Breakout PresentationKim Flintoff


Presented by

Kim Flintoff
Learning Futures Advisor, Curtin University 

Curtin University has coordinated the Australian chapter of the global UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge since 2104.

The EcoChallenge is a competitive game event for school-aged learners, which uses the serious game, Aqua Republica, and requires a rich understanding of issues relating to water management and sustainable development in order to manage a fictional ecosystem.

This year Curtin introduced the use of a SPOC (Small Private Online Course) to assist students with developing their engagement with various topics they need to successfully engage with the game. The SPOC also provides experience with game mechanics of Aqua Republica.  In addition there is also a short teacher professional learning opportunity to help shift teachers to facilitators of the game event.

The model developed shows promise as an effective engagement strategy for learners.

This workshop will provide a hands-on experience with all parts of the learning ecosystem.

Intended Audience

Upper Primary; Middle School; Lower Secondary; Senior Secondary teachers; Pres Service Teachers; Those interested in STEM / STEAM



BYO computer, laptop, tablet


About the Presenter:

Kim Flintoff is the Learning Futures Advisor at Curtin University.

As a member of the Learning Futures team within Curtin Teaching and Learning his role involves developing innovative solutions aligned with the university’s strategic vision of teaching and learning.

Join Kim Flintoff at the ECAWA 2017 State Conference at ECU Mount Lawley.