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Program

9.10am - 9.15am
Nina Bekker
ACEVic

ACEVic Welcome

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

9.15am - 9.20am
Pro. John Evans
Swinburne

Acknowledgement  of Country

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

9.20am - 9.30am
The Hon. Gayle Tierney MP 
Minister for Skills and TAFE, Minister for Regional Development

Welcome from Minister

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

9.30am - 9.45am
Dr Teresa De Fazio OAM
ACFE Board Chairperson

ACFE Board Welcome

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

9.45am - 10.00am
Nina Bekker
ACEVic

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

10.00am - 10.45am
Mike Rolls
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Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

10.45am - 11.15am

Morning Tea

Foyer

11.15am - 12.00pm

CEO/Leadership Forum - Executive Exchange

Invite Only

11.15am - 12.00pm
Rob Garrard
Cire

Explore the use of technology to revolutionise the way students can learn and interact in an educational setting.

AGSE 109

11.15am - 12.00pm
Darlene McLennen
ADCET

Unlock the Power of Inclusive Learning: A Practical Guide to Universal Design for Learning 

AGSE 107/108

12.00pm - 12.45pm
Matthew Dale
Audit Express/Educonomy 

Discover a world of accessible technology designed to enhance Adult Community Education (ACE) programs 

AGSE 109

12.00pm - 12.45pm
Grant Snowden
Small Business Mentoring

Strategic Planning - the Why, How and Help

AGSE 107/108

12.45pm - 1.30pm

Lunch

Foyer

1.30pm - 2.15pm
Damien Stinson
Howden Group

Creating safe communities in the adult education sector: Does this include employees? A Case study applying practical strategies that address current and emerging workforce risks. 

AGSE 107/108

1.30pm - 2.15pm
Danny Sun Baulch
Amaze

Positive Outcomes for Learners with Autism: Engagaing learners, Environmental Audit 

AGSE 109

2.15pm - 3.00pm
Lee-Anne Hunt and Tegan Rose
Hunt and Rose

Be the Spark: Inspire with Values and Trust

AGSE 107/108

2.15pm - 3.00pm
Giselle Sim 
Iss Fellowship

Making wellbeing in the Classroom: Social and Emotional Learning in Adult Education

AGSE 109

3.00pm - 3.30pm

Afternoon Tea

Foyer

3.30pm - 4.15pm
Louisa Ellum
Swinburne

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

4.15pm - 4.30pm
Nina Bekker 
ACEVic

ACEVic Closing and evaluation -
Thank you!

Lecture Theatre AGSE 202

Session Briefs

Celebrate Adult Community Education 

Jim Mullan 

Jim will speak to the positive impact the Adult Community Education sector has provided to the community and learners. 


Jim is passionate about the benefits and positive change the ACE sector has made and wants to celebrate our achievements and impact on the community.

Keynote - Amputate Dead Weight 

Mike Rolls

Mike’s personal experiences with amputation and how the thought process of these experiences can apply and positively benefit each of us in everyday situations. This keynote will deliver Mikes very own formula of simplification that leads to greater personal and professional success.


Mike has developed a unique, practical method of “Simplification” we can all apply to our lives. He will challenge you to ask the hard questions, prompting you to consider the things in your life that don’t serve you. A simple message that really packs a punch.


Be it personal or professional, we can enhance our ability to power through anything from a hiccup to a crisis.
“Amputate Dead Weight” to ignite greater levels of personal and professional success.

Break out 1 - Explore the use of technology to revolutionize the way students can learn and interact in an educational setting

Rob Garrard

This session will look at using technology as an immersive tool for learning in a new qualification being developed for the ECEC sector.  Developing a Pathway for students into ECEC. 


Rob will give an insight into utilising state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) equipment and Robot Babies simulating industry standards, work experience and focusing on employment outcomes.  Supporting students to be work ready with realistic industry expectations. 


Students can explore virtual environments and use their creativity in ways not possible in traditional classrooms. 


Is Virtual Reality (VR) the way of the future in education? 

Break out 2 - Unlock the Power of Inclusive Learning: A Practical Guide to Universal Design for Learning

Darlene McLennan

Join Darlene McLennan, manager of the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) in this interactive session where attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of UDL and how to apply them in their educational settings. UDL is a framework that helps create flexible learning environments to accommodate diverse learners and their unique needs.


Key takeaways from the session include:

  • An overview of the principles of UDL

  • Practical strategies and tools for implementing UDL

  • Case studies demonstrating the benefits of UDL for both learners and educators

  • Guidance on how to get started with UDL and overcome common challenges

  • Attendees will leave this session equipped with the confidence to create more inclusive, accessible, and engaging learning experiences for all their students

Break out 3 - Discover a world of accessible technology designed to enhance Adult Community Education (ACE) programs 

Matthew Dale

Discover a world of accessible technology designed to enhance Adult Community Education (ACE) programs. This session explores a range of free, affordable and easy to use digital tools that can revolutionise how engaging and effective your course content is, without stretching your resources.


Key Takeaways:

  • Demystifying EdTech: Explore a range of free, affordanble and easy to use edtech solutions that can enhance online learning experiences.

  • Creative Content on a Budget: Learn how to leverage these tools to create innovative course materials, including the integration of basic virtual reality elements.

  • Practical Demonstrations: Watch live demonstrations of how these technologies can be applied in an ACE setting, showcasing real-world applications.

  • Community Collaboration: Discuss strategies for sharing resources and best practices within the ACE provider community to foster a collaborative approach to technology adoption.


Target Audience: Educators, program coordinators, and content creators in the ACE sector looking to expand their toolkit for designing and delivering courses online.

Break out 4 - Strategic Planning: the Why, How and Help

Grant Snowden

Preparing a strategy is either a chore or an opportunity. Grant prefers to see it as the latter and his presentation will cover areas that he believes will assist those who are reviewing or working on their strategy. The content will include such topics as overall, why (what is our objective), alignment, how to start, attitude, help, gory details, benefits, questions and audience input, and finally conclusion. He hopes his presentation, discussion and audience participation will be enjoyable learning for both attendees and himself, and reduce the stress in preparing any next Strategy.

Break out 5 - Creating safe communities in the adult education sector

Damien Stinson

In this session, we will explore how safety for employees is an integral part of creating safe learning communities in the adult education sector. Using a case study within the adult learning industry, we will delve into the implementation of practical strategies that address:
 

  • Getting started: how to understand your workforce risk gaps using an integrated management system approach and other tools to get you started.

  • The types of risks faced by organisations and its employees in the adult education sector, including physical risks, psychological hazards, current and emerging risks;

  • The importance of a safety vision and a values-based approach in setting an effective safety culture

  • Leadership engagement and accountability: setting the tone and the standard.

  • Workforce engagement and buy-in: creating trust in the process.

  • How a proactive safety culture reduces risks in the education sector i.e. staff attraction/retention, psychosocial risk.

  • Measuring success, reward/recognition and creating a continuous improvement framework

Break out 6 - Positive Outcomes for Learners with Autism: Engagaing learners, Environmental Audit 

Danny Sun Baulch

This session will explore environmental elements that can support Autistic learners as well as practical tips on how best to engage Autistic people in learning to cater for their diverse needs.

  • Environmental Audit - what does an inviting classroom look like? What environmental factors encourage active participation/learning. What may not encourage active participation/learning. 

  • Strategies to engage learners with autism in learning and stay engaged. Practical strategies and what this may look like. 

Break out 7 - Be the Spark: Inspire with Values and Trust

Lee-Anne Hunt and Tegan Rose

Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level and ignite inspiration within your team? We invite you to join us for an exciting and interactive presentation on "Be the Spark: Inspire with Values and Trust."
 
In this fast-paced and fun session, you'll unlock secrets to becoming a leader who ignites inspiration and fosters trust within your team. Through a whirlwind of dynamic activities, captivating discussions, and hands-on tips, we’ll explore:
 

  • Bringing organizational values to life in your daily actions and decisions.

  • Common perception gaps and how to bridge them for a more inspiring leadership style.

  • Strengthening trust and collaboration within your team through small, impactful steps.

 

Whether you're a seasoned leader or just starting out on your leadership journey, this presentation promises to introduce you to some tools and inspiration you need to create a positive impact and drive success in your organization. Don't miss out on this opportunity to become the spark that ignites greatness in your team!

Break out 8 - Making wellbeing in the Classroom: Social and Emotional Learning in Adult Education

Giselle Sim 

In this session Giselle will run through findings from her fellowship and on social enterprise models discovered overseas through the Fellowship journey. Participants will hear of real life examples applied at Cloverdale Community Centre, the benefits outside of just earning money, and tips to consider before starting your own social enterprise in the Australian context.

Strengthen our impact through partnerships and collaborations

Louisa Ellum

Louisa’s interactive session will offer some new, sector drawn insights into how our adult and tertiary education and training eco-system, and specifically the Learn Local sector, can really demonstrate impact and strengthen its work through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

Louisa’s recent doctoral work explores the nature of partnerships in the work of flexible learning providers to inform a model of partnering and collaboration that can potentially transform future ways of working with impact and a focus on organisation and sector capability building. This session will allow participants the time to share their work, discuss challenges and opportunities and build a plan of attack through learning and understanding what the foundational enabling factors of impactful collaborations and partnerships are.

Key areas covered:

· Creating Learn Local impact through partnerships and collaborations

· The education eco-system approach – the power of place

· Exploration of the four foundation enablers of impactful partnering

· Practical examples of collaboration and partnership approaches to strengthen organisational and educational capacity and capabilities.

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