Tag Archives: online learning

Give your students a community for life with WordPress

There is a little community out there in the digital world called the ‘blogosphere’ and it’s massive

Online communities are popping up all the time. They tend to be communities focused around specific ideas, disciplines and interests. These communities are generally self organising and abide by mutually established and accepted set of rules and hierarchies. Some of these communities can be found on Twitter, Facebook or other social network sites. However the strongest online communities are generally identified as a collection of Continue reading Give your students a community for life with WordPress

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……

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?

Congratulations to Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Online Learning imageCongratulations to Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Senior Lecturer IEC, who has recently been appointed as the Faculty’s representative on the Senate Learning & Teaching Committee. With years of experience as a member of FSQC and FLTC and as Director of L & T IEC, Cathrine is excited about the opportunity to be able to contribute further to the broader L & T community at MQ. Continue reading Congratulations to Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

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