[adapted from a previous article by Chris Froissard]
Are you a new member of teaching staff at Macquarie? You may be feeling overwhelmed, in the lead up Session 2, having to familiarise yourself with a new learning platform, a myriad of new educational technologies, and the many policies and customs of your department and faculty.
You may be an existing convenor who feels a bit rusty with what tools are available, knowing where things are, and what support is on hand.
Do not despair, here are some helpful pointers to ensure your preparation for Session 2 is as smooth as possible.
10. SKILLS WORKSHOPS
There are a number of skills workshops on offer in and around the start of Session 2 to support your use of our learning technologies.
Brush up on iLearn Basics, Lectern Training, the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform, Feedback Studio and Rubrics, Learning Analytics, and Gradebook.
View and enrol in upcoming workshops via the Teche Events page.
9. SELF-HELP ON ILEARN FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS
Are you new to iLearn, or are you rusty on just how to use a particular iLearn activity? What if your students have questions too?
8. OPEN ILEARN
Developing a new unit or redesigning an existing one? Where can educators discover superb exemplars of effective unit design in iLearn?
Over 2000 units are open in iLearn so you can explore examples of different approaches other convenors and educators take when designing their units.
Chris Froissard, Faculty of Arts Senior Learning Designer, wrote a great overview of the Open iLearn initiative and gives a number of specific examples you can take a look at.
The Faculty of Arts iLearn ToolBox also provides some very helpful information about how you can develop your iLearn site.
7. DROP-IN CLINIC
Drop-in Clinics are available so you can just turn up and get help from Learning Technologies Support personnel or a Learning Designer – no need to book!
The Central Drop-in Clinic runs:
17 July – 28 July 2017 (Mon-Fri) – C5A 201 10am- 2pm
31 July – 4 August 2017 (Mon-Fri) – W6B 259 10am- 2pm
and the Arts Drop-In Clinic runs:
Every Monday 1pm -2 pm and Tuesday 12pm -1 pm – W6A 325
6. WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROCEDURES THAT I NEED TO COMPLY WITH?
Unclear about university requirements around learning and teaching?
5. HOW DO I: CREATE A NEW, OR COPY, AN EXISTING UNIT GUIDE; CREATE A NEW OR COPY, AN EXISTING ILEARN SITE?
4. RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
If you are getting a sense that some of your students, particularly first-year students, may be struggling to adapt to university studies, there are numerous support units you can point them to.
Mac101 provides an overview of life at Macquarie and points to other support locations around campus.
3. COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE/STAFF UNITS
Most of the faculties have either a “Community of Practice” or Staff page, containing useful faculty-based information. Here are links to some of these pages.
Arts Community of Practice Page
FSE Staff Information Page
Survival Guide to Faculty of Human Sciences
The FBE Community page is currently in development – for more information contact the FBE Learning & Teaching Team.
For more information on FMHS Community Units, contact the FMHS Learning & Teaching Team.
Where can I go if I have a problem such as …?
The answer to this one is simple. OneHelp is the university’s one-stop-shop request ticketing system that allows you to place a request for help on just about anything.
1. YOUR FACULTY LEARNING DESIGNERS
Get to know your Faculty Learning & Teaching Teams a little better. They are a wealth of knowledge, have a vast range of expertise and are there to support you for all your teaching needs.
Learning Innovation Hub Learning Designer Fidel Fernando has (so far) profiled 4 of the 5 Faculty Learning & Teaching Teams.