Tag Archives: pedagogy

Partnering with (the power of) students

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

Six small practical changes in your teaching that can have big impact

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.

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Interesting posts from ICDE

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.

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Sustainability in teaching – it’s not just about the environment

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?

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Learning & Teaching Exchange

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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Exchange: Session 3 Tips

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.

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KickStart – the next phase

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.

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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