Finding images that are freely available for educational use can sometimes be tricky. CSIRO has just made it a whole lot easier for those in scientific (and other) fields by releasing its ScienceImage library (http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au)under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Everyone now has access to freely use, repost and transform the collection’s 4000+ high definition images and videos – perfect for Powerpoints! The library represents more than six decades worth of environmental, industrial, agricultural and technological research images.
Come along and join Sylvie Saab from the Library who will be facilitating two workshops on the subject of copyright. Sylvie is a copyright lawyer based in the Library. She has previously worked in copyright for the education sector (schools and TAFE) and commercial broadcasting. She joined Macquarie University last year to advise on all matters of information policy and has a knack for turning complex copyright laws into simple and practical principles.
Introduction to Copyright Session
This session will explain what copyright is, why it’s important and how Australian copyright law provides special exceptions and licences for the educational use of copyright material. It will also explore some ‘smart’ practices that will assist in overcoming copyright barriers and complexities.
Monday 12 May, 2pm-3.30pm
Tuesday 20 May, 2pm-3.30pm
In-Depth Copyright Session
This session will provide greater detail on the educational exceptions and licences and present some common case studies illustrating their application. It will also provide a summary of the report recently released by the Australian Law Reform Commission on the need for copyright reform in Australia and what the ALRC’s recommendations mean for the education sector.
Wednesday 14 May, 9.30am-11am
Thursday 22 May, 2pm-3.30pm
Congratulations to Kevin Brooks on being named 6th best lecturer in Australia in 2013: UniJobs. For a snapshot of his quirky take on psychology and perception, check out his article at http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-may-2013/holy-grilled-cheese-sandwich-what-pareidolia.html
- As you all know, our very own Janet Greeley is on safari in South Africa in support of the organisation Hope Africa.
The Student Centre launched its support of Janet’s fundraising rally on Wednesday May 7 with a magnificent curry lunch for the team , raising $300. Grateful thanks must go to Radha, Shyam and Neil’s mum Meena for a magnificent spread of butter chicken, raita, potato curry, breads and pickles! Thanks also to Anita and colleagues for setting up an stunning instant restaurant in the staff room!
On Wednesday 14 May, the Student Centre also hosted a morning tea with a great turn out of staff who enjoyed a wonderful array of teatime treats and a welcome opportunity to catch up with colleagues. Thank you to everyone who attended both functions and helped us to raise a total of $715 towards Janet’s Rally for Hope Africa.
Every year , Macquarie International takes part in the International Student Barometer and, as with all surveys, participation is critical. Your help is needed to ensure as many international students as possible complete the survey by the deadline of 16th May.
The survey is a chance for students to tell Macquarie University what’s working and not working, and what their university experience has been like. Their feedback will help us improve the Macquarie experience and our rankings.
To thank students for completing the survey, i-gradute offers a chance to win $1000 cash prize. Macquarie is also offering a chance to win an Apple iPad!
If possible, we would like to access the first two minutes of your lecture in the next week to address the group. Please advise the most appropriate times and locations for this.
It not, please ask students to check their emails and complete the survey. https://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix4/p1834294624.aspx?ins=100112&rort=r&abc=1
We highly appreciate your cooperation and we thank you in advance.
A message from Nicole Brigg, Director, Macquarie International
Celebrating Learning and Teaching: Less is More: Call for Proposals and Reviewers
22-25 September, 2014
This is an invitation to contribute to Macquarie’s Learning and Teaching Week which will be held from Monday 22 – Thursday 25 of September, 2014.
This year the Program will run from Monday 22 September to Wednesday 24 September, followed by the annual Macquarie University 3 Minute Thesis Finals on Thursday 25 September.
We are seeking interesting, exciting practice-based contributions for nano-presentations, demonstrations and poster sessions, as well as papers based on research and scholarship. Proposals for workshops, roundtable discussions and symposia are also welcome.
As the program covers only three days, there are limited places available for presentations. All abstracts will go through a double-blind peer review process against set criteria. More information is available on the website below. We are also asking for expressions of interest from those who would be interested in reviewing abstracts.
Abstracts are due on May 17, 2014. For more information about the criteria and process, if you wish to submit an abstract for review, or you would like to become involved with the review process, please visit the Learning and Teaching Week website.
Contact: Elizabeth Shoostovian or call ext.1608.
The scenario: A second year Accounting unit of over 800 students, 32 tutorial groups and 10 tutors. The assessment task: A research project (1500 words). The challenge: how to achieve reliable and efficient marking across such a large number of assignments and teaching staff?
As part of her plan to tackle this scenario, Nui Savanid invested time developing a solid rubric to mark the assignment, setting out clearly the criteria for marking and levels of achievement. Rubrics help students to understand expectations about an assignment, improve the quality of their work – and ultimately improve their grades. While a comprehensive rubric takes time to develop, the investment should save time in the long run as it clearly communicates expectations to students and provides a relatively quick marking tool. It also helps ensure consistency amongst markers.
Marking online with Grademark can be an efficient way to deliver all-round feedback including comments, grades and feedback student performance in relation to rubric criteria. With the help of the Learning and Teaching Centre’s faculty liaison team, Nui has also developed a series of workshops for her teaching staff in response to the challenges of her unit. More – Nui’s rubric, how to use a rubric in iLearn
What is the Faculty Partnership Projects program?
Development Support for your Learning and Teaching Ideas
Faculty Partnership Projects are short-term projects which enable Macquarie academics to develop new approaches for their teaching, by utilising the support and expertise of the University’s Learning and Teaching Centre. Continue reading Same same again? Or time for something different?
One advantage of using the Staff Cafe as a meeting place is that you can pick up great new tips at the same time – such as learning how to cook the perfect poached egg. (This is a learning and teaching blog, after all….!)
If you, like many of us, are an aficionado of poached eggs and have struggled with this fine art, spending fruitless minutes staring into a boiling broth of swirling egg strands….. your search is over! Heartfelt thanks to Paris at the Staff Cafe for introducing Mitch and I to chefs Richard and Hussein, who so generously shared their poaching secrets with us.
- Start with a deep sided pot with at least 12 cm of water and a splash of vinegar (any white vinegar will do)
- Bring to just barely simmering – the surface should be barely shivering – and then stir to create a whirpool
- Break a room temperature egg into the water as close to the surface as you can – or break the egg into a small cup and pour it into the centre of the whirlpool
- Now leave it alone for about 3 – 4 minutes, letting it sit quietly on the bottom of the pan in the barely moving water.
- Using a slotted spoon, lift the egg out and onto a clean, folded tea towel to drain a bit
- Place on a toasted slice of the best sourdough (or your favourite toast) you can find. Add sauteed spinach or oven roasted tomatoes, smoked salmon, crispy bacon – you get the idea…..
- ENJOY – and remember to say thank you to Paris, Richard and Hussein next time you’re in the Staff Cafe!
Tip: In a 20 cm pot, you can cook about 3 eggs at once with this method. Just remember to create the whirlpool with each egg and leave about 30 seconds between each new egg to allow them to start setting.