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iLearn – Goodbye Wimba Voiceboards, hello VoiceThread!

The Learning Innovation Hub advises that a tool within iLearn, Wimba Voice Board will be decommissioned by the end of this year and will no longer be available to use after 31 Dec 2016.

It will be replaced with another tool called VoiceThread which is now available for anyone wanting to use it.

Commenting tools in VoiceThreadVoiceThread allows you to set up an online asynchronous space for students to discuss and leave comments on presentations and images using annotations, text and audio.  Students can also create and submit their own presentation, all through a link in iLearn. Neat!


Demo of annotation in Voice ThreadVoiceThread has been trialed successfully so far is in languages at MQ, where students record spoken responses to a posted question/stimulus the language they are learning. The teacher can then also respond with a text or spoken comment with feedback.

It is also a tool that is suitable for the flipped classroom and can complement any active learning strategy.

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Visit the VoiceThread website for more information about the tool.

An online basics training workshop is also running on Wed 2 November, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM AEDT and more training will be offered in the future.

If you would like to use VoiceThread, send a request to ilearn.help@mq.edu.au to have the link added to your iLearn unit/s.

Technology Enhanced Learning Award – $20K

The ACODE and Pearson Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning seeks to recognise tertiary educators and staff who have harnessed the power of technology to positively impact students’ learning outcomes, through innovative projects and practice or initiatives which have significantly enhanced an organisation’s Technology Enhanced Learning capabilities.

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Wearable Technologies in Education Exposé

Join the Learning Technology Research Cluster for their last session of the year in an exposé of how wearable technologies can be used in education. This session will build upon the Learning and Teaching Week Symposium by showing how the technologies work, some apps and the possibilities for use in the classroom. Continue reading Wearable Technologies in Education Exposé

Learn how to engage students with Lecture Tools

You’ve read the Teche article about student engagement in face to face, were enthused after hearing the positive experiences of other academics at the Learning and Teaching Exchange and now want to know how to use Lecture Tools?

Then come along to the Lecture Tools workshop!

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Learning & Teaching Exchange – exploring student engagement in face to face

It is a cry we often hear:

How do you engage students during face to face lectures? They’re on their devices and physically present but I don’t know that they are mentally present!*

If you feel this shared pain, why not come along to our next Learning and Teaching Exchange?

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Has the digital textbook finally come of age?

For many years now the promise of digital textbooks surpassing hardcopy texts has been a desired, if not expected, outcome of the ‘digital age’.  The suggested gains have been around ease of access, use anywhere anytime, affordability and potential for interactivity. Unfortunately, the results up to now have seen proprietary software limiting both development and access, expensive subscription services and a lack of useful features in the delivered product.

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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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How to make your lectures more active for students

This topic seems particularly pertinent as the traditional lecture is being challenged by alternative modes for educational delivery. For example the University of Adelaide is phasing out lectures for  a flipped mode delivery. Some argue that lectures can still be a valid form of instruction we just need to make them more engaging and collaborative.

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