“Chocolate truffles” by Austin Kirk  CC BY 2.0

A sweet way to improve class participation

The year was 2008. It was the last week of the semester, and I sat hungry and slouched in the final lecture of the semester for COMP229: Object-Oriented Programming Practices. It was late at night, and I expected to be wandering in-and-out of stupor as the lecture marched along — after all, I had just recently completed a Himalayan heap of assessment tasks.

To my surprise, I was quite awake and paying attention. In fact, my ears were perked in expectation for the next question being posed. I was physically leaning forward in preparation. Continue reading

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Program-level design: 10 practical strategies for ‘keeping it real’

Program-level design helps to provide students with a coherent learning pathway, and ensures what they experience is more than a ‘collection of individual units’.

One Macquarie program that has successfully implemented program-level design is the Doctor of Physiotherapy. We talked to Associate Professor Mark Hancock about his Department’s experience of maintaining a program-based design over the last 5 years.

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