Tag Archives: Business and Economics

Turn ideas into reality…

Throughout the year, your teaching will have stirred your students’ creative juices – and provoked ideas for new products, services or applications… so what now? How can you support your students to take that next step?

Macquarie is holding its inaugural Macquarie University Business Model Competition. Tell your students about it and encourage them to submit their ideas – the best entries will have the chance to compete at the 2015 International Business Model Competition at Stanford University!

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Trialing an in-class polling tool for student participation (Part 1)

Chris, Dan and Diedre
Chris, Dan and Deidre

Dan Daugaard is a Fellow in the Applied Finance Centre at Macquarie University. He’s not afraid of trying something new to help his students engage and understand the complex information that they grapple with in lectures.

I had the good fortune of working with Deidre Seeto (Educational Developer) and Dan in the first half of this year, on a Faculty Partnership Project that aimed to facilitate greater student participation and engagement in the postgraduate unit ECFS865 Investments.

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KickStart – the next phase

Launched in 2014, the KickStart project has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. Brainchild of Prof Leigh Wood, Associate Dean L&T (FBE) and project managed by Dr Yvonne Breyer, L&T Director (FBE) the project started off with a two pronged objective: firstly, to allow students to get a feel for what they will be studying for the next 13 weeks; and secondly, to build connections between their prior knowledge and the course content, allowing them to contextualise the learning outcomes. The KickStart motto is: Plan – Prepare – Participate.

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Using Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) to connect with students

“After my class I was walking with some of my students back to my office. On my way there they were telling me how they had understood the model that I showed them in class when Mary, a PAL leader, had explained it to them. Perhaps it was because Mary explained it better than me, or perhaps it is because it would have been the third time the student had heard an explanation about the model, or maybe it was just the PAL classroom environment that had helped. Something there helped! Knowing this I thought it would be a good idea to then have the PAL leaders explain the model, I would film this and then make it available on iLearn. I then made an announcement to all my students telling them that I had made this video available. I am hoping that the explanation in the video would have helped them understand this concept”. (Dr. Mauricio Marrone, Unit Convenor, Accounting Information System”).

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Building Connections: KickStart at #mqltweek

Have you heard about KickStart, the new program developed by FBE and rolling out in trials across the University? During Learning & Teaching Week 2014, Yvonne Breyer and Mauricio Marrone will be walking you through the project, discussing their efforts to engage students right from the beginning of their course and give them the best possible start.

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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.

Getting to know you……

Thackray, Alex, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=6689991153&set=pb.639576153.-2207520000.1399941747.&type=3&theater, , July 2, 2007, accessed 13 May 2014In Getting to know you…… we will be introducing you to some of the fabulous, interesting and quirky people who help in keeping iLearn the awesome-o online learning space that it is.  This update, we are going to get to know Alex Thackray, Educational Designer currently assigned to the Faculty of Business and Economics.

How long have you worked at Macquarie?
Since 2007, when I began working at the International office.

When did you join the LTC?
Back in 2011 when I was lucky enough to join the (then) FITSO (Faculty iLearn Training & Support Officer) crew!

What’s your favourite part of being an Educational Designer?
The challenge and variety – I’m always learning.

Share something personal with us or something surprising that not many people would know about you.
I believe you should try and do one thing every day that scares you. For me, that’s usually Crossfit!

What’s your #1 hot tip (on anything to do with iLearn, etc)?
A clear structure and instructions are key – students aren’t mind readers. Develop solid rubrics to communicate expectations and save marking time.

Do you have any pets?
Yep! A little blue, broccoli eating budgie – he goes nuts for the Game of Thrones theme song!


Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook

Macquarie’s annual celebration of pedagogy and scholarship, Learning and Teaching Week was held from 16-20 September 2013. As presenters are encouraged each year to publish their work as a way of sharing practice and furthering research in this area, an eBook option was offered as a new publishing platform to those who presented papers, symposia, roundtables and workshops. Continue reading Innovation and PACE shine in Learning and Teaching Week 2013 eBook