All posts by Panos Vlachopoulos

Panos Vlachopoulos is the Associate Dean Quality and Standards in the Faculty of Arts and a researcher in the area of technology-enhanced learning in higher education.

The Advanced Professional Development Program for International Academic Staff

This week, Macquarie University commenced an Advanced Academic Development Program (AADP) for a delegation of sixty Academics from China. We welcome 60 (yes, sixty!) bright-eyed academics, specialising in Law and Economics, to professional development on campus.

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Employability and beyond

Andrew McAfee, the Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, gave a very inspiring TED talk on the future of jobs. He described a future in which many of the ‘lower-level administrative tasks’ of our society may well be performed by machines. Other traditionally ‘highly respected’ jobs (doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc.) may well be at risk – unless we can re-invent them in light of the new technologically advanced society.

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Plato’s views on ‘student satisfaction’: The appetitive, spirited, and rational soul

Dr Panos Vlachopoulos (@PanosMQ), a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and a Philosophy graduate, reflects on Plato’s Theory of the Tripartile Soul and its relevance to the notion of ‘student satisfaction’.

Imagine that you have been presented with a moist, warm piece of chocolate cake, a slice of your own handmade but half-burnt pie, and an apple. Which one would you end up picking to eat?

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Design Develop Implement: a team based approach

The Design Develop Implement (DDI) initiative is a “fantastic team-based approach and an exemplar for how learning innovation and design should happen at MQ” (Professor Sherman Young-PVC LTD).

DDI Learning Design Process

This year a team lead by Dr Panos Vlachopoulos and Deidre Seeto from the Learning and Teaching Centre piloted an evidence-based collaborative approach to program learning design and development. Continue reading Design Develop Implement: a team based approach

Technology, timetabling and Taylorism

meeting…is this the future of the unit convenor role? 

Community of Practice meetings are a chance to take “time out” and consider the changing nature of the unit convenor role in the contemporary context. The use of technology, in both teaching and administration, is obviously a major factor in changing the nature of practice, as is the rapid expansion of student numbers over the last quarter-century, along with the internationalisation of the student cohort and the shift in students’ attitude to education. Regulation and cultures of measurement are increasingly invading the classroom, the curriculum and the everyday practice of teaching and teachers. Continue reading Technology, timetabling and Taylorism

Posters in Parliament: Celebrating Undergraduate Research

poster parliament nominees
Macquarie nominees Chi Yhun Lo and Caroline Valim

Ever thought of presenting your research in Parliament? What if you had the chance to tell the leaders of our country about your research?

On Monday 22nd September 2014, in Parliament House Canberra, 38 students from 16 different universities across Australia did that. They casually chatted to The Hon. Robert French AC (Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia), Mr John Alexander OAM MP (Member for Bennelong, NSW) and the likes about their research. Luckily, the threatening lockdown of Parliament House that Monday morning did not stop us. Just three hours before the exhibition began we received an invitation by the ABC 666 Canberra Drive radio programme to interview some of our presenters.

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Help! My student can’t write!

Writing matters and HDR supervision

By Claire Aitchison, Senior Lecturer, Learning and Teaching Centre

Frustrated_man_at_a_deskIt’s likely, that, at some time or another, you’ve heard an academic colleague express this sentiment. People hold very strong feelings about writing – and one person’s views are not necessarily shared by others. For example, what is considered convoluted and overly referenced in one discipline, may be considered quite normal in another.

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Copyright and Education

Good academic practice includes understanding how you can utilise other people’s material in your lessons and the practical alternatives available when you are stuck. This makes copyright fundamental to what you do.

 Many people cringe at hearing the word and that is understandable as copyright can be tricky. However, copyright principles can also be simple and in most cases educators can do a lot more than they realise.


Learn more about Copyright by downloading the “Copyright and Education slides  .

This presentation sets out the basics – it explains what copyright is and talks about the special provisions that exist in Australia to enable educational institutions to use other people’s copyright material without having to seek permission. It also includes some smart tips on managing copyright in the digital age.

Written by  Sylvie Saab, Executive Information Policy Officer, Library

Symposium on “Building Higher Degree Research Student Writing Capacity”

The Association of Academic Language and Learning (AALL)  is presenting a symposium Building Higher Degree Research Student Writing Capacity to be held at the University of Sydney, on October 3, 2014.

Abstracts are due July 16th !

This free one-day symposium is an opportunity for institutions to showcase innovative practices – offered by supervisors, academic developers and language advisers for example – that support doctoral writing and develop institutional capacity in developing researcher writing capabilities. The organisers are interested in individual and institutional innovations, theorisation and research, and we believe Macquarie University has much to offer in this regard. Continue reading Symposium on “Building Higher Degree Research Student Writing Capacity”

Formal Qualifications in University Teaching

Are they worth the effort?

HE wordeMacquarie University thinks they are!  For a number of years we have offered the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and sponsored tuition fees of eligible staff who complete the program.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is designed for staff involved in teaching at university level.  Join a cohort of colleagues from Macquarie and other tertiary institutions in a flexible learning environment, with online discussion tools, virtual classrooms and optional face-to-face seminars.  The program is designed to be a stimulating and professionally rewarding experience, building on the skills, knowledge and experience of participants.  Continue reading Formal Qualifications in University Teaching