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Victoria Taylor

What do students think about KickStart?

90% of 200 students who responded to a voluntary online survey say they would recommend KickStart to other students.

Although this is a relatively small sample of students, and while students identified various elements of KickStart that could be improved – evaluations have indicated that this pre-session engagement initiative is a worthwhile investment of time and effort in order to improve the student experience and help students prepare for a unit of study.

Visit our KickStart Showcase Unit to see examples of KickStart packages released in S1 2015.

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Paper can’t always match

I’ve been a student, a teacher and an educational designer so I’ve engaged with online assessments from a few different angles.  The question I’ve asked myself is – from each of these perspectives – do I fit the mould of eagerly anticipating the prospect of online assessments becoming the default in higher education … or do I need a bit more convincing?

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How’s your student engagement factor so far?

Have your students started the session a little slower than you’d like? Wish they were more engaged from the very beginning? 20 Unit Convenors gave their students the chance to hit the ground running in Session 1 this year with the inclusion of KickStart in their units.

Showcase Unit

What’s all the fuss about KickStart, you say? Well, we’ve put together this self enrolling Showcase Unit so you can take a peek at what some of your colleagues have been creating with this new pre-session initiative.

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Everyone’s heard of flipping… but what about some practical tips?

Could flipping your classroom help your students become active learners, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussion?

If you are interested in exploring the flipped classroom model and learning about the benefits for students and educators, why not participate in the upcoming ‘How to ‘Flip’ your Classroom and Encourage Active Learning’ workshop?  This workshop introduces the flipped classroom model, which inverts traditional teaching by delivering content and activities online before utilising class time for more active learning through interaction and collaboration.  The workshop will share examples of flipped units across the university and explore design principles, activities, and resources that can be used to apply the model to your context.

Why all the fuss about flipping?

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All you ever wanted to know about…

…KickStart! (but were afraid to ask)

Everything you need to know about the University’s roll-out of KickStart is now in one place on the staff website:

You can access:

  • samples of current packages
  • answers to common questions
  • info about how you and your unit can get involved

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