Pip Cleaves

Department of Education (NSW)

How the Department of Education shares and curates information resources across NSW using Office 365

Presentation from DEX 2019


The Stem.T4L Community Learning Library answers a need to inform, support and guide nearly 80,000 educators and 8 million students across the NSW Department of Education. The overall objective is to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning through robotics, computational thinking and other future focused learning strategies into the Department’s classrooms and learning spaces.

The vision of the Library is to help teachers explore, discover and share resources in an environment that offers a new experience to educators and students. The development team were challenged to use existing department Office 365 infrastructure to build an innovative space that set a new standard in both LX and UX design. The result; a one-stop-shop for communications, knowledge-based articles, learning, and curation for every educator and student serviced by the NSW Department of Education.

This session will cover:

  • exploring the Stem.T4L Community Learning Library, a Pinterest like environment using SharePoint that turns links and documents into user friendly design elements
  • understanding how we created a knowledge base that is easily consumed through embedded webparts on modern SharePoint pages
  • exploring the SharePoint Modern Hubs  and out of the box SharePoint solutions used to develop this unique environment


Pip Cleaves is the Lead Learning Designer for the NSW Department of Education’s Stem.T4L Community Project. Her work as an LX Designer and Professional Learning Consultant brings together her passion for creating unique online learning experiences, her deep knowledge of contemporary pedagogy, and a never-ending desire to support educators to change practice in order to prepare students for their future. As one of five Australian Microsoft Learning Consultants, Pip works mostly with the Microsoft Office 365 environment, supporting schools across the nation to use technology in meaningful ways.

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Photographs from DEX 2019


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