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Calling all FILTers – to Articulate or not to Articulate – that is the question…

Dr Anna Rowe
Dr Anna Rowe

Come and join Dr Anna Rowe from the Learning and Teaching Centre and learn what it takes for those who have participated in the Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FILT) program to articulate into the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. This will be an informative question and answer session and participants will gain knowledge of the pathways into the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and requirements for completing the FILT Program.

To register, please click here FILT Articulation into the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.
Date: Thursday, 23 October 2014
Time: 12.30pm-2pm

Reflection For Learning Summit

Reflection as Art‘Reflection for learning: a summit on contemplative practices for higher education’ was held on the 21st of August at Macquarie University.

Hosted by Dr Marina Harvey from the Learning and Teaching Centre, the summit brought together practitioners and researchers in the field of contemplative education and reflective practices in Higher Education. Some of our guests travelled interstate and included representatives from five Australian universities (including Macquarie).

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Burning Desire for Blended Delivery? Try FLaMe!

FLaMe (Flexible Learning at Macquarie) is a professional development program that introduces Macquarie staff to some of the key principles and techniques for successfully blending online and face-to-face teaching. Participants are supported to redesign a current iLearn unit or create a new one for blended delivery.

Register here for Session 2, 2014

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Language matters…

LSWritten by Alice Lee, Learning Skills Adviser

Language matters….especially when you are marking written assignments and trying to make sense of what students want to say. If your students are having trouble expressing themselves clearly and accurately, why not refer them to the Session 2 Academic Language workshops offered by Learning Skills? Upcoming topics include Building More Accurate Sentences, Writing Clearer Sentences, Linking Your Ideas Clearly, and Focus on Verb Tenses.

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Intensive Mode Delivery: Where to Start?

Jorge Reyna

by Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer working with the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University


What is intensive mode delivery?
Intensive mode refers to various alternatives to semester delivery of units; wherein teaching and learning occurs over a shorter timeframe than a semester. Intensive units provide greater access and opportunity to students who require greater flexibility in order to balance family, work and study (Curtis, 2000). Recent research has found that students regard intensive units as a short-cut and do less work than they would in a semester’s unit (Welsh, 2012). A secondary concern students pointed is fatigue toward the end of the unit. It is well-known that fatigue undermines learning and performance (Kahol et al, 2008). These issues pointed the need to ensure that the intensive mode delivery is not undermining student learning opportunities and outcomes.

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Come and WordPress with Ollie

Do you know what a personal learning environment is? Have you heard about WordPress? If this tool is used effectively students can use it to demonstrate and develop a number of skills and competencies.

Ollie Coady in this webinar session will show how WordPress has been used in a number of online units at Macquarie to help students develop graduate capabilities.

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More Secrets about Designing Videos for Learning Revealed

Come along and join Michael Rampe and Tom Kerr from the Learning and Teaching Centre in Session 2 for this exciting workshop where you will find out about designing educational videos which can be incorporated in your teaching practice.

This innovative workshop will focus on different types of educational media and the development of assessment tasks as shown by Michael and Tom who are highly successful and talented with loads of experience in this area.

To secure yourself a place in this session on Thursday 21 August at 1pm, click here to register.

Is there a short cut to academic success?

Of course not. Your students have to work hard for their marks. However, there are ways for them to take better control of their studies.

Learning Skills workshops start in Week 1 of Session 2 and offer students a chance to develop their study strategies.

The upcoming Session 2 general workshops cover Study Essentials, Assignment Writing, Incorporating Sources, and Academic Language (including grammar and vocabulary). There is also a series of workshops for postgraduate coursework students. There’s no need for students to register for the workshops. They can just show up on the day.

So before your students get stuck or off track on their assignments, why not let them know how they can get into the driver’s seat?