Can studying online be an ideal learning experience? Macquarie graduate and staff member Lara Hardy looks at what teaching staff can do to help students feel connected.
Having studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate student on campus, by distance, and as an internal student taking some external units (whilst also undertaking prac), it is always interesting to compare different modes of study and teaching strategies and to ask, how do students learn best? Can they achieve their ideal learning experiences studying online?
Continue reading Connection and clarity: how do we enhance teaching presence in online units?
Matt Bower from the School of Education is pleased to announce that the Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook that he and colleagues have been working on for the last two years is now freely available for download from:
Continue reading Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook Released
Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer, offers some tips for what to think about if you’re considering using tablets in your teaching.
Since the successful introduction of the iPad in 2010, tablet computers are becoming increasingly popular among students, professionals and everyday people. Because of their portability, quality display and touch screen capability, tablets are ideal devices for one-to-one learning, as well as field work. According to the NMC Horizon Report on Higher Education (2012), tablets are a new educational technology in their own right – a technology that blends features of laptops and smart-phones.
Continue reading So, you’re thinking about teaching with tablets?
2013 ascilite Macquarie University Conference resources available
With over 400 delegates participating in close to 200 presentations the 30th ascilite Conference 2013 held at Macquarie University was certainly engaging. As a final update, you can now find on the archived conference website:
- Individual Papers on technology enhanced learning, in PDF format, each with its own landing page
- Audio and slide recordings of the Keynote Speakers
- Plus Photos from the event
The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education indicates that the digital fluency of lecturers and professors is a great challenge, it also suggests that the solutions are clear. Professional development for teaching staff is one aspect but the report suggests the setting of clear expectations for a basic digital fluency skillset for all teaching staff is key.
Dr Mitch Parsell, Macquarie University and Associate Professor Simon Barrie, Sydney University will be convening a workshop on Technology Enabled Learning and Curriculum Design at the inaugural OLT Conference.
The workshop will be of interest to practitioners and institutional
leaders of learning and teaching change. It will include a panel
facilitated by Professor Barrie, a brief presentation of the Standards for Online Education (SOE) by Dr Mitch Parsell and an
interactive session in which they will explore how to creatively use
technology to support the strategic enhancement of learning, teaching and curriculum.
For enquiries about the Standards for Online Education, please contact Dr Mitch Parsell.
Seems like there is a new story about 3D technologies every other day now. The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report 2014: Higher Education Edition identifies 3D printing as one the most important developments in educational technology for higher education, with a time-to-adoption horizon of two to three years. Continue reading Exploring 3D technologies – save the date!
Congratulations to Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Senior Lecturer IEC, who has recently been appointed as the Faculty’s representative on the Senate Learning & Teaching Committee. With years of experience as a member of FSQC and FLTC and as Director of L & T IEC, Cathrine is excited about the opportunity to be able to contribute further to the broader L & T community at MQ. Continue reading Congratulations to Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett