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Lifelong joy: Promoting the joy of online learning across context, audience, and time

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, the integration of technology in learning environments has been both a transformative and challenging journey. As we navigate the digital era, it becomes increasingly vital to explore not only the effectiveness of online learning but also its emotional impact on learners. The theme of our panel discussion revolves around 'Increasing joy in online learning,' seeking to champion joyful, intelligent, ethical, and compassionate user- and learner-centered technology in educational settings.

Our panel consists of diverse and knowledgeable experts representing the K-12, vocational education, and higher education sectors. Each speaker will present on their specialised topic related to promoting joy in online learning. They will have the opportunity to utilise slides and other media to enhance their presentations, engaging the audience. Moreover, the presenters will act as facilitators, encouraging insightful discussions and interactions with attendees.

Key discussion points

The essence of joy in learning: The panel will explore the profound impact of joy on cognitive processes and overall learning outcomes. Understanding how positive emotions, such as joy, can enhance engagement and knowledge retention will be a key focus.

Designing joyful learning environments: Presenters will share strategies and best practices for creating online learning environments that spark joy. From interactive and immersive content to incorporating gamification elements, the panel will highlight innovative approaches that captivate learners' curiosity and enthusiasm.

Fostering inclusivity and empathy: Joyful learning extends beyond content delivery; it encompasses a sense of belonging and emotional well-being. The speakers will delve into cultivating empathy within online classrooms, forging connections between learners and instructors, and nurturing a supportive community.

Overcoming challenges in online joyful learning: Acknowledging the obstacles in fostering joy in online learning, the panel will discuss methods to address these challenges. Whether it's tackling technical issues, combating digital fatigue, or navigating diverse learning needs, the aim is to create a resilient and joyful learning experience.


Sarah Prestige

Dr Sarah Prestige is an Associate Professor of Digital Pedagogies at Griffith University. She was a classroom teacher, deputy, education adviser then lecturer and academic always focused on how technologies enable engagement and learning. She researches in both the k-12 schooling context, further education (Uni, Tafe) and self-directed professional learning through social media.

Lina Du-Lazzara

Lina Du-Lazzara is the Associate Director of Learning Experience at RMIT’s College of Vocational Education. She is an experienced and innovative organizational and learning development leader with deep understanding of effective pedagogical strategies and a passion for people. A significant achievement during her tenure at RMIT includes the development and successful launch of the innovative Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Business Professional Practice programs. In recognition of this work, Lina’s team was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Award for Imagination.

Chinh Nguyen

Dr Chinh Nguyen is Faculty Talent Manager at Curio. Chinh’s passion and interest are in the online learning and teaching transformation and consultancy across all levels of education and clients. He has strong experience in delivering seamless online education experience to student globally, ensuring the highest quality and engaging learning for students. He is known for bringing speed, quality, transparency, expertise in online program deliveries. He also has hands-on teaching experience in business and management at the Faculty of Business & Economics, the University of Melbourne.

Anitra Nottingham

Anitra Nottingham is currently the Head of Course Design at RMIT University Online, where she leads the learning design team producing all the RMIT Online courses. Anitra works across programs and almost every discipline in the accredited portfolios, micro-credentials and bespoke workplace learning solutions.

Toni Jones

Toni Jones is an Online Coach at RMIT. With a strong coaching background, Toni has been actively engaged in the field of online education for close to a decade. Through years of coaching online students to success, Toni has honed the skill of fostering self-direction and resilience in adult learners. Today, Toni is dedicated to mentoring industry experts, helping them to build capability to excel in online teaching.

Dawn Gilmore

Moderator: Dr Dawn Gilmore is the Academic Director at RMIT Online and current President of ODLAA. She plays a leading role in managing and interpreting academic standards and processes for RMIT Online – ensuring that the creation of all accredited and non-accredited online services and experiences are both at the forefront of the digital education industry and informed by a robust system of academic quality and continuous improvement.


This event is organised as part of the Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week (APODE) by Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) and Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA). Globally, we partner with EDEN Digital Learning Europe who will be holding the European Open and Digital Learning Week (EODLW) together with the Coimbra Group Education Innovation and Doctoral Studies Working Groups and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), who will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW).

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