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The Moment of Clarity

Check out the sub-title of a book presently making waves in the business world ……

The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems

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In The Moment of Clarity, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen examine the business world’s assumptions about human behavior and show how these assumptions can lead businesses off track. Using theories and tools from the human sciences—anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and psychology—The Moment of Clarity introduces a practical framework called sensemaking, a nonlinear problem-solving approach giving executives a better way to understand business challenges involving shifts in human behaviour. Read more here… 


New TurnItIn iPad app

I just finished marking 17 learning contracts for the Faculty MRes Research Frontiers unit using the new TurnItIn iPad app.

iPad and cat, By Veronica Belmont

I must say it was an enjoyable experience marking while sitting on the balcony in the breeze.

It took essentially no time to learn how to use the app, the layout is great and there was no lag as I was connecting directly to TurnItIn and not going through iLearn. The app does suffer the usual draw backs associated with text rich stuff on the iPad – for me the main problem is getting the cursor in the right place to edit. Still, I was thoroughly impressed. It’s fast, easy and mobile – well worth a trial! As this is my first use, I will check how it looks on the big screen and report back.

From Mitch Parsell, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Andrew Burrell from the Centre for Open Education and Sylvie Saab and Susan Vickery from the Library made a presentation to the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee on ‘Open Educational Resources’. This presentation can be found at:

I recommend two video clips to you that are in the presentation, the first is Professor David Riley’s TED’s Talk and ‘Why It is Important to Share Content’.

The work of Professor Mike Neary may also be of interest to anyone wishing to follow up on OER and can be found at:

Source: Amay

Posted by: Dr Trudy Ambler, Associate Dean (Quality & Standards), Faculty of Arts


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