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Lean in Education Workshop with Professor Vincent Wiegel

Visiting for the Lean Higher Education conference, Professor Vincent Wiegel (HAN University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands) introduces Lean thinking in Education and invites you to explore Lean concepts in your practice.
Lean thinking, developed as a business methodology, assesses institutional activity to improve efficiency and deliver increased value. Lean in Education applies the principles of Lean thinking to pedagogical and Higher Education structures.
Making Lean choices when developing learning spaces (both physical and cognitive) can make the process more efficient and tailored, freeing up an educator’s time to be more present and accessible. We will delve into Macquarie specific applications of this approach. Wiegel will share stories from the classroom, both success and failures, and how to combine pedagogy and lean thinking to drive improvement.
Proposed Workshop Program (subject to modification): 

10:00 – Welcome
10:10 – Personalised learning: overview of Lean educational thinking
10:20 – Creating Learning Spaces: pedagogical approach and design guidelines
10:30 – New Engineers experience: design and execution of the program
10:40 – A Macquarie case exploration
10:55 – Exploration through working on own cases
11:40 – Sharing insights
11:55 – New Engineers at Macquarie
12:00 – Lunch

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A toxic effect of ‘flying solo’ for teaching staff

Are you one of these people who finds themselves saying at a dinner party “At least there is a lot of autonomy in what I do…” when you talk about your teaching??

Think again. Research suggests that working in isolation might actually be harmful for your job satisfaction and well-being, especially if you are an ‘early career’ academic.

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University assignments: why students rarely go ‘outside of the box’

Macquarie undergraduate student Aprill Miles took to the podium to deliver a keynote at the German Undergraduate Research Conference last month. For Aprill, the experience of working on her own research project has been truly transformational. It also opened her eyes on why many students rarely go ‘outside of the box’ in their university assignments.  Continue reading University assignments: why students rarely go ‘outside of the box’

Program-level design: 10 practical strategies for ‘keeping it real’

Program-level design helps to provide students with a coherent learning pathway, and ensures what they experience is more than a ‘collection of individual units’.

One Macquarie program that has successfully implemented program-level design is the Doctor of Physiotherapy. We talked to Associate Professor Mark Hancock about his Department’s experience of maintaining a program-based design over the last 5 years.

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(almost) All you need to know about Program-Based design

Program-based design is the next big thing at Macquarie. What is it? How and why should it be done? Dr Panos Vlachopoulos has been involved in program-based design for many years in universities in the UK, New Zealand and Australia; we asked him to break it down for us. Continue reading (almost) All you need to know about Program-Based design