Your day by day guide to everything happening at Learning and Teaching Week, 14-17 September.
Monday 14th September
The Learning and Teaching strategy is the blueprint for the future of learning and teaching at Macquarie. Register here.
Parallel Session: Paper Presentations 1
The Student Experience of PACE at Macquarie University: Implications for Global Citizenship (Dr Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei, Colina Mason) | Co-creating Curriculum: Developing a framework with PACE International partners, students and unit convenors (A/Prof Kate Lloyd, Dr Rebecca Bilous, Laura Hammersley) | One size doesn’t fit all: Workload implications for staff involved in the delivery of PACE units (Dr Anna Rowe, Lindie Clark, Dr Ayse Bilgin, Sarita Bista) | A Reciprocal Relationship: Academics’ and Students’ Co-creating Engagement and Self-Fulfilment through LEAP-Links (Ruth Tregale, Casey Featon, Sonal Singh)
Parallel Session: Paper Presentations 2
Connect/disconnect: identifying and supporting early career academics (Dr Agnes Bosanquet, Alana Mailey) | Listening and learning: ‘I listen or I don’t listen, but even if I don’t, I do’ (Dr Diane Hughes, Dr Stephen Collins, Dr Adrian Renzo, Dr Nicole Matthews, Prof Julian Knowles, Dr Ian Collinson) | Academic leaders’ perspectives on adopting ePortfolios for developing and assessing professional capabilities in Australian business education (Nicholas McGuigan) | The Student Experience of PACE at Macquarie University: Expectations and Motives for Learning (Dr Kathryn McLachlan)
Parallel Session: Mixed Session 11am-12.30pm
11am-12.30pm – FULLY BOOKED
Opening Real Science: Embedding Learning Designs for Authentic Science Learning in Teacher Education (Scarlet An, Dr Katherine Stewart) | CR3 – a new model of the flipped classroom (Dr Marcus Rodrigs – University of Newcastle) | Enhancing student engagement through flipping: A case study in Australian History (Dr Tanya Evans) |Seeing the wood and the trees: Enhancing student learning by connecting assessment across units (A/Prof Leonie Tickle) | A Relevant Economics Curriculum for a Dynamic World – Moving from Content to Concepts (Prashan Karunaratne)
Register for lunch
Our students study at Macquarie because they believe they will get better jobs than if they went straight into the workforce. There are suggestions that employers are focused on graduate skills, attributes and professional orientation. This Keynote Panel Discussion will see both students and employers share their thoughts on this topic.
Parallel Session: Evaluations
3.15pm-4.15pm FULLY BOOKED
Engaging through stories: Students’ feedback on Digital Storytelling (Dr Mauricio Marrone, Dr Murray Taylor) | What do students think about KickStart? (Victoria Taylor) | Peer Review Process: Online (External) units (iLearn) 2014 (Dr Trudy Ambler, Dr Panos Vlachopoulos, Cathy Mewes, Beth Saunders) | An activity based approach to bridging the gap between secondary school and University: connecting Faculty, Library, Learning Skills and Tutors for student success (Fiona Jones, Vanessa Todd, Dr Nicholas Tse, Azadeh Safari, Sudipta Chakraborty)
This workshop will immerse you in some interactive and experiential games that demonstrate the use of games-based learning strategies as an effective, efficient, and enjoyable way to learn (and teach). Please come along ready to participate in some gameplay that exposes you to the power of games, and please bring your laptop or iPad and pen.
Parallel Session: Demonstrations
In Bed with the Library AKA Embed with the Library: a Demonstration of Digital Research Skills Content (Heather Cooper) | Developing a transdisciplinary MOOC: Towards redefining massive (Michael Rampe, Dr Yvonne Breyer) | Practical ways teachers can improve their students’ academic success (Tessa Green, Joshua Dymock, Dr Robyn Westcott) | How Harvard Business School is approaching online learning: A firsthand account (Dr Mauricio Marrone)
Tuesday 15th September
Parallel Session: Nano Session 1
Developing Future-Oriented Education: Connecting Creativity and Innovation through a Process of ‘Unlearning’ (Nicholas McGuigan) | Graduate employability skills – industry partners and students’ perceptions (Dr Rahat Munir) | PACE on Campus: A Consultancy Model (Carolyn Adams) | Changing PACE: new roles and environments (Dr Maria Amigo)
Parallel Session: Round Table: Student and staff perspectives on effective teaching at Macquarie University
This highly interactive roundtable discussion will be convened by two Macquarie students who would like to hear from students and staff about:
- Why do students come to Macquarie University in the first place?
- What is effective teaching to students and staff? And are they at odds?
- How can students have more input into evaluating and developing teaching?
The Virtual Learning Commons is an innovative, bold and wide-ranging strategic initiative for learning and teaching at Macquarie University. This session will be a forum for Macquarie staff to find out more about the virtual Learning Commons and contribute to the ongoing conversation shaping the direction of its implementation at Macquarie University.
Educational Media Kiosk
9am-4.45pm in E5A 150 (no registration required)
Don’t miss the Educational Media Kiosk set up for the full second day near the registration desk. See examples of educational media created across campus, have a hands on go using some of the media equipment the LTC has available, chat to an expert about your ideas for educational media and find out how you can be involved in future collaborations.
Keynote by Pia Waugh: Collaborative Innovation: Digital Transformation Through Stronger Human Network
Named as one of Australia’s most influential women in 2014, Pia Waugh will be sharing her views on the importance of tech culture. Pia will examine the importance of learning to build on the shoulders of giants rather than continually reinventing the world and how to collaborate more effectively by aligning common motivations. The talk will also consider the importance of designing systems and information in a modular way so others can build on this knowledge and innovate. Register here
Register for lunch
Parallel Session: Digitally Connected: Partnership Projects Symposium and Networking Event
Hear from a range of Macquarie academics about their experiences, challenges and successes in redesigning their learning and teaching for the digital age, through the Faculty Partnership Program (FPP). A rare opportunity to connect with others and share ideas about blended and online learning, with a view to possible future collaborations.
Join us for this honest and reflective discussion as we try to shed light on some of the commonalities that exist in education in China, and on the experiences of Chinese students in Australia. Read more about the session here.
Panel: The Student Voice
Come and hear our Merit Scholars give a honest and candid insight into their learning experience at Macquarie. This is an opportunity to ask the students questions about what they feel works – and doesn’t work – at Macquarie University.
Parallel Session: Using the Moodle Engagement Analytics Plug (MEAP) to Identify Students at Risk – FULLY BOOKED
This 60 minute workshop aims to give participants an understanding of how simple learning analytics within iLearn can help unit convenors and student support staff, identify students who are becoming disengaged in their unit. It will focus on the practical application of a learning analytics tool that could be used to improve unit completion rates.
To be blunt, the on-line revolution is failing. It is failing students, and it is failing us. It creates an isolationist experience where students do not interact, where knowledge becomes a commodity to be memorized but not understood, where students never know the cut and thrust of a true examination of issues from different points of view, and where they fail, as a result, to develop critical thinking. We urgently need to address these issues.
This session will bring together Educational Design and Development professionals from the Sydney area, including the Sydney Educational Designers Network, along with other interested academics and higher educational professionals, to actively discuss emerging issues and trends related to learning and teaching with technologies. The aim is for participants to gain insight from others who are applying a variety of frameworks, pedagogies, technologies, and innovative ideas in their professional practice.
Wednesday 16th September
Parallel Session: Symposium: Connecting learners, teachers and designers through data – contexts and futures of learning analytics at Macquarie
9.30am-11am – FULLY BOOKED
Learning analytics – what is it, how are people using it, and what can it do for me? Find out more about what’s happening in this space at Macquarie, and share your views on the ethics, direction, and application of these exciting developments.
An interactive session covering Macquarie’s journey to embed sustainability into curriculum. Think it’s not relevant to you? Of course it is! You are in a unique position to have a profound impact on the next generation to ensure an ecologically sound, socially just and economical viable future is possible. Be a change agent for the future by creating a consciously connected curriculum.
This panel discussion will will cover topics such as: Coursera insights on MOOCs; experiences of other universities internationally; evolving MOOC models; showcasing Macquarie learning and teaching expertise; the content and assessment structure of the Big History MOOC; combining ‘framework’ and ‘zooming in’ lectures; facilitating critical thinking in an online course; ‘claim testers’ and other insights from the Big History Project; coordinating and designing a transdisciplinary course; video production approach and using students as co-creators; reaching students globally; attracting students to the Macquarie on campus experience; and future plans to build upon the Big History MOOC experience.
Parallel Session: Nano Session 2
12.30pm-1.30pm FULLY BOOKED
The Benefits of Connection for Off-Campus PhD Students (Dr Juliet Lum, Dr Olga Kozar, Prof Philip Benson) | Connecting Staff and Students to Academic Integrity (Alice N Lee) | Improve your students’ writing skills with StudyWISe exemplars (Dr Lai Ping Florence Ma, Ann Walker) | Designing, developing and implementing legal information research skills support in iLearn (Geraldine Marsh, Melinda Stewart)
Parallel Session: Nano Session 3
Creating knowledge in creating a digital artefact (Natalie Spence) | The impact of the on-line module “Consumer Chemistry” for forming conceptual understanding and perspectives in pre-service primary teachers (Dr Hye-Eun Chu, Dr Katherine Stewart, Scarlet An) | Mediating Student Learning: Archaeology and Social Media in the 21st century A Case study on AHIS170: Egyptian Archaeology – An Introduction (Dr Alexandra Woods, Ollie Coady) | Innovative Approaches of Teaching Greek Medical Terminology (Patricia Koromvokis, Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos) | Re-imagining Learning Spaces in Dance and Performance Studies (Jon Burtt)
Parallel Session: Nano Session 4
Assessment for Learning rather than Assessment of Learning in Economics (Prashan Karunaratne) | A phenomenographic study of students’ perceptions of learning accounting (Nicholas McGuigan) | Connecting the Student Experience through Visual Imagery (Nicholas McGuigan) | Your Own Academic Team – a Challenge when Transforming a Syllabus around Threshold Concept (Prashan Karunaratne)
Thursday 17th September
- A keynote by Rob Manson, CEO of BuildAR, about current and future trends in wearable technologies and The Internet of Things
- An open panel session with Rob, Professor Sherman Young, and Ian Aitken (Head of Professional Services at Samsung) to discuss the potential of wearable technologies in education
- A chance to try out wearable technologies for yourself!