What’s on the Horizon? Macquarie connection

NMC and ELI Release the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

horizon at RhodesThe New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)  jointly released the 11th edition of the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education today. The NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.

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Shut up and write!

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Is it hard to find time to write?

Losing your motivation and getting sidetracked?

Shut up and write! Mondays 3-4.30pm Library cafe, starting 3 February, look for the red sign. Just turn up – at least one person will be there each week.

‘Shut up and write’ is about getting together to simply write. Write anything at all – report, journal article, literature review, blog post. The format is get a beverage (or not) and chat, shut up and write for 25 minutes, short chat, shut up and write for 25 minutes, then say goodbye till next week.

Natalie Spence from the Learning and Teaching Centre is setting up a writing group using this format.  If Monday afternoons don’t work for you, contact natalie.spence@mq.edu.au for an alternative or setup your own group. Go to http://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/ to find out how to get your own writing group up and running.

We all need a (critical) friend!

book cowanJohn Cowan was the first Professor of Engineering Education in the UK, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where his educationally-oriented research and development concentrated on student-centered learning and the learning experience. On moving to the Open University in Scotland as Director in 1987, he encouraged innovative curriculum development and campaigned nationally for rigorous formative evaluation in higher education. When he retired from his tutoring duties in the autumn of 2011, he had been teaching, conducting, and publishing accounts of action research studies of his practices since 1952.

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Image courtesy of Flickr, Jonny  Goldstein, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnygoldstein/8161551606/As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!

The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit.  The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity.  These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.

Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:

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  • Language studies
  • Virtual lab experiments
  • Guest expert lecture or interview
  • Authentic role play
  • Student presentations
  • Tutoring for external students
  • Virtual meeting spaces
  • Virtual consultation hours
  • Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc

Collaborate tools include:

  • Session recordings
  • Whiteboard
  • Desktop sharing
  • Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
  • Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)

So now you’re hooked and want to know more?  Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.

 

 

New Year New Staff!

The LTC is extending its family.

As the LTC wishes best of luck to star performers Sherrie Love, Rebecca Ritchie and Mingming Diao, who are going on secondment, it also welcomes with open arms Jorge Reyna, Victoria Taylor and Jean-Christophe Froissard as new staff who will fill the void left behind. They bring with them a wealth of experience into the LTC ranging from TAFE e-learning to expertise in BlackBoard Collaborate (something we are all keen to explore, no doubt). Jorge will be located within the Faculty of Science as the designated Educational Designer, whereas Victoria and Jean-Christophe will be located in the LTC, working with Faculties on Faculty Partnership Programs (FPP) and other initiatives such as FLaME.

A little bit about our new and extending family:

Victoria Taylor comes to us from Navitas English and has considerable design and development experience working with virtual online classrooms. Victoria replaces Rebecca Ritchie (while she is on secondment) as a centrally based educational designer and will start on Tuesday 28th Jan.

Jorge Reyna comes to us from UWS where he has been working as a blended learning advisor, supporting academics in their integration of technologies to design engaging learning activities. Jorge replaces Sherrie Love (while she is on secondment) as the educational designer attached to the Faculty of Science and will start on Feb 3rd.

Jean-Christophe Froissard (Chris) comes to us from TAFE eLearning Hub and has considerable experience in Moodle, digital media and design and development of online resources. Chris will replace MingMing Diao (whilst he is on secondment) as a centrally based educational designer and will start on Monday 17th Feb.

Please make these new lambs welcome to the farm as they embark on a journey here at Macquarie.

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(CC BY-NC 2.0) Eva Ganesha

How is your PhD student doing?

Photo by Mike Catabay, LTC, Macquarie University

The LTC and the Department of Education are conducting research on the role of social support in doctoral education.

PhD candidates at any stage of their study are invited  to participate in focus groups and/or one-on-one interviews. A monetary incentive is provided to each participant for each session.

The findings will propose guidelines for support services and practices in doctoral education, in order to enhance the HDR experience.

Tell your PhD student about this study!

Click for more details and to sign up  or email Lilia Mantai lilia.mantai@mq.edu.au

 

Sustainability for Everyone (and a free lunch!)

As the Learning and Teaching Centre is a great supporter of Sustainability, we would like to bring to your attention two upcoming events. Want to enjoy a delicious lunch with colleagues or join in a nature walk around campus? Read on to find out what is happening on the sustainability scene.

untitledLearning and Teaching for Sustainability Luncheon

Before beginning Session 1 2014, come along and share some lunch with friends and colleagues. Take the opportunity to network and connect, whilst enjoying some lovely food. We may even chat a little about sustainability in learning and teaching!

When: 18 February 1:00pm-2:00pm
Where: Y1A Sustainability Cottage

RSVP: Sarah Jo Steinhoff – sarahjo.steinhoff@mq.edu.au or ext. 4471 – by 14 Feb. Please be sure to advise of any dietary requirements.

 

 

Old MQ LibraryNature Walks

Reconnect with the beautiful campus environment on one of the following nature walks – a great way to ease back into the working year, whilst reminding yourself of the natural landscape we are endowed with at Macquarie.

When: 4 February, 20 February, or 6 March 1:00pm-2:00pm
RSVP: Sarah Jo Steinhoff – sarahjo.steinhoff@mq.edu.au or ext. 4471 – at least 1 day prior to the walk you wish to join.

Calling all New Supervisors

Are you a Supervisor who is new to Macquarie or new to HDR Supervision? If so, this workshop may be for you.

This workshop is designed to introduce, share and reflect on appropriate approaches to supervisory practice. It includes discussion of different perspectives of supervision, the changing nature of the PhD and PhD candidates, the institutional, framing and expectations of supervision at MQ, new models of supervision and reflective practice in supervision. The face-to-face sessions comprise two half-days, and the online version of the workshop is open for five days.

Date: Thursday, 30 January (Module 1) and Monday, 10 February (Module 2)

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To register click here

now at teche.mq.edu.au