October’s Learning & Teaching Exchange: KickStart

Learning & Teaching Exchange – What is KickStart and how can it work for me?

All staff
 from across the university are invited!

KickStart LogoJoin us on Tuesday, 6th October for Learning & Teaching Exchange, the newly revamped iLearn Exchange which will now more have a broader focus on sharing innovations and best practices in learning and teaching at Macquarie.

In October we will be exploring the new, award winning (Vice Chancellor Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning) KickStart initiative.  Hear from Convenors and students, who will be sharing their opinions and experience. Best of all, find out how you can have KickStart in your unit for 2016!

What is KickStart?  

“Great initiative – and compared to my other unit an extraordinarily professional and supportive representation. Very impressed.” (student, Faculty of Arts)

“An excellent way to introduce the course and alleviate any worries students may have. ” (student, Faculty of Science and Engineering)

“I found KickStart to be a very helpful way to organise myself for the semester ahead.” (student, Faculty of Business and Economics)

“It made me feel as though I knew what was going to happen and the content that would be focused on in the lectures and tutorials.” (student, Faculty of Human Sciences)

Being academically prepared and motivated have been identified as important factors for student success. Being well-prepared for upcoming units puts students into a good position to have a positive and successful start to a session. Currently, students at Macquarie University have limited information about their units of study prior to the commencement of the session, relying on information in the Handbook or friends who have taken the unit.

In response to this gap, the KickStart initiative aims to increase student engagement two weeks prior to the beginning of the session by providing resources and activities relevant to the unit content. The KickStart packages were made available to students in the iLearn unit, and were designed to help students to better understand the unit objectives and have a positive start to their studies.

The resources and activities included an introduction welcome to the unit by the instructor (on video), unit guides , activities to help students relate personal experience to the subject, quizzes to self-test prerequisite skills, and shared experience material (including study tips by previous students).  Why not have a sneak peek at examples in our Kickstart Showcase iLearn unit? (NB. this is an iLearn Showcase unit, you will need to login to iLearn to view.)

Please register here as seating is limited.