LILAed 2020

Join a community of researchers and practitioners exploring the theme: Shaping Learning Ecologies for an AI – Human Synergistic world.

Independent Schools Victoria is pleased to launch the inaugural Learning Innovations Laboratory - Education (LILAed)

LILAed is a community of researchers and practitioners, facilitated by Marga Biller from Project Zero – Harvard Graduate School of Education. Members will collaborate by sharing emerging thinking in order to generate effective next practices.

Members are Principals of schools who are looking to make significant impact not only in their own institutions but also in the field of education.  They are joined by academic researchers from a variety of disciplines who share their insights with the community and participate in generative conversations that create news ways of thinking and doing.

Careful attention is given to designing the environment in order to encourage the community to become a ‘learning lab’ in which members learn with and from one another about the contemporary challenges and opportunities in the field of education.

As a learning lab, members are encouraged to take on experimental initiatives based on the ideas shared by academics.

Rhythm of exploration

The LILAed community is designed to be small enough to provide opportunities to connect deeply with other members as well as with researchers.  Members will represent 20-25 Principals of schools from Asia Pacific (APAC).

Each year, the community will explore a theme of strategic importance to the field of education. Residential workshops will take place in March and November focused on understanding how research shared by top academics in their field impacts the strategic initiatives that members are leading.

2020 Theme: Shaping Learning Ecologies for an AI – Human Synergistic world

Given that AI is already driving much of our decision-making processes and supporting our daily tasks, it’s important that leaders of education understand what are the uniquely human traits that will help students thrive in an increasingly automated world. This has significant implications for the learning ecologies we design for our educational institutions.

Shaping Learning Ecologies for an AI – Human Synergistic World, will explore questions such as:

  • What does our current learning ecology look like, and how might it look in 2030?
  • How can AI enhance and transform education?
  • What natural synergies will emerge between human cognition and artificial cognition?
  • What skills or traits make us uniquely human and how do we develop those?
  • What are the implications of AI for Leaders of Education?
  • What are the necessary standards, governance, privacy and security practices that need to be put into place?  Or should they be?


  • 2 x 2 day residentials in March and November 2020
  • 1 half day workshop in July
  • Conference calls


  • 18 – 19 March 2020 – Park Hyatt, Melbourne
  • July and November dates to be confirmed


  • Members: $1 000 (inclusive of all costs: registration, accommodation and catering)
  • Non-Members: $10 000

Involvement in this program for Member School Principals has been significantly supported by the Australian Government, through the Reform Support Fund.

Expressions of Interest now open

Expressions of interest close Friday 21st February 2020. 

EOI available for download below.

ISV Contact

Matthew Maruff

Principal Consultant