The 2016 RMIT Learning and Teaching Conference


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Professor Peter Scott

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

University of Technology Sydney

Monday 24 October, 2016, 10:00am

Presentation Overview

The intersection of the future of learning and technologies

A presentation with a pragmatic focus on what will be workable in universities.


Professor Peter Scott is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Technology Sydney.

Peter was previously the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute of the UK's Open University.

He has a BA & PhD in Psychology. Before joining the Open University in 1995, he taught Psychology & Cognitive Science at the University of Sheffield, with a textbook in each of these subjects. From 2007-10 he was elected founding President of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning.

From 2008-12 Peter was the coordinator of STELLAR, the EU’s 7th Framework Network of Excellence in TEL. Peter's research group in the institute, prototypes the application of new technologies and media to learning.

Peter’s current research interests range widely across knowledge and media research. Three key threads are: telepresence; streaming media systems; and ubiquity.

In June 2008 he coordinated the launch of The Open University in iTunes U, which passed 60 Million international downloads in January 2013.

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @peter_scott

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Professor Belinda Tynan

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) & Vice President

RMIT University

Tuesday 25 October, 2016, 9:30am

Presentation Overview


Tuesday morning keynote presentation


As of May 9th, 2016 Professor Tynan assumed the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and Vice President at RMIT University.

Prior to joining RMIT Belinda was the Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning and Teaching Innovation at the Open University, UK. In that role she provided executive leadership in the areas of learning and teaching innovation. Her previous roles have included Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland, and Director of the research centre DEHub at the University of New England.

Professor Tynan holds an EdD from the University of Western Australia, a MEd in online learning from the University of Southern Queensland,  three Post Graduate Diplomas focused on: Secondary Education (ACU); Curriculum (UniMelb) and Higher Education (UNSW). Her Bachelor of Arts was completed at the University of Melbourne in history, music and drama.

Professor Tynan’s research interests are concentrated in the field of educational technologies, academic workload, student voices and academic professional development. She has 70+ refereed publications and is a frequently invited guest and keynote-speaker  and facilitator. You can find her work on

Belinda has more than thirty years of experience in the education sector in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.  She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the European Distance Education Network.

Belinda has also held a number of International and National Leadership roles.  She is on the editorial board of two major journals, until recently a non-executive director of the Executive Committee of the European Distance Education Network  (EDEN) and FutureLearn (UK);  on the board of the Menzies Centre at Kings College, London.  She additionally holds a two year appointment as a member of the Polytechnic Quality Assurance Framework (PQAF) External Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

You can also follow her on Twitter: minbrt

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Dr Jaclyn Broadbent

Senior Lecturer (Psychology) & Research Fellow

Deakin University

Tuesday 25 October, 2016, 10:15am

Presentation Overview

Case Study: Innovative Teaching Techniques for Improved Student Engagement in Large Classroom Environments 

This session will focus on creative ways overcome the problem of scale and increase engagement in large class environments. Using examples from her own large class of 2100 students annually, Jaclyn will talk about her use of ‘Intelligent Agents’ (automated emails) and SMS to track down and respond to student engagement, participation, and achievement that can be used to improve student retention. She will also focus on feedback for assessment as an important mechanism by which students can improve their work and make adjustments. Particular focus will be given to the audio and video feedback and how they can enhance the quality of feedback given to students. Lastly, Jaclyn will speak about her use of a Live Chat widget within her unit’s LMS site, discussing how it has increased student engagement and provide timely support to students.


Dr Jaclyn Broadbent specialises in large class teaching, annually teaching more than 2100 students at Deakin University.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, and a Leading Educator for the learning management platform D2L.

Jaclyn is passionate about delivering high-quality, challenging and supportive learning experiences for students, and has won several awards, including an Australian national learning and teaching citation for outstanding contribution to student learning, and a D2L Teaching Impact Award.

You can follow Jac on twitter: @JaqiBFT



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