All posts by Geraldine Timmins

I am the Community and Engagement Lead for the Learning Innovation Hub and Teche Editor. I'm a communicator, connector and collaborator. I like bringing people together and opening up conversation. Feel free to get in touch with story and event ideas.

Top Tips If You’re New To Teaching (Or Need A Refresher)

[adapted from a previous article by Chris Froissard]

Are you a new member of teaching staff at Macquarie? You may be feeling overwhelmed, in the lead up Session 2, having to familiarise yourself with a new learning platform, a myriad of new educational technologies, and the many policies and customs of your department and faculty.

You may be an existing convenor who feels a bit rusty with what tools are available, knowing where things are, and what support is on hand.

Do not despair, here are some helpful pointers to ensure your preparation for Session 2 is as smooth as possible.

10. SKILLS WORKSHOPS

There are a number of skills workshops on offer in and around the start of Session 2 to support your use of our learning technologies.

Brush up on iLearn Basics, Lectern Training, the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform, Feedback Studio and Rubrics, Learning Analytics, and Gradebook.

View and enrol in upcoming workshops via the Teche Events page.

9. SELF-HELP ON ILEARN FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS

Are you new to iLearn, or are you rusty on just how to use a particular iLearn activity? What if your students have questions too?

There are Quick Guides available for both staff and students on the MQ website and are accessible through the footer of each iLearn course.

You can also enrol in the following self-paced iLearn tutorial units:
Discover iLearn for Convenors Online Course
Discover iLearn for Tutors Online Course
Discover iLearn Gradebook Online Course

8. OPEN ILEARN

Developing a new unit or redesigning an existing one? Where can educators discover superb exemplars of effective unit design in iLearn?

Over 2000 units are open in iLearn so you can explore examples of different approaches other convenors and educators take when designing their units.

Chris Froissard, Faculty of Arts Senior Learning Designer, wrote a great overview of the Open iLearn initiative and gives a number of specific examples you can take a look at.

The Faculty of Arts iLearn ToolBox also provides some very helpful information about how you can develop your iLearn site.

7. DROP-IN CLINIC

Drop-in Clinics are available so you can just turn up and get help from Learning Technologies Support personnel or a Learning Designer – no need to book!

The Central Drop-in Clinic runs:

17 July – 28 July 2017 (Mon-Fri) – C5A 201 10am- 2pm

31 July – 4 August 2017 (Mon-Fri) – W6B 259 10am- 2pm

and the Arts Drop-In Clinic runs:

Every Monday 1pm -2 pm and Tuesday 12pm -1 pm – W6A 325

6. WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROCEDURES THAT I NEED TO COMPLY WITH?

Unclear about university requirements around learning and teaching?

There are numerous policies you need to be aware of, you can access them through Policy Central. Specifically, make sure you are familiar with the Assessment Policy.

5. HOW DO I: CREATE A NEW, OR COPY, AN EXISTING UNIT GUIDE; CREATE A NEW OR COPY, AN EXISTING ILEARN SITE?

The one-stop-shop for all of these requirements is the cousin to iLearn, iTeach. For guides on how to use it go to iTeach Quick Guides

4. RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

If you are getting a sense that some of your students, particularly first-year students, may be struggling to adapt to university studies, there are numerous support units you can point them to.

Mac101 provides an overview of life at Macquarie and points to other support locations around campus.

There are a number of “Wise” units, developed to provide specific Learning Skills and development support. There is CareerWise, InfoWise, StudyWise, and WellbeingWise.

3. COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE/STAFF UNITS

Most of the faculties have either a “Community of Practice” or Staff page, containing useful faculty-based information. Here are links to some of these pages.
Arts Community of Practice Page
FSE Staff Information Page
Survival Guide to Faculty of Human Sciences

The FBE Community page is currently in development – for more information contact the FBE Learning & Teaching Team.

For more information on FMHS Community Units, contact the FMHS Learning & Teaching Team.

2. ONEHELP

Where can I go if I have a problem such as …?

The answer to this one is simple. OneHelp is the university’s one-stop-shop request ticketing system that allows you to place a request for help on just about anything.

1.  YOUR FACULTY LEARNING DESIGNERS

Get to know your Faculty Learning & Teaching Teams a little better. They are a wealth of knowledge, have a vast range of expertise and are there to support you for all your teaching needs.

Learning Innovation Hub Learning Designer Fidel Fernando has (so far) profiled 4 of the 5 Faculty Learning & Teaching Teams.

FBE
FMHS
FoA
FHS
FSE has not yet been profiled, contact Natalie Spence.

3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know

From Session 2 2017, Echo360’s upgraded software, Active Learning Platform (ALP), will be available in all units. Over the next few months, the faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub will be running a number of workshops, posts and events to support the adoption of this new software by the teaching community (further details at bottom of article).

“It is a pedagogical tool, not just a classroom recorder.  Instructors love it because they can track student questions and answers. Students are engaging us through the platform in the way we want them to”  Dr. Kem Rogers, University of Western Ontario.

Continue reading 3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know

Your chance to contribute to the Macquarie story

Macquarie has an extraordinary history of inspiring stories of learning and discovery.  As part of ongoing work to serve and engage with our communities, Macquarie University’s senior leadership team want to develop a clear narrative and a strong proposition for communications to various audiences by portraying our collective story.

Continue reading Your chance to contribute to the Macquarie story

What is the Learning Innovation Hub?

The Learning Innovation Hub was established in early 2016, after the Learning and Teaching Centre discontinued. The LIH brings to the community many different and diverse skills and resources.

Continue reading What is the Learning Innovation Hub?

Be Bold For Change

Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, Macquarie University launched its Workplace Gender Equity Strategy. Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Co-Chair of the Gender Equity Strategy Committee, launched the Strategy and Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Downton and guest Kristina Keneally, 42nd Premier of NSW and Director of Gender Inclusion at MGSM, addressed a gathering at one of many launch events across campus today.

Continue reading Be Bold For Change

Start of Session 1 Staff Drinks

Welcome back for the start of Session 1!

You may have already had a faculty shindig or two but how about we get together for an all-staff, cross-faculty ‘Start of Session 1’ meet up?

Are you new to Macquarie and want to meet other staff members? Feeling the need to be more social? Want to meet people from other faculties? Just happy to make it through Week 1?

Meet us at the U-Bar

Friday 10 March, 2017

From 4pm (Happy Hour is 4:30-6:30)

We’ll have a section just to ourselves, in the ‘grass/beer garden’ area. Pop it in the diary – hope to see you there!

The Learning Technologies and Spaces Roadmap, 2017-2020

In late 2015 Professor Sherman Young launched the Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework, Learning for the Future. Point 1.3.1 of Learning for the Future calls for the creation of a “roadmap for the development of spaces and technologies”.

Continue reading The Learning Technologies and Spaces Roadmap, 2017-2020