From Session 2 2017, Echo360’s upgraded software, Active Learning Platform (ALP), will be available in all units. Over the next few months, the faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub will be running a number of workshops, posts and events to support the adoption of this new software by the teaching community (further details at bottom of article).
“It is a pedagogical tool, not just a classroom recorder. Instructors love it because they can track student questions and answers. Students are engaging us through the platform in the way we want them to” Dr. Kem Rogers, University of Western Ontario.
Continue reading 3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know
The Faculty of Business and Economics recently hosted a workshop for casual teaching staff on how to make your teaching R.E.A.L.
Continue reading In The World Of The Tech Savvy Student, How To Stay Ahead And Be R.E.A.L
The power of students is unmistakeable. Apart from the sheer number present at universities, they make their voices heard through activism on campus, participation on university committees, and their very presence. It is a power that is often acknowledge in university communities but also, just as often, underutilized. Continue reading Partnering with (the power of) students
Are you scared off by the breadth and depth of changes to your teaching that are often suggested by well-meaning colleagues? There are many things that you can do to improve student experience and learning, but they don’t all need to take hours to design and implement. Here are six practical and eminently achievable suggestions for small changes that can have big impact.
Continue reading Six small practical changes in your teaching that can have big impact
Our guest today, Lilia Draganov, helps new tutors in the Faculty of Business and Economics to navigate their way through learning and teaching techniques. We asked Lilia to share some ideas on how to run effective tutorials. Continue reading 10 ideas for better tutorials
Don’t know what the ICDE is, then check it out here. In short it is an international body that supports a global network for online, open and flexible education. The Australasian equivalent is ACODE, which most universities in Australia, New Zealand and the University of the South Pacific are members of. Macquarie University is a long term member and I am the local rep.
Continue reading Interesting posts from ICDE
As one of Macquarie University’s core values, sustainability encourages staff and students alike to be mindful and intentional in their learning, considering the implications of both action and thought, and focusing on their role in moving towards a sustainable future. But what does sustainability actually mean, and what does it look like for our students?
Continue reading Sustainability in teaching – it’s not just about the environment
Learning & Teaching Exchange and Faculty of Arts present Peer Review Process
Join us on Tuesday, 8th September for Learning & Teaching Exchange, the newly revamped iLearn Exchange which will now more have a broader focus on sharing innovations and best practices in learning and teaching at Macquarie.
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The November 11th iLearn Exchange looked at intensive or compressed curriculum and stimulated some great discussion. Dr Peter Keegan outlined the approach Ancient History has taken in Session 3 units. Ms Scarlet An talked about the FBE ‘KickStart‘ initiative and working with convenors on developing intensive units. Thank you, Peter and Scarlet!
Dr Peter Keegan, Ancient History
The unit that Peter used as an illustration is a ‘Planet’ unit that is 1st year or level 1. In session 3, it has between 250-300 students. One convenor manages and marks the unit.
Continue reading Exchange: Session 3 Tips
Launched in 2014, the KickStart project has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. Brainchild of Prof Leigh Wood, Associate Dean L&T (FBE) and project managed by Dr Yvonne Breyer, L&T Director (FBE) the project started off with a two pronged objective: firstly, to allow students to get a feel for what they will be studying for the next 13 weeks; and secondly, to build connections between their prior knowledge and the course content, allowing them to contextualise the learning outcomes. The KickStart motto is: Plan – Prepare – Participate.
Continue reading KickStart – the next phase