2021 AADES Biennial Conference

The 2021 Biennial Conference will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia, 18 – 20 August. Save the dates.

We are looking forward to welcoming all people interested and working in the area of education at a distance. The conference will showcase what is the best practice in Australia and New Zealand in online and blended education for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, along with keynote speakers and an opportunity to reflect on what has happened since Covid-19 interrupted our schooling systems.


2019 AADES Biennial Conference

Thank you to all AADES members who travelled from near and far to attend the 2019 AADES Conference: From the Ends of the Earth to Connected Learners at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart.

The 2019 conference had over 300 delegates from across Australia and New Zealand, and through our partnership with Common Ground Research Networks included international visitors and presenters from the USA, UK, South Africa, Malaysia, China, Japan and more.

The conference was opened by Tasmanian Aboriginal Kartanya Maynard with a moving Welcome to Country in song form and an opening address from the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP (Deputy Premier and Minster for Education and Training), Department of Education Secretary Tim Bullard and AADES president Jeane Schocroft - finishing with an outstanding showcase of how technology can help us collaborate creatively at distance from the NSW Distance Education Choir Project.

There were over 80 workshops, paper presentations, focussed discussions and lightning talks from school leaders and classroom practitioners from every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand as well as researchers from across the globe.

The 2019 conference had keynote addresses from Dr Bill Cope (Assessment for Learning: How Artificial Intelligence Changes the Paradigm) and Claire Madden (Educating Screenagers: Gen Z as Learners and Pedagogical Implications for Educational Sectors).

It was a pleasure to host the 2019 conference in Tasmania and we were delighted to have the conference dinner at one of Tasmania's premier attractions, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which included a ferry trip across the harbour and gallery viewing.

The conference dinner included our biennial AADES awards; this year's very deserving winners were:

  • Teacher Award 2019 - Kelly Pfeiffer - Dubbo School of Distance Education
  • Project Achievement Award 2019 - Engaging Students in 21st Century Learning Online - Virtual School Victoria
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service 2019 - Marcia Harvey - NT School of Distance Education

Delegates can access a full set of professional photographs taken throughout the conference here for use in your schools - please ensure that you provide attribution for Rosie Hastie as the photographer.

We are keen to collect feedback on the conference to continue to improve your experiences - if you attended the conference in 2019 - please provide feedback here.

Once again we thank you for travelling to the 2019 AADES national conference and hope that it was a rewarding and enriching experience.

Many thanks,

The AADES National Executive and Tasmanian Organising Committee

Opening Ceremony:

(Photographs by Rosie Hastie Photography)

New Zealand delegation responding to Welcome to Country in song
Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP (Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training, Tasmania)
Tim Bullard (Secretary, Department of Education, Tasmania)
Jeane Schocroft (President AADES)
Lisa Keating (NSW Distance Education Choir Project)

More photographs coming soon from:

Day 1 Keynote, Workshops and Presentations:

(Photographs by Rosie Hastie Photography)

Conference dinner and Awards:

(Photographs by Rosie Hastie Photography)

Day 2 Keynote Workshops and Presentations:

(Photographs by Rosie Hastie Photography)