Embedding Reflective Practice in a Distributed Leadership Approach

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– 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.

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Unlock the Hidden Secrets of W5C 210…and All the Other Rooms Too

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.
Just click on the room in the list to view: http://timetables.mq.edu.au/scientia/web/list.htm
Look out for new Smart Codes on classroom doors so that students can view timetable details with the QR readers on their phones.
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Sign up, sign up…. to Lectern training

ltc_pics_lectern_closeup courtesy of AVTSAre you mystified by the various lecterns at Macquarie?  No problem, the AVTS team are running Lectern training sessions to ensure you can work it like a pro!
Lectern Training Dates For Session 1
No booking is required – just turn up!
  • Type 0D – 9am Thursday 27th February – E5A 130
  • Type 1/2 – 11am Thursday 27th February – W5A T1
  • Type 1/2D –  9am Friday 28th February – E5A 120
  • Type 0 – 11am Friday 28th February –  W5C 234

If you are not sure which lectern is in your teaching space, please ask your Unit Convenor or Department Administrator or check this handy list.

Prefer a bit of self-help?  Check out this page for all your questions and answers.

Hot Tip:  Add the AVTS (Audio Visual Technical Services) Help Desk number 7571 (02 98507571) to your phone to avoid panic in front of your students.

 

Student support services in open, distance and flexible education

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.

OpenPraxisThe 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.

 

Never fear, help is here! iLearn Drop-in Clinic is open for business.

The iLearn Drop-in Clinic is jumping!

The doors of the iLearn Drop-in Clinic are open in 2014 and we are ready for business!

Come along and get all the help you need with iLearn, iTeach and UNITS for Session 1, 2014.  No need to register, just swing on by.

Come prepared and make the most of your time at the Drop-in:

  • If you are a new staff member, activate your ID before you come
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in UNITS
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in iTeach

Where?  When?

Monday 17 Feb – Friday 28 Feb, 10am-4pm weekdays, C5A 204
Monday 3 Mar – Friday 7 Mar, 10am-4pm weekdays, E4B 308

Free Event: Transforming Higher Education with Augmented Reality

Augmented RealityCome 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

Guides for Academics from Students with Disabilities

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A blind person using a BrailleNote Apex BT 18 Braille Notetaker

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/.

 You might also be interested in some of the Inclusive Practice resources produced by Macquarie.

– Tony Dwyer, LTC’s Head of Web, Media and Development Services

See what’s hot off the press!

Alana Workshop bookletCheck 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 ltc@mq.edu.au or phone x9721 to request a copy.

You can also check out all the workshops online at https://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/Workshops/index.php

Happy “workshopping”!

 

When the wind blows, when iLearn upgrades… these are a few of my faaaavourite things…

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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).

Screen Shot: word count display in a forum post

 

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 ilearn.help@mq.edu.au with your suggestions.

For any help with iLearn, please either lodge a OneHelp ticket or email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au

Does work-integrated learning actually make students work ready?

Dr Calvin Smith from Griffith University will present and discuss the results of a landmark project that assessed the impact of work-integrated learning on student work-readiness:

Monday 17 February
9.30-11.30am in E6A116
Details and registration

WiL - by NASA Goddard Photo and Video http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/8185441736/sizes/m/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”.[1]

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