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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


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


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.


… 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.



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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Congratulations to Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Online Learning imageCongratulations to Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Senior Lecturer IEC, who has recently been appointed as the Faculty’s representative on the Senate Learning & Teaching Committee. With years of experience as a member of FSQC and FLTC and as Director of L & T IEC, Cathrine is excited about the opportunity to be able to contribute further to the broader L & T community at MQ. Continue reading Congratulations to Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

PACE & Wesley Mission Partnership

Michelle Parrish for Wesley Mission had this to say about the success of the PACE:

Time spent talking to you and your team at MQ is always time well spent. I now have two wonderful highly intelligent graduates from MQ working as case managers in my team, so I couldn’t be happier 🙂

On Monday this week, I offered Chris Foo ( recent graduate MU) a casual P.T  case manger position in my team. Chris was one of the 7 students that I had on placement with me last year too. So that’s three of your wonderful graduates in my team now 🙂