Tag Archives: iLearn

It’s all talk….. discussion forums as assessment

Image courtesy of Broadway Baby www.broadwaybaby.comThe popularity of discussion forums as a form of assessment at Macquarie has jumped significantly since the introduction of iLearn in 2012.  In 2013 discussion forums appeared in 99.1% iLearn units (either assessed or non-assessed), according to the iLearn Evaluation Report 2013 , A/Prof Maree Gosper, Helen Carter, Cathy Rytmeister, Elaine Huber, March 2014, Macquarie University.

So what’s all of the fuss about discussion forums?
Building on the educational theory of constructivism, students have the opportunity to  construct their own knowledge and understanding while exploring and testing these ideas with their peers.   Continue reading It’s all talk….. discussion forums as assessment

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!

 

I’ve got designs on you……

Who do you have in mind when you design or add content to your unit?

Braille Font Keys, Image courtesy of Hans, Pixabay, http://pixabay.com/en/braille-font-keys-metal-plate-52554/The needs of students with disabilities are often overlooked when academics are designing and building an online unit.  Sometimes it is due to time constraints, busy workloads or not knowing where to seek help. Online learning should be an even playing field, even if you are unaware of students with any special learning needs, you should be designing and building as if there are.  ‘But where do you find help?’ I hear you ask. Continue reading I’ve got designs on you……

Everyone needs a little help sometimes……

Everyone needs a little help sometimes……

Whether staff or student, at times we could do with a little bit of (iLearn) help.

Want to know how to get some iLearn help for yourself or know where to point students?

Staff

  • email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au
  • lodge a ticket with OneHelp
  • Quick guides (includes  videos)
  • Info Sheets (Tips, tricks, tool guides, checklists and more in-depth resources to help you get the most out of iLearn)
  • FAQs (access via this link or by this in the red bar across the top of the screen in iLearn Help me icon in iLearn )
  • One to one appointments  (email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au to request)
  • Drop-in Clinics run twice a year two weeks prior to and first week of semester
  • Training – there is always a plethora of online or face-to-face training going on.  Teach a man to fish……

Students

People often lament that there is no help for students, however, this is soooo not the case.

  • lodge a ticket with OneHelp
  • email help@mq.edu.au
  • Guides for students
  • FAQs (access via this link or by clicking the help icon in the red bar across the top of the screen in iLearn ) Help me icon in iLearn

The battle for submission

iLearn Assignment vs Turnitin

Image courtesy of Flickr, Paul Townsend, https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2080159885/in/set-72157616043429682/Many academics I meet with are using Turnitin. Many also lament the lack of team or group submission functionality (Turnitin have this on their road map of improvement, but it’s still a whiles away yet).    Some even use Turnitin because they think they HAVE to (no, currently no Macquarie Faculty has mandated the use of Turnitin).

Let’s have a look at them duke it out and you be the judge.

Function iLearn assignment turnitin
Group/Team submission

 ✗

Text matching ability or Originality Report

 

Declaration from student it is their own work (academic honesty acknowledgement)

 ✔

 ✔

 Digital receipt of student submission

 

 ✔

 Upload any file type

 

not yet but coming S2

Type text response online instead of file upload

 

Online feedback on actual submission

 ✔

 General online feedback

 ✔

 ✔

 Accept late submissions

 

 ✔

Notify markers of late submissions

Blind marking (student ID- no name)

 ✗

 Rubric/Marking criteria

 ✔

 ✔

 Students can see rubric before submitting

 

 

only if you manually link to it in the summary section

 Marks flow into iLearn Gradebook

 ✔

 Students notified submission has been marked

 

 

Gradebook vs. GradeMark – same same but different?

Are you confused?  You’re not alone!

Many a head spins when Gradebook is mentioned, or GradeMark.  Many use these terms interchangeably.  ‘Aren’t they the same thing?’  I hear you implore.  Ummm, no.  Sorry to break it to you, they are very, VERY different but the good news is, it’s easy to know the difference.  Let’s break it down, like James Brown.

Continue reading Gradebook vs. GradeMark – same same but different?

Introducing Michael Rampe

While Ming Ming Diao is seconded to the DEEWR project, Michael Rampe will be the Human Sciences Educational Designer. Michael is assigned from LTC to support the Faculty this year and is fluent with the University’s enterprise learning systems including iLearn, Units and iTeach.

rampe_smMichael’s professional specialty is educational media and he is also currently undertaking his PhD studies here in the Faculty, investigating the multimodal characteristics of educational video. Michael has extensive video production experience and is keen to help produce videos for online teaching, flipped classroom or other purposes. FoHS have a mobile video rig and FBE have a full production suite.

Here are some examples of Michael’s impressive work:

Flipped Classroom


Gamification


Got the skills to pay the bills?

Got the skills to pay the bills?

bad ass tutor

Did you know that the Learning and Teaching Centre runs iLearn training specifically for Tutors?  It covers all of the general functions a tutor would be required to undertake in an iLearn unit, from moderating discussion forums to entering marks in the gradebook.  Since February, we have run six of these workshops plus an online version of the workshop, which is self paced.

Does this sound like something you’re keen to get in on?  Or perhaps you know a tutor who might want to attend?  Send them our way……..

Teaching in iLearn for Tutors, Thursday 27 March (register here)

Discover iLearn for Tutors online (available anytime – register here).

 

Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series

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Do you want to be informed about the latest issues and technologies for online learning? Do you want to hear about the innovative programs your colleagues are running?

In the Learning Technologies Webinar Series you can participate from anywhere on or off campus in engaging and informative live session on a range of new and contemporary topics on learning technologies. Continue reading Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series