Themes



As the true experts, we encourage participants to be the drivers of their own learning. Participants will be asked to select a Major and a Minor to study throughout the conference. Your Major will determine which in-depth workshop you will attend, while your Minor will determine which breakout sessions you attend (you can choose a different Minor for each day if you like).

You can change these preferences at any time, however please note that space in each of the sessions is limited.

Focusing on the Student User Experience (Major, Minor)

The composition of the student body is constantly diversifying. School leavers, mature-aged, international or off-campus are all distinct student groups, each with their own needs, expectations and barriers to engagement. What do we know about these groups, and what does a customized student experience look like to each? Where are the differences and what similarities can we identify? Do we as institutions have the capacity to deliver a customized experience? Learn from your peers about what initiatives other institutions have used to create a central, customized student experience; what that looks like, and how the changing nature of work has impacted both the student experience and the nature of the work for staff.

Introducing new business models (Major, Minor)

Big data, joint procurement, shared services and the digital revolution. What does it all mean and are we ready for it? Automation, lean, and agile are words we are hearing more and more often, but does the digitization of teaching and learning make tertiary education institutions smarter? This theme explores new technologies, new business models and digital disruption and what this means for the future of tertiary education.

The Future Ecosystem of Education (Minor)

Innovation precincts, thought hubs, super-schools and entrepreneurship. How does education underpin the facilities of tomorrow? How can education institutions work together outside the sector? What policy changes will come about as a result of digitization and new business models, what effect will this have on the workforce?

Learning to innovate: building organisational and personal skills in innovation (Minor)

It is a myth that innovative organisations depend on a small number of people with game-changing innovations. The reality is that innovative organisations have the systems, processes, structures in place to create a culture in which every member of staff has the capacity and opportunity to innovate. What do these organisations look like? How can we facilitate the changes necessary within our organisation or area? And importantly, what knowledge and skills do you need to be a positive contributor to your employer’s innovation agenda?