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Blended Learning Conference for Emergency Services, Enforcement and Defence 2016

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
20 September 2016 - 21 September 2016

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In the high-stakes environment of Defence, Enforcement and Emergency Services, the effectiveness of training can mean the difference between life and death. From initial planning through to implementation and execution, training programmes need to be designed with the express purpose of maximising the knowledge and skill acquisition of learners in the shortest possible time. In the age of technology, blended and eLearning approaches have taken centre-stage with high-tech virtual reality and simulation systems playing a major role in the training process. In spite of these innovations, harnessing the practical benefits of technology-driven learning remains challenging.

Choosing the most efficient and effective delivery methods suited to the operational context is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Ensuring that learning outcomes translate to increased performance in the field can be a daunting task to those faced with managing the ever-evolving learning environment.

In order to ensure that the new delivery methods can achieve the desired outcome of increased performance, trainers and teachers need to rethink their strategies and shift to a more learner-centric approach. These methods have the ability to seamlessly integrate concepts learned in the classroom with the practical exercises run in the field, ensuring that students are ready for any challenge that they face when they are required to put these skills into practice.

The Blended Learning Conference for Defence, Enforcement, and Emergency Services is the first Blended Learning conference aimed specifically at professionals in these fields. This event is a unique opportunity for learning strategists, teachers and training delivery specialists, whose work is at the forefront of saving lives and keeping people safe in the field, to network and learn from each other. The conference features a range of case studies from learning and development professionals from Defence, Enforcement, and Emergency Services to provide practical strategies, helping you achieve learning excellence and take your training to the next level.
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- Assessing the effectiveness of blended learning initiatives in a dynamic mission-critical environment

- Leveraging technology to deliver high-impact blended learning programs and training solutions

- Designing and implementing outcomes-based learning models

- Achieving blended learning excellence to maximise performance in the field
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Directors, Heads of Department, Senior Managers, Managers, Academics and Professionals from Defence, Enforcement, and Emergency Services, responsible for:

• Learning and Development
•Training and Instruction
• Blended Learning
• eLearning
• Training Delivery / Facilitation
• Workforce Development
• Technology Assisted Learning
• Organisational Development
• Capability Development
• Human Resources / People
• Learning Centres
• Learning Management Systems
• Instructional Design
• Curriculum Development



20 September 2016


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

How to achieve Blended Learning outcomes to meet corporate needs

Rigorous and effective training is the foundation on which military operations are built, making use of the most cutting-edge technology can offer the building blocks that make up that foundation. In this session, Colonel Paul Galea will discuss how the use of PMBOK, Virtual Reality, and simulation inputs can help prepare individuals and selected teams for deployment. Discuss:
- Implementing war-like and non-war-like training methods
- The benefits of computer-based training
- Achieving learning outcomes with the use of technological enablers
 
Colonel Paul Galea - Commandant
Army Knowledge Group

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Enhanced Languages other that English (LOTE) learning through the use of Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL) Moodle-Based platform

Moodle has become widespread in the E-Learning environment and at the Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL), Anna and Sheik have been instrumental in its implementation. From online training materials and assessments to language games and quizzes, they have tailored their learning methods through Moodle to supplement their face-to-face delivery and satisfy the pre-course, on-course and post-course requirements for DFSL students. In this session, they will discuss:
- The use of Moodle at DFSL
- Benefits of a blended learning approach
- Plans for expansion and future use of Blended Learning approach at DFSL
Anna Ivanova - Head of Development
Defence Force School of Languages

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Enhanced Languages other that English (LOTE) learning through the use of Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL) Moodle-Based platform

Moodle has become widespread in the E-Learning environment and at the Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL), Anna and Sheik have been instrumental in its implementation. From online training materials and assessments to language games and quizzes, they have tailored their learning methods through Moodle to supplement their face-to-face delivery and satisfy the pre-course, on-course and post-course requirements for DFSL students. In this session, they will discuss:
- The use of Moodle at DFSL
- Benefits of a blended learning approach
- Plans for expansion and future use of Blended Learning approach at DFSL
Sheik Taleb Bin Sheik Husain - Blended Learning Coordinator
Defence Force School of Languages

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Classroom delivery - Innovations in teaching leadership

Capturing the essence of leadership and teaching is unquestionably complex. The days of a “lecturer” standing at the front of the room as an expert are long gone. The Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) has been developing police and emergency service leaders for in excess of 50 years and, over that time, has experimented with various development approaches. In recent years, the AIPM has developed and implemented some highly innovative teaching techniques, with a particular focus on case-in-point teaching. In this session, Phil will discuss:
- Innovative learning techniques that have become regular practice at the AIPM
- Instigating an evolution of their overall philosophical approach to education
- The transfer of learning into the workplace
Phil Shepherd - Director, Leadership Education
Australian Institute of Police Management

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

eLearning by doing - reflections of a journey towards Blended Learning

The Headquarters of the Defence Command Support Training Centre has been given the responsibility to lead Army’s ‘enterprise’ Blended Learning initiative. The principal mechanism for this has been the Forces Command eSchool. This initiative sits alongside wider ADF Blended Learning offerings and specific school-based Blended Learning activities. In this session, Colonel Roche will discuss:
- The need to move beyond the organisational focus on reducing expense
- Challenges of Blended Learning using austere network's with multi-level security 
- 'Best Fit Training' 
- Instructor-skilling challenges
Colonel James Roche - Commandant
Defence Command Support Training Centre

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Getting the most out of eLearning

Once an eLearning program has been established, trainers are presented with the challenge of planning around the new technology to ensure better engagement between students and the subject matter. There’s no doubt the eLearning has the potential to drastically improve outcomes, but in order to maximise student engagement and retention of information, the technology needs to be fully understood and trainers should utilise every benefit that it has to offer. In this interactive panel discussion, panelists will be invited to share their experiences with these systems and their strategies to seamlessly integrate the technology with work and other learning activities. Discuss: 
- The impact of social media in an eLearning environment 
- Managing a tight budget but remaining technologically relevant 
- Translating paper-based curriculum to digital
Group Captain Stephen Longbottom - Aerospace Training Development Team Leader [Headquarters AFTG] and Director, Transition Office AIR 5232 [Air Force Headquarters]
Royal Australian Air Force
Chris Ainsworth - Knowledge Management Collaborator
KP3 - 'raemec' Collaboration
Neil Porter - eLearning Program Manager
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Turning theory into practice - Who are your committed sardines?

Transferring theory into practice is never easy; it takes conscious effort, support, and considerable time. As learning and development professionals working within a 24/7 emergency environment, you need to know who your champions are - who are your 'committed sardines'? Through fostering the talents and motivation of the committed few, you can grow small bubbles of excellence, which in turn merge into larger pools of committed staff. In this session, Tricia and Naomi will take you on their journey: 
- Fostering champions to take key learnings and put them into practice 
- Blending on-the-job learning and social learning into the more formal practices 
- The challenges of blended learning in a 24/7 emergency environment
Naomi Konza - Learning and Development Program Specialist
Ambulance Service of NSW

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Turning theory into practice - Who are your committed sardines?

Transferring theory into practice is never easy; it takes conscious effort, support, and considerable time. As learning and development professionals working within a 24/7 emergency environment, you need to know who your champions are - who are your 'committed sardines'? Through fostering the talents and motivation of the committed few, you can grow small bubbles of excellence, which in turn merge into larger pools of committed staff. In this session, Tricia, Mark and Naomi will take you on their journey: 
- Fostering champions to take key learnings and put them into practice 
- Blending on-the-job learning and social learning into the more formal practices 
- The challenges of blended learning in a 24/7 emergency environment
Mark Gibbs - Superintendent - Zone Manager
Ambulance Service of NSW

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Turning theory into practice - Who are your committed sardines?

Transferring theory into practice is never easy; it takes conscious effort, support, and considerable time. As learning and development professionals working within a 24/7 emergency environment, you need to know who your champions are - who are your 'committed sardines'? Through fostering the talents and motivation of the committed few, you can grow small bubbles of excellence, which in turn merge into larger pools of committed staff. In this session, Tricia and Naomi will take you on their journey: 

- Fostering champions to take key learnings and put them into practice 
- Blending on-the-job learning and social learning into the more formal practices 
- The challenges of blended learning in a 24/7 emergency environment
Tricia Mawson - Manager, Learning and Development
NSW Ambulance


21 September 2016


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Blended eLearning within the Air Force Training Group (AFTG) - The Air Force Project Jericho Initiative and future directives

An initiative is being considered closely, pending funding approval, for AFTG to invest in holographic, immersive simulation systems to support ground training at the Air Training Wing at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria. In this session, Group Captain Longbottom will discuss how it contributes to future goals of avatar-based Blended eLearning as a standard delivery method for ground school in the AFTG. Discuss:
- The use of holographic training facilities as standard learning technology
- The use of AI and verbal / facial recognition tools in blended eLearning
- Possible links to LVC capability under the coordination of the Air Warfare Centre [AWC] for wider ADF wider applications 
Group Captain Stephen Longbottom - Aerospace Training Development Team Leader [Headquarters AFTG] and Director, Transition Office AIR 5232 [Air Force Headquarters]
Royal Australian Air Force

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Sixty feet under – A mine-rescue approach to Virtual Reality simulations

Sending a rescue team into a collapsed mine requires rigorous training, but how do you deliver that training without putting the team at risk? NSW Mine Rescue utilises the most state-of-the-art simulation technology to provide the most efficient training to their recruits through Virtual Reality and gamification in order to prepare them for the perils they’ll face in the field without putting them in danger. In this session Matthew will discuss: 
- The benefits of gamification 
- Communicating real-world urgency within a simulation 
- Evaluating learning outcomes
Matthew Farrelly - Virtual Reality Technical Manager
Coal Services Pty Ltd

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

How are Blended Learning techniques helping to train Army's logistics soldiers of the future?

Getting the Blended-Learning balance right is a challenge that still faces many departments and in finding that balance, it’s not always clear how learning outcomes can be improved. In this session, Colonel Maclean will highlight some of the challenges faced at the Army Logistics Training Centre, how they have been addressed, and the plans for moving forward. Explore: 
- When are traditional training methods best suited? 
- Simulation - Cost and benefits 
- Future strategies
Colonel Andrew Maclean - Commandant
Army Logistics Training Centre

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

The journey to Blended Learning at Fire and Rescue NSW

Over the past three years, Fire and Rescue NSW has progressed from a fully face-to-face program to a blended approach for firefighter promotional learning pathways. In this session, Tracey will describe the journey that the organisation took in order to implement online and Blended Learning programmes and showcase the improvements that have been made since their inception. Discuss:
- Organisational readiness for online learning
- The transformation from face-to-face to Blended Learning
- Delivery and early evaluation of the permanent firefighter learning pathway
Tracey Kick - Assistant Director of Education
Fire and Rescue NSW

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Transitioning from a traditional training approach to a Blended Learning approach

Implementing new learning methods often presents a unique set of challenges, but this change is essential in order to maintain a high standard of efficiency not only in the classroom, but also in preparing students for their work in the field. This interactive panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panelists as they present their solutions to commonly encountered problems when making the transition from traditional learning to a more innovative blended approach. Discuss:
- Overcoming initial start-up challenges 
- Maximising the impact of the available technology 
- Strategies to better engage with new learning methods and tools
Joanne McKenzie - Director, Youth Justice Capability, Learning and Systems
Department of Justice and Attorney-General QLD

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Transitioning from a traditional training approach to a Blended Learning approach

Implementing new learning methods often presents a unique set of challenges, but this change is essential in order to maintain a high standard of efficiency not only in the classroom, but also in preparing students for their work in the field. This interactive panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panelists as they present their solutions to commonly encountered problems when making the transition from traditional learning to a more innovative blended approach. Discuss:
- Overcoming initial start-up challenges 
- Maximising the impact of the available technology 
- Strategies to better engage with new learning methods and tools
Sarah Henshaw - Manager, Learning Practice
Country Fire Authority

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Key lessons learned from establishing an online learning system

The South Australia State Emergency Services (SA SES) has embarked upon a journey to establish an online learning environment with strong teaching and learning foundations. In this session, Stephan will talk about how, why and what types of learning platforms have been used by the SES, how online courses have been built, and how they are experienced by learners within the SA SES. Responible for leading flexible and online learning capability across the SA SES, Stephan will explore:
- Is there a right or wrong in online course construction?
- Do the principles of teaching and learning change from a face-to-face to an online approach, and does the facilitator play an important role in an online environment?
- If the facilitator does play an important role, what are the key characteristics that underpin facilitator role success?
Stephan Schmidt - Coordinator for Flexible Learning
SA State Emergency Service

15:30 - 16:30


Roundtable

Integrating Blended Learning - Conference take-aways

The Blended Learning approach will achieve its maximum potential and success when it is effectively aligned with your learning and development needs and training goals. This interactive session will sum up the ideas, strategies and practical insights that have been discussed over the two conference days, and provide key steps to integrate and apply these into your learning and development processes. Peter will invite participants to explore: 
- Key learning outcomes from the conference 
- Practical application of the lessons learned 
- Future directions and strategies
Peter Gates - Former Commandant Australian Command and Staff College
Independent Consultant


22 September 2016


Matthew Farrelly
Virtual Reality Technical Manager
Coal Services Pty Ltd
Phil Shepherd
Director, Leadership Education
Australian Institute of Police Management
Naomi Konza
Learning and Development Program Specialist
Ambulance Service of NSW
Tricia Mawson
Manager, Learning and Development
NSW Ambulance
Colonel James Roche
Commandant
Defence Command Support Training Centre
Colonel Andrew Maclean
Commandant
Army Logistics Training Centre
Joanne McKenzie
Director, Youth Justice Capability, Learning and Systems
Department of Justice and Attorney-General QLD
Stephan Schmidt
Coordinator for Flexible Learning
SA State Emergency Service
Colonel Paul Galea
Commandant
Army Knowledge Group
Peter Gates
Former Commandant Australian Command and Staff College
Independent Consultant
Group Captain Stephen Longbottom
Aerospace Training Development Team Leader [Headquarters AFTG] and Director, Transition Office AIR 5232 [Air Force Headquarters]
Royal Australian Air Force
Sheik Taleb Bin Sheik Husain
Blended Learning Coordinator
Defence Force School of Languages
Neil Porter
eLearning Program Manager
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Sarah Henshaw
Manager, Learning Practice
Country Fire Authority
Mark Gibbs
Superintendent - Zone Manager
Ambulance Service of NSW
Tracey Kick
Assistant Director of Education
Fire and Rescue NSW
Anna Ivanova
Head of Development
Defence Force School of Languages
Chris Ainsworth
Knowledge Management Collaborator
KP3 - 'raemec' Collaboration
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
http://www.radissonblu.com/plazahotel-sydney
Phone: 02 8214 0000
27 O'Connell Street
Sydney, NSW
Australia
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