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Legrand Buan awarded “Outstanding New PAL Leader”

Macquarie University’s very own Legrand Buan was awarded the title of “Outstanding New PAL Leader” at this year’s National PASS Forum held at the University of Wollongong.

Legrand and experienced PAL leader Mary Auguste were invited to attend the PASS forum based on their superior performance and commitment to FBE’s PAL program. Several hundred applications were received by UOW PASS National Centre from over 23 institutions across Australia. Only a handful of students were selected for commendation of outstanding performance.

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Macquarie Dominates the Lecturer of the Year Awards!

Macquarie staff have fared extremely well in the 2013 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Awards.  After more than 100,000 votes were counted, no less than six of our staff placed among the top 15 lecturers in Australia!

Department of Biological Sciences’ Professor Michael Gillings continued his rise up the list over recent years, coming in at second overall!  (See his Tedx MacquarieUniversity talk here).

Other Macquarie staff placed in the top 15 were:

  • Dr  Paul Mason, Anthropology (3rd)
  • Dr Kevin Brooks, Psychology (6th)
  • Matthew Mansour, Computing / Accounting & Corporate Governance (11th)
  • Dr Andrew Dahdal, Accounting & Corporate Governance (12th)
  • Associate Professor Greg Downey, Anthropology (13th)

You can see the full list of the winners, plus the top ten lecturers from Macquarie, here.

Macquarie University Staff Successful at EdTech Conference

Macquarie University recently hosted the 30th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning (ascilite).

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ascilite 2013 conference attendees in Macquarie Theatre

Matt Bower a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and colleagues were awarded best full paper for Bower, M., Kenney, J., Dalgarno, B., Lee, M.J.W. & Kennedy, G.E. (2013). Blended synchronous learning: Patterns and principles for simultaneously engaging co-located and distributed learners. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.92-102)

Panos Vlachopoulos a Senior Lecturer in the Learning and Teaching Centre and colleagues were awarded best short paper in the category ‘imagining the future’ for Smyth, K., Vlachopoulos, P., Walker, D., Wheeler, A. (2013). Cross-Institutional development of an online open course for educators: confronting current challenges and imagining future possibilities. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.826-829)

A new feature at this conference was the introduction of digital poster sessions, which made full use of the active learning space in the newly refurbished Macquarie Theatre. Elaine Huber, Alex Thackray and Rebecca Ritchie from the Learning and Teaching Centre were given the award for the best poster “Practices and perceptions of online assignment submission, marking and feedback: what’s changed?”.

To access these papers and more, go to:
http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney13/program/handbookproceedings.php