Thank you for your wonderful collaboration in the world’s first university jam.

Unijam officially closed at midnight Thursday 30 May 2013. Thank you to everyone who contributed over 38 hours, culminating in 18,000 posts and nearly 8,000 registrants.

The jam reached more than 50 countries and we were delighted that UniSA students constituted the largest participating group. The jam was also the most ‘tweeted’ IBM jam and the social media comment and engagement around the event was significant.

This successful online conversation has informed the drafting of a new action plan for the University. Following a consultation period with key stakeholders during June and July, the Vice Chancellor will release this action plan in August 2013.

The votes are in.

Thank you to each of the 2108 people who voted to finalise the first five ideas to be put into action from unijam. (999 students, 1073 staff, 36 other)

The five winning ideas are:

  1. UniSA shuttle-bus pilot
  2. University community gardens project
  3. Smoke-free university
  4. The UniSA app
  5. Move to full video recording of lectures / college wear student merchandising (a tie for fifth place).

The University will now consider how and in what order to implement these suggestions. A draft action plan will also be taken University Council incorporating many of the bigger ideas from unijam.


Father of the internet gets behind unijam

Google Chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says unijam will explore what it means to be at university in the 21st century.
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Liam Cleaver talks about the IBM jam environment

"IBM knows from experience that unijam will deliver some exciting insights for UniSA, its students and staff, and provide the foundation for new initiatives.” – Liam Cleaver, IBM [watch video]

Forum 1: Crossing the Horizon. UniSA: Imagining the future

In Horizon 2020 UniSA aims be a university of the 21st Century, maximising the creative interaction between teaching, learning and research. To differentiate the University of South Australia as a creative enterprise, how does UniSA make this transition? Over the next five years what elements of Horizon 2020 remain relevant? Which elements require review?

Purpose: To draw out key strategic questions from Horizon 2020 and assess their relevance, priority or necessity in the next 5 years and open debate on the goals and ambitions set for 2020 and consider the best next steps for UniSA.

Key Question: What does UniSA do beyond Horizon 2020?

Forum 2: The student experience. UniSA: The vibrant campus

UniSA aims to create a cultural, physical and social environment that allows all students to make the most of their university experience. How do we create campuses that are engaging places for study and work? What services and infrastructure should UniSA offer to help students feel more connected with UniSA? How can UniSA construct an identifiable ‘heart’ on each campus?

Purpose: To explore the cultural, social and physical environment of the University.

Key Question: How should UniSA transform its culture, campuses and its services to enrich the student experience?

Forum 3: The learning environment. UniSA: Online, Offline, Flexible

UniSA aims to develop innovative modes of study and learning that allow students choice in when and how they study and which ensure high quality student interaction with academic staff. How should UniSA build greater flexibility into its teaching? How does UniSA ensure that it has the appropriate capabilities to educate and inspire the next generation of students?

Purpose: To explore the future learning environment, looking at the needs of students, the capacity of staff to meet those needs and to progress discussion on the future of education provision.

Key Question: How should UniSA transform its teaching and learning to engage a diverse student population?

Forum 4: Educating exceptional graduates. UniSA: Modern professionals

Our ambition is to deliver graduates who will be the professionals and leaders driving the national economy. How should UniSA ensure its academic programs position a graduate for employment? What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate? How do we prepare graduates for future workplaces that will be different from the ones we currently occupy?

Purpose: To explore the product, our output – the nature of our graduates.

Key Question: How should UniSA ensure its graduates have the skills to succeed in the global economy?

Forum 5: Industry informed research and innovation. UniSA: Research that is relevant

UniSA aims to be a University that engages meaningfully with its peers, industry and community, and whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. What can UniSA do to ensure its research has relevance and impact? What should UniSA do to create stronger research links with industry? How can UniSA become the first choice university for expertise, R&D and innovation?

Purpose: To explore the nature of research in our institution.

Key Question: How should UniSA engage with industry and government in research challenges that secure our prosperity?

Forum 6: UniSA in the community. UniSA: Our place in society

UniSA’s mission is to educate professionals and citizens to the highest standards; create and disseminate knowledge; and engage with communities to address the major issues of our time. What actions should UniSA take that best represent UniSA’s commitment to the society it serves? How should UniSA encourage debate and provide informed opinion on matters of local, national and international importance?

Purpose: To explore how our university impacts in the community.

Key Question: How can UniSA demonstrate its relevance and connection to the communities it serves?

Forum 7: Building UniSA’s global connections. UniSA: Global Engagement

UniSA aims to have enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with its global alumni and international partners. How can UniSA better sustain ongoing relationships with its alumni? How can UniSA expand its influence globally? How can UniSA best support its regional and global partners? How should UniSA engage with Asia?

Purpose: To explore our global reach and how to improve it.

Key Question: How can UniSA best connect with students, partners and friends across the world?

What is a jam?

A jam is an online brainstorming event and ideas generator. It allows for thousands of participants to have a conversation on a range of issues in real time from wherever they are located.

To do this we will be using IBM’s Collaborative Innovation platform. Globally, over 80 businesses, not-for-profits and government bodies have successfully used this technology for organisational conversations. However, this will be the first time that any university in the world has done so.

Why is UniSA having a planning jam?

UniSA is developing a new strategic plan to realise its Horizon 2020 aspirations and wants to involve as many members of the University community in its shaping as possible. Alongside campus ‘town hall’ meetings, working groups and other discussions, unijam will provide an opportunity for students, staff, alumni and friends to have their say and propose ideas and issues for consideration.

The University is a learning organisation with a social mission to promote and foster critical thought and discussion – it is using unijam as a unique tool to facilitate a discussion within its own community. The coming together of a diversity of views, voices and contributions will guarantee a vibrant future for the university.

Who can register and participate?

UniSA staff and students use your UniSA email address when registering

UniSA alumni – if we have your email address, we have sent you an email invite and you can register using that email address. If you haven’t received an invite by email, you will need to update your details to be able to register.

UniSA friends – selected friends of the University have also been invited to participate

How do I register?

Complete the registration form (hosted by IBM) and follow the instructions on the email you will receive from IBM. You must complete the validation step to confirm your registration. The last day to register is 28th May.

When does unijam take place?

unijam will begin at 10am (Australian Central Standard Time) on Wednesday 29th May and conclude at midnight on Thursday 30th May.

What will happen at unijam?

unijam will comprise a series of online discussion forums covering a range of topics. You’ll be able to chat with VIPs, industry and business leaders from all over the world, plus senior managers from UniSA. You can ‘follow’ particular threads of discussion or a specific person’s comments, as well as make your own comments. Your responses will not be anonymous...but that's a great way to connect with others you know during the jam.

What happens after unijam?

The unijam conversations will be distilled by IBM through its data analytics capabilities to help guide our strategy development. A detailed report will be prepared by IBM on the major themes that emerged during the discussion for consideration by the University. A new strategic action plan will then be published in July.

Can I log in to unijam without making any comments?

Yes, you can just view the unijam conversation but you must still register to log in to the event.

Do I need to be on campus for unijam?

No, you can join the unijam from anywhere you like, as long as you have registered and have a computer and internet access.

Do I have to be on social media to register?

No, this section of the registration process is optional.

I’m having problems registering

The registration process is hosted by IBM and their registration FAQs are here. If this doesn’t solve your problem, send an email to

Can I change my details after I have registered?

Yes, there are some things you can change (eg your icon or photo) once the unijam event has started on 29 May.

What are the unijam rules?

unijam enables large numbers of our community to take part in an online forum and help design the future of the University. The unijam rules allow all participants to engage in this unique opportunity openly (your responses will not be anonymous), freely and safely.

Every participant must agree to the unijam rules prior to gaining access to the web site and the rules will be accessible via every page during the unijam. Failure to follow these rules will result in removal of the participant from unijam. Content deemed inappropriate by the University will be deleted from unijam.

unijam Rules

As unijam is a ‘public’ environment, we ask you to agree to the following rules so that everyone can participate freely and safely:

  • All information provided to unijam is public, so please do not contribute any confidential information or ideas.
  • Personal attacks on others, publishing defamatory material, posting personal information about others, and inappropriate language or behaviours are unacceptable in unijam.
  • Everything you write must be either factual or clearly identifiable as an opinion.
  • Participants must not distribute or transmit any material that is inappropriate, illegal or offensive.
  • Copying directly from other people’s email without the permission from the original writer is not permitted.

If you are a student or a staff member of the University please be aware that the usual codes and guidelines apply to your participation in unijam.

unijam may edit or remove any post that it considers to be in violation of these rules or for any other reason deemed appropriate by unijam.