An archive of our events from 2015
- The NSIP Interoperability Challenge: EduTECH 2015
- SIF A4L Community Meeting 2015
- NSIP Stakeholder Conference 2015: Making a Difference with Data
- Australian Regional Finals 2016 Learning Impact Award Winners
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.
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: http://www.edutech.net.au/
As part of EduTech 2015, NSIP will be running the CIOs Interoperability Challenge event.
What is the Interoperability Challenge?
|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|
|11:45am||Learning Services Architecture|
|1:30pm||Data Standards Working Group (DSWG) Meeting
- Spec 3.4 discussion
- Code Set - Vocabs demonstration
- Key Functionality 3.2
The Year Ahead - AU projects and initiatives:
|4:30pm||Chairman's address, election outcomes, strategic directions and community round up|
|5:30pm||Networking with vendors and CIOs
When: Wednesday 18th November
Where: The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Time: 8.30am - 5pm
Enquiries: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|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
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.
|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
|3:45pm||Conference wrap-up and Announcement of Learning Impact Winners|
|4:30pm - 5.30pm||Networking session|
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
- Applications must be made online at http://www.imsglobal.org/eform/submit/learning-impact-awards-2016-regi by COB on 6 November 2015.
- 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.
- Judging will take place in Melbourne in conjunction with the Making a Difference with Data conference.
- 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.
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: http://www.imsglobal.org/lili/awards.html
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. http://youtu.be/35Fuz9G_GdY
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crJFtRkCCCo
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. https://www.smartsparrow.com/
For full list of 2015 winners see http://www.imsglobal.org/learning-impact-award-2015-winners
For full report on previous successful entries see http://www.imsglobal.org/sites/default/files/LIA/LIA2014Report.pdf