The observation attributed to William Gibson that “the future has already arrived – it’s just not evenly distributed” rang particularly true over the last week or so.
It’s been a while, for which I must apologise. But there’s been a lot happening some of which I’ll write about in the weeks to come. In particular, the Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework (or White Paper) has been released – albeit somewhat quietly. Expect a little bit more noise soon as we roll out its implementation and this post marks the start of a more regular conversation.
For the moment though, I want to briefly reflect on the last few weeks.
Introducing a new vision for Learning and Teaching at Macquarie University, which prioritises supporting staff to provide excellence in student experience and outcomes.
Following a highly competitive round of applications to the Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Grant scheme, successful projects have been announced.This new grant scheme supports projects that align with the Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework Green Paper and upcoming White Paper.
After many months of discussion and consultation, we’re delighted to announce that the L&T Strategic Framework Green Paper has just been published to the DVC-A website:
Some of you may be wondering what’s happening in the world of Learning and Teaching Strategy.
Many of these ideas have already been communicated through Teche, at two planning days involving 80 colleagues, and via a number of Executive, SLTC, FLTC, Faculty and Departmental meetings. We are keen to circulate the ideas further for discussion and feedback, but understand that there are immediate deadlines around examinations, research and grant writing, as well as the rapidly approaching holiday season.
(Please note that the google form response is depersonalised – the requirement to login to google docs is merely to ensure that responses are from MQ colleagues)
3. Via your Faculty Associate Dean (they will let you know their preferred method of communication)
4. As comments on this blog post
The Fairfax press devoted some energy last week to the revelation that some students indulge in what might be called ‘contract cheating’ – paying a third party to do assessment tasks for them. Many of you would have suspected that this does happen, and some of you have made me aware of suspicious activity. Indeed, our academic honesty processes have resulted in some students appearing before the discipline committee in such circumstances.
There has been a predictable response – such as calls for a return to compulsory 100% exams.
I’m a pretty old-fashioned dad and insist that the entire family sits around a dining table and has a conversation over dinner. Now that I have a teenager, this doesn’t always go to plan 🙂 . The talking points for my kids has always been Best, Worst, Learn: The best thing that happened during the day, the worst and one thing they’ve learnt.
Just a reminder that the first event in Learning and Teaching Week will be an update on the Learning and Teaching Strategy. I’m delighted to welcome our new DVC-A, Professor John Simons who will join me on the day. Together we’ll continue the conversation on the future of Learning and Teaching at Macquarie – and hopefully provoke an interesting discussion. Look forward to seeing you there on Monday 22nd @ 10am 🙂