All posts by Chris Froissard

Chris is a keen and passionate educational technologist. He has worked in many different educational sectors over the years. He recently completed a Masters of Education at Macquarie University. He is one of the Senior Learning Designers at the Faculty of Arts for Macquarie University. His aim is to bring the worlds of educational practitioners together with educational researchers to create effective and transformative teaching and learning experiences.

Goodbye to Fiona Nicolson from all her colleagues at the LTC and Mac Uni

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Fiona at farwell tea

Today LTC says goodbye to a prodigal daughter, Fiona Nicolson. Fiona has been with us for many years and she has had a tremendous impact on the quality of teaching and learning at Macquarie University.

We caught up with Fiona before she heads off; here is what she had to say.

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Adios, Jorge: LTC Staff member moving on

This week the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) will be saying goodbye to a well loved and respected educational designer, Jorge Reyna. It is fair to say that he has had a significant impact on staff from the LTC and throughout the university. He has been a friendly, helpful and creative colleague that the LTC will be sorry to see leave. However Jorge is moving to greener pastures and Macquarie’s loss is another’s gain. As the field of educational design and technology is small we have no doubt that we’ll run into Jorge in future.

Watercooler caught up with Jorge before his departure to find out about where he’ll be going and what he has most enjoyed about Macquarie.

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Meet a new staff member from the LTC – Danny Liu

The Learning and Teaching Centre’s staff have diverse roles, and each member brings their own set of skills and experiences, interests and passions.  Sometimes it can help to know a bit about a person – you can gain an appreciation of how they could help you and where they are coming from.

LTC has recently recruited a new Academic Developer, Dr Danny Liu. If you are curious about what an AD does and how they could help you, why not read on and meet Danny who is AD for the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Ideas anyone? Ideas, rocks and Cathedrals.

Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris

“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.” – Antoine St. Exupery

Do you have an idea for enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience of learning? Perhaps it could turn into something wonderful. What can you do about it?

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Trialing an in-class polling tool for student participation (Part 2)

To find out why we started this trial of an in-class polling tool and how we prepared for it, read part one of this article.

The classroom experience

Dan Daugaard decided to use Socrative with a limited number of questions. He also used both multiple choice and text responses. He trialled the tool in three different classes of 40+ students: two in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

Dan utilised the tool in a number of different ways which illustrate the inventiveness and creativity that is possible in academic teaching and the flexibility of in-class polling tools.

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Trialing an in-class polling tool for student participation (Part 1)

Chris, Dan and Diedre
Chris, Dan and Deidre

Dan Daugaard is a Fellow in the Applied Finance Centre at Macquarie University. He’s not afraid of trying something new to help his students engage and understand the complex information that they grapple with in lectures.

I had the good fortune of working with Deidre Seeto (Educational Developer) and Dan in the first half of this year, on a Faculty Partnership Project that aimed to facilitate greater student participation and engagement in the postgraduate unit ECFS865 Investments.

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Webinars on compressed curriculum at Macquarie

Faculties at Macquarie University have, or are moving towards offering courses using a compressed curriculum or intensive delivery mode. Do you want to find out what impact this has on unit design and assessment? Do you want to see case studies where some faculties have successfully implemented this model?

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Less is definitely more by Chris Froissard (Reflections on Learning and Teaching Week)

This was my first Learning and Teaching week. I didn’t know what to expect. Was it going to be an interminable series of one-way discussions, or obtuse monotonic research presentations? I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of presenters, topics and formats. I was unable to attend all sessions, but I think this “less” rather than “more” approach allowed me to have some time to reflect.

Here are a few key ideas that I took from the sessions I attended.

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