TLC Asia Pacific Agenda

Wednesday, 18 August 2021


Main Track Sessions
*Timings are in AEST.
11:00 am Welcome to TLC Asia Pacific
Speaker: Nicole Wall, Senior Director, Global Client Experience, Blackboard
11:15 am Blackboard Corporate Keynote
12:00 pm Wellness Break
12:15 pm Meeting the Moment - Bringing Forward Innovations in In-Person, Blended, and Online Learning and Support
Speaker: Dr. Mark Milliron - Senior Vice President & Executive Dean of the Teachers College, Western Governors University

To many in education, this last year feels brutal and undeserved. Many are exhausted. Others are angry. Some have suffered devastating personal impacts. But rather than viewing this time as a cruel punishment of horrible happenstance, we should challenge ourselves to engage a process in service of our higher callings in education. We should take a beat, learn more about the inspiring work of our larger education community as together we used an array of in-person, blended, and online tools in innovative ways for learning and student support. In this session we’ll dive deep into these and related topics as we (1) confront the conflation of emergency remote learning with decades of digital-learning practice; (2) explore pandemic-inspired innovations from the pros and those freshly embracing digital tools; and (3) contemplate what we want to bring forward on the road ahead. Finally, we will discuss how we better connect to the aspirations and needs of our students, and figure out how together we can meet this moment and make the road ahead far better than the one behind.
1:00 pm Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Embracing Organisational Change, Excellence and Leadership
Track 2: Optimising the Student Experience
Track 3: Designing Innovative Digital Strategies
6:00 pm End of Day 1


Track 1: Embracing Organisational Change, Excellence and Leadership
*Timings are in AEST.
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Assimilation of EdTech Tools using MCL’s Innovative Learning Approach
Speaker: Roel Rodrigo, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Philippines
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Savour the Ultra Learning Experience: Adopting Blackboard
Speaker: Vivek Ghai, Chandigarh University, India
1:30 pm – 1:40 pm Managing Distance Education Using Blackboard During Covid-19 Pandemic
Speaker: Husna Hafiza R.Azami, UTMSPACE, Malaysia
1:50 pm – 2:20 pm Transitioning from Original to Ultra… and Collaborate: The Successes and Lessons Learned in Transitioning over 90% of Subjects to Ultra During a Year of Disruption
Speaker: Lauren Hives, Bond University, Australia
2:25 pm – 2:55 pm Reflections on the Adoption of Blackboard Ally at James Cook University
Speaker: Frances Cochrane, James Cook University, Australia
2:55 pm Break: Meet the Teaching & Learning Community
3:30 pm – 3:40 pm Shifting from Traditional Teaching to Online Teaching
Speaker: Lokesh Pawar, Chandigarh University, Australia
3:45 pm – 3:55 pm A Case Study on Conducting a Virtual Bootcamp Using Blackboard Learn
Speaker: Racheal Poh, INTI International University and Colleges, Malaysia
4:05 pm – 4:35 pm JCU's SaaS Ultra Journey, Beyond Transformation - Using Ultra Effectively
Speaker: Sharon Long, James Cook University, Australia
4:40 pm – 5:10 pm Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver – The Process of Creating Inspirational, Memorable, Engaging & Relevant Online Learning Experiences
Speaker: Michelle Katavatis & Lisa Griffith, University of Notre Dame Australia
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Panel Session: Client Experiences on Blackboard Learn Ultra
Moderator: Yvette Drager, Blackboard
Panelists: Shefali Verma, Chandigarh University, India
Emma Page, Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Toby Nutting, James Cook University, Australia
Lauren Hives, Bond University, Australia

Join this panel session to hear from clients who have made the move to Learn Ultra and their reasons for doing so.
- Institution-wide implementation strategies
- Benefits and drawbacks
- Issues faced and solutions
- What they would do differently if they were to do it again

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Track 2: Optimising the Student Experience
*Timings are in AEST.
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Optimizing the Student Experience through Gamification
Speaker: Debabrota Das, Pearl Academy, India
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Multimodal Assignment Feedback: Synchronous & Asynchronous Strategies for Supporting Learners Through Agile Learning
Speaker: Joel Louie, Jonathan Pillai, Harriet Perryer and Frank Gaschk, Curtin University, Australia
1:50 pm – 2:20 pm
Support and Training for Ultra Experience – CDU CEITE Experience
Speaker: Stefanija Klaric, Charles Darwin University, Australia
2:55 pm Break: Meet the Teaching & Learning Community
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm How to Boost the Student Experience: Redesign the Student Engagement Approach
Speaker: Rozana Ismail - Centre of Diploma Studies, UTMSPACE, Malaysia
4:05 pm – 4:35 pm Enhancing the Student Learning Experience with H5P
Speaker: Daniel Purdy, Western Sydney University, Australia
4:40 pm – 5:10 pm Graduating 21st Century Professional-Ready Vet Students: A Pilot Study
Speaker: Jaimee Hamilton, James Cook University, Australia
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Panel Session: The Rough End of the Pineapple: Student experiences of learning during the pandemic
Moderator: Jacqueline Bates, Blackboard
Panelists: Kiko, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, Philippines
Atiqah, UTMSPACE, Malaysia
Hikari, Tamagawa University, Japan
Jenny, University of Western Australia

This panel discussion will draw on the experiences of three students from Universities across APAC. Questions for our panelists will be crowd sourced from the education community using social media prior to the event. Understanding the sweet spots as well as the prickly challenges for students is what will help us to continue to rethink, redesign and improve the educational experience for learners. Join us for some honest, real world insights from a learner perspective.

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Track 3: Designing Innovative Digital Strategies
*Timings are in AEST.
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Sponsor Session
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm [Workshop] Changing the Game - Minecraft in Education
Speaker: Becky Keene, insight2execution

Minecraft is the world's best selling game of all time. Ever wonder why? The answer lies in the limitless learning opportunities available to players through creative builds, team problem solving, and highly engaging critical thinking. In this session, learn why games are so impactful and how any learning environment can be transformed through the power of play.

- Why games in education?
- What is Minecraft?
- Examples from secondary education / higher education
- How to play: the basics
- How to play together: multiplayer hosting
- How to get started with students
2:55 pm Break: Meet the Teaching & Learning Community
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Leveraging your Curriculum Management Database for Continuous Course Improvement
Speaker: Natalie Simper, Bond University, Australia

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Thursday, 19 August 2021


Main Track Sessions
*Timings are in AEST.
11:00 am Blackboard Teaching & Learning Innovation Roadmap
Speakers: Blackboard Product Management Team
11:50 am Wellness Break
12:05 pm Learning Agility and Innovation
Arun Pradhan, Co-Founder of Modelthinkers.com

Identify key trends in the future of work and the combinations of capabilities required to stay relevant and thrive as a result. Drawing on academic research, diverse domains, and industry practice, Arun will outline a range of 'learning and thinking hacks' that will improve agility and help to future-proof your career. This interactive session promises to challenge, entertain, and leave you with practical techniques to incorporate into your approach.
12:45 pm Sponsor Session: Current Trends and the Role of Technology in the Future of Education
Speaker: Ivan Gn, EdTech Technical Program Manager, Amazon Web Services

Join AWS as they share the global trends in the use of digital technology in higher education that they are observing and explain how the organization’s technologies and partners are helping educators usher in a new era. The session will conclude with some suggestions on what colleges and universities might focus on as they consider how best to take advantage of the digital opportunity.
1:15 pm Breakout Sessions
Track 4: Driving Learner Success Through Data and Analytics
Track 5: Assessment Strategies in the Online World
5:00 pm Blackboard Awards
5:30 pm Virtual Conference Social
6:30 pm End of Day 2

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Track 4: Driving Learner Success Through Data and Analytics
*Timings are in AEST.
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Analytics, Learning Ecosystems and Storms on the Horizon
Speaker: Aneesha Bakharia, The University Of Queensland, Australia
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Learning Foreign Language Using Mobile Applications in Enhancing Communication Fluency Among Young Professionals
Speaker: John Christian Espinola, Lyceum of the Philippines University
2:05 pm – 2:15 pm Developing Academic Capabilities in Using Data to Inform and Evaluate Teaching Practice
Speaker: Glenn Mason, Western Sydney University, Australia
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm Evaluating the Online Learners’ Experience: Engagement, Satisfaction, and Academic Performance
Speaker: Roel Rodrigo, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Philippines
2:40 pm – 3:10 pm Final Grades Made Easy: Bond University's Journey to an Efficient and Robust Process for Final Grades Ratification by Utilising Data from our SIS, CMS, and LMS and Managing it All with Grade Matter
Speaker: Lauren Hives, Bond University, Australia
3:10 pm Break: Meet the Teaching & Learning Community
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Sponsor Session - Intelliboard
4:05 pm – 4:15 pm
Sponsor Session
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm Awareness Generation and Adoption Journey of Blackboard Learn at SNU
Speaker: Manish Dhawan, Shiv Nadar University, India
4:40 pm – 4:50 pm Blackboard Learn and Social Internship under COVID-19: An Analysis Based on Case Study for Positive Youth Development
Speaker: Shalini Vohra, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India

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Track 5: Assessment Strategies in the Online World
*Timings are in AEST.
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Panel Session: Designing Effective Self- and Peer-Assessment Tasks for Varying Modes of Course Delivery
Moderator:Carol Miles, Blackboard
Panelists: Prof. Karen Benson, University of Queensland, Australia
Prof. Michael Sankey, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Natalie Simper, Bond University, Australia
Dr. Hwei Ming Wong, National Institute of Education, Singapore

As universities move further away from traditional assessments and begin to integrate more authentic assessment reflecting future workplace needs, the use of critical self-assessment and peer assessment tasks are being increasingly applied in both online and face-to-face environments. This panel discussion will focus on the validity and reliability of these assessment methods, as well as the forms of technology that will enable their successful delivery to students learning in varying modes.
2:05 pm – 2:35 pm Current Trends in Online Delivery and Assessment in Australia and New Zealand
Speaker: Michael Sankey, Charles Darwin University, Australia
2:40 pm – 3:10 pm Journeying from Traditional to Online Assessments: My Challenges and Triumphs
Speaker: Caroline Yap, Sunway University, Malaysia
3:10 pm Break: Meet the Teaching & Learning Community
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Panel Session: The Place of Proctoring Tools in Hybrid Teaching
Moderator: Nick Benwell, Blackboard
Panelists: Bill Searle, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Ravindra Yatagiri, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India

Proctoring tools provide institutions with the ability to securely run online assessments, even when learners are working remotely. However, increasingly instructors are considering the role and methods of assessment in their courses to include assessments that are more suited to hybrid course delivery models. What is the place of proctoring tools in a time of hybrid teaching practice? The panel will discuss use cases and scenarios related to this topic.
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm Pivoting to Open-Book Assessment for Tourism Modules: Considerations for Assessment Design and Development of Higher Order Thinking
Speaker: Joshua Loh, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
4:40 pm – 4:50 pm Embracing Alternative Assessment to Incorporate Students' Learning Experiences in Online Education
Speaker: Norazlina Mohd Yasin, UTMSPACE, Malaysia

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