Innovation in learning technologies is happening across the campus, with several ‘Proof of Concept’ projects planned for 2017. Here are some of the learning technologies being piloted this year to improve the student experience, as well the key steps involved in a proof of concept project if you are thinking about trialling a new learning technology yourself.
Encouraging undergraduate students to do some research is good. It improves ‘authenticity’ of learning, helps students put what they learn into practice and improves students’ confidence.
However, what do you do if you are teaching neuroscience and the required research equipment costs tens of thousands of dollars?! You get an affordable, commercial ‘gaming’ headpiece that costs ~60 times less. Continue reading A ‘savvy’ way to expose undergraduates to research
How do we ensure our graduates are internationally aware and cross-culturally competent?
The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is trying to do just that through our Colloquium and Think Tank series, a series of workshops, facilitated by external consultants and academics, across Macquarie, including the Department of Geography and Planning, MGSM, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. With over 45 topics we cover everything from climate change, refugee law and nuclear energy to international business negotiations, social entrepreneurship and public speaking skills.
How do you go from being a gamification sceptic to having to call a student ‘Ramses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk, Oops Where’s My Thribble’ as part of a class game you’ve designed? Oh, and winning a $50,000 Optus Future Makers prize? You tell us, Dr Rowan Tulloch…
The ACODE and Pearson Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning seeks to recognise tertiary educators and staff who have harnessed the power of technology to positively impact students’ learning outcomes, through innovative projects and practice or initiatives which have significantly enhanced an organisation’s Technology Enhanced Learning capabilities.
Progressing the innovation agenda at Macquarie University, a flurry of recent activity has given shape to two strategic priority projects: the Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) led by the Office of Corporate Engagement and Advancement and the Macquarie University Incubator, co-led by Research, Learning and Teaching and Corporate Engagement, following 12 months of broad consultation.
Ready to take learning to a new level?
- Learn how to create Augmented Reality learning experiences using Layar, Aurasma and Sketchup (using both desktop and tablet authoring).
- Find out about practical applications of 3D Augmented Reality experiences.
- See how 3D scanning is already being used in teaching at Macquarie, and discover its potential for Augmented Reality learning.
- Listen to Rob Manson from BuildAR talk about recent developments and latest innovations in the field.
- And try out Google Glass for yourself!
Workshop: Creating Augmented Reality Learning Experiences
When: Tuesday 15 April 2014, 9am-2pm
Who: All Welcome
Details and registration here
Macquarie University has a range of learning and teaching grant programs designed to provide academic and professional staff with internal funding to undertake scholarly work related to learning and teaching.
The internal learning and teaching grant opportunities are:
- Enhancement Program Grants