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Flipped Learning Symposium | 14-16 November 2016

Flipped Learning Symposium

Connect and collaborate with colleagues from across the higher education sector to nurture and enrich your flipped learning initiatives.

Program Outlines

Day 1: Monday 14th November 1.30pm-6pm

Monday 1.30-4.30pm: Cognitive Load Theory - how good flipped learning design can alleviate this burden for students

Cognitive load is the capacity of our working memory to hold onto information at any one time. This capacity is limited and therefore instructional design should factor this into effective learning for students. Flipped learning has the potential and approach to help distribute cognitive load into more manageable segments across the pre-class, in-class and post-class learning phases.

Dr Raina Mason and Ms Carolyn Seton from Southern Cross University, have successfully applied cognitive load theory to (in their own words) improve troublesome courses. They will present a number of case examples of how the mindful segmenting of course content – particularly in a flipped context – can greatly assist in students capacity to learn new content.

Raina and Carolyn will also showcase their Cognitive Assistance Factor Evaluation (CAFÉ) tool that can assist educators to assess the current cognitive load in their courses.

Monday 4.30-6.00pm: What flipping can look like (Part 1)? 

This session is an open session for participants to present, in poster format, their experiences of flipped learning design. The session will involve 30min for viewing the posters, followed by two x 30min sessions where poster presenters will be asked to stay with their poster so you can hear about their experiences and ask them questions.  To assist your interactions with your symposium colleagues, this session will be combined with opportunities to sample a selection of local food and wine.  A call for abstracts for this Poster Mixer will be emailed following confirmation of registration.

Day 2: Tuesday 15th November 9am-4pm

Tuesday 9.00-12.00pm: What people are doing with their flipped designs (Part 2)?

This session follows on from the Poster Mixer on Monday, providing further opportunities to hear from experienced flippers who have chosen flipped designs to support their students’ learning. Presenters will highlight key features of flipped design they have found to be effective in their varied contexts and disciplines, as well as discuss the frameworks they use to underpin their learning designs. Presentations will be for 20 min, including time for questions/discussion (e.g., 10-15min presentation with 10-5 min for questions/discussion).

Tuesday 1.30-4.00pm: Building a Flipped Community of Practice

This session will focus on the importance of building networks to sustain, support and encourage our flipped learning endeavours. Communities of Practice (CoPs) have been a proven way of fostering peer review, a place to share successes and perceived failures, as well as nurturing collaborative research and scholarship.

The structure of this session will be based on a typical CoP gathering and will include strategies for creating local and online groups into the future.

Day 3: Wednesday 16th November 9am-12pm

Wednesday 9.00-12.00pm: Jon Bergmann, founder of the Flipped Learning Network

Jon Bergmann is considered as one of the pioneers of flipped learning. He is leading the worldwide adoption of flipped learning through his work with governments, schools, universities and corporations. Jon is involved in the development of flipped learning strategies in more than 18 countries around the globe.

Jon has authored seven books including the bestseller 'Flip Your Classroom' which has been translated into 10 languages.

He is the founder of the global FlipCon conferences, hosts a US radio show, The Flip Side, (averaging 30,000 downloads a month), and his YouTube channel ( has had over three million views.

Jon's session will provide an international perspective on flipped learning and will be an opportunity to hear about cutting edge approaches to all phases of the flipping pedagogy.

Event Logistics

Day 1 and 2 of the Symposium will be held at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), North Terrace and Day 3 at the University of Adelaide (Napier Building G04). Both venues are located in North Terrace, Adelaide and it is best to access via public transportation as free parking might be limited.

There is frequent free tram running across North Terrace and King William street till South Terrace. If you are using your own vehicle, we suggest you park the car at Adelaide Entertainment Centre and take a free tram to SAHMRI (for Day 1&2), Rundle mall (for Day 3). More details and conditions at

Please arrive 15minute prior to the event commencing time so that we can start the session on time.

We will be providing Monday afternoon tea, drinks & canapes for the evening poster session as well as Tuesday morning & afternoon tea and Wednesday morning tea. However, Tuesday lunch will not be provided and please use below restaurant options as a guide.

Cafes and restaurants mentioned in the map ( have good reviews and varieties. All places are within 10minute walking distance.

There are good varieties of options for hotels, apartments along North Terrace and King William street where you can catch free tram service. Please check a few names in the map ( and make a reservation via

Contact for any enquiries

Irene Lee, Project officer, Flipped Classroom Project

Flipped Learning in Adelaide

Level 10, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
The University of Adelaide


Tel: +61 (8) 8313 3287
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