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5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.

What comes to mind when you hear ‘accessibility’?

For many people accessibility is associated with supporting students with special needs. However, accessibility is important for all students, as it provides a better browsing experience, especially on mobiles and tablets, which are rapidly gaining in popularity.

This post will give you 5 high-impact practical steps to improve the accessibility of your unit. Continue reading 5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.

A Grand Tour of iLearn: Open iLearn initiative

Like 18th Century travellers embarking on a Grand Tour of Europe to broaden their perspectives, staff at Macquarie University from Monday 5 December, will have iLearn opened to them in the Open iLearn initiative. To start searching what iLearn has to offer, go here http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/course/search.php. If you’d like some ideas about which units to visit, read on.

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Digital ideas can be easy and engaging

There’s a myth I’d like to dispel, that using technology is hard and takes a lot of time. Technology and the use of digital tools can be easy to learn, adopt and implement in your teaching. Here’s where you can find some gold.

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Spring is in the air: time for an iLearn unit review

Congratulations, you’ve almost made it to the end of the session. But, before you start thinking about the upcoming break or what you’ll be teaching next year, you should consider sweeping the cobwebs, changing the sheets and opening the windows on your iLearn site. In short, now is a good time for spring cleaning your unit.

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What’s happening under the hood (of my iLearn site)?

At the end of the session, unit convenors ask themselves, how did my students do in the unit, and how can I improve it for next time? Of course, they have access to grades, anecdotal feedback from tutors and students and various survey instruments such as LEUs. However, using Reports they can also see what is going on under the “hood” of their iLearn site. The Reports section in the Toolbar of iLearn can give convenors access to reports and data that can tell them how students are using resources and navigating throughout the site.

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A countdown to Opening iLearn [important]

Have you ever wondered what is being covered in other units of study at Macquarie?

You may be a unit convenor looking to incorporate interdisciplinary examples in your unit to help students connect the dots between your and other units. Or you might want to see how your colleagues are designing their online units to get some fresh ideas and inspiration. Continue reading A countdown to Opening iLearn [important]

iLearn – Goodbye Wimba Voiceboards, hello VoiceThread!

The Learning Innovation Hub advises that a tool within iLearn, Wimba Voice Board will be decommissioned by the end of this year and will no longer be available to use after 31 Dec 2016.

It will be replaced with another tool called VoiceThread which is now available for anyone wanting to use it.

Commenting tools in VoiceThreadVoiceThread allows you to set up an online asynchronous space for students to discuss and leave comments on presentations and images using annotations, text and audio.  Students can also create and submit their own presentation, all through a link in iLearn. Neat!


Demo of annotation in Voice ThreadVoiceThread has been trialed successfully so far is in languages at MQ, where students record spoken responses to a posted question/stimulus the language they are learning. The teacher can then also respond with a text or spoken comment with feedback.

It is also a tool that is suitable for the flipped classroom and can complement any active learning strategy.

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Visit the VoiceThread website for more information about the tool.

An online basics training workshop is also running on Wed 2 November, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM AEDT and more training will be offered in the future.

If you would like to use VoiceThread, send a request to ilearn.help@mq.edu.au to have the link added to your iLearn unit/s.

Is this thing working or is it just me?!

We’ve all had those moments where we’ve been about to throw the mouse through the blank computer screen, only to realise (or worse have it pointed out to you) that the power isn’t turned on! Or the dead remote control through the blank TV screen as your toddler frantically screams for Peppa Pig, only to realise he’s taken the batteries out and hidden them!

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