All posts by Helen Carter

Hi! I’m Helen Carter and I look after the Innovation and Scholarship pages of the TECHE blog. If you have any suggestions for this or any other part of the blog why not make a contribution or email me – Helen.Carter@mq.edu.au. You can also follow me on twitter – HCatME

Report on workplace e-Learning

Koru made of juggling clubsThe New Zealand Ministry of Education has published a report giving an overview of the literature relating to e-learning in workplaces in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. While the report does not cover provider-based efforts, it does include workplaces in these countries.

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Could assessment design improve student employability?

Graduate employability continues to be an area of concern in higher education, particularly as students face mounting debt arising from deferred university fees.  Exploring ways to improve student employability by embedding the development of skills within students’ learning experience has obvious benefits.  A model to support the redesign of assessments, embedding the development of skills and competencies could help.

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Wearable tech(e)?

Conceptualising the potentials of wearable technologies

Wearable technologies are poised to profoundly impact upon the way we access information, communicate and learn as a society, but also immense issues in terms of access, privacy, equity and so on. The Learning Technologies Research Cluster (LTRC) Wearable Technologies Summit held on the 27th of November drew together over 30 leading educational thinkers from across the University to consider ways that wearable technologies can be used to transform learning.

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FILT Alumnus wins scholarship

FILT Alumnus wins scholarship

Congratulations Karen Winter! Karen, an alumnus of the Foundation in Learning and Teaching (FILT) Program, was awarded the 2014 FILT Alumni Scholarship at a recent FILT Alumni network meeting. Her proposal “International students’ evaluation of teaching”, aims to explore the effect international students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds have on Learner Experience of Teaching (LET) surveys.

FiLT alumnus Karen Winter
FiLT alumnus Karen Winter

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Access to, & success in, open, online & flexible learning key to addressing 21C challenges

Access to, and success in, open, online and flexible learning are key solutions to the pressing development challenges and needs of 21st century societies, emphasises the November 2014 Bali Declaration by ICDE’s higher education leaders.

“To tackle inequality, unemployment, in particular among youth, and progress towards the development goals of nations, a new commitment is needed to opening up education, technology enhanced learning, the use of open educational resources, online, flexible and blended learning, research and innovation in the design, development, deployment and delivery of education at all levels.”

This is the central conclusion of an ICDE – UNESCO Policy Forum in Bali, as pointed out by Professor Tian Belawati, President of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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Designing for Digital Diversity

Introducing Universal Design for Learning and Teaching (UD4LT)

Imagine you are a student from a country whose first language is not English who has just secured a place in an undergraduate course at Macquarie University. You’ve struggled hard to get here, passing the required IELTS test to prove your proficiency in English, and providing evidence of the academic skills required to study at tertiary level. At your first lecture you sit confidently in the second row of the auditorium waiting to absorb the knowledge offered by your chosen course.

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What proportion of your assessment items are being text-matched?

The extent of non-original language that’s acceptable within a work is highly variable. In the instance of Law, where you want students to extensively cite legislation or decisions, anything less than 40% might indicate the student is giving you an opinion piece rather than genuine analysis of the law.

Conversely, the alarm bells go off for me when the rating is 0%. That can be indicative of a paper from a paper mill.

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Assuring the quality of academic standards

Can peer review and external referencing assure the quality of academic standards across the sector?

Have your say

The OLT Peer Review of Assessment Network project team are seeking feedback from the HE sector on the proposed Peer Review of Assessment Network Framework (go to SERRU website) to inform the recommendations for the Final Report to the OLT in December, 2014. Please send your feedback to Dr Sara Booth: Sara.Booth@utas.edu.au

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Winning game helps students ask the right questions

The Reading Game

The Reading Game developed at Macquarie University has won the web-based games category of the Educational Games Competition in Berlin. The Competition was held at the 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL), in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Serious Game Development and Application (SGDA) in Berlin 2014. With 100+ entries from every continent, the Reading Game was also placed 2nd overall in the Competition. The program was designed and developed by Robert Parker from the Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC), with Richard Kroon a games developer.

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