Introducing the 2016 Teche Awards

Calling all Teche readers. On behalf of the Learning and Innovation Hub and the Teche Editorial Team, we would like to introduce to you all….(drumroll please)….. The 2016 Teche Awards!  

We are asking you, the Teche community to pick the winners, it’s your vote (for the People’s Choice awards, that is).

The Teche blog has had 191 posts in the last year, a whopping 7233 views during August and an outstanding 585 views on the 25th August. For that, we would like to reward your efforts!

The winners will be announced at the Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Awards on Monday, October 24th.

The categories are:

The Post with the Most Impact 

The Learning and Teaching People’s Choice

The Overall People’s Choice

So dear reader, cast your vote here!

Voting closes on the 24th September.

Happy Voting!

A little bird told me (how to work the twittersphere).

For the early riser, one of the most engaging things about twitter is seeing snapshots of news. My bite sized attention span, pre caffeine at 6am, can grasp the latest political scandal in nanoseconds. Long gone are the days of bland tweets about breakfast food choices.

If twitter can demand our attention with a humble 140 characters, and even compel us to retweet these snips, then it’s no surprise that it’s an equally effective tool for academia. Here are a few ideas about becoming engaged with twitter and  using it better.

Many academics at Macquarie have active twitter accounts. It’s part of developing a researcher profile. It can be used for sharing news about publications as well as personal views. Whilst twitter can’t convey complex ideas and research, it can point to them and heighten awareness.

You may have heard about the university’s subscription to which is a new learning tool. If you’re unsure about using twitter, you might want to look at this guide, available from Lynda.comOXFORDcomma

Hashtags are great for building community. Good examples are #PHDchat, #SocialMedia, #librariesrock, #twiterstorians and #academicwriting. You can also use a tag for a group you are convening: for instance, #MResLib16 is currently in use for a Masters of Research group here.

Follow interesting people and groups, as you’ll then have an interesting feed. It’s all about setting up a curated flow of ideas which will engage and inform you.  For example, @AcademicsSay, @scholarlykitchn, @thesiswhisperer as well as general news, such as @HuffPostAu, @timeshighered.  Of course, don’t forget our handle @Macquarie_Uni

When choosing your Twitter handle, keep it short and easy. You can use your banner to promote your latest book, or a conference you’re organising. You’ll gain many of your followers from tweeting at conferences, and generally whisking out commentary on interesting stuff.


The library database Altmetric Explorer tracks twitter references to academic material. If you’re curious to know more about this, have a look at this example, which is affiliated to Macquarie, and has been tweeted over 3400 times. Your Research Librarian can also offer guidance on Altmetric Explorer.

For more tips on using twitter effectively, read this guide from ‘The Online Academic’ titled “How to grow your Twitter network”.  You might also like to look at the social media guidelines from Macquarie University.

You can  make a catalogue of the best tweets and pics you’ve posted from a hashtag using ‘storify’. This can be useful when you want to save tweets from a conference permanently, and filter out any dribble – you can share the story of what went down with others. This link is a good guide on how to do this, and here is an example.

Twitter is no longer a brave new world. It’s a mainstream and, some would argue, vital part of our landscape. With  widespread use in academia jumping on and using it well is worth considering.

If you have a favourite twitter moment or hashtag, be part of the conversation and post it below.


System and Network Maintenance – Sunday 18 September 2016

Scheduled system and network maintenance is taking place on Sunday 18 September from 4am to 1.30pm. Work is being undertaken to continue infrastructure and network upgrades, as a result the following systems and services are impacted:

On and off campus access to applications:

  • 4am to 12pm – All university applications will experience up to 5 intermittent outages that will last up to 10 minutes each.
    Telephones and off campus access to emails are unaffected.

OneNet and telephones:

OneNet WiFi, wired network and telephones will be unavailable in the following buildings:

  • 7am to 8.30am – 12 Second Way (C5A)
  • 9.30am – 11am – 3 Innovation Road (EMC)
  • 12pm to 1.30pm – 4 Research Park Drive (BD)
Stay informed:

Farewell, ‘Ms Teche’…. The Lucy Arthur story

Lucy Arthur, my friend, colleague, inspiring co-worker, has been on my case for a while inviting me to contribute to Teche.

Having infrequently published posts on Teche, Lucy diagnosed me with a severe case of “imposter syndrome” (fear of being exposed as a “fraud” – at least at writing blog posts in my case ).

However, I now believe it is a must to write, as Lucy is leaving Macquarie after 7 years and I strongly feel that a Teche Post written by ‘ME’ would be the best farewell present I can give her.

Continue reading Farewell, ‘Ms Teche’…. The Lucy Arthur story

Thoughts on teaching and practice: A chat with Peter Keegan

Are you interested in finding out what drives Peter Keegan, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University? Do you want to know what he thinks about teaching and practice at university and his views on convening a blended learning unit? If so, join us for a chat with Peter.  Continue reading Thoughts on teaching and practice: A chat with Peter Keegan

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