Teacher of the week: Rod Lane

Dr Rod Lane is Senior Lecturer in The Department of Educational Studies.

I’ve been in the Macquarie University family since leaving school and studying a BA DipEd in 1990.  I worked as secondary teacher for ten years teaching social sciences at state and independent schools in Sydney.  However, I maintained a connection with Macquarie casually teaching pre-service geography teachers in the evening. Continue reading Teacher of the week: Rod Lane

Introducing the new FOHS Learning Designers email address!


Why this?
Contact Beverley or Rebecca for anything to do with learning and teaching.   For help with iLearn, OUA, Echo, iTeach you can still email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au too, which will come to us.

What’s in it for me?
Essentially, you’re getting two birds with one stone.
Both of us will get the message.  One of us will respond.  So if either of us is on leave or sick and you don’t see our out of office email, rather than your email awaiting either of our return, one of us will contact you.  Win-win!

Beverley and Rebecca, also known Bev & Bec; and as B1 & B2.


iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Dear Bev,

I’m really struggling to understand the difference between Groups and Groupings in iLearn. I want to be able to create a range of groups and apply them to multiple activities and assessments. Can you help me figure it out?

Wannabe Groupie

Dear Wannabe Groupie,

You’re not alone! Even I found iLearn Groups and Groupings a bit baffling in the beginning. Here’s my cheat sheet: Continue reading iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Assessment Policy FAQ’s (No. 2)

Several additional questions were raised following the publication of the Assessment Policy FAQ in And Gladly last month. Rod Lane (Department of Educational Studies) provides some answers to these questions below:

Q: Is it appropriate to view APA referencing as a competency criteria?   I do not see application of APA style as an all or none phenomenon as suggested. In addition, I would actually argue that it is a reasonably good proxy for some critical academic capacities. If appropriate APA referencing is viewed as a “competency criteria” then why wouldn’t “presentation” also be considered such?

A: I agree that neither consistency in referencing nor logical presentation/structure are binary in nature. The issue here is whether these skills demonstrate “deep and critical understanding” OR “substantial originality, insight or creativity” (the definition of an HD in the university grade descriptors).

Q: Are the university grade descriptors intended to be a complete, infallible set of standards and the ONLY factors that can be considered in developing a full range of marking criteria?

A: The grade descriptors are generic standards for reporting grades. They are not designed to addresses all possible unit learning outcomes but to define the key characteristics of performance at each grade level. Marking scales can include a range criteria aligned to learning outcomes in specific units, however final grading decisions for individual tasks need to be made with reference to the university grade descriptors.

Article prepared by Rod Lane (Department of Educational Studies)

Peer Review of Teaching – The Faculty perspective

In the article below, Agnes Bosanquet provides an update on Peer Review of Teaching and some of the ideas and issues that the Faculty will need to consider…….

Last week, I attended a peer review of assessment workshop at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Peer review of teaching can take many different forms, of which classroom observation is probably the most well-known one. However, it also encompasses online teaching and teaching related activities, such as revision of teaching materials, development of units, writing of assessment tasks, mapping program learning outcomes, and all other aspects of teaching that impact the student learning experience. Continue reading Peer Review of Teaching – The Faculty perspective

Teacher of the week: Laurie Field

Dr Laurie Field is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies

I have spent most of my work life in the roles of academic, researcher and consultant dealing with some aspect of the human sides of organisations. That covers a wide spectrum, most notably performance management, shared learning, the emotional / unconscious side or organisational life, skills, remuneration and teamwork. One of the threads running through these and other aspects of work life is ‘interests’ and, partly as a result of my PhD studies through Macquarie Graduate School of Management, I am fascinated by the role that interests, both common and different, play in what happens at work. Continue reading Teacher of the week: Laurie Field

iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Dear Bev,

In my department we have a letter-grade-only mandate for assessment results. I’m at a loss as to how to set this up in my iLearn unit without having to manually enter letter grades. Is there a way the iLearn Gradebook can only show letter grades to students even though I’m marking with numerical values?

Magic Marker

Dear Magic Marker,

You’re in luck! There is a magic solution! Continue reading iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Teacher of the week: Carol Newall

Dr Carol Newall is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Educational Studies.


I work in child development and educational psychology. Most of the time, I scare children as part of my research program. The children typically enjoy our studies because, well, being scared can be quite fun, especially in our studies. It allows us to track how fear develops and diminishes in children, which can inform the treatment and prevention of anxiety disorders early in life. Aside from my persona as an evil scientist who scares children for a living, I also work in the area of STEM education for girls, and trying to get girls to become interested and engaged in areas that they typically shy away from like coding, robotics, and engineering.  Continue reading Teacher of the week: Carol Newall

Teacher of the week: Catherine McMahon

Associate Professor Cath McMahon – Linguistics

I am a clinician, educator and researcher and value all three elements in my role. I am the Director of Audiology and the Director of the newly formed Centre for Implementation of Hearing Research (I-HeaR) and have been at Macquarie University for 14 years – spanning the majority of my career! I currently chair the Faculty of Human Science MQ Health Leadership and Steering committees to align our Faculty with Macquarie University’s Health Science Centre, because I strongly believe in the vision upon which MQ Health was designed “to be a world-class university health sciences centre, integrating clinical care, learning and research to improve lives.” I also believe that Macquarie has the right ecosystem spanning clinical service delivery, health and healthcare research – social science research – clinical trials units and excellent clinical programs across a range of key areas of health and education that can make a difference to our society. Continue reading Teacher of the week: Catherine McMahon