InspirEd Horizons: Embracing Educational Innovation and Generative AI

Registration form Forum program

The 2023 WATTLE forum showcases the 2022 and 2023 VC's Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant projects, discussions and perspectives on Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) from both staff and students, and invaluable insights from the keynote speaker, Prof. Michael Sankey, a prominent expert in emerging technologies, technology-enhanced learning, and curriculum renewal.

Date:  Monday, 25 September 2023
Time: 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Venue:  University of Wollongong Building 43.G01 and online

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Event schedule

12.00 pm Registration

12.30 pm Welcome - Professor Theo Farrell

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm Learning & Teaching innovation presentations

The Learning & Teaching Innovation Grants (LTIG) were created by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Life) as an investment in projects that seek to advance our goal of Empowering students for their future.

Presentations include recipients from both 2022 and 2023, the projects focused on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Assessment design and feedback to students and 2023 projects, aligned to the UOW 2020-2025 Education Strategy.


  • Innovations in Teaching
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and cultural capacity
  • Assessment and academic integrity

1.45 pm - 2.30 pm Social networking

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm Keynote

Professor Michael Sankey

Michael Sankey profile photo Director Learning Futures & Lead Education Architect
Charles Darwin University

Professor Michael Sankey is from Charles Darwin University in Australia, where he is the Director Learning Futures and Lead Education Architect. In addition to this role, Michael is President of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE) and a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). He specialises in emerging technologies, technology enhanced learning, curriculum renewal, eLearning quality, multimodal design, digital, visual and multiliteracies.

Embracing student innovation in the age of Generative AI

Just when we thought we had it down-pat, along comes the next disruption in the learning and teaching space. With the advent of Generative AI tools to assist learners and staff in developing their writing (and other) work, there has also been the rise of people willing to use this to other ends. Adopting a disposition that embraces innovation is fine and necessary but can, when taken to the extreme be extremely expensive. However, these tools are not going away any time soon and neither is the willingness of students to use these tools, and nor should it be. What we can do though is change the nature of our assessments, away from traditional essays and quizzes, and instead look for ways to help our students process information in different ways and to provide them opportunities to contribute to the growth of knowledge, not just the regurgitation of knowledge. Just imagine if our students were being productive, wouldn’t that be what every potential employer would want? It’s a no brainer really.

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm GenAI presentations

Presentations will provide a snapshot of Generative Artificial intelligence (GenAI) with a holistic lens from the staff and student perspectives, with a focus on teaching, research, industry and ethics.