Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance - Symposium

Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance - Symposium

Learn about efficacy in EdTech and how the innovation alliance program is activating testbeds, engaging the research community, creating collaboration opportunities and enabling commercial outcomes and export market development for EdTech companies.

The Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance program, delivered by EduGrowth, supports collaboration between Victorian EdTech companies, education providers, researchers and international organisations to undertake efficacy research within a testbed trial program. 

The program awarded financial grants to nine Innovation Sprint Teams, led by Victorian EdTech companies, supported by an independent research partner to design and implement a six-month pilot program with consideration for the education or learning environments, EdTech implementation and onboarding, evidence and data collection, efficacy metrics, and overall interpretation of the results and findings. 

This symposium will review each of the Innovation Sprint testbeds and bring together the perspectives of researchers, educators, learners and EdTech companies to explore the benefits and opportunities of a program of this size and scale.

27 September 2022
The Investment Centre Victoria
L46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne 
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The day will feature multiple 'In conversation' sessions exploring five key themes: Efficacy, Product Refinement, Educator Engagement, Learner Impact and Exporting EdTech.


9.30am Networking

10.00am Official Opening

10.30am EdTech Innovation Alliance Scene-Setting
Fiona Letos - Director International Education & Study Melbourne  | Global Victoria
David Linke - Managing Director | EduGrowth

11.00am The Impact of Efficacy
What is the impact of an efficacy trial and why is it important?  The lead researchers outline the essential role of efficacy in the implementation of EdTech solutions through the lens of the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance.

Michael Henderson - Professor, School of Curriculum & Inclusive Education | Monash University
Margaret Bearman - Professor, CRADLE | Deakin
Phil Dawson - Professor & Associate Director, CRADLE | Deakin University

11.30am Connecting Research
Education requires rigorous pedagogical consideration in the design of EdTech products. When developing a solution for learners and educators, a research-informed approach to EdTech products is essential. Hear from research mentors who partnered with EdTech Innovation sprint teams as they unpack their journey.

Rebecca Awdry - Academic Integrity Researcher | Deakin
Luke Seacombe - Head of Engagement | EduGrowth

12.00pm Lunch Break

1.00pm Learner Impact
Engaging with learners is key to creating a positive impact with users. Hear from EdTech founders on how their solution shaped innovative learner experiences. They will detail the trial and error and incredible success of collaboration between industry and academia.

Domenic Saporito - Co-Founder & Director | Intern Match
Steph Wood - Brand & Community Marketing Lead | Ziplet
Richard Wilson - Co-Founder | Maths Pathway

1.30pm Pivot for Success
The process of product refinement through the EdTech Innovation Alliance Efficacy trials was an opportunity for unprecedented learning. EdTech’s yielded findings both expected and unexpected, utilised to create a more innovative and efficient solution for users.  Hear from our EdTech Innovation Sprint teams as they discuss how they used research findings to refine their solution to help solve and enhance learning outcomes.

Rowan Freeman - Head of Product APAC | Intellischool
Gianni Pannozzo - Director Customer Engagement | Genix Ventures
Melinda O’Halloran - Project Manager | Edalex

2.00pm Exporting EdTech
The challenge of taking an EdTech solution into new markets is a process that requires solution pivots and refinements to find the right product market fit. Hear from Sprint teams that took their solution global and their learnings from deploying and innovating their solution to meet the needs of their users.

Colin Wood - CEO & Co-Founder | Verso Learning
Sharanya Yoganathan - Product Marketing Lead | Cadmus
Sarah Higman - Senior Learning Designer | Cahoot Learning

2.30pm Afternoon Break

2.45pm Triple-Helix Model of Collaboration
Supporting partnerships between EdTech entrepreneurs, educators and researchers to drive the efficacy of EdTech products. This session explores the value of partnerships from the perspective of the various stakeholders and unpacks the Triple-Helix Model for collaboration as a framework as delivered through the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance.

Herk Kallis - CEO | Cadmus
Margaret Bearman - Associate Professor CRADLE | Deakin University
Luke Seacombe - Head of Engagement | EduGrowth

3.15pm Final Reflections, Next Steps
David Linke - Managing Director | EduGrowth

3.45pm Networking

4.30pm Event Close

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Global Victoria is the State Government of Victoria's premier trade facilitation agency and gateway to global economies and communities. Global Victoria build the skills and knowledge of Victorian businesses to grow on the international stage, promote the state’s world-class industry capabilities to international audiences, and lead the nation as the best city in Australia to study in. Global Victoria opens the world to Victorian businesses and welcomes the business world to Victoria. Global Victoria pursue strategic partnerships to maximise the trade objectives for Victoria and the Government’s broader economic, social, and sustainability objectives.

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Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance - Symposium
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