Using Google Drive for Collaboration

by Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer working with the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University   Why is collaboration important for learning? Collaboration can be defined as a coordinated, synchronous activity that is the result of an ongoing attempt to construct and maintain a shared conception of a problem (Alluri & Balasubramanian, 2006). It has also … Continue reading Using Google Drive for Collaboration

Collaboration in Office 365….and busting a big myth about GoogleDrive!

The transition to Office 365 has not been without its hiccups, so I have decided to work with the Macquarie Office 365 Support team to clarify how we should be using the various platforms we have available to us, and share tips as I learn them*. But to start with, some mythbusting: Contrary to rumour, … Continue reading Collaboration in Office 365….and busting a big myth about GoogleDrive!

Mapping your way to improved student learning

There are many ways to represent information that can help students learn. One of the least utilised is using visual representations with text. In some instances, using text together with visuals leads to improved learning, compared to using only text. This has been called the multimedia principle by Mayer and others. Here we will unpack … Continue reading Mapping your way to improved student learning

A reminder – Unit Moderation Guidelines for Unit Convenors for S2 2015

Dear Unit Convenors For Session 2 2015, we have added a focus on managing the risk of academic dishonesty in the Convenor’s Report (see revised Convenor_Report template and Sample_Convenor_Report ). A Google drive document is available for each Department which incorporates all the required information – here is the link. Units The Convenor’s Report focuses on three questions : What … Continue reading A reminder – Unit Moderation Guidelines for Unit Convenors for S2 2015

So, you’re thinking about teaching with tablets?

Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer, offers some tips for what to think about if you’re considering using tablets in your teaching. Since the successful introduction of the iPad in 2010, tablet computers are becoming increasingly popular among students, professionals and everyday people. Because of their portability, quality display and touch screen capability, tablets are ideal devices … Continue reading So, you’re thinking about teaching with tablets?

Larry Page Talks Ted

And here we thought Google Drive was something…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mArrNRWQEso Earlier this week Google CEO Larry Page did an interview as part of a TED Talk, and holy cow was it a sha-bang and a half. Some of the technology innovations Google are coming up with are not only game changers, but may even be game set and match for all looking to take on AI, transport and the like. Watch this and leave your thoughts for food in the comments below.