As one of Macquarie University’s core values, sustainability encourages staff and students alike to be mindful and intentional in their learning, considering the implications of both action and thought, and focusing on their role in moving towards a sustainable future. But what does sustainability actually mean, and what does it look like for our students?
Have you ever wondered how different faculties at Macquarie might approach program-based design? We asked Professor Anne Ross-Smith (Associate Dean of Curriculum and Quality Assurance, Faculty of Business and Economics) to share her thoughts.
How can coursework Masters students develop research mindedness in the semesters before the research capstones required by AQF9?
The undergraduate Engineering curriculum at Macquarie has been undergoing redesign based on smaller modules. Each semesterised teaching unit addresses a single transformative threshold concept through a coherent sequence of modules. Each module is self-contained and focuses on a clearly identified skill and knowledge concepts, informed by the threshold concept.
by Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer working with the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University
What is intensive mode delivery?
Intensive mode refers to various alternatives to semester delivery of units; wherein teaching and learning occurs over a shorter timeframe than a semester. Intensive units provide greater access and opportunity to students who require greater flexibility in order to balance family, work and study (Curtis, 2000). Recent research has found that students regard intensive units as a short-cut and do less work than they would in a semester’s unit (Welsh, 2012). A secondary concern students pointed is fatigue toward the end of the unit. It is well-known that fatigue undermines learning and performance (Kahol et al, 2008). These issues pointed the need to ensure that the intensive mode delivery is not undermining student learning opportunities and outcomes.
Are you new to teaching, new to Macquarie University or would like to revisit and develop your teaching skills? Then the Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FILT) program will definitely be for you.
Join Dr Trudy Amber from the Faculty of Arts as she takes you through this 5 Module continuous mode program. There are 9 face-to-face teaching sessions with on-going support and reflection between each module, facilitated through iLearn.
This program commences on Wednesday 12 March through to Wednesday 28 May with 9 x 2 hour sessions, 12 noon to 2pm in W6A 107.
For more information on this exciting program or to register, please click here
If you’re involved with running a People or Planet unit this year, here’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues doing the same.
Join the People and Planet Knowledge Network to meet up and share thoughts and experiences with colleagues from across the University, whilst reviewing and building teaching and learning skills.
First get-together of the People and Planet Network for the year:
Let’s Reflect: How reflection can enhance skill development
Tuesday, 15 April, 12noon-1pm