Category Archives: Academic Practice

And the winners are……

A big congratulations to Associate Professor Kerry Sherman from the Department of Psychology and Dr Robyn Moloney, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education on winning 2015 Faculty of Human Sciences Teaching Fellowship awards.

Robyn’s fellowship will focus on the creation of online resources across eight Education methodology units whilst Kerry will be working on the redesign of PSY224 into a blended format, including the development of “virtual Patients” and expert interviews.

We’ll be chatting with Robyn and Kerry soon so we can include more info about these exciting programs in the next And Gladly.

But wait! There’s more…..

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Tutor Induction Program (TIP) Faculty Review

The Learning and Teaching Centre is currently evaluating Macquarie’s TIP across all Faculties, in particular the content of online and f2f workshops and how these vary across the University.

Proposals for changes are included in this TIP_Proposal Draft(1) document.

Please send feedback on the proposed learning outcomes, participation requirements and suggestions for future workshop offerings to Vanessa Fredericks at 

University students help themselves by helping others: Student Mentoring

If someone had told me when I enrolled in my postgraduate Education degree that towards the end of my first year I would be engaging in some very energetic African drumming/dancing on Level 3 of the Campus Hub building with some fellow university students, high school students, their teachers, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Inclusion), I might not have believed them…

So why would a self-confessed introvert such as myself venture out of their comfort zone and tear themselves away from their iLearn modules and the library research databases to do something with such potential for social awkwardness?? Continue reading University students help themselves by helping others: Student Mentoring

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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Creating and enhancing online learning communities

One of the strategic goals of Macquarie’s Centre for Open Education is to develop and support the Macquarie University virtual campus so that our students feel part of and connect to the wider university community. One of the questions we ask is: how do we ensure students studying units purely online become part of an energetic and engaged learning community?

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Serious Games in Business – work integrated learning

serious games 1 serious games 2Serious Games in Business — designing blended spaces to maximise student learning through work integrated learning and PACE

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a term used to describe an activity or program that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace. The practice may be real, simulated or a combination of both, and can occur in the workplace, on campus at university, online or face-to-face.

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Design Develop Implement: a team based approach

The Design Develop Implement (DDI) initiative is a “fantastic team-based approach and an exemplar for how learning innovation and design should happen at MQ” (Professor Sherman Young-PVC LTD).

DDI Learning Design Process

This year a team lead by Dr Panos Vlachopoulos and Deidre Seeto from the Learning and Teaching Centre piloted an evidence-based collaborative approach to program learning design and development. Continue reading Design Develop Implement: a team based approach

Legrand Buan awarded “Outstanding New PAL Leader”

Macquarie University’s very own Legrand Buan was awarded the title of “Outstanding New PAL Leader” at this year’s National PASS Forum held at the University of Wollongong.

Legrand and experienced PAL leader Mary Auguste were invited to attend the PASS forum based on their superior performance and commitment to FBE’s PAL program. Several hundred applications were received by UOW PASS National Centre from over 23 institutions across Australia. Only a handful of students were selected for commendation of outstanding performance.

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Winning game helps students ask the right questions

The Reading Game

The Reading Game developed at Macquarie University has won the web-based games category of the Educational Games Competition in Berlin. The Competition was held at the 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL), in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Serious Game Development and Application (SGDA) in Berlin 2014. With 100+ entries from every continent, the Reading Game was also placed 2nd overall in the Competition. The program was designed and developed by Robert Parker from the Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC), with Richard Kroon a games developer.

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