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Lara Hardy

keeping digital natives engaged

On an episode of the ABC’s QandA, panelists from the Sydney Writers’ Festival, including Norman Doidge M.D., psychiatrist and neuroplasticity expert, debated the issue of our brains being rewired due to constant technology use and the associated multi-tasking and over-stimulation that we have now become used to (or frazzled by). Other authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Nicholas Carr, have also explained how the internet is changing our brains.

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University students help themselves by helping others: Student Mentoring

If someone had told me when I enrolled in my postgraduate Education degree that towards the end of my first year I would be engaging in some very energetic African drumming/dancing on Level 3 of the Campus Hub building with some fellow university students, high school students, their teachers, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Inclusion), I might not have believed them…

So why would a self-confessed introvert such as myself venture out of their comfort zone and tear themselves away from their iLearn modules and the library research databases to do something with such potential for social awkwardness?? Continue reading University students help themselves by helping others: Student Mentoring

Creating and enhancing online learning communities

One of the strategic goals of Macquarie’s Centre for Open Education is to develop and support the Macquarie University virtual campus so that our students feel part of and connect to the wider university community. One of the questions we ask is: how do we ensure students studying units purely online become part of an energetic and engaged learning community?

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