Category Archives: Learning Innovation

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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Introducing Teche INSIGHTS with Prashan Karunaratne

All of a sudden it’s O-week and you find yourself amongst the hustle and bustle of Session 1. Is your unit set up properly in iLearn, are you ready for your first lecture, are you still in summer holiday mode or are you on track with your new year’s resolution to do things differently? Continue reading Introducing Teche INSIGHTS with Prashan Karunaratne

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

Calling all entrepreneurs, developers, designers and all-round hack enthusiasts… 

Join the MPID Healthcare Hackathon to help transform the consumer healthcare industry. Use exclusive access to NAB’s healthcare data to uncover digital solutions to benefit consumers.

The MPID Healthcare Hackathon is a Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) initiative that brings together industry, students and entrepreneurs in the name of healthcare innovation.

This free event will be held at Macquarie University from Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 February 2017.

Come on your own or in a group. The hackathon will be an opportunity to network, develop skills and win cash prizes. Teams will also have the chance to work with the MPID incubator to commercialise their idea.

To register now or for more information visit: nab.co/healthhack

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?

A ‘savvy’ way to expose undergraduates to research

Encouraging undergraduate students to do some research is good. It improves ‘authenticity’ of learning, helps students put what they learn into practice and improves students’ confidence.

However, what do you do if you are teaching neuroscience and the required research equipment costs tens of thousands of dollars?! You get an affordable, commercial ‘gaming’ headpiece that costs ~60 times less. Continue reading A ‘savvy’ way to expose undergraduates to research

A Grand Tour of iLearn: Open iLearn initiative

Like 18th Century travellers embarking on a Grand Tour of Europe to broaden their perspectives, staff at Macquarie University from Monday 5 December, will have iLearn opened to them in the Open iLearn initiative. To start searching what iLearn has to offer, go here http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/course/search.php. If you’d like some ideas about which units to visit, read on.

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EduTV now available: jump in!

Here’s a quick rundown on how EduTV can work for you.

What it is

Informit EduTV is an online TV streaming resource for Australian tertiary institutions providing content across a range of learning areas including Business, Economics, Health, History, Indigenous studies, Legal studies, Media studies, Performing arts, Politics, Government, Religious studies, Science, Technology, Society, Culture, Visual arts and design.informit-logo

It logs free-to-air television , significant documentaries, and includes several programs broadcast on Pay TV channels such as The History Channel, National Geographic, NITV, BBC Knowledge and Discovery. Contents are accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone.

What it does

Informit EduTV makes it easy for lecturers and students to find and watch relevant television content instantly. The database contains over 30,000 programs including documentaries, drama and series. Content includes documentaries, drama, series and more from free-to-air and pay TV.remote

Archives of programs start from 2006 with up to 80 new programs added weekly

It can be searched by key subject areas, or new programmes, or alphabetical listing.

What you could do with it

You can save programmes to the my favourites folder. These can be filed in multiple folders, titled in a method which suits you.

You can make short clips to show in lectures, or for use to support your conference presentations. These clips can be saved in your my projects tab.

As an educational tool you are likely to find material to support your research or teaching, as well as your wider interests.

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You will find Informit EduTV listed under the Library database holdings (choose the database tab in MultiSearch, and search from there). The library also offers other streaming video resources to support your learning and teaching.

If you want more information or help, contact your Research Librarian.