Tag Archives: Human Sciences

How’s your student engagement factor so far?

Have your students started the session a little slower than you’d like? Wish they were more engaged from the very beginning? 20 Unit Convenors gave their students the chance to hit the ground running in Session 1 this year with the inclusion of KickStart in their units.

Showcase Unit

What’s all the fuss about KickStart, you say? Well, we’ve put together this self enrolling Showcase Unit so you can take a peek at what some of your colleagues have been creating with this new pre-session initiative.

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The Penny Drops Moment: Kevin Brooks on Teaching (and The Matrix)

Psychology’s Associate Professor Kevin Brooks says he always spends the first week of teaching being deliberately grumpy. So how come his students keep voting him amongst the top lecturers in Australia? Is it just because he makes them watch The Matrix?

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Are you a digital hoarder?

Recently, I read an article about digital hoarding  (can’t remember Samuel Ritchie-Russellwhere though). I have to admit, I save emails I don’t really need to – just in case – and the number of photos I have on my smart phone…. (mainly of my hairy child, Samuel – here’s one for you).  It made me think about the number of iLearn units that I have seen with content still labelled Blackboard or Moodle Migration Report from the migration in 2011, and unit guides (hidden of course) from the 1970s. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a touch, but you get the idea.

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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.

The Moment of Clarity

Check out the sub-title of a book presently making waves in the business world ……

The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems

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In The Moment of Clarity, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen examine the business world’s assumptions about human behavior and show how these assumptions can lead businesses off track. Using theories and tools from the human sciences—anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and psychology—The Moment of Clarity introduces a practical framework called sensemaking, a nonlinear problem-solving approach giving executives a better way to understand business challenges involving shifts in human behaviour. Read more here… 


New TurnItIn iPad app

I just finished marking 17 learning contracts for the Faculty MRes Research Frontiers unit using the new TurnItIn iPad app.

iPad and cat, By Veronica Belmont https://www.flickr.com/photos/earlysound/

I must say it was an enjoyable experience marking while sitting on the balcony in the breeze.

It took essentially no time to learn how to use the app, the layout is great and there was no lag as I was connecting directly to TurnItIn and not going through iLearn. The app does suffer the usual draw backs associated with text rich stuff on the iPad – for me the main problem is getting the cursor in the right place to edit. Still, I was thoroughly impressed. It’s fast, easy and mobile – well worth a trial! As this is my first use, I will check how it looks on the big screen and report back.

From Mitch Parsell, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences