Jingle bells, jingle bells.. Santa Claus is coming to town. Macquarie University should quickly headhunt him, as he will make a great Macquarie lecturer. Not convinced? Here are nine reasons why:
Encouraging undergraduate students to do some research is good. It improves ‘authenticity’ of learning, helps students put what they learn into practice and improves students’ confidence.
However, what do you do if you are teaching neuroscience and the required research equipment costs tens of thousands of dollars?! You get an affordable, commercial ‘gaming’ headpiece that costs ~60 times less. Continue reading A ‘savvy’ way to expose undergraduates to research
What comes to mind when you hear ‘accessibility’?
For many people accessibility is associated with supporting students with special needs. However, accessibility is important for all students, as it provides a better browsing experience, especially on mobiles and tablets, which are rapidly gaining in popularity.
This post will give you 5 high-impact practical steps to improve the accessibility of your unit. Continue reading 5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.
I am so excited. I received an invitation to attend Youtube training, and I’ve been told that it’s a big deal, as it’s the first Popup Youtube Space in Australia. There will be creators from all over Australia and New Zealand. The event is ‘invite-only’, and it should be cutting-edge.
I sign up for both Saturday and Sunday, reschedule my weekend plans, and rush to Australian Film and Radio School in Moore Park.
An hour and a half in the first training, and I am ready to crawl under the chair and cry.
Are you one of these people who finds themselves saying at a dinner party “At least there is a lot of autonomy in what I do…” when you talk about your teaching??
Think again. Research suggests that working in isolation might actually be harmful for your job satisfaction and well-being, especially if you are an ‘early career’ academic.
Have you ever wondered what is being covered in other units of study at Macquarie?
You may be a unit convenor looking to incorporate interdisciplinary examples in your unit to help students connect the dots between your and other units. Or you might want to see how your colleagues are designing their online units to get some fresh ideas and inspiration. Continue reading A countdown to Opening iLearn [important]
Wouldn’t it be good to get in the same room with people who have spent years thinking about important learning and teaching issues? I had such an opportunity yesterday, when I attended a workshop by OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) fellows A/Prof. Sophie Arkoudis and Dr Anne Harris looking on a thorny issue of communication skills of our graduates.
Missed it? Not to worry – here are my top 6 takeaways. A 3-hour workshop in 3 minutes! Continue reading 6 takeaways about improving students’ communication skills
What do we really want our graduates to be? What skills do we want them to acquire to become excellent practitioners? One answer to this question is that our graduates need to become ‘evidence-based’ practitioners and use the latest evidence in professional decision-making.
Wouldn’t it be great if indigenous knowledge and cultures were embedded into our classrooms? Wouldn’t it be good to be more aware of Indigenous stories and perspectives? Continue reading Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025……in a minute!
How does one design a non-accredited program? What works and what does not? This case study of a new Macquarie program shares some insights… Continue reading 9 tips for designing a non-accredited program: a case study