Events and Sessions April and May 2017

Note: New events and sessions are regularly added.

Presentation and Demonstration: Increasing students’ academic performance and engagement through push notifications, digital badges and leaderboards: Is there an app for that?

A combined BCEL (Building Capacity for Enhanced Learning) and BER@D (Business Education Research at Deakin) presentation and demonstration by Professor Dan Hunter, Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School and Dr Grainne Oates, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Swinburne Business School:

The presentation is based on Quitch – an innovative mobile app with various gamification elements to enhance the first-year student experience. The app has now been adopted in several universities with student feedback being very positive. The presenters will discuss their research findings on its impact on students’ academic performance and engagement as well as providing hands-on demonstration of the mobile app.

Date and Time: Friday 26th May at 2:00pm to 3:00pm, with light refreshments starting at 1:30pm.

Location: Elgar Rd Burwood (LB3.210), Waterfront (AD3.131), Warrnambool (J4.20) and VMP (39325)
Please contact BL Learning Innovations for registration.
Presenter Bio:Professor Dan Hunter – Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School

Professor Dan Hunter is the founding dean of Swinburne Law School. He is an international expert in internet law, intellectual property and cognitive science models of law. He holds a PhD from Cambridge on the nature of legal reasoning, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University and a Master of Laws by research from the University of Melbourne.

He has taught at QUT Law School, the University of Melbourne Law School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, Deakin University, and New York Law School, where he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law.

Professor Hunter regularly publishes on the theory of intellectual property and on the intersection of computers and law. His most recent books have been The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Intellectual Property (OUP, 2012), Amateur Media (Routledge, 2012) and two books on gamification, The Gamification Toolkit (Wharton Digital, 2015) and For The Win (Wharton Digital, 2012) (the latter of which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese).

His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Australian Research Council. He has been a judge for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization and is the recipient of a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, a Smithsonian Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, a Herchel Smith Research Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law, and a Science Commons Fellowship.

His research is focused on cultural histories of intellectual property in the postwar period, including work on LEGO bricks, Barbie dolls, modernist furniture, and the social significance of luxury handbags.

Dr. Grainne Oates – Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Swinburne Business School

Dr Grainne Oates is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Swinburne University of Technology. She specialises in teaching introductory and management accounting at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Her primary research interests are decision-making in local government, including how the quality of councillors impact on performance, both environmental performance and also on the quality of accounting earnings of local governments. Grainne also publishes on topics relating to learning and teaching with a special focus on teaching innovations to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. She recently developed an app with various gamification elements to enhance the first year student experience. The app has now been adopted in a number of other disciplines across the University. Student feedback has been very positive. Grainne is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government (JCIBG). Prior to joining academia Grainne had a successful 13 year career in the pharmaceutical industry working for CSL.

Please contact Dr Leanne Ngo, Learning Innovations for further information.

Designing online activities – 3 May 2017


Online interactions are key to ensuring student engagement and achievement in online learning. The term ‘interaction’ is largely not understood (Su et al, 2005).
In this seminar we explore what online interaction could mean and support you to develop an online activity for your content.

Please register here

  • Date – Wed. 3 May 2017
  • Time – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Locations
    • Waterfront: *F DEAKIN Video Mtg Room AD5.005
    • Warrnambool: *W DEAKIN Video Mtg Room A3.41
    • Waurn Ponds: *G DEAKIN Video Mtg Room IC3.315
    • Burwood: Burwood Corporate Centre (Please ask at reception)
    • VMP: *VMP DLF 1 36948

Information Governance Forum at the Melbourne Burwood Campus – 2 May 2017

Dear Burwood staff,

After successful events at the Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool Campuses, the Information Governance Forum is now coming to Burwood.  Staff are invited to attend this event on the Burwood campus on Tuesday 2 May.

 The session will cover common challenges around copyright, freedom of information and cyber security, and provide an overview of Information Governance at Deakin.

Spaces are limited to 70 staff, so please let us know if you are attending by emailing We will schedule additional sessions over the next few weeks if there is high demand.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017
  • Time: 11.15am
  • Location: Burwood Corporate Centre (ask at reception for room allocation)


11:15 – Tea and coffee


11:30 – Welcome and introduction

Craig Anderson, University Librarian

Getting Started with Information Governance

Adelaide Parr, Information Manager

Information is a corporate asset – and needs to be managed as such. This session will discuss the foundations of Information Governance and compliant Information Management. More than just knowing what information you have, where it is and what you need to do with it, this session will explore the legislative environment around information, and aim to give you the knowledge to both meet compliance requirements and to promote information optimisation and good information governance practices for yourself and your team.

Copyright and traffic jams have something in common …

Astrid Bovell, Copyright Manager

Copyright isn’t rocket science, but it’s not exactly straight forward either.  Knowledge is power and understanding copyright is a powerful tool to ensure that your teaching, research, presenting and publishing experiences are less stressful and more professional.  Find out what you don’t know and how to get the help you need.

Freedom of Information and what it means for you

Sandra Mussett, FOI Officer

Deakin University is a government agency and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. As a Deakin employee any record that you create – whether an email, report, Skype message or even a mobile phone text message on a Deakin handset – is potentially releasable to an applicant. This session with help you to understand Freedom of Information and your obligations as a Deakin employee.

Information Security

Darren McKemmish, IT Security Manager

Everyone is now talking about Cyber Security. From well publicised hacks, such as Yahoo, through to malware that encrypts every file on your PC, there are lots of ways that Deakin information can be lost or exposed. This presentation will outline what Cyber Security means, how Deakin is addressing it and what you can do to play your part in protecting Deakin’s information.

DeakinREVOLUTION: the Information Governance Project

Adelaide Parr, Information Manager

Have you heard the REVOLUTION is coming? This session will give you an update on the current state of the DeakinREVOLUTION project, and an overview of the project itself – a new way of managing information at Deakin.

12:50 – Wrap up and close


Course Director’s Day – 3 April 2017

Professor Beverley Oliver, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, is hosting three Course Directors’ Strategy Days on 3 April, 11 August and 10 October this year with three different themes.
The first one on 3 April is about learning design. We will have an overarching strategic discussion in the morning to update course leaders on current University initiatives. Our focus in this meeting is to unpack what online classes, including FutureLearn and Cloud campus, mean for you as a Course Director. What are the trends and opportunities?  How can we prepare ourselves to break this new ground? In the afternoon, you will work with your ADTLs in your faculties to address the use of explicit learning design or learning from Annual Course Review.
Course Directors or Deputies are expected to attend to ensure all courses are represented.
Date: Monday 3 April 2017 (face-to-face only)
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Level 12, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne (map attached)
Lunch and refreshments provided.


Customised Session

BCEL Key Digital Learning at Deakin University – Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics Session

Customised BCEL session designed for existing and new teaching staff in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics (DISBA).

When: 10th April 2017, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Where:LB2.101 Elgar Rd, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Aim: This half-day session is aimed at building key digital learning technology capacity and capability of new and existing DISBA academic staff involved in the delivery of student learning. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussions on good practices, demonstrations, hands-on play and free flowing Q&A.

Session Topics:

  • Learning Innovations – Who we are and what we do?
  • Designing Learning and Teaching in a CloudDeakin Unit site*
  • Creating short and simple videos for the cloud*
  • Learning Spaces: Your cloud classroom using Bb Collaborate / Skype for Business*
  • Learning Spaces: Your campus class, seminar and converged learning spaces*
  • What’s new and up-coming
  • Know where to get help and support

*Session details on learning objectives and useful online resources are provided on pages 2-5.

Registration: DISBA staff will be invited via the calendar. There may be spaces available for other staff, please contact for further information.

What to bring: IMPORTANT: Please bring your web enabled laptop, devices and mics to fully participate in the session.



Want a customised session to any of the above? 

In addition to the above programs and sessions, Faculty Learning Innovations can provide customised sessions as when required by the School, course and unit teams. Contact Dr Leanne Ngo (924 68186) to discuss your requirements.