This clip will resonate with many Unit Convenors who answer the same questions from students over and over again! Continue reading Something familiar about this guy?
How many sessional staff teach at your university? The majority of teaching across Australian universities is undertaken by sessional staff and it is time to ensure that the contribution of sessional staff is included in key strategic and operational plans for quality learning and teaching. The BLASST (Benchmarking leadership and advancement of standards for sessional teaching) framework is offered to you as an online interactive tool (go to http://blasst.edu.au/bbit-explained.html) to explore, even benchmark, how your department, faculty or institution ‘measures up’ to the national evidenced-based standards. Individual sessional staff can also engage with this online tool. You will be rewarded with a report which signals your standards using a traffic light system, for example green represents you are achieving a high standard.
For more information about the project contact Dr Marina Harvey, Lecturer in Academic Development, Macquarie University
Media in education has never been more popular and has a vast array of uses and benefits. Continue reading Ever wished you didn’t have to repeat yourself?
Echo360 Personal Capture software is a free tool that enables you to record screen captures and webcam footage from your own computer. Continue reading Workshop: Echo360 Personal Capture – Self-made Video, made easy
Start the session with a great welcome message as an Announcement that not only introduces you to the students but outlines your expectations and is grounded in online pedagogy:
✔ Social presence (linked to improved retention rates in fully online and blended courses) by introducing yourself and encouraging students to upload a profile picture
✔ Set expectations – contrary to popular belief, because you are teaching an online unit, does not mean that you need to respond 24/7.
✔ Clearly outline expected engagement
✔ Guide students through your unit (why not make a screen capture to create an online orientation to the unit?)
✔ Remind students of their responsibility as an online student by linking to the Netiquette guide
Another academic term has just started at Macquarie University Campus. First-years are looking around for opportunities to meet new friends, join a social club and attend one of the many induction sessions. What a great way to start their journey into academia! But what about our fully online learners? Do they have the same opportunities to ‘bond’? Do they experience the same level of engagement with academia as our campus students?
Macquarie University has a range of learning and teaching grant programs designed to provide academic and professional staff with internal funding to undertake scholarly work related to learning and teaching.
The internal learning and teaching grant opportunities are:
- Enhancement Program Grants
Where is digital media?
This is an introduction to a series of blog posts focusing on contemporary issues relating to media, copyright law and creative commons. Comments are encouraged by all.
There is no doubt today’s society and culture is media rich. Videos, music, and interactive multimedia are now available as forms of digital media across the Internet. Continue reading A series on digital media, copyright and creative commons – Part 1: Media.
Are you new to teaching, new to Macquarie University or would like to revisit and develop your teaching skills? Then the Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FILT) program will definitely be for you.
Join Dr Trudy Amber from the Faculty of Arts as she takes you through this 5 Module continuous mode program. There are 9 face-to-face teaching sessions with on-going support and reflection between each module, facilitated through iLearn.
This program commences on Wednesday 12 March through to Wednesday 28 May with 9 x 2 hour sessions, 12 noon to 2pm in W6A 107.
For more information on this exciting program or to register, please click here