Two weeks ago the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia hosted HERDSA2017, a key conference on research and development in higher education. This year’s theme was “Curriculum Transformation” with presentations organised around practical implications, drivers and facilitators in curriculum transformation. A few colleagues from Macquarie and I enjoyed stimulating, eye opening and thought-provoking conversations.
Here is what I learned based on selected presentations I attended:
Continue reading Ideas From HERDSA2017
A recent discussion on end-of-session marking highlighted three things to address to alleviate the workload, for either upcoming or future marking, as well as making marking (or the results thereof) more meaningful:
- Providing and using feedback
- And marking in teams
Continue reading More On Marking: Rubrics, Feedback and Team Marking
Ideally speaking university education engages students in a research-rich learning environment, aiming to foster research competencies such as scientific reasoning and critical thinking. However, it may not always be straightforward to explicate research in undergraduate teaching in a way that is visible and approachable for students. Continue reading Engaging First-Year Students In Research: An Example From The Netherlands
This series of posts presents ten simple suggestions to help you change your units or parts of your units to develop students’ research skills and competencies that you can adapt to suit your particular context. Continue reading Ten Easy Ways To Put Research And Inquiry Into Units (2/10)
Whenever I talk to my teaching friends on campus at the end of session, I hear moaning and groaning: “I love teaching if there wasn’t all this marking!” For many teachers marking isn’t enjoyable, and they usually go into survival mode for a few weeks or an intense couple of days (and nights!) just after exam time.
Here are some helpful tips on how to manage intense marking periods and stay sane:
Continue reading Surviving And Managing Marking
How can teachers find out if they are doing a good job? One way is by asking their students.
Continue reading Last Orders Please: Use Your TEDS Surveys Wisely
The Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research conference (ACUR) is running on September 27-28 this year at the University of Adelaide. Continue reading Heads Up, Undergraduate Research! Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research Is Calling
Macquarie University encourages peer review of teaching as a professional development activity that benefits both the reviewee and the reviewer, and ultimately our students. Continue reading Get involved: Peer Review at Macquarie
The doctoral degree (aka the PhD) is increasingly international and interdisciplinary and more than 50% of doctoral students will not end up in academia. Hence, there is a growing need for research candidates to develop transferable and professional skills for employment in academic as well as non-academic roles. Continue reading New HDR Online Offering