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A Grand Tour of iLearn: Open iLearn initiative

Like 18th Century travellers embarking on a Grand Tour of Europe to broaden their perspectives, staff at Macquarie University from Monday 5 December, will have iLearn opened to them in the Open iLearn initiative. To start searching what iLearn has to offer, go here If you’d like some ideas about which units to visit, read on.

Wth over 2000 iLearn units to choose from, you may be like those 18th Century travellers, overwhelmed with the possibilities. Hence, much like the travellers leaving London with some recommendations of perhaps going to Rome, Paris and Vienna, here we provide some recommendations for getting you started on your own Grand Tour of iLearn.

Well designed unit to encourage active learning

AHIS170 Egyptian Archaeology: An introduction is an example of a well-designed unit. It is well laid out and has clear signposting. It also has a number of innovative and active online tasks. The Object study requires students to view 1 of 3 ancient artefacts that have been 3D scanned, and complete a description activity. The Dig diary a weekly reflection on what students have learnt during that week. Interested? Read more.

ECED602 Early Childhood development is an example of a well-designed unit, with clear instructions and active learning tasks. Peerwise is used for students to create their own multiple choice questions together with the use of segmented lecture content in Moodle books. Interested? Read more.

MEDI103 Professional Practice 1 & MEDI206 Professional Practice 2 are examples of a well-designed unit with clear signposting and online activities that support the increase of active learning time in the face-2-face environment. There’s even some hidden information only available to staff to help manage the delivery of the online & face-2-face unit. Get in contact with either Dr Sarah White or Dr Emily Don if you’re interested in finding out more.

Innovative tutorial design

MAS240 Cybercultures uses gamification to encourage students to complete tutorial tasks, whilst also using the memes from cyberculture. Look at the Guide for Gamification for an overview of how this works. Interested? Read more.

Interesting use of quizzes

LAWS259 International law has weekly quizzes on topics during that week. There are formative quizzes that students can take as many times as they want. However, they are unable to do the following quiz unless they have completed the first one. Students then have to complete a quiz at the end of the week to receive a mark. These formative quizzes have been popular with students with on average each student at least completing all 64 of the formative quizzes once. Interested? Read more.

Interesting use of books

ECED602 Early Childhood development has a number of Moodle books which include short video segments of lectures, together with text and images and tasks for students to complete.

PHTY811 Reflective Practice & Professional Development use a Moodle book to scaffold the range of assessment tasks in the unit. The book includes grading rubrics, proforma templates and example student work.

Interesting use of forums

ENGX206 Gothic visions: From sublime to suburban gothic there are a large number of weekly forums (on average 4 per week) and students must post to at least 2. The questions students answer help them to articulate the key themes that are studied throughout the unit.

PHTY814 Health and Wellbeing Across Lifespan B incorporates weekly Moodle discussion forums in a series called eHAWC (electronic Health & Wellbeing Collaborator) that aims to engage students in the online space. Students are presented with a range of media eg. TEDs Talks, websites to further develop their understanding and application of the content covered in the unit.

PHTY811 Reflective Practice & Professional Development Clinical learning experiences are a fundamental and essential component of a medical practitioner’s education. However, clinical placements can be daunting, unpredictable and at times stressful for first year students. PHTY811’s online learning environment aims to create a welcoming and supportive online community of learning by engaging students in online discussions throughout their clinical placements. This community of learning is driven by the students’ regular online participation, with a focus on peer support, knowledge sharing and reflective practice without placing undue pressure on the students’ limited time.

Interesting use of choice function and group selection

In MAS240 Cybercultures a Tutorial swap forum has been set up for students to swap their tutorial times with other students.

MEDI206 Professional Practice 2  uses the group selection activity as a tool to help students select the groups they will work in for one of their assessment tasks. The group setting is then used in Moodle assignment drop box to return group marks and feedback.

Interesting use of Lesson

Embedding the library unit INFOWISE into iLearn units for additional scope for students to learn how to find materials and reference them

Embedding the ‘generating idea’ online module into iLearn units.

Interesting use of Databases

PHTY811 Reflective Practice & Professional Development Moodle database activities have been created to facilitate knowledge sharing across three clinical placement sites – acute care, primary care and rehabilitation care. During this unit of study, students are out at various hospitals, private practices and organisations, usually on their own. As a way of establishing and building community, students are encouraged to contribute top tips that they find that could make a difference to their practice and ultimately to their patients. In addition to contributing these tips, the database tool allows students to comment on each other’s posts.

Gamification in Teaching

MEDI103 Professional Practice 1 has implemented the Evidence-based Mars Mission Game as an online activity to support the face-to-face time to help develop students’ research and critical thinking skills through playing an online game.

Activity Completion Tracking

MEDI103 Professional Practice 1 uses activity completion to reveal selected content. Students must meet requirements of nominated activities before additional information is revealed. This is all controlled through the use of turning Activity Completion Tracking on at the unit level. To see it in action scroll down to the topic labelled MED3, Week 1: Academic writing I completing these activities reveal the answers.

A bit more about the Open iLearn initiative

  • This will only be available to Macquarie University staff.
  • Go to the iLearn course search page and log in. You will see a search box that allows you to search by unit code. NB: If you are unable to see the search box, go directly to this link
  • Staff will only be given view only access, meaning they will have limited access and will not be able to change any content.
  • All units from Session 1 2016 will be available.

Final note

Why not go ahead and see what iLearn has to offer? Much like those travellers coming back from their Grand Tour with new ideas, you might come back from it with a whole new perspective on what can be done in iLearn.

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