An archive of our events from 2015



The NSIP Interoperability Challenge

EduTECH 2015

NSIP will be running the Interoperability Challenge at EduTECH again this year. It's a great opportunity to showcase the best and most exciting developments in education technology to the CIOs of every state, territory and sector.

To find out how the Challenge works and what we're looking for, please watch the slide deck below. If you think you're up for the Challenge you can then fill in our online application form.


Here's the 2 minute overview of the Interoperabiltiy Challenge for 2015:


and now you've read that, if you'd like to be considered for the Challenge, please complete our online application form here:


There are 16 places available for successful applicants, applications will close on 11th May, and winners will be notiifed by 15th May. 

Good Luck! 

We look forward to seeing you at EduTECH in June.


More Information on the Interoperability Challenge

NSIP will be at Edutech 2015, Brisbane Exhibition Centre, June 2nd and 3rd 

EduTECH® is the Southern Hemisphere's largest education congress and ed tech expo and is in 2015 expected to attract over 8,000 attendees and will once again host 8 congresses, 8 post-congress masterclasses, and an expo of 250 exhibits. Details on EduTECH 2015 availible at:


As part of EduTech 2015, NSIP will be running the CIOs Interoperability Challenge event.


What is the Interoperability Challenge?

An opportunity for you to explain to education CIOs from around Australia how your product adds value to education as part of an interconnected digital learning ecosystem. It follows on from the highly successful CIO’s ‘Interoperability Tour’ conducted at EduTECH 2014.
Should I apply?
CIOs are interested in products that work together to deliver tangible education benefits while also helping to manage costs and risk. They’ll be interested in hearing from you if your product or service offers:
Innovation - Do you create new opportunities and insights that improve learning and teaching or reduce administrative burden through the smart use of data? Can you show how you impact student outcomes? 
Interoperability – How well does your product work with others? Can you show how learners and teachers benefit from your product being part of a digital learning ecosystem? How does your product help customers future-proof their investment in data, systems and training?
Mobility - Do you travel well? Can your product provide value to the individual as they navigate the world of continuous learning, using multiple devices in varying contexts? Does your product enable secure access to valuable information anytime, anywhere?
If you believe you have a great story to tell because your strengths in any one or (especially) all of these, then YES you should definitely apply
What happens next?
You can register an expression of interest to be considered for the Interoperabilty Challenge as part of your registration for Edutech 2015, for details visit the EduTEch site
Prior to EduTECH the NSIP team will contact all those expressing interest in the Interoperability Challenge to provide further details about the things CIOs are looking for in ICT products as well providing information about great progress being made with system interoperability for school education across Australia. This includes the benefits for school communities, school authorities and product vendors through the adoption of nationally agreed interoperability standards.
Vendors will then be invited to enter the Challenge with an online submission describing how their product delivers results as part of an integrated digital learning ecosystem. Selected vendors will have the opportunity pitch their products to CIOs at the EduTECH 2015 Expo. 

SIF A4L Community Meeting 2015

When: Tuesday 17th November
Where:  Lvl 8, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm 
Registration: This event is now closed

The SIF A4L Community Meeting is about bringing the SIF community together to re-cap 2015 and discuss issues and opportunities in Australia around the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF). Following the community meeting we will hold the SIF A4L annual meeting with an introduction from the Execution Director / CEO of A4L Global Larry Fruth. The results of the election for the SIFAAMB board and Data Standards Working Group (DSWG) will also be announced.

There will also be industry networking.

Draft Program

Time Topic
8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee
9:00am Introduction, Welcome, Housekeeping & Introduction
9:05am Keynote Presentation: "Integration as a Service"  - Matt Farmer
10:15am International Update - Larry Fruth
10:40am Morning tea
11:00am Members Stories
11:45am Learning Services Architecture 
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Data Standards Working Group (DSWG) Meeting
- Spec 3.4 discussion
- Code Set - Vocabs demonstration
- Key Functionality 3.2
- Changes

The Year Ahead - AU projects and initiatives:
- NAPLAN online Update
- Privacy framework
- National use cases

3:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm Conference Wrap-up

Annual Meeting

4:30pm Chairman's address, election outcomes, strategic directions and community round up 
5:30pm Networking with vendors and CIOs

NSIP Stakeholder Conference 2015: Making a Difference with Data

When: Wednesday 18th November
Where: The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 5pm 

Enquiries: Please email


The conference aimed to create a shared understanding of how we can make the best use of the data, information tools, connectivity and collaboration afforded by digital technologies to improve learning outcomes for young Australians. The program began with a keynote from Professor John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute and included panel discussions and presentations from leading educators, policy makers and IT solution providers from all States and Territories. The program also included round table discussions providing an opportunity to set goals for improving the way we use data to better support individual learners and pursue national goals for improvement across the school education sector.

An outline of the program with links to the presentations follows.


Conference Chair: Peter Titmanis, Executive Director, Innovation, Dept of Education and Training, WA 

8:00am Registration
9:00am Opening Keynote: "Optimising the power of data" - Professor John Hattie
Panel - Connecting with learning
The growing emphasis on individualised learning and uptake of online tools for learning, assessment and reporting demands improved capabilities for managing student data and for exchanging data securely with online service providers. This panel will examine recent developments and new options for connecting students effectively to the modern, digitally enabled learning environment.
Session Chair: Mark Huxley, CIO, ACT Education and Training Directorate
10:45am Morning tea
Panel - Evidence of learning
Learning occurs in many contexts and comprehensively collecting evidence of learning and learner progress is a challenge for educators.  Whilst technology is contributing to the diversity of learning experiences and in some ways contributing to the challenge it also offers some solutions. The panel will highlight new approaches to gathering evidence as well as the benefits of taking some traditional approaches online.
Session Chair: Susan Mann, CEO, Education Services Australia.
12:00pm Lunch 
1:00pm Learning Impact Awards
Panel - Making sense and making a difference
With increasing volumes data come the challenges of collation, interpretation and choice between courses of action that will assist learners. The panel will review tools that teachers, parents and policy makers will use and the skills they will need to make good use of data to support learning and pursue targets for improvement.
Session Chair: Jenny Donovan, GM Strategic Information and Reporting, NSW Department of Education
3:15pm Table workshops
3:45pm Conference wrap-up and Announcement of Learning Impact Winners
4:30pm - 5.30pm Networking session


Thanks to all those who participated.

Please forward any enquiries or suggestions to


Australian Regional Finals 2016 Learning Impact Award Winners

The Australian Regional Finals 2016 were held in Melboure on Wednesday 18th November at the NSIP "Making a Difference with Data" Stakeholder Conference.

The top three successful entries are automatically entered into the Learning Impact Awards in San Antonio in May 2016. The winners were:

People's Choice Award - Katrina Beams, Department of Education Tasmania
Winner of the Australian Regional 2016 Learning Impact Awards - Katrina Beams, Department of Education Tasmania
Second Place - Con Athanasiou, Western Sydney University
Third place - Jo Tate, Global Lync Department of Education and Training Victoria
The Australian Regional Encouragement Award went to Hayley Schirmer, Albert Park College.


Learning Impact Awards 

The IMS Learning Impact Awards seek to reward products, services and projects which either directly or indirectly have a positive impact on learning. The degree of impact can be both in depth and/or in breadth:

  • Does it deepen an individual's capacity to learn in an efficient manner? 
  • Does it have wide geographic application? 
  • Does it facilitate learning for a large number of people across an institution, a system or a country? 

Entries can nominate up to three categories from the following list to be considered under:

  • Education Pathways, Portfolios, and Learning Maps
  • Scaling Pedagogical Knowledge and Practice
  • Blended Learning Optimization
  • Student Success and Outcomes-Based Learning Support Services
  • e-Collaborative Learning
  • Educational Application, Content, and Media Infrastructure
  • Digital Learning Networks
  • Adaptive Learning, Online Homework, and Formative Assessment
  • Gaming, Simulation, and Immersive Learning
  • Learning Platform Innovation
  • Digital Resource, e-Text, Learning App Innovation, and Analytics

The awards consider entries under product/service maturity in terms of: Established, New and Research.

The criteria are important in terms of forming a view as to the impact. The categories are:

  • Access: Includes both access for more people but also greater convenience for learners
  • Affordability: Includes efficiencies and cost reduction ( including reduced travel costs)
  • Quality: Includes learning and assessment, leading to better higher level learning outcomes
  • Adoption: Includes how many how widespread how comprehensive
  • Accountability: Includes analytics on learning outcomes, costs, comparisons
  • Organisational Learning: Includes competency development and sharing best practice
  • Interoperability: Includes use of standards, ease of connectivity to other systems/services
  • Innovation: Includes superiority comparison, newness of approach, radical improvement

Australian Regional Awards

  1. Applications must be made online at by COB on 6 November 2015.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be required to make a four minute pitch to the judging panel between 1.00 pm and 2.00pm on 18 November 2015.
  3. Judging will take place in Melbourne in conjunction with the Making a Difference with Data conference.
  4. Presentations can be live at the conference venue, delivered on line or pre-recorded. 

Winners of the Regional Awards in 2015 will automatically qualify for the finals of the 2016 Learning Impact awards which will be judged at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas 23-26 May 2016. 

The Learning Impact Awards are auspiced by the IMS Global Learning Consortium and supported in Australia by the National Schools Interoperability Program.

Enquiries regarding the Regional Awards should be directed to Dennis Macnamara.

Full information about the Learning Impact Awards and Learning Impact Report can be found at:

Case Studies

Education Services Australia: The language Learning Space 2015 Platinum Medal
Education Services Australia have customized their Language Learning Space to provide students an exciting world of challenges in an immersive “graphic novel” environment to practice Indonesian and Chinese language skills in context.

Makers Empire 2015 Bronze Medal
Makers Empire - Bringing 3D Printing to Primary Schools around the World - The Makers Empire Learning Program provides teachers everything needed to start 3D printing with students as young as age 5.

Gordon Institute 2014: Silver Medal
Broadband-Enabled Traineeships in Interactive Design: Lightmare Studios and The Gordon teamed up on a pilot educational model developed for Years 10 and 11 secondary school students to deliver traineeships in an interactive game design.

Smart Sparrow 2013: Silver Medal
Adaptive Learning platform that won silver under New and Emerging Initiatives category and has since gone on to open an office in North America.

For full list of 2015 winners see

For full report on previous successful entries see