In common with many Australian Universities, Macquarie is currently undergoing a major review of its approach to the question of Academic Integrity.
University Council and Academic Senate has now completed an overhaul of all of the University’s student discipline processes and we are now turning our attention to the broader issue of how best to set, communicate and reinforce positive messages in regard to the ethical behaviours we expect all University citizens to model.
Continue reading Senate to welcome academic Integrity leader
In alignment with the release of the L&T Strategic Framework Green Paper, the priority areas for Strategic Priority grants have been refined to:
Continue reading Strategic Priority Grant Update + workshop date
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:
Continue reading The Green Paper is here!
Some of you may be wondering what’s happening in the world of Learning and Teaching Strategy.
Continue reading Learning and Teaching Strategy Update
Inspired by Roy & H.G’s Festival of the Boot, a two-pronged affair covering both the Australian Football League and National Rugby League Grand Finals, Macquarie University is hosting its very own Festival of Assessment. As Sherman related in a recent post on this blog, next Tuesday the 2nd December, we’ll gather together in colourful clothes and party hats to:
- discuss and provide direction on the ongoing review of Macquarie University’s Assessment Policy; and
- develop a shared view of the of the University’s expectations in regard to the moderation of the assessment lifecycle.
So why should we devote a whole day to this topic, especially in the lead in to the the festive season?
Continue reading Welcome to the “Festival of Assessment”
A series of program design days and academic lunches are already in train, and we have drafted the attached document for consultation and feedback.
This (short) document articulates some of the key themes that have emerged in initial discussions around a long term learning and teaching framework for Macquarie University. Over the past few months, they have been robustly debated by a working group consisting of the DVC-A, the PVC L&T, the Chair of Senate, ADs L&T, ADs Q&S and the Directors of LTC, PACE and COE.
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.
But rather than delay circulation for a better time (and there really is no *good* time!!), it was agreed to circulate this paper for consultation with a request that colleagues read, reflect and respond whenever they are able over the next couple of months. You can respond to the entire document, or simply those bits which you find most engaging or problematic – whenever you like between now and January 16th 2015. We will incorporate all feedback in the draft Green Paper.
Your feedback can be submitted in a number of ways
- As an email to email@example.com
- Via this a google form here: http://bit.ly/1F8bsxf
(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
or… 8 down, 2 to go!
It seems that the year is flying by at a tremendous pace. This fact is reinforced by a quick scroll through my diary, which all-too-quickly reveals end-of-year festivities and the new year break.
Continue reading October Senate Summary
The message is simple. Macquarie University wants and needs you. Yes, that’s right, you!
There’s still time to nominate to be a member of the vitally important governance structures of our University. Nominations for Academic Senate, Faculty Boards and University Council close on Thursday 9 October.
Chair of Academic Senate, Professor Dominic Verity has urged people who may be contemplating membership to “put any preconceptions about the way things have been done in the past to one side. Academic Governance is turning a new leaf and I urge you to step up, get involved and help us to frame our future”, he said. “Governing boards and committees should not be defined by rules, regulation and red tape, and they will not be so defined here at Macquarie”.
Continue reading Put your preconceptions aside and help us frame the future!
Academics are, on the whole, excellent communicators. We hone our communication skills over thousands of hours; crafting research papers, articulating our ideas at conferences, mentoring our students, and engaging in the performance art of lecturing. So one might ask “when it comes to some of the really big academic decisions we make as an institution, why is it that we are not good at getting an effective message out there and engaging in a much broader open discussion of principle and practice?”
At least part of this is a function of available time. With so many pressing issues at hand, not to mention the ever-present round of meetings, it can be hard to prioritise the time necessary to engage fully in this communication process. But that isn’t the whole story.
Continue reading September Senate Summary: The Top 5 Issues
The University Medal has traditionally been the most prestigious award we’ve bestowed upon our undergraduate students. Beyond its academic importance, this is an honour that carries with it great cultural significance in Australian society. Some might say that it is not simply an award; it is a cultural icon for which we carry the responsibility of custodianship.
In the past, following the common practice of Australian Universities, Macquarie has restricted the award of the University Medal to Honours students and we have awarded it in recognition of academic excellence throughout their studies. However, following the retirement of most of our Honours programs the University Medal has been orphaned, and we need to consider its place anew.
Continue reading Shape the future of the University Medal: Take the Survey