Blended Learning

in Labs & Lessons


Fourth Annual Symposium

November 29 2018

University of Sydney

9:00 am     Registration opens

9:15 am     Interactive Lt Demonstration

(Liam Farley, ADInstruments)

A hands-on information session for those wishing to know more about Lt - a cloud-based learning platform with real-time data recording & analysis.


10:00 am   Acknowledgment of Country


Keynote: A/Professor Anne Gardner

(University of Technology Sydney)

Supporting the development of teamwork skills


11:00 am   Morning Tea


11:20 am   Presentations:

Dr Melanie Keep, Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health (USYD)

Scaffolding Teamwork: Lessons learnt from large first year group assessments.


Ms Vanessa Gybers, Discipline of Pharmacology (USYD)

Using Technology to Support Group Work


A/Prof Chris Roberts, Sydney Medical School (USYD)

Why 1600 took the Healthcare Collaboration Challenge.


Dr Ehssan Sakhaee,  Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies (USYD)

Activities and Tools for Teamwork and Collaborative Learning


12:30 pm   Lunch


1:15 pm     Keynote: A/Prof Peter Bryant (USYD)

How  we  own,  shape,  influence  and  participate  in  the  possible  futures  for  higher  education: Case studies from the University of Sydney Business School and beyond.


2 pm           Workshops:


Lt Users Network:  What’s new in Lt?

Liam Farley, ANZ Customer Success Manager, ADInstruments, Dunedin, NZ


SPARKPLUS: tools to support fairness and openness in collaborative student learning

A/Prof Susan McGrath-Champ & Dr Alex Veen, Business School (USYD)


Challenging the distinctions between old and new learning (not old and new technology)

A/Prof Peter Bryant, Business School (USYD)



3:30 pm     Student Panel Discussion


Networking and Nibbles

Associate Professor Anne Gardner

BE(Civil), MEngStud, PhD, MIEAust.

Anne has 30 years of experience teaching in engineering programs in Australia.  She has contributed to the research and scholarship of teaching and learning in areas such as academic identity development, professional practice, teamwork skills, self and peer assessment, flipped learning and learning frameworks.  Anne is a National Teaching and Learning Fellow. Her fellowship was focussed on ways to help students think about their learning and continuing professional development.  Anne is a longstanding member of the Executive committee of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education and a member of the Global Governing Board of the Research in Engineering Education Network.  She has recently been appointed as Deputy Editor of the Australasian Journal for Engineering Education and is the inaugural Head of School for the School of Engineering and IT Practice in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at University of Technology Sydney.



Associate Professor Peter Bryant

Associate Dean (Education)

B.Bus, M.Ed, PhD (UTS)

Peter was the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he worked with academics, students and senior management to develop innovative approaches to education, curriculum and assessment design through technology. He has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, a Masters of Adult Education and PhD in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Peter is an experienced academic with over twenty-five years teaching experience in both the UK and Australia, in the areas of adult education, work-based learning, marketing and creative industries management. He is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, which supports the professional and policy development of staff using educational technology. He is an experienced researcher, speaker and advocate specialising in pedagogical change, social media in education, the practices of making and community development and engagement in education and the creative industries. He co-leads the international Future Happens initiative, which uses innovative approaches to problem-solving and change management to engage the wider higher education sector in debates and research-informed conversations around technology, pedagogy and the future of the modern University.