Tag Archives: digital literacy

Three ways to let Lynda.com work behind the scenes in your unit

Have you ever wished that your students were able to access some background learning that would make them more effective and successful students? Do some of your students lack basic Word, Excel or Powerpoint skills that would help them perform better? Do you want students to have foundation learning in your field but have no time to teach these fundamentals?

Lynda.com may be part of the answer. 
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Wouldn’t it be nice?

All across campus, departments and offices offer a wealth of material to help Macquarie staff and their students to engage with areas such as academic, digital and information literacy, indigenous perspectives, sustainability and employability. But would you know where to find it all? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could access everything in one place?

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Living and studying in a digital world

In today’s world, technology is ubiquitous.  As I commute to work every day, I’m surrounded by people with the glow of their mobile device on their face.  I wonder what everyone is looking at, engaging with and how normal this behaviour has become over such a short span of time (I may be that person checking out your screen over your shoulder, only for research, I swear).  How can we, as educators, grab hold of this new(ish) way of interacting with others, accessing information and benefit from it in the learning environment?  The digital world is full of amazing possibilities and that makes me excited about the near future of education.

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Connecting students with professional worlds through social media

How do your students stay in touch with developments in their future professions while they are studying?  How do they make those important connections with other academics and professionals working in their chosen field?  Embedding social media into your learning design can help with this, and much more.

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Digital fluency of academics: a great challenge?

The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education indicates that  the digital fluency of lecturers and professors is a great challenge, it also suggests that the solutions are clear. Professional development for teaching staff is one aspect but the report suggests the setting of clear expectations for a basic digital fluency skillset for all teaching staff is key.