Category Archives: Watercooler

A Safe Space For Team Sharing

Least week, the Learning Innovation Hub strategy team got together to report back on recent professional development activities. I learned that some meetings can actually inspire rather than bore. With connection being the central theme of Learning for the Future, we need to actively work to improve connections within our teams.

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Top Tips If You’re New To Teaching (Or Need A Refresher)

[adapted from a previous article by Chris Froissard]

Are you a new member of teaching staff at Macquarie? You may be feeling overwhelmed, in the lead up Session 2, having to familiarise yourself with a new learning platform, a myriad of new educational technologies, and the many policies and customs of your department and faculty. Continue reading Top Tips If You’re New To Teaching (Or Need A Refresher)

Meet the Learning Designers: FBE Team (Part 5 of 6)

Who are the Faculty Learning Designers and what are their skills and interests?  Learning Designers provide help in a variety of ways, including pedagogical advice and modelling, support in the use of educational technologies, curriculum and program design and development, unit design and development advice, and support in creating media and other iLearn objects.

This week’s ‘Meet the Learning Designers’ focuses on the Learning Designers within the Faculty of Business and Economics and MGSM!

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Why The Shared Services Team Is The Secret Ingredient To Your Digital Media Needs

We can all agree that the use of purposefully produced digital media is an effective way to enhance the learning and teaching experience. However, have you ever considered where you might start? Without support, you may find the task of creating engaging and fit-for-purpose digital content daunting. The Shared Services Team is your secret ingredient!  Continue reading Why The Shared Services Team Is The Secret Ingredient To Your Digital Media Needs

3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know

From Session 2 2017, Echo360’s upgraded software, Active Learning Platform (ALP), will be available in all units. Over the next few months, the faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub will be running a number of workshops, posts and events to support the adoption of this new software by the teaching community (further details at bottom of article).

“It is a pedagogical tool, not just a classroom recorder.  Instructors love it because they can track student questions and answers. Students are engaging us through the platform in the way we want them to”  Dr. Kem Rogers, University of Western Ontario.

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