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!

Sign up, sign up…. to Lectern training

ltc_pics_lectern_closeup courtesy of AVTSAre you mystified by the various lecterns at Macquarie?  No problem, the AVTS team are running Lectern training sessions to ensure you can work it like a pro!
Lectern Training Dates For Session 1
No booking is required – just turn up!
  • Type 0D – 9am Thursday 27th February – E5A 130
  • Type 1/2 – 11am Thursday 27th February – W5A T1
  • Type 1/2D –  9am Friday 28th February – E5A 120
  • Type 0 – 11am Friday 28th February –  W5C 234

If you are not sure which lectern is in your teaching space, please ask your Unit Convenor or Department Administrator or check this handy list.

Prefer a bit of self-help?  Check out this page for all your questions and answers.

Hot Tip:  Add the AVTS (Audio Visual Technical Services) Help Desk number 7571 (02 98507571) to your phone to avoid panic in front of your students.

 

Never fear, help is here! iLearn Drop-in Clinic is open for business.

The iLearn Drop-in Clinic is jumping!

The doors of the iLearn Drop-in Clinic are open in 2014 and we are ready for business!

Come along and get all the help you need with iLearn, iTeach and UNITS for Session 1, 2014.  No need to register, just swing on by.

Come prepared and make the most of your time at the Drop-in:

  • If you are a new staff member, activate your ID before you come
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in UNITS
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in iTeach

Where?  When?

Monday 17 Feb – Friday 28 Feb, 10am-4pm weekdays, C5A 204
Monday 3 Mar – Friday 7 Mar, 10am-4pm weekdays, E4B 308

When the wind blows, when iLearn upgrades… these are a few of my faaaavourite things…

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Yes, it’s the first of the twice yearly upgrade of iLearn time and I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite features of this upgrade:

1.  A word count on forums (while you can’t [yet] set a word limit in the settings of a forum, you can now see how many words a student [or your own] post is).

Screen Shot: word count display in a forum post

 

2.  Assignment improvement – show students rubrics BEFORE they submit!

3.  Drop and drag onto the main page of the unit directly instead of uploading a file or adding an image into a label

4. Collapsed edit activity forms – what the??
When adding an activity to your iLearn unit, kiss the long, confusing options goodbye.  Just remember if you are allocating a mark, to open the Grading section!

The road to an awesome LMS is a long one, an iterative process, you might say.  iLearn runs on Moodle and this latest upgrade is to Moodle v2.5. We are always keen to hear your ideas for enhancements, so why not email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au with your suggestions.

For any help with iLearn, please either lodge a OneHelp ticket or email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au

Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Image courtesy of Flickr, Jonny  Goldstein, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnygoldstein/8161551606/As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!

The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit.  The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity.  These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.

Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:

  • Collaboration space for group workScreen Shot 2014-02-03 at 2.34.58 pm
  • Language studies
  • Virtual lab experiments
  • Guest expert lecture or interview
  • Authentic role play
  • Student presentations
  • Tutoring for external students
  • Virtual meeting spaces
  • Virtual consultation hours
  • Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc

Collaborate tools include:

  • Session recordings
  • Whiteboard
  • Desktop sharing
  • Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
  • Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)

So now you’re hooked and want to know more?  Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.