Connect with the New Digital Futures Team

DF Team

Since the Shared Service project, the Digital Futures Team (DFT) are responsible for school support in Technology Enabled Learning, developing highly effective, scalable and sustainable learning platforms promoting student engagement and meeting the highest industry standards. In support of 21st Century projects, the DFT is working synergistically with the Learning Transformations team (jointly operating as Learning Futures). DFT is also coordinating the academic side of emerging initiatives, looking at evolving opportunities and developing policy around Learning Analytics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and adaptive learning.

The Digital Futures Team (DFT) is developing targets and setting goals for enhanced online and remote student participation in the learning experience. Using globally recognised rubrics and embracing access and disability / equity standards, collaborating with Curriculum Advisors, Quality Officers and IT staff we are focused on developing a best-in-market holistic model that represents all that is feasible in blended, flipped and online courses. We have created an improved structure and are encouraging a “project” cross-functional support model while promoting key evidence- and skills-based / instructor delivered elements. We also advocate for effective adaptation and scaling of services based on technological changes and evolving student needs.

Five streams comprise DFT:

Learning Science – applying principles of cognitive science to unit and course design processes to increase student motivation, utilising learning analytics to understand and predict learner behaviour.

Educational Technology – designing web elements, apps and digital learning artefacts that are accessible, scalable and promote engaged learning; leading with innovative learning experience design within the Learning Management System and beyond using related technologies.

Rich Media – producing multimedia and interactive elements based on best practice and industry standards, designing for emergent technologies including 3D, AR,VR.

LX/UX (learner and user experience) – designing inspiring experiences and artefacts that are distinctly created for the WSU student cohort; supporting the design of new tech-enabled learning spaces.

Digital Consultants – primary liaison between the DFT and schools for technology-enabled-learning projects and initiatives; providing e-learning support; oversight, tracking and reporting on a portfolio of projects.

Interested? Visit the Digital Futures website (opens in a new window), contact the DFT email dft@westernsydney.edu.au (opens in a new window), or email the team;

PVC Digital Futures Professor Kevin Bell (opens in a new window)
Director Digital Futures Lynnae Venaruzzo (opens in a new window)
Director Rich Media Dr Rachel Bentley (opens in a new window)
Senior Digital Consultant Kim Heckenberg (opens in a new window)

Learning Futures.NOW. Issue 4.

-November 2017-