2018 Echo360 Australia & New Zealand Community Conference

December 3-5, 2018

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What to expect

Join us for our 13th annual Echo360 A/NZ Community Conference in 2018! This event will take place at the Rydges World Square in Sydney, and – as ever – it will feature a comprehensive range of Echo360 and community presentations.

The conference provides an ideal opportunity to interact with your peers in the Echo360 community, learn about new products and features, and discuss planning for 2019 and beyond.
Registration is open – secure your place today! We look forward to seeing you in December.

Where and When

December 3-5, 2018

Contact Info

Jocasta Williams

1300 324 600 (AUS), 0800 324 600 (NZ) or + 61 8 6180 2799



Mon, Dec 03

11am - Midday

Welcome Brunch and Registration, Rydges World Square, Sydney

Midday - 12:15pm

Conference Welcome

Jocasta Williams, Echo360

Welcome to Echo360’s 13th Annual A/NZ Community Conference!

12:15pm - 1pm

Echo360 Keynote

Bill Holding, Executive Vice President, Product, Echo360

A global business update from Echo360.

1pm - 1:30pm

Curtin iLectures – Primacy, Engagement and Automation

Martin Hill, Curtin University

Next year, all Curtin Students will be given the option of registering for any or all of their lectures as online-only students enabled by Echo360. This session will explore what this all means at Curtin in terms of full automation of scheduling and data provisioning, more robust capture features across campus and the increasing profile of Active Learning to improve the engagement of such physically-absent students.

1:30pm - 1:45pm

About the Academic Champion Grants.

Alison Maloney, Echo360

2018 saw the launch of Echo360’s Academic Champion Grants program in Australia and New Zealand. Five of our ‘champions’ are presenting at the conference this year so, in this session, a brief overview of the program will be shared.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Role-modelling as a means of Academic Professional Learning

Diana Taylor, Curtin University

This presentation shares the insights of rolling out a professional learning program that utilised the capabilities of Echo360. The program was designed to role-model how the system could be harnessed to create engaging learning experiences, the ease at which it can be implemented and create a forum whereby academic staff shared and learned from each other’s experiences.

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Afternoon tea, Rydges World Square, Sydney

2:30pm - 3pm

A Peer Driven Support Model to Enhance Student Learning

Simone Poulsen, Griffith University

Co-developing pedagogical support resources with, and for, the University Teaching and Learning Community ensures resources are relevant and meaningful for those utilising the Echo360 platform. This presentation will showcase an approach of fostering peer learning in which university staff shared stories of the rationale for adopting the platform, along with the benefits accrued and practical recommendations to consider in the design phase.

3pm - 3:45pm

Echo360 product area: Content Management

Cassidy Fein, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Content Management features and enhancements within the Echo360 service.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Echo360 product area: Reporting (Analytics).

Paul Lawler, Echo360
Elise Gordon, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Reporting (Analytics) features within the Echo360 service.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Echo360 product area: API and LTI

Zig Tan, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for API and LTI enhancements within the Echo360 service.

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Networking Reception, Rydges World Square, Sydney

Tue, Dec 04

8:30am - 9am

Tea and coffee, Rydges World Square, Sydney

9am - 9:45am

But you can’t do that in the Humanities!

Joy McEntee, University of Adelaide

Many resist quizzing and polling in the Humanities, feeling that it is reductive. But as a pilot in English, Film and History subjects at the University of Adelaide is demonstrating, using the Active Learning features of Echo360 breaks down the barriers between teachers and students, especially when activities are designed simultaneously for learning and for fun.

9:45am - 10:15am

Echo360 product area: Classroom

Cassidy Fein, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Classroom features within the Echo360 service.

10:15am - 10:45am

Making Connections in learning and teaching

Catherine Ryan, University of New South Wales

At UNSW we value peer-to-peer sharing of best practice, innovation and ideas in university learning and teaching. ECHO360 has enabled academic and professional staff across multiple campuses to engage in this wider learning and teaching community.

10:45am - 11am

Morning tea, Rydges World Square, Sydney

11am - 12:30pm


Hosted by: Alison Maloney, Echo360

We know that one of the most valuable parts of any conference are the informal conversations that happen between people from different institutions who occupy different role types.
This session will have a dynamic agenda where we hope to discover and discuss (perhaps unexpected) topics of great interest and importance relating to the Echo360 service and its use at our customer sites in the region.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch, Rydges World Square, Sydney

1:30pm - 2:15pm

A Tale of Two Echoes

David Yammouni, Swinburne University

Transitioning from EchoSystem to Echo360 has many challenges. Whilst Echo360 can provide you with as much holistic support as technically possible, there are issues you have to deal with locally that are much more than just technical. In this session, I will discuss Swinburne’s journey through this migration from the old to the new and pass on information that may be able to help you with your implementation

2:15pm - 2:45pm


Tony Iraia, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Administration features and tools within the Echo360 service.

2:45pm - 3:15pm


Chris Kelly, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Infrastructure within the Echo360 service.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon tea, Rydges World Square, Sydney

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Echo360 Resources

Leah Chandler, Echo360

Last year, we asked you what Echo360 resources you needed to support your Echo360 implementations. This year, we’ll walk through what we have created and what’s out there in our global community – and get your feedback on what we should be doing next.

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Echo360 product area: Capture

Mark Reynolds and Tony Iraia, Echo360

This session will provide information about the recent developments and upcoming plans for Capture features within the Echo360 service.

4:30pm - 5pm

‘Vision by Beenet’ for Effective Lecture Capture Recording Operations

Yazid Idris and Azel Low Beenet

Delivering consistent and quality lecture capture recordings are both challenging and labour-intensive. Even with daily classroom checks of the Echo360 recording appliances, reviewing of the camera angle and recorded sessions, many issues with published lecture capture recordings are only detected when the students are revising for their lessons. In this session, we will look at the challenges faced by Institutions in supporting lecture capture recording operations and how Institutions can augment their staff’s capabilities with an Echo360 monitoring solution, Vision by Beenet; that works with Echo360 PRO, POD and SCHD capture appliances to improve the effectiveness of lecture capture recording operations and students’ learning outcomes.


Conference Dinner

Wed, Dec 05

9am - 9:30am

Tea and coffee, Rydges World Square, Sydney

9:30am - 10am

Micro-credentials meets Macro-capability

Sarah Kirk, Unitec

Unitec’s new modularised approach to professional development includes the introduction of core teaching competencies, underpinned by digital-credentials or ‘badges’ to help assess and recognise pedagogical achievement. Our teaching competencies define effective teaching at Unitec and enable us to demonstrate our development in a more structured way. This approach is embedded in teachers’ day-to-day work, and clearly recognises existing teaching expertise as well as the extension of this knowledge. Teachers have a valid pathway at every stage of their professional development – from beginner practitioners, to role-modelling practitioners wishing to have their expertise recognised. In this new context, an Echo360 micro-credential has been created to support the Facilitate Active Learning competency.

10am - 10:30am

Echo360 Usage Near and Far

Leah Chandler, Echo360

An overview of how Echo360 is currently being used in the APAC region for current and recently enabled customers on the cloud platform. We will show how use is changing over time and highlight differences between the different types of use in the APAC region and also compare globally with the wider Echo360 community.

10:30am - 11am

Automation Magic!

Anna Thai and Yin Pu, La Trobe University

This presentation will showcase the magic behind developing a seamless integration with our various systems into Echo360

11am - 11:25am

Conference wrap-up

Bill Holding, Cassidy Fein, Elise Gordon, Tony Iraia, Echo360

Review of discussions and confirmation of outcomes.

11:25am - 11:30am

Conference closing

Jocasta Williams, Echo360

11:30am - 12:30pm

Br/Lunch, Rydges World Square, Sydney

The History of the A/NZ Community Conference

In 2018 we offer our 13th Echo360 A/NZ Community Conference. Follow us on a journey to discover (or remember) where we started and how we have grown over the years.

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Hotel & Travel

Rydges World Square

389 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Contact our reservation team via phone (+61 2 8268 1888) or email (reservations_rydgesworldsquare@evt.com) and quote BLOCK ID : 3052922 or BLOCK NAME: Echo360 – Rooms – Allotment. Credit card details are required at the time of booking.

The discounted rate of $289 (room only) will be cut-off automatically 28 days prior unless sold out before.

Boss' Notes



Registrations for the 2018 A/NZ community conference have now closed. Should you have any queries about an existing registration, or want to investigate the possibility of submitting a late registration, please email Jo Williams at jwilliams@echo360.com.