Category Archives: iLearn

New HDR Online Offering

The doctoral degree (aka the PhD) is increasingly international and interdisciplinary and more than 50% of doctoral students will not end up in academia. Hence, there is a growing need for research candidates to develop transferable and professional skills for employment in academic as well as non-academic roles.

Macquarie’s HDR Support and Development team (Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research) and Learning Designers from the Learning Innovation Hub have designed a unit for all research candidates across campus titled HDR Professional Skills. This online offering complements the face-to-face workshops and events already provided to Macquarie’s research students.

The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Professional Skills program aims to assist you to:

  • Develop your professional and employability skills
  • Enhance your career opportunities
  • Gain a clearer understanding of employer needs across a range of sectors
  • Understand how to build connections
  • Audit your existing professional skills
  • Augment your high level academic skills and learn how to translate them for employers

The unit offers a module that focuses on planning and developing your career, and other modules on writing a resume for industry jobs, how to apply for non-academic positions, interview skills, etc. are in development. Another section of the unit presents a bank of career stories from Macquarie’s alumni, which present various pathways from research degrees to careers in and outside academia. Finally, a curated selection of resources holds valuable information for any research candidate at any stage of their degree and is continuously updated to provide help, inspiration and ideas for career planning and development.

Research candidates at all stages of their research degree (including PhD and MRes), their supervisors, and any staff engaged in supporting research candidates are encouraged to self-enrol in the HDR Professional Skills unit. Spread the word and tweet at #MQprofdevHDR!

HDR staff across campus are currently developing a few other online modules for Macquarie’s PhD and MRes candidates. Watch this space for future announcements.

Design Team: Lilia Mantai, Fidel Fernando, Alper Yuceozsoy and Sally Purcell

Innovation in Learning Technologies – What’s Happening Across Campus in 2017

Innovation in learning technologies is happening across the campus, with several ‘Proof of Concept’ projects planned for 2017. Here are some of the learning technologies being piloted this year to improve the student experience, as well the key steps involved in a proof of concept project if you are thinking about trialling a new learning technology yourself.

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Learning Analytics comes to iLearn

A new learning analytics tool in iLearn is available for session 1. The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP) tracks which students you deem at risk of falling behind. It allows you to create a customised profile of an “at-risk student” in your unit, send personalised, tailored emails to students that meet that profile. It can also provide you (and your HOD) with a record of what you have done to help your students.

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Are your graduates ‘CareerWise’?

Did you know that many of your students do not think about what they want to do when they are done studying? In today’s competitive economy and a world full of choices and options, it is critical that your students start engaging in the process of career planning and development early.  Continue reading Are your graduates ‘CareerWise’?

Understanding student behaviours in iLearn with Learning Analytics

Have you often wondered what your students were up to in the maze that is iLearn? There are so many things to keep track of! Students spending time (or not) on iLearn. Students submitting assignments on time (or not). Students responding to forums posts (or not). Students doing well in assignments (or not). Continue reading Understanding student behaviours in iLearn with Learning Analytics

New for session 1 2017: How can I know what my students are doing?

Have you often wondered what your students were up to in the maze that is iLearn? There are so many things to keep track of! Students spending time (or not) on iLearn. Students submitting assignments on time (or not). Students responding to forums posts (or not). Students doing well in assignments (or not).

How can you identify students that may be struggling and at risk of falling behind, and even perhaps, either withdrawing or failing? There are reports in iLearn you can use. However, from session 1 this year there is a new plugin that brings learning analytics to iLearn.

The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP) can track which students you deem at risk of falling behind. It allows you to create a customised profile of an “at-risk student” in your unit, send personalised, tailored emails to students that meet that profile. Provide you (and your HOD) with a record of what you have done to help your students.

“MEAP mailer” by Chris Froissard © Macquarie University
“MEAP mailer” by Chris Froissard © Macquarie University

MQU staff have been piloting MEAP for three sessions and it is now available to convenors on iLearn. However, to ensure that students have a quality learning experience and that convenors get the most out of MEAP, convenors must attend a  MEAP workshop before it is activated in their unit. Alternatively, if you are one of the convenors that have already used MEAP during the pilot, the workshop is optional and MEAP can be activated in your unit.

What now?

Interested?

Register for the MEAP workshop on Wednesday 22 February (11-12) or (if you have already used MEAP) contact chris.froissard@mq.edu.au to activate MEAP.

For more information

If you are interested in finding out more about MEAP why not read Can we use learning analytics to improve student unit completion?