Category Archives: Watercooler

Teaching With Cultural Diversity

Last week’s story on international students provided insights on this group of students, their experiences and an overview of resources available for teachers and international students. In this post, we draw attention to the impact of diversity on learning and teaching and provide some suggestions on how to incorporate more awareness and understanding into your practice.

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How Well Do You Know Your International Students?

Nearly 300,000 international students chose to pursue their higher education in Australia in 2017 (Australian Government 2017). That’s almost three times the seating capacity at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the sporting fans reading this! If Macquarie Learning & Teaching staff increase their awareness of the experience of international students, and know where to find support, as a community we can foster a positive learning environment for over 20% of our cohort.

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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