Academic Leadership Forum
Hosted by Blackboard and Western Sydney University
Academic Leadership Forum
Tuesday, August 20th
8:30am-5:00pm | Forum Program and Site Visit
5:00pm-10:00pm | Boat Cruise and Dinner
Academic Leadership Forum
About the event
We are once again hosting the fourth annual Blackboard Academic Leadership Forum and we look forward to welcoming University leaders from across Australia & New Zealand as well as members from the Blackboard senior executive team.
Hosted in conjunction with Western Sydney University, this one-day forum provides opportunities for sector leaders to delve into current and future challenges and educational trends impacting universities in the Asia Pacific region. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Education as a Business'.
This invitation-only event will include presentations and panel sessions designed to encourage open discussion. We also will be including a site visit of the new Western Sydney University City Campus, the Peter Shergold Building.
We hope you can join us on Tuesday 20 August, 2019 at Western Sydney University, Parramatta South campus from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
The day will be followed by a private boat cruise with drinks and canapés back to Sydney with dinner at Quay Restaurant.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rochelle Vincent, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a world-class university, Western Sydney University prides itself on challenging the traditional notion of what a university should be and is globally recognised for its research strengths and innovations in teaching. We are deeply embedded in the community and region we serve, which is Australia’s fastest growing economy and the focus of the nation’s largest infrastructure projects.
Western Sydney University is dedicated to ensuring our students – 65 per cent of whom are the first in their family to attend university – enjoy the best and most dynamic learning experience possible. From our award-winning tech-infused vertical campuses in key locations, to the forward-focused reworking of our teaching methodologies, Western Sydney University is preparing students for the future.
Recent rankings show it is working, companies rate our graduates number one in NSW and second in Australia for overall employer satisfaction. The University is one of the world’s top 500 universities in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, and in the top two per cent of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. These rankings continue to ensure we attract high quality students from over 70 countries to our campuses here in Australia.
We are also a research leader, achieving global impact, supported by 80 per cent of our research in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment named as "world standard" or above.
We have a network of sites across Greater Western Sydney and beyond – including 10 teaching campuses, many embedded in CBD locations. Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019, Western Sydney University has grown to more than 48,000 students, 3,000 staff, and a strong cohort – both locally and globally – of more than 180,000 alumni.
We are proud to be included amongst the world’s most innovative and vibrant universities that push boundaries and set new standards in higher education.
Depart Rydges World Square
Transfer to Western Sydney University South Campus
8:15 - 8:30
Registration and arrival tea & coffee
8:30 - 8:40
Opening and Welcome to Country
Speaker: Yves Dehouck / Vice President of Asia Pacific / Blackboard
8:40 - 9:00
Welcome Address by Host Institution
Speaker: Professor Scott Holmes / Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor / Western Sydney University
9:00 - 9:40
[Presentation] Our Kodak moment - Customers, KPI’s and other corruptible concepts
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the “Academic” - pedagogy, course content development, delivery and analytics, and “Corporate” - student experience; admissions, transition success, student support, worlds have to work synergistically and are actually well equipped to do just that if we can move beyond our Single Lens Reflex world.
Kevin Bell, WSU Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital Futures, and Michael Burgess, WSU Chief Student Experience Officer, will present on the developing world of higher education and some of the systems, projects and thinking that are currently driving change at Western Sydney University.
They will argue, with each other and the audience, that without these transitions, Higher Education runs the risk of fading as a life-choice for future career seekers and, without change, that we will see them rapidly (and soon) move towards customer-centric, tailored, just in time, personalised, relevant education.
A lively debate is expected.
9:40 - 10:25
[Presentation] Education as a business: Implications for universities
Speaker: Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (PhD) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) / LaTrobe University
Higher education institutions are increasingly challenged to perform several roles simultaneously – from provision of transformative educational experiences and outcomes in partnership with students and industry, to engaging with digital disruption, to competing on the world’s stage in discovery of new knowledge and so much more. All this, in an environment of policy uncertainty, declining public investment in higher education and the imperative to maintain and assure quality and standards in a competitive globalised knowledge economy. In such an environment, university leaders have no option but to engage in dual transformation, ambidextrously transforming their core business while contemplating what future transformations might be required to create tomorrow.
This presentation will draw on contemporary organisational change research to challenge participants to engage in ‘day after tomorrow’ thinking as we pose three fundamental questions:
10:25 - 10:55
10:55 - 11:35
[Presentation] The Era of Intelligence
Speaker: Professor Jill Downie / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) / Curtin University
AI has become pervasive in daily lives, giving rise to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), and is bringing human history to a new era where humans need to live and work together with AI. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to alter education tools and institutions and changing what the future might look like in education.
This keynote will address the following:
- In which ways will AI revolutionize the delivery and management of education and learning?
- How can we use AI and machine learning to analyse learning patterns and optimise learning processes with a view to improving learning outcomes?
- How can we ensure learners are equipped as graduates for the future workforce?
11:35 - 13:05
[Workshop] Exploring 5 Scenarios for the Future of Education
Speaker: Maria Spies / Co-Found and Managing Director / HolonIQ
While not always visible to the naked eye, fundamental shifts are happening in the education sector globally. Will the innovations we’re making in our own contexts keep up with what’s needed in the world of 2030? Indeed, will our current education models remain relevant into the future?This interactive keynote will address the following:
- What are the global forces shaping the future of education?
- How will the rapidly changing world of work impact how we learn?
- What might education look like in 2030?
This presentation will explore 5 Scenarios for the Future of Education and unpack the global drivers that are currently shaping the education landscape. The presentation will ‘deep dive’ into the key drivers, examining new models that are emerging, along with case studies that exemplify these trends. The audience will have an opportunity to engage with the 5 Scenarios and consider implications for their work. A keynote address will be followed by a plenary group activity to explore the implications of future scenarios.
13:05 - 14:05
14:05 - 14:50
[Presentation] Human and Artificial Cognition - The role of higher education in an automating world
Speaker: Professor George Siemens / Director, Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning / University of South Australia
The social, technological, and economic change pressures facing society are forecast to significantly impact higher education. To date, these pressures have resulted in increased calls for accountability, added numerous new hardware and software platforms to the university’s repertoire of teaching, and increased calls for reductions in the overall cost of a university degree. In response, universities have pursued a range of initiatives ranging from MOOCs to bootcamps, to corporate lifelong learning. On the horizon, a new challenge is emerging in the form of artificial intelligence. Pundits, critics, and supporters are debating how AI impacts society and the human condition. For educators and university leaders, this presents vital questions around how to anticipate and plan for learning needs where humans and artificial cognition will work together in the production of knowledge.
This presentation will provide an overview of cognitive processes and where AI can be anticipated to have it’s greatest impact in the university and the types of future skills and mindsets that graduates will need to succeed in complex, ambiguous, and chaotic future knowledge environments.
14:50 - 15:20
Speaker: Kathy Vieira / Chief Portfolio Officer / Blackboard
15:20 - 15:25
15:25 - 15:45
Depart Western Sydney University South Campus
Arrive Western Sydney University City Campus Tour of Campus
Leave WSU City Campus
Arrive Homebush Wharf
17:10 - 18:40
Private Charter Boat
Dinner at Quay Restaurant
Parramatta South Campus
Female Orphan School (Building EZ)
Western Sydney University,
Cnr Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive,