Lise Barry and Iqbal Barkat

Recently Lise Barry and Iqbal Barkat won a  Faculty of Arts 2017  Learning and Teaching  Award.

Please click on the link to see what they have to say about what changes they made to their unit, why they made them and how the students have responded to their innovation.

Lise Barry

Iqbal Barkat

Employability in Higher Education – Improving Assessment and Student Self-Awareness

Employability in Higher Education – Improving Assessment and Student Self-Awareness

For all Heads of Department, Program Directors and Academic Advisers, take note that the Australian Business Deans Council is hosting two workshops in the first week of July at the MGSM Conference Centre:

  1. Redesigning Course Assessment – A Program Leader’s Guide
  2. Supporting Employability – Workshop for Academic Advisors

Professor Chris Rust will present Redesigning Course Assessment – A Program Leader’s Guide

Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

 Time: 9.00am for 9.15am – 1pm

 Venue: Meeting Room 248, MGSM Conference Centre, 99 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park.  

 RSVP:,  Telephone 02 9850 9482


 This interactive workshop (based on a chapter in a forthcoming book) is intended for any program or course leader, or Head of School/Department, who seriously wants to improve their assessment practice. Supported by current research, the workshop will argue the need to reduce but improve summative assessment, regarding in particular the assessment of program outcomes and integrated learning, while increasing opportunities for formative assessment, the development of the students’ assessment literacy, and effective engagement with feedback – and provide practical examples of how this can and has been done.

Lorna Froud will present Supporting Employability – Workshop for Academic Advisors

 Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

 Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: Meeting Room 267, MGSM Conference Centre, 99 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park 

RSVP:,  Telephone 02 9850 9482


An interactive workshop to give academic advisers/personal tutors an opportunity to develop and share good practice in order to provide timely, effective and appropriate support to students in the development of their critical self-awareness in support of their academic success and employability whilst at university.

Through a series of practical activities, participants will develop a deeper understanding of Critical Self-Awareness in the context of employability and what encourages students to develop effectively.  The aim is to provide a constructive forum for the exchange of ideas and sharing of good practice, as well as reassurance and some useful practical tools and resources.  Participants will also gain clarity on roles and boundaries, signposting and referral, and know what information and support is available.

By attending this session participants will be able to:

  • define what it is for students to be personally literate and critically self-aware in the context of employability and the graduate labour market
  • identify practical ways to foster students’ own development of their Critical Self-awareness for employability and academic success through the Academic Guidance process
  • make use of the support available from their university careers centre, aware of respective roles and boundaries, and knowing when to refer

Chris Rust –

Retired Emeritus Professor

Oxford Brookes University

Chris Rust is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes where he worked for over 25 years.  He was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate from 2001-2011.  Between 2005-10 he was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). For his last three years, he was Associate Dean (Academic Policy)

He has researched and published on a range of issues including:

  • the experiences of new teachers in HE
  • the positive effects of supplemental instruction
  • the effectiveness of workshops as a method of staff development
  • ways of diversifying assessment
  • improving student performance through engagement in the assessment process
  • the role & effectiveness of external examiners

He has been a Fellow of the RSA, a Senior Fellow of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) and was one of the first fourteen Senior Fellows of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Lorna Froud

Independent Higher Education Consultant

Lorna Froud was Head of Careers and Employment Centre at Oxford Brookes University, UK, during which time she also served on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisors).  More recently she was Director of Careers and Employability at the University of Reading, UK.  She is now an independent consultant.

Information provided by A/Prof. Peter Keegan,

AD L&T Faculty of Arts

Designing and facilitating a unit for external students

“any question” by Marcello Maria Perongini 2005 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“any question” by Marcello Maria Perongini 2005 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Do you have external students in your unit? Do you think that your unit could be better designed for these students? Then why not make some time in early July on Monday 3rd of July and Wednesday 5th July to attend a two-part workshop on Designing and facilitating a unit for external students.

In the workshops, we will look at how you can design and facilitate for engagement of your external students. The workshops will be practical, whereby you will be asked to develop learning designs, use online tools that you may not be aware of so that you can implement these ideas into your own units. The workshop facilitators have a range of expertise and knowledge that will ensure that you will have a rich and rewarding learning experience. Why not join us. You can attend both or choose one, it’s up to you.

You can book your place by going to these links: Designing and facilitating for external students (Workshop 1) and Designing and facilitating for external students (Workshop 2).

2017 Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Awards – Successful Nominations

It is our pleasure to announce the successful nominations for this year’s Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Awards.

Regardless of the outcome, all applicants should be commended for the innovative and engaging learning design, curriculum development and teaching practice reflected in their submissions.

Our students are exceedingly fortunate to participate in the diversity of learning experiences which our Faculty provides, and so we are thrilled to share with you just a few of the exciting approaches and initiatives that capture what is best about education in humanities and social sciences at Macquarie.

Matthew Bailey and Sean Brawley

For developing innovative flipped classroom curricula for diverse student cohorts enrolled across multiple, integrated modes of delivery

Lise Barry

For inspiring law students through innovation, passion and co-curricular support

Chris Froissard, Danny Liu, Deborah Richards, Amara Atif

For service innovation in the design, development and implementation of a learning analytics tool that supports learning and teaching at Macquarie University

Karen Pearlman and Iqbal Barkat

For facilitating student engagement, collaboration, communication and employability in screen production through the development of consolidated curricula and delivery which includes intensive teaching

Well done to all – and please do consider submitting a nomination for the 2018 round of the awards scheme.  There is, as we all know, so much good work being done.  Let’s hear your story!

The Faculty of Arts staff are invited to attend the award ceremony.

Date: 13th June, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Venue: W6A Room 107

Please note registration of attendance is necessary for catering.  Please  go to Teche – Events to register your attendance.

Written by A/Prof. Peter Keegan, A.D L&T, Faculty of Arts.

Results are in!

Thank you to all that took the time to complete the Arts L&T  “Have your Say” show and tell. 

Key takeaways from the survey:

  • A resounding requirement for Gradebook and Quiz setup workshop.
  • Workshops preferred during mid-session break (April) or during session break (June)
  • Arts L&T drop in clinics date and time was not known to many staff – They are held on Tues & Thur 12-1pm
  • Many Staff were happy with the services provided by Arts L&T

As our first action from your feedback,  we have organised a Gradebook workshop in W6B225 on 27th April 11am – 12:30pm – Please register to attend this workshop.


Gaigest – April 2017

A monthly digest by Gai

As the iLearn train pulls in to the mid-session break station, lets take a breather and look at few iLearn tools that you might have overlooked during the frenzied start to the session:

  • Quiz – user override
  • Group – group selection tool, groups
  • Turnitin rubric – how to set it, export/ import it

Continue reading Gaigest – April 2017

New Online Unit Moderation Report for 2017

In week 7 of Session 1 2017 the Arts Faculty is moving to a new Online Unit Moderation Report.
As you know, the new Assessment policy explicitly states:
“Moderation will occur at all stages of the assessment life-cycle, including unit planning, task design of the assessment regime, standards, pre-marking, post-marking and evaluation.”
To support convenors in undertaking moderation throughout the assessment life-cycle, an Online Unit Moderation Report was made available to unit convenors in session 2 2016. This has now been replaced by the new Online Unit Moderation report. You will see that the interface has changed and your feedback regarding the Qualtrix trial has been incorporated into the new report. These improvements include a more streamlined screen design, removal of dates, and a simpler process to log in and publish reports.
You can now access the new Online Unit Moderation Report. To do so,
  1. Go to the Quicklinks block (top right-hand side of all Faculty of Arts iLearn units)
  2. Select the Teaching Support (staff only) link. You will need to log in using your OneID user name and password.
  3. Scroll down to the Online Unit moderation report section to access both the links to your Online Unit Moderation Report and resources.
  4. When you access the report for the first time you must select your department and the units you are convening for 2017.
To see how to log in,
  1. Go to the Link to Resources and click.
  2. Scroll down to the Convenor Guide for the Online Moderation Report link.
We hope that you find the new Online Unit Moderation Report simple to use, and a useful tool in helping you to engage in moderation throughout the assessment life-cycle of your units of study.
For any technical questions, please contact Chris Froissard by
Telephone: 9850 4097


Have your say…

The Faculty of Arts L&T team is here to help.

So that we can provide the kind of professional service that best supports your teaching practice, please contribute your responses to a quick show-and-tell about your training and workshop needs.

There are only 8 questions and your participation should take only 5 minutes of your valuable time. Rest assured that your response is extremely valuable to us.

The Faculty of Arts Training and Workshop Show-and-Tell closes on 20th March 2017.