The battle for submission

iLearn Assignment vs Turnitin

Image courtesy of Flickr, Paul Townsend, academics I meet with are using Turnitin. Many also lament the lack of team or group submission functionality (Turnitin have this on their road map of improvement, but it’s still a whiles away yet).    Some even use Turnitin because they think they HAVE to (no, currently no Macquarie Faculty has mandated the use of Turnitin).

Let’s have a look at them duke it out and you be the judge.

Function iLearn assignment turnitin
Group/Team submission


Text matching ability or Originality Report


Declaration from student it is their own work (academic honesty acknowledgement)



 Digital receipt of student submission



 Upload any file type


not yet but coming S2

Type text response online instead of file upload


Online feedback on actual submission


 General online feedback



 Accept late submissions



Notify markers of late submissions

Blind marking (student ID- no name)


 Rubric/Marking criteria



 Students can see rubric before submitting



only if you manually link to it in the summary section

 Marks flow into iLearn Gradebook


 Students notified submission has been marked



Open Educational Resources (OER)

Andrew Burrell from the Centre for Open Education and Sylvie Saab and Susan Vickery from the Library made a presentation to the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee on ‘Open Educational Resources’. This presentation can be found at:

I recommend two video clips to you that are in the presentation, the first is Professor David Riley’s TED’s Talk and ‘Why It is Important to Share Content’.

The work of Professor Mike Neary may also be of interest to anyone wishing to follow up on OER and can be found at:

Source: Amay

Posted by: Dr Trudy Ambler, Associate Dean (Quality & Standards), Faculty of Arts


Does Work-integrated Learning enhance student employability?

Many universities in Australia and overseas are promoting work-integrated and other experiential learning activities as the most effective way of boosting students’ employability skills. But does going on a placement, undertaking an internship or completing a project for an industry partner actually make a difference to student learning or their chances of securing a job after they graduate?

Yes, according to a new report on cooperative education, Bringing Life to Learning at Ontario Universities, released last week by the Council of Ontario Universities, Canada.

canada flagThis report details the benefits of cooperative education to students and partner organisations, including success stories such as Dominic Toselli, a mechanical engineering student who’s project saved energy giant Shell Canada $1 million a year during a co-op placement in Calgary.

Continue reading Does Work-integrated Learning enhance student employability?

Sherman Young: A Visit to SCIL

I visited the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning  on Friday and was taken on a great tour by Stephen Harris (Principal) and Mark Burgess (Deputy and Learning Activist). Based in the Northern Beaches Christian School, SCIL takes a disruptive approach to K-12 education with the use of innovative learning spaces, blended learning environments (Moodle and EdModo for the most part), BYOD approaches and PBL.

Continue reading Sherman Young: A Visit to SCIL

Crowdfunding Innovations

Crowdfunding is the concept of an individual reaching a goal by collecting small contributions from many parties to finance a particular project or activity.

Photo from flickr:


The activity to be funded could be for a non-profit campaign (e.g. to support a project by your local voluntary organisation),  a philanthropic campaign (e.g. to produce an emerging artist) or a commercial project (e.g. to create and sell a new product).

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Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook

Macquarie’s annual celebration of pedagogy and scholarship, Learning and Teaching Week was held from 16-20 September 2013. As presenters are encouraged each year to publish their work as a way of sharing practice and furthering research in this area, an eBook option was offered as a new publishing platform to those who presented papers, symposia, roundtables and workshops. Continue reading Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook

Scaffolding the development of academic writing


academic writingAn effective way to demonstrate the style of writing expected in your discipline is to show students a model or exemplar answer. Ideally this should be an assignment written by a student from a previous iteration of your unit, keeping in mind that this requires the written permission of the student. Continue reading Scaffolding the development of academic writing

A Flaming desire for Blended Learning?

Come along and join a team of Educational Designers and Developers for this interactive professional learning workshop on Flexible Learning at Macquarie (FLaMe).

Flaming Lightbulb

If you would like to engage students more in the online components of your unit, or if you would like to introduce online learning into your unit, then FLaMe is perfect for you. You will be introduced to the basic principles of blended learning and guided through a range of practical examples and exercises which will help you to redesign your own current (or planned) unit. Continue reading A Flaming desire for Blended Learning?

Rhetoric or Reality? Call for Papers for ascilite2014

from on from Macquarie’s successful hosting last year,  Ascilite (that’s the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) will hold its 2014 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-26 November.

The theme for this year is Rhetoric or Reality, and contributions relating to critical perspectives on educational technology are now invited under the following sub-themes:

  • Emerging technology practices (e.g., MOOCs, OERs, virtual reality, mobile learning, games or gamification)
  • Institution-wide technology integration (e.g., implementation of digital strategies)
  • Focus on research evidence (e.g., impact-focused methods such as educational design research, inquiry and action research, and experimental studies)
  • Technology-enhanced learning design
  • Learning analytics
  • Educational technology and society
  • Role of learning theories

For full details, visit the ascilite2014 website

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