Category Archives: Learning Innovation

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

Rhetoric or Reality? Call for Papers for ascilite2014

from on from Macquarie’s successful hosting last year,  Ascilite (that’s the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) will hold its 2014 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-26 November.

The theme for this year is Rhetoric or Reality, and contributions relating to critical perspectives on educational technology are now invited under the following sub-themes:

  • Emerging technology practices (e.g., MOOCs, OERs, virtual reality, mobile learning, games or gamification)
  • Institution-wide technology integration (e.g., implementation of digital strategies)
  • Focus on research evidence (e.g., impact-focused methods such as educational design research, inquiry and action research, and experimental studies)
  • Technology-enhanced learning design
  • Learning analytics
  • Educational technology and society
  • Role of learning theories

For full details, visit the ascilite2014 website

Success factors for implementing learning design

james dalzielProfessor James Dalziel used his Australian Teaching and Learning Council National Teaching Fellowship Success factors for implementing Learning Design to meet with international experts to develop a new conceptual model for the future of Learning Design, named “The Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design”. Continue reading Success factors for implementing learning design

Masters Thesis Rejected Because It Looked Too ‘Fun’

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of StoriesIn an interview from Open Culture* Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography Palm Sunday tells how his master’s thesis in anthropology for the University of Chicago “was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun.”

The elegant simplicity and playfulness of Vonnegut’s idea is exactly its enduring appeal. The idea is so simple, in fact, that Vonnegut sums the whole thing up in one elegant sentence: “The fundamental idea is that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper, and that the shape of a given society’s stories is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.”

Kurt Vonnegut went on to become one of the great American writers of the second half of the 20th century – See more here.

by mayaeilam.   Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

2014 Learning and Teaching Grant Opportunities

2013 ISP PosterMacquarie University has a range of learning and teaching grant programs designed to provide academic and professional staff with internal funding to undertake scholarly work related to learning and teaching.

The internal learning and teaching grant opportunities are:

  • Enhancement Program Grants

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A model for reviewing higher education policy


– Marina Harvey, Lecturer in Academic Development, Macquarie University

How do you review a university policy? The assessment policy was one of the first policies to be reviewed at Macquarie University as part of its quality framework and cycle, however it was difficult to locate any guidelines about how this could best be done within a higher education context.

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