In the Learning Technologies Webinar Series you can participate from anywhere on or off campus in engaging and informative live session on a range of new and contemporary topics on learning technologies. Continue reading Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series
Do you want to publish a paper about Professional and Community Engagement (PACE)? Do you know which conferences focus on work-integrated learning, cooperative learning, practice-based learning, service learning or other types of experiential learning?
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