Category Archives: Learning Innovation

Digital fluency of academics: a great challenge?

The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education indicates that  the digital fluency of lecturers and professors is a great challenge, it also suggests that the solutions are clear. Professional development for teaching staff is one aspect but the report suggests the setting of clear expectations for a basic digital fluency skillset for all teaching staff is key.

Successful Open Education Course

In 2013 Macquarie University explored the development of open education courses across a number of discipline areas. The Becoming Human: Anthropology open education course by Macquarie University’s own Associate Professor Greg Downey was produced by The Education Studio at Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia. It has now run a number of times and has constantly received favourable reviews, such as these below: Continue reading Successful Open Education Course

Technology Enabled Learning and Curriculum Design Workshop

Dr Mitch Parsell, Macquarie University and Associate Professor Simon Barrie, Sydney University will be convening a workshop on Technology Enabled Learning and Curriculum Design at the inaugural OLT Conference.

The workshop will be of interest to practitioners and institutional
leaders of learning and teaching change. It will include a panel
facilitated by Professor Barrie, a brief presentation of the Standards for Online Education (SOE) by Dr Mitch Parsell and an
interactive session in which they will explore how to creatively use
technology to support the strategic enhancement of learning, teaching and curriculum.

mitchFor enquiries about the Standards for Online Education, please contact Dr Mitch Parsell.

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3D printing pen lets you draw in air

Imagine in a chemistry lesson being able to draw 3D representations of chemistry molecules. Imagine any design class where your 3D drawings can be made physical.

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air

LIX is the latest contender in the handheld 3D-printing field. Launched on Kickstarter this month, the developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port.  After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and you’re ready to start creating vertical illustrations.



Exploring 3D technologies – save the date!

Seems like there is a new story about 3D technologies every other day now. The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report 2014: Higher Education Edition identifies 3D printing as one the most important developments in educational technology for higher education, with a time-to-adoption horizon of two to three years. Continue reading Exploring 3D technologies – save the date!

Does Work-integrated Learning enhance student employability?

Many universities in Australia and overseas are promoting work-integrated and other experiential learning activities as the most effective way of boosting students’ employability skills. But does going on a placement, undertaking an internship or completing a project for an industry partner actually make a difference to student learning or their chances of securing a job after they graduate?

Yes, according to a new report on cooperative education, Bringing Life to Learning at Ontario Universities, released last week by the Council of Ontario Universities, Canada.

canada flagThis report details the benefits of cooperative education to students and partner organisations, including success stories such as Dominic Toselli, a mechanical engineering student who’s project saved energy giant Shell Canada $1 million a year during a co-op placement in Calgary.

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Sherman Young: A Visit to SCIL

I visited the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning  on Friday and was taken on a great tour by Stephen Harris (Principal) and Mark Burgess (Deputy and Learning Activist). Based in the Northern Beaches Christian School, SCIL takes a disruptive approach to K-12 education with the use of innovative learning spaces, blended learning environments (Moodle and EdModo for the most part), BYOD approaches and PBL.

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Crowdfunding Innovations

Crowdfunding is the concept of an individual reaching a goal by collecting small contributions from many parties to finance a particular project or activity.

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The activity to be funded could be for a non-profit campaign (e.g. to support a project by your local voluntary organisation),  a philanthropic campaign (e.g. to produce an emerging artist) or a commercial project (e.g. to create and sell a new product).

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Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook

Macquarie’s annual celebration of pedagogy and scholarship, Learning and Teaching Week was held from 16-20 September 2013. As presenters are encouraged each year to publish their work as a way of sharing practice and furthering research in this area, an eBook option was offered as a new publishing platform to those who presented papers, symposia, roundtables and workshops. Continue reading Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook