All posts by Rebecca Ritchie

Rebecca is a Senior Learning Designer at Macquarie. She is passionate and opinionated about many things, including education, art, music, reading, postcards, coffee and Hello Kitty. You can often find Rebecca queuing for coffee, hanging around the free postcard stand, browsing the books in the Co-op or wandering Wally's Walk, the most popular walk on campus!

Welcoming & supporting undergrads in FOHS

It’s been on everyone’s radar for some time.  Students need transitional support when they come to university.  While the university has plenty of resources, it can often be a quagmire to navigate finding them.

One thing that came out of the visits to Department meetings is that to aid retention, we really need to do more to guide students during the start of university.

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FoHS Learning Support evolution 2016

2016 marked a transition to Faculty level learning support which had been provided by the Learning and Teaching Centre.  With the ‘devolution’ of the LTC, we were allocated three roles and that’s how we ended up with Agnes, Alex (who is currently on parental leave), Rebecca and Beverley (who is replacing Alex).  We also have Dr Natal’ya Galliott, Dr Susanne Pratt, Ray Gillies working on two projects, Kylie Coaldrake replacing Lia, who is project managing one of our strategic grants.  Phew!  You’ve met most of us before and may remember us from And Gladly articles such as: Continue reading FoHS Learning Support evolution 2016

Digital ideas can be easy and engaging

There’s a myth I’d like to dispel, that using technology is hard and takes a lot of time. Technology and the use of digital tools can be easy to learn, adopt and implement in your teaching. Here’s where you can find some gold.

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Food archaeology: how old is too old to eat?

I hadn’t really thought about food archaeology much until one day in the car. I was sitting idle in the Saturday morning traffic on the Pacific Highway listening to the radio. Simon Marnie on ABC 702 was talking about beer that had been brewed from yeast salvaged from 220 year old Tasmanian shipwreck. Not too long later, I heard about an American who ate a cracker from the Civil War. So how old is too old to eat?

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Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing

I’m sure most of you have heard about digital downtime or device-free time. All for the benefit of easing our overloaded brains and nurturing our F2F* or IRL** relationships. I’ve heard of digital detoxes, including resorts specialising in this area (I thought it was just a place with no wifi!) In fact, the digital detox has become a whole industry! However the digital detox has been one-upped by the term digital nutrition. Continue reading Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing

When research + lab work creates an enriching student learning experience

How do you know when students are really engaged? You scan their brain!

emotive scannerBianca De Wit and David Kaplan will be sharing with the MQ community how they have used their research to create an active, completely engaging learning opportunity for students majoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. You will hear about how they have combined education, and neuroscience research to create an affordable, scalable and highly portable teaching lab.  Students are immersed in hands-on, exploratory research activities which give them a live window into the workings of the human brain, seeing the concepts in action.

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MoodleMooters – all about networks and sharing

What do you call a group of Learning Designers, System Analysts, System Administrator and a Developer? I’m not sure either but we are a group of five at MoodleMoot 2016 conference. What’s Moodle, you ask? Moodle is our online learning system, what we know as iLearn. Continue reading MoodleMooters – all about networks and sharing