In conversation: Back to the Future of Learning Technologies

G06, Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus, The University of Melbourne


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Erin Turner

T: 03 8344 2591

With Gregor Kennedy, GrĂ¡inne Conole and Matthew Riddle

1 December 2017

3.30 - 4.30 pm

G06, Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne

Followed by Drinks and Canapes at 4.30pm

Registrations for this event have now closed, please contact Erin Turner for further information.

There seems to be almost constant talk of technology. It is difficult to read the popular press or look at the news of the happenings in higher education without being bombarded with conjecture about the role of technology in Universities. But are we just seeing the persistent packaging of old wine in new bottles or is there genuine “disruption” and “transformation” of teaching and learning happening in higher education? In this interactive Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education event Professor Gregor Kennedy will host a conversation with two leaders in learning technology innovation, Professor Grainne Conole and Associate Professor Matt Riddle. Both will draw on long histories in learning technology research and development to reflect on the current state of the field and where it might be headed. There will also be opportunities for the audience to pose questions of the experts assembled. Please join us for what will be a lively conversation.


Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Melbourne and Director of  the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE). In his PVC role Gregor leads the University's strategy in teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum innovation, educational technologies, learning analytics, and the use of physical and virtual space. His current research interests include students’ motivation and self-regulation; understanding confusion and the provision of feedback to students engaged in digital tasks, and the use of learning analytics for improved learning design, teaching and student support.

Professor GrĂ¡inne Conole is a consultant and visiting professor at Dublin City University.  She has worked at the Universities of Bath Spa, Bristol, Leicester, OU and Southampton. Her research interests are on the use of technologies for learning, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), new approaches to designing for learning, e-pedagogies, and social media. She has an HEA National Teaching Fellowship and fellow of EDEN and ASCILITE.

Associate Professor Matthew Riddle began his career in e-Learning in 1993 working on a series of award-winning projects over thirteen years at the University of Melbourne. Currently Director of Educational Innovation at La Trobe University, he spent two years as Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge. He has a range of research interests in higher education, including mobile learning; student engagement and retention; student perspectives; active and collaborative learning; physical and virtual learning space design; and emerging technologies.