Live streaming roll out – Is it for you?

Psychology successfully pioneered live streaming of lectures for their large first year units, PSYC104 in Session 1 and PSYC105 in Session 2. The student experience was extremely positive.

Top 5 facts about the live stream pilot

How live streaming works

A set of rules has been developed for standards of practice for the roll-out of live streaming to other units:

  1. The minimum enrolment threshold for live streaming is 150 students;
  2.  The physical seat allocation for a 100 level unit lecture will be 50% of the total number enrolled (with a repeat lecture timetabled). The repeat lecture can be cancelled after census date if the attendance at the repeat lecture drops below 50% of capacity;
  3.  The physical seat allocation for 200 and above level units will be 40% of the of the total number of students enrolled (but this can be set per level if preferred);
  4.  There will be no repeat lectures for 200 level and above units with live streaming;
  5.   No additional on campus lectures will be timetabled even if enrolment numbers are greater than forecast (as additional students will live stream their lectures).

If you are interested in live streaming your lectures in 2018, please contact the Faculty Learning Designers via email to

Teacher of the week: Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics.

I am the Program Director of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program in the Department of Linguistics. My research interests are, broadly, communication disorders and the organisation of interaction, and I specialise in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. I commenced in my current position at Macquarie in the middle of 2013. Immediately prior, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Discipline of Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney. I’m currently carrying out a research project on people who experience communication problems following a stroke affecting the right hemisphere of their brain.

What are your main teaching commitments?

I teach almost exclusively in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program. My main teaching areas are acquired language disorders (conditions like aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and right hemisphere damage), related speech pathology interventions, and ways to measure language and communication in speech pathology practice.

What’s the biggest challenge you face as a university teacher?

One challenge of teaching in a professional, postgraduate program is that students can become very (understandably!) focused on the technical skills involved with being a speech pathologist. This can encourage them to engage in superficial learning, and to reproduce others’ practices without much thought about why they are (or aren’t) sensible. This might seem like a marginal problem, but it is an important one in the context of ensuring that people with communication and swallowing disabilities get the best care possible, and also for spurring progress and change in the profession itself. So, as a teacher in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology, I have to find ways of supporting students with developing their technical skills, while at the same time ensuring that they’re thinking critically about the principles, theories, and research findings that are (or aren’t) informing them.

What has helped you improve your teaching most and why?

My answer is quite boring, but here goes: reading, thinking, and practising. When I find myself unsatisfied, or frustrated with some aspect of my teaching, I try to set aside time to read and think. This helps me systematically review the conceptual or practical angle I’ve adopted. In addition, there are lots of practicalities involved with teaching that are difficult to anticipate, or completely understand, until you’ve actually lived through them. Two small, but I think important practical things that I’ve worked on incrementally are: 1) verbal explanations of complex concepts that are accessible, but don’t elide their complexity; 2) task instructions and scaffolding for in-class tutorial-type activities.

What’s been your most memorable moment in teaching?

Perhaps surprisingly, lots of my memorable moments in teaching have emerged from marking. It’s really satisfying to me when a student can take a learning experience I’ve designed, engage with it in a deep fashion, and then apply that knowledge rigorously in an assessment task. It’s even more satisfying when they use that knowledge to do something creative, that I hadn’t anticipated, or even disagree with. (I’m always pleased when I can elicit principled disagreement!). More superficially, a student once called me over in a lecture break to show me a Reddit post, saying “hey, you’re a nerd, you’ll like this.” Up until that point, I wasn’t aware that I was one, so it was a bit of hammer blow. (As an aside, a friend of mine once received an LET survey response on which the only (qualitative or quantitative) feedback was, “Karl is a cool nerd”. I think this is a low-key excellent bit of feedback).

Who is your favourite music band? Why?

I’ve always thought this is a cruel question. Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve enjoyed the collective recorded output of Deerhunter and its members (i.e., including Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza). Their work is quiet varied, and I think Bradford Cox is an interesting person. I’ve also had a lot of fun seeing Royal Headache live with my friends.


Psychology Lecture Live Streaming

This year, first year Psychology lectures will be offered both on-campus and live streamed!

  • Video streaming allows you to watch lectures live from your own device wherever you are, whilst also being able to participate and interact as if you were in the theatre.
  • When the lecture commences, simply log in to iLearn and click on the link to enter the live stream. You can use any browser or device and can watch the video from wherever in the world there is sufficient network coverage. If you don’t have your own device, you are welcome to use Macquarie’s computers.

You can log into view the live stream from anywhere with reliable internet access.

Repeat Lecture
Due to high demand for face-to-face lecture space, the Department is offering a repeat lecture on:
Friday between 4:00pm and 6:00pm
T1 Theatre, 29 Wallys Walk (X5B)
If you wish to attend the repeat please enrol via eStudent. 

It’s easy to do:

  1. Log into your iLearn unit a few minutes before the lecture is due to start.
  2. Click on the Active Learning Platform link at the top of the screen.
  3. You will see a timer counting down the minutes until the start of the lecture.
  4. Sit back and enjoy the lecture!

What to do if you have questions or problems?

If you are on-campus, you can visit the IT Helpdesk on the ground floor of Building C5C, Wally’s Walk.

100 level unit students can use this forum.

Otherwise, email AND cc’ to ensure follow-up.

For pedagogical issues email


  • Note that a typical 1-hour live stream consumes an average 1GB of data. Please be aware of your internet data allowances and caps. For best experience connect via strong and stable WiFi connection or wired connection. Experience may vary if using a cellular data connection.
  • Unfortunately, Android devices are not supported for live streaming. Android devices can, however, playback recordings.
  • Recordings of the live stream will available via the ‘Echo Recordings’ link in iLearn. Please allow up to 2 hours from the conclusion of the lecture for the recording to become available.


iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Dear Bev,

I have become a super efficient rubric creator for Turnitin assignments. There is no type of rubric I have not mastered – a standard (weighted) rubric, a custom rubric, or a qualitative rubric! I am, however, completely confounded by the fact that my rubric is never attached to assignments in the Feedback Studio when it’s time to start marking – even though I attach it in the Rubric Manager in iLearn!! What’s going on!?

Rubric Renegade

Dear Rubric Renegade,

Great to hear you’ve tamed the types of Turnitin rubrics!

You’ll find the steps to attach your rubric to assignments in the Feedback Studio a breeze!

Continue reading iLearn. Sigh. #justaskbev

Open iLearn – now even easier to search

iLearn has been open to viewing by all Macquarie staff since December but it wasn’t necessarily easy to remember how to search for a unit. [Wait!  What’s this all about? Catch up here. View who can see what here.]

Our friends in LIH Learning Technologies team have created a search box which has now been added tthe iLearn homepage.  You can search and view any unit from S1, 2016 onward.

Open iLearn search block tool
Open iLearn search block tool


Don’t know what to look for or where to start?  
Here are some suggestions:


Teacher of the week: Matt Bower

Matt Bower is an Associate Professor within the Department of Educational Studies.

After beginning professional life in the actuarial field I decided to return to Macquarie to pursue my passion for Education. I then taught high school mathematics for several years in Sydney and Alice Springs, but also ventured further afield to relief teaching in England and Business English teaching in Japan. The whole time I was fascinated by how technology could be used to enhance learning, so decided to complete a degree specialising in computing and a Master of Education. This led to me designing and teaching an Online Graduate Diploma of IT over in the Faculty of Science, and completing my PhD in how web-conferencing systems could be used to promote more interactive and collaborative computing education. Continue reading Teacher of the week: Matt Bower

Meet your Peer Review of Teaching Leaders

The Peer Review of Teaching initiative is underway in the Faculty of Human Sciences.

Peer Review of Teaching promotes a culture of ongoing reflection and communication amongst academics, leading to quality enhancement in learning and teaching (Sachs & Parsell, 2014). The Faculty Peer Review of Teaching initiative aligns with the Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework: 2015-2020 and the Faculty of Human Sciences strategic plan, Learning 2020. Continue reading Meet your Peer Review of Teaching Leaders