Making headlines: Faculty Partnership Program highlights

Over the past couple of years, Teche has featured a myriad of stories about successful Faculty Partnership Projects.  Here’s a look back over some highlights from the 83 projects to date.

Educational Design and Development staff from Macquarie’s Learning and Teaching Centre helped Dr Michael Cavanagh and Professor Joanne Mulligan maximise student learning opportunities in an Education unit, and changed their perceptions about online learning in the process.

Chris Froissard, Dan Daugaard and Deidre Seeto
Chris Froissard, Dan Daugaard and Deidre Seeto

We also helped the Applied Finance Centre’s Dan Daugaard to overcome passive lecture syndrome using in-class polling tools. Likewise, Macquarie Law School’s Kirsty Davies and  Economics’ Dr Alison Vicary got things ‘clicking’, exploring active learning techniques in their classrooms.  With our support, Alex Blair moved from paper-based assessments to online assessments in his Economics unit.

In Biology, we worked with Dr Paul Duckett to create an interactive online learning experience using synchronous virtual classroom technology, putting together a  toolkit for  academics in the process.

Physiotherapy community unit
Physiotherapy community unit

Dr Cath Dean was the academic lead on a project that created a visually stunning online community unit that supports Physiotherapy students while they undertake professional placements.

We’ve also helped to ‘flip’ multiple Macquarie classrooms, including Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy’s in Applied Finance, and Associate Professor Melanie Bishop’s Marine Biology unit. With Faculty of Arts, we even attempted to flip the whole Modern History department, and continued with the program-based approach on the Bachelor of Security Studies.

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Dramatic video: FPP project with Sijia Guo, International Studies

The production of high-quality educational media has also been key key to the success of the FPP program – we counted around 500 videos produced over the past four years!  The program has also been at the forefront of pioneering 3D educational technologies at Macquarie, helping Dr Yann Tristant develop rich graphic activities for his Egyptology students through the use of 3D-scanned artefacts.

With our help, Psychology’s Dr Monique Crane rejuvenated her curriculum using Prezi as a collaborative authorship tool, as well as innovative video.

This year we’ve also helped the Faculty of  Human Sciences rise to the challenge of increase the effectiveness of feedback to students. For the past few years we’ve also successfully connected the FPP program with the Faculty’s Teaching Fellowship awards, with excellent results.

We’ve also helped developed services to support students better, including working with Learning Skills to revamp the StudyWISE online skills unit, along with offices such as the Library, PACE and Sustainability.

Victoria Taylor, Fiona Nicolson, Michael Cavanagh - Image by Jorge Reyna, LTC
Winning combination: Victoria Taylor, Fiona Nicolson, Dr. Michael Cavanagh

And all this good work hasn’t gone unnoticed.  Victoria Taylor and Fiona Nicolson’s work on the School of Education’s Secondary Teaching Education Program won a ‘Moodley’ award for the best design for student interaction .   The same year, The Reading Game, developed as an FPP project involving the LTC’s Robert Parker and the Faculty of Science, won the web-based games category of the Educational Games Competition in Berlin in 2014.

And the FPP Program itself has won Commendation for Innovation and Excellence from ascilite, as well as an international best practice award for ‘smart partnerships’ at the ‘Smart Learning Best Practice Forum’ at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai.

Helen Carter accepts the award
Helen Carter accepts the Smart Partnerships Award in Dubai

For more examples of what Faculty Partnership Program projects have achieved, visit Teche’s new Project Snapshots section.

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