All posts by Olga Kozar

After completing her PhD in the Department of Linguistics, Olga joined Learning and Teaching team. She is passionate about educational innovations and good teaching. Give her a shout if you'd like to talk all things learning and teaching.

A ‘savvy’ way to expose undergraduates to research

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

5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.

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.

Are we delusional? [my observations from a recent training]

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.

sign moore park

An hour and a half in the first training, and I am ready to crawl under the chair and cry.

Continue reading Are we delusional? [my observations from a recent training]

A toxic effect of ‘flying solo’ for teaching staff

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.

Continue reading A toxic effect of ‘flying solo’ for teaching staff

A countdown to Opening iLearn [important]

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]

6 takeaways about improving students’ communication skills

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

How can evidence-based practice be embedded into a program?? Our story

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.

Dr. Andrew Davidson and Mary Simons share a great story of how they have been helping medical students to become ‘evidence-based’ clinicians.

Continue reading How can evidence-based practice be embedded into a program?? Our story