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April Fool(s) by Professor Sherman Young

It’s probably apt that my first post for Teche should be on April Fool’s Day. It’s now been a few months since I began in the role of PVC (Learning, Teaching and Diversity) and – as many of you may be aware – it’s been a fun learning curve as the role has evolved. Now that I’ve had time to settle in, you’ll be pleased to know that there will be much more news from my office over the rest of the year 🙂

Futurama - April Fool's DayA key part of the role is to think about a long-term learning and teaching framework/strategy for Macquarie and as the pieces fall into place, and various stakeholders are consulted, I’ll be posting on that ongoing development. Rest assured that there’ll be some interesting ideas around what we teach, how we teach and who we teach – with plenty of opportunities for consultation as the year goes by. So watch this space.
In the meantime, on this particular April 1st, remember Isaac Asimov’s advice regarding fools like us (from his Guide to Shakespeare):
“That, of course, is the great secret of the successful fool – that he is no fool at all.

Successful Faculty Learning and Teaching Grants 2014

Congratulations to the following staff who were successful in their application for a Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Grant:

Dr Diane Hughes (CI), Dr Ian Collinson, Dr Nicole Matthews, Professsor Julian Knowles, Dr Stephen Collins and Dr Adrian Renzo

Title:  The relational dynamic: Critical listening and student learning

Dr Andrew Dunstall (CI), Dr Albert Atkin, Dr Jenny Duke-Yonge and Dr Paul Formosa

Title: Student-Focused Unit Design in Philosophy: A study of unit design, student engagement and retention

Dr Yann Tristant (CI) and Dr Panos Vlachopoulos

Title: Conceptualising the TERRACE: A pilot project for the definition of a pedagogy behind a simulated archaeological excavation

 

Introducing Michael Rampe

While Ming Ming Diao is seconded to the DEEWR project, Michael Rampe will be the Human Sciences Educational Designer. Michael is assigned from LTC to support the Faculty this year and is fluent with the University’s enterprise learning systems including iLearn, Units and iTeach.

rampe_smMichael’s professional specialty is educational media and he is also currently undertaking his PhD studies here in the Faculty, investigating the multimodal characteristics of educational video. Michael has extensive video production experience and is keen to help produce videos for online teaching, flipped classroom or other purposes. FoHS have a mobile video rig and FBE have a full production suite.

Here are some examples of Michael’s impressive work:

Flipped Classroom


Gamification


A word on Online Enrolment

Hand CursorEligible students from the following Faculty of Human Sciences degree programs were able to elect to enrol online into units and classes from January 6th onwards :

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education Birth – 12)
Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 5)

Course and study program information was provided online and students also had the choice to attend on-campus enrolment for academic advice and support.   Students who did choose to enrol online found it successful.  There were quite a few students who  chose to attend  the enrolment on campus enrolment session.  The University will continue to  develop the number of programs available for students to enrol online.

Linda Maher, Student Administration Manager

Successes

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.07.05 pmGrants

Congratulations to Joanne Mulligan and team on the OLT ETMST ‘Opening Real Science: Authentic Mathematics and Science Education for Australia’ project.

Awards

… and to Penny Van Bergen who recently won the The Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET) of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Teaching Award.

 Publications

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Sachs, Judyth, Parsell, Mitch (Eds.) (2014) Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Springer.

Nicolson et al. (Forthcoming) Distributed Digital Essay: Academia Connects with Social Media. ascilite 2013.

 

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