– Marina Harvey, Lecturer in Academic Development, Macquariie University
Many learning and teaching projects in Australian higher education are adopting what is known as a “distributed leadership” approach. If you want to learn about this approach – then this recently published article from my colleagues and I might help.
The new Room Profile page from Timetables tells you all you need to know about teaching spaces across Campus, including photographs, room capacity, equipment, access details, Echo360 and a host of other info.
Latest Articles on Student Support Services from Open Praxis
Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. It is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE.
The latest issue of Open Praxis features an interesting range of papers on student support services including:
The move from geographical to pedagogical student support at the Open University, UK;
Wellness promotion in online learning with examples from the US and a set of recommendations;
Open education resources (OER) in teaching and in learner support;
Student drop-out rates at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
Accessibility improvements for disabled students through cloud services at SUNY Empire State College, US;
Course-embedded student support for online english language learners; and
The introduction of an online student support platform at Wawasan Open University, Malaysia.
Come along and listen to Dr Matt Bower and Mr David Grover, both from the School of Education, talk about the fascinating topic of Augmented Reality in Higher Education.
By enabling users to overlay multimedia information on the world around us, Augmented Reality has immense potential to transform tertiary education. This presentation outlines what Augmented Reality is, how it works, applications available to educators, and how it might be infused into the curriculum. The presentation will also provide an overview of the Augmented Reality knowledge base that has been developed as part of this project, which includes examples, resources and guides.
2pm – 3pm, Thursday 27 February, 2014 To join this informative and captivating session, please click here to register
At some point in a career every teacher will encounter students with some level of disability or impairment.
The University of Melbourne has recently released another two of their informative guides providing tips and advice that students with disabilities want teachers to know. The new guides are the ones about Acquired Brain Injury and Anxiety. Other guides cover topics such as Hearing Impairment, Mental Illness, Blindness, Dyslexia, MS, and mobility problems. The guides can be found at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/accessibility/guide/.
Check out what the Learning and Teaching Centre’s upcoming workshops are for Session 1, 2014.
There are exciting programs coming up such as the Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FiLT), Flexible Learning at Macquare (FLaMe), to name but a couple. You can pick a printed copy up from C3B 315, or we can send you a copy in the mail. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone x9721 to request a copy.
Yes, it’s the first of the twice yearly upgrade of iLearn time and I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite features of this upgrade:
1. A word count on forums (while you can’t [yet] set a word limit in the settings of a forum, you can now see how many words a student [or your own] post is).
2. Assignment improvement – show students rubrics BEFORE they submit!
3. Drop and drag onto the main page of the unit directly instead of uploading a file or adding an image into a label
4. Collapsed edit activity forms – what the??
When adding an activity to your iLearn unit, kiss the long, confusing options goodbye. Just remember if you are allocating a mark, to open the Grading section!
The road to an awesome LMS is a long one, an iterative process, you might say. iLearn runs on Moodle and this latest upgrade is to Moodle v2.5. We are always keen to hear your ideas for enhancements, so why not email email@example.com with your suggestions.
For any help with iLearn, please either lodge a OneHelp ticket or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Work ready students are those who possess the basic skills and competencies needed to work within specific occupations. Specifically, work-ready students have “a combination of content knowledge and employability skills, such as communication, team work and problem solving, which enables effective professional practice”.