9:00Registration and coffee The Lounge
9:00 - 10:50Opening plenary Session chair: Peter James, Conference Chair
9:00 - 9:10Welcome: Ross Milbourne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Technology, Sydney
9:10 - 10:00Special Guest Speaker
10:00 - 10:50Keynote: Changing the Game Brad Wheeler, CIO Indiana University
10:50 - 11:15Morning tea
11:15 - 12:50Strategy and IT Session chair: Peter Nissen, CAUDIT Challenging the role of the library Session chair: Jemima McDonald, UTS Course and learning management tools Session chair: Ric Canale, La Trobe University Lightning rounds Convener: Heath Marks, AAF Sponsors Session chair: Chris Foley, Murdoch University The Lounge
11:15 - 11:35Get past technology and define what you do Peter Hicks, Curtin UniversityPlayful Engagement as Serious Strategy Suzana Sukovic, University of Sydney, and Ashley England, UTSIntegrated Course Data Management – a Strategic Approach Richard Lamb, University of South AustraliaLightning round: Innovative federation uses: Telescopes, labs, and clouds Convener: Heath Marks, AAFTechnologyOne: QUT Case Study: Implementing a Real Time Event Driven Solution for Student Management SystemsWayne Oswin, QUTMeet Peter James, Conference Chair and Brad Wheeler, Keynote speaker
11:40 - 12:00It is better to travel hopefully than it is to arrive: A journey in IT strategy at the University of Adelaide David Munro, University of AdelaideNo More Us and Them: Mobile Support for Clients and Staff at UTS LibrarySophie McDonald and Rajan Davio, UTSCourseBuilder: elearning enabler Ashwini Datt, University of AucklandEmerson Network Power Smart Solutions: Delivering Efficiency Without Compromise™ for Higher Learning Institutions Eoin Coghlan, CCNA
12:05 - 12:25The IT Strategic Planning Journey at the University of Newcastle Frank Herb and Carey Steller, University of NewcastleThe organisation has changed: Joining libraries, eLearning, IT and facilities management to meet new challenges Sue McKnight, University of CanterburyPersonalising the ePortfolio Experience Shane Sutherland, Pebble Learning Lightning round: The Future of Identity Federations – where will they add value? Convener: Heath Marks, AAFAdobe
12:30 - 12:50A New IT Framework to Enable Effective Change Terry Nikkel, University of New BrunswickA new role for QUT Library Natalie Ryan, QUTGreen IT Departments, Green Libraries – Moving Forward Malcolm Wolski, Griffith University Blackboard:Driving User Adoption and Institutional Success through a Strategic and Flexible approach to Professional Development Sarah Morgan and Kimberly Hillyard, BlackboardMeet Gordon Suddaby, ACODE President and Chris Cahill, Program Committee Chair
12:50 - 14:00Lunch
12:50 - 14:00CAUDIT Leadership Institute Alumni Reunion
14:00 - 14:45Strategy and IT Session chair: Lynnae Rankine, UWS Models for supporting learning and research Session chair: Alison Slocombe, Southern Cross UniversityEnterprise systems Session chair: Jenny Leonard, University of Sydney Lightning rounds Convener: Alan Sieper, ANU Sponsors Convener: Ian Poole, Integ The Lounge
14:00 - 14:20The Five Critical Success Factors That Define Success in Achieving Business Technology and Process Change Mark D Nicholls, Information ProfessionalsA hybrid approach – The best of both worlds: A narrative account of Griffith University’s re-structuring of academic blended learning support and student literacy support Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Griffith UniversityPimp My Research Management System Stuart Lewis, University of AucklandLightning round: Managing Relationships with External Learning Management System Providers Convener: Allan Sieper, ANUInteg:Changing the Game: A Panel DiscussionHost: Ian Poole, CEO Integ GroupSpeakers: Peter James, UTS, Mark Buckley, Alcatel-Lucent, and Felicity Threadgate, postgraduate student

14:25 - 14:45Higher Education Essentials for Strategic BI Darren Dadley, UTS A new (multiplayer) model of academic library support for research Alissa Sputore and Robin Gardner, University of MelbourneRevolutionary Approach on how to improve Business Continuity Management at a University Alexandre Medarov and Linden Vazey, University of AucklandMeet Richard Northam, CAUDIT General Manager
14:45 - 15:05Coffee break
15:05 - 16:30Afternoon plenary Session chair: Paul Sherlock, CAUDIT President
15:05 - 15:10Announcements
15:10 - 15:40Featured talk: Changing the Game: Building the Sustainable Library Maxine Brodie, Macquarie University
15:40 - 16:10Gold sponsor featured talk: Intelligent Virtual Infrastructure – Building and Managing Your Cloud Michael Warrilow, Manager of Products and Solutions for VMware Asia Pacific and Japan
16:10 - 17:00Keynote: Visions of the higher education horizon: possible futures Bryan Alexander, Director of Research NITLE
17:00 - 18:15Posters reception Meet Featured speakers Bryan Alexander and Maxine Brody (17:00 - 17:20)

Tuesday 5 April 2011: Conference Day 2

8:00 - 8:35Registration and coffee The Lounge
8:35 - 10:30Morning plenary Session chair: Chris Cahill, Program Committee Chair
8:35 - 9:10Cisco Platinum sponsor featured talk: Video Inspiring Innovation in Teaching & Learning Lance Ford, University of Maine, US and Kristine G Held, Madison Area Technology Colledge, US
9:10 - 9:35Featured talk: The Future of the IT Department – will it survive the cloud? Nick Tate, RDSI
9:35 - 10:25Keynote: The Gifts Change Brings Shirley Alexander, DVC (Teaching, Learning and Equity), University of Technology Sydney
10:25 - 10:30Announcements
10:30 - 11:00Morning tea
11:00 - 12:35Portfolio, program and project management Session chair: Tracy Huntleigh-Smith, University of Otago Research data management and eResearch Session chair: Howard Amos, University of Otago How new ways of learning are changing universities Session chair: Janne Malfroy, UWS CIO stream Session chair: Richard Northam, CAUDIT Sponsors Session chair: Steve Johnston, CAUDIT The Lounge
11:00 - 11:20CAUDIT domestic study tour 2010: a new community of practice in portfolio, program and project management Paul Cullen, Charles Sturt University*A Framework for University Research Data Management Malcolm Wolski and Joanna Richardson, Griffith UniversityTechnology Design for Formal and Informal learning Spaces in the Facebook age Jason Wheatley and Nick Gilbert, University of SydneyA half-day session aimed at CIOs and IT Directorsecho360:Video media in education after the NBNDavid Cummings, Victoria University
11:25 - 11:45IT P3M and Delivery@Griffith Sudath Wijeratne and Ian Smith, Griffith UniversitySetting a focus – creating a research database one-stop-shop through cross divisional collaboration Patricia Scott, Deakin University Growth of E-Learning in Small Remote Aboriginal Communities: Implications for University Teacher Education Programs Dennis Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, CanadaDesire2Learn:Enhancing student engagement through online and mobile technologiesIan Smissen, Desire2Learn
11:50 - 12:10Portfolio Management: Art or Science? Diane Bussey, University of AucklandeResearch Administration: The game will change Simon Porter, University of Melbourne *Informal learning on the Internet and its importance to curriculum Deirdre Wilmott, Ballarat University Blackboard Technologies: Getting More from What You’ve Got! Chris Eske and Ben Carmichael, Blackboard
12:15 - 12:35Benefit Management – An Oxymoron? Diane Bussey, University of AucklandE-research university partnerships revisited Linda O’Brien, Griffith UniversityWhose game are we playing? Learning, digital technology and crises of identity Herbert Thomas, University of Canterbury IBM:Mark VeitchSales DirectorTivoli Endpoint Manager
12:35 - 14:00Lunch
12:35 - 13:15Incoming and Outgoing Conference Committee Meeting
14:00 - 14:45Shared services and attracting talented IT staff Session chair: Peter Gale, UTS Strategy and scholarly information Session chair: Andrew Wells, UNSW How new ways of learning are changing universities Session chair: Sarah Lambert, University of Wollongong Transforming spaces and Staff development for eLearning Session chair: Alison Neal, UNSW Sponsors Session chair: Paul Campbell, ACU The Lounge
14:00 - 14:20A Journey Shared Mat Myers and Geoffrey Brown, University of SydneyEyes on the horizon, tackling the weeds: making organisational strategy into reality Donna McRostie and Margaret Ruwoldt, University of MelbourneRegulatory Frameworks for Distance Education in the Asia/Pacific Region Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of WellingtonDesign for the New Millennium: Transforming Learning and Service Spaces Wendy Abbott and Grace Saw, Bond UniversityNetspot:Reflections on La Trobe’s Moodle implementationRic Canale, La Trobe University and James Strong, NetspotMeet Nick Tate, Featured speaker and Paul Sherlock, CAUDIT President
14:25 - 14:45Attracting, developing and retaining talented IT professionals Sophie Kysil and Peter Nissen, CAUDITThe Only Constant is Change – Innovation in Scholarly Communication Philip Kent and Donna McRostie, University of Melbourne*Online Student Conferences as Assessment Instruments: A Case Study of Knowledge Acquisition Michael Nycyk, Curtin University*Staff Development For E-Learning: New Playing Field, New Rules Ian Olney and Lynnae Rankine, University of Western SydneyEnterasys:Gaining Network Visibility and Control on the Education CampusJulian Critchlow, EnterasysMeet Peter James, Conference Chair and Chris Cahill, Program Committee Chair
14:45 - 15:05Coffee break
15:05 - 16:35Afternoon plenary Session chair: Gordon Suddaby, ACODE President
15:05 - 15:10Announcements
15:10 - 15:40Featured talk: How we are taking the UTS library into the future Mal Booth, University of Technology, Sydney
15:40 - 16:30Keynote: Next Generation Learning Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE
16:40 - 17:00
Meet Featured speakers Diana Oblinger and Mal Booth
18:30 - 22:00Conference dinner

Wednesday 6 April 2011: Conference Day 3

8:15 - 8:45Registration and coffee The Lounge
8:45 - 10:30Morning plenary Session chair: Cathrine Harboe-Ree, CAUL President
8:45 - 9:10Gold sponsor featured talk: Microsoft Office 365 in Education Reed Wotiz, Director of Live Services, Microsoft Asia Pacific
9:10 - 9:35Featured talk: Going international: The New Zealand Virtual World Grid Scott Diener, University of Auckland
9:35 - 10:25Keynote: Alice Through the Looking Glass McKenzie Wark, Associate Dean Eugene Lang College, the New School for the Liberal Arts
10:25 - 10:30Announcements
10:30 - 11:00Morning tea
11:00 - 12:35Emerging technologies: Challenging the role of IT Session chair: Kerrie Newcombe, UTS Libraries supporting learning Session chair: Jennifer Peasley, Macquarie University Student success and retention Session chair: Maree Gosper, Macquarie University Point/counterpoint Session chair: Patricia McMillan, CAUDIT Sponsors The Lounge
11:00 - 11:20*Infecting professional staff with the emerging technology ‘virus’: how the leadership game has changedLisa Cluett, Judy Skene and Mark Pegrum, University of Western Australia Won Bronze, now aiming for Gold – Implementing a sustainable model for using information to learn at The University of AucklandLi Wang and Hester Mountfield, University of AucklandEnabling Student SuccessGrace Lynch and Kara Robinson, Open Universities AustraliaPoint/counterpoint: Cognitive Surplus or The Shallows: Is the Internet making us stupid? Patricia McMillan, CAUDIT and Geoffrey Brown, University of Sydney
Meet Featured speakers McKenzie Wark and Scott Diener
11:25 - 11:45Driving emerging technology evaluation with the STREET process Matthias Liffers, Murdoch University Playing the game: adapting the LMS to engage the Library liaison team in sustainable activities in order to promote the embedding of seamless learning support Judy Fisher and Simon Hart, University of Otago Bringing learning to regional communities: designing the game Barbara Cram, University of Canberra
Meet Richard Northam, CAUDIT General Manager and Cathrine Harboe-Ree, CAUL President
11:50 - 12:10Improving Moodle’s Assessment Facilities – a UniSA Perspective Richard Lamb and Wayne Pedder, University of South AustraliaMonash University Library & E-Learning: Shaping the Future Lisa Smith and Steven Yates, Monash UniversityChanging The Game: The SMARTHINKING Experience Kevin Ashford-Rowe and Debi Howarth, Griffith UniversityPoint/counterpoint: Is there a library in the future? Barbara Goldsmith and Sean Riley, UTS; Convener: Jemima McDonald, UTS
Caudit P3MCOP Introduction and Open Discussion Hosted by Paul Cullen, Charles Sturt University
12:15 - 12:35Using mobile devices to access data and systems – The experience at the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine Hans Dauncy, University of Queensland Enhancing the Student Experience for Transitioning Students Lynda Cooper, University of WollongongStudents choosing the players but the game stays the same: Accessing student academic support via an online Smarthinking service Philip Paasuke, Open Universities Australia
Meet Paul Sherlock, CAUDIT President and Richard Katz, Featured speaker
12:35 - 14:00Lunch
12:35 - 14:00Joint CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE Executive Committee Meeting
14:00 - 14:45Virtualization and Clouds Session chair: Geoffrey Brown, University of Sydney E-books and scholarly resource discovery Session chair: Peter Green, Curtin University Designing spaces and organisations Session chair: Tracy Huntleigh-Smith, University of Otago New skills for the new game Session chair: Heath Marks, AAFSponsors The Lounge
14:00 - 14:20Virtualization: The need to know what is going onTim Chaffe, University of AucklandE-books – how can we show they’re worth it? Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic, University of AucklandThe Opening of a new Campus in Manukau City – A contemporary approach to learning, teaching and the student experience. Richard Molitor, AUT University Do technical skills matter anymore in a university IT Department? Peter Nikoletatos, Curtin University

14:25 - 14:45My boss used to tell me I had my head in the clouds, now my strategy is in the cloud Richard Northam, CAUDIT Discovering scholarly resources: the student experience Julia Gross and Lutie Sheridan, Edith Cowan University Integrated design – the nexus between curriculum and space at La Trobe University Library Geoff Payne and Fiona Salisbury, La Trobe UniversityDistance learning and affectivity: the tutor’s role in keeping students’ enthusiasm in the virtual environment Alexandre Graeml, Positivo University, Brazil
Meet Cathrine Harboe-Ree, CAUL President and Gordon Suddaby, ACODE President
14:45 - 15:05Coffee break
15:05 - 16:15Closing plenary Session chair: Peter James, Conference Chair
15:05 - 15:55Close note: Monsters, eduPunks, devils, and things that go bump in the night: Reflections of an educational optimist on a sector gone Gothic Richard N Katz
15:55 - 16:10Closing matters — End of conference
16:10 - 17:15Sundowner social

1 comment:

Bryan Alexander said...

Peer review by AI: now that's a cool idea. How far away do you think we are?