What comes to mind when you hear ‘accessibility’?
For many people accessibility is associated with supporting students with special needs. However, accessibility is important for all students, as it provides a better browsing experience, especially on mobiles and tablets, which are rapidly gaining in popularity.
This post will give you 5 high-impact practical steps to improve the accessibility of your unit. Continue reading 5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.
Almost half of employers rate communication skills as their top hiring criteria, so it’s no wonder oral presentations often form part of student assessment. Help for students is at hand via a fantastic new guide produced by Macquarie University.
Continue reading Get Better at Presentations: A Guide for Students
We’ve crunched the numbers on 4 years of the Faculty Partnership Program. But because facts and figures don’t always tell the whole story, we’ve also invited some Macquarie academics (Sijia Guo, Dr Michael Cavanagh, Dr Kirsty Davies, A/Prof Kerry Sherman and Susan Edwards) to provide their reflections, and a few teaching tips… Continue reading 4 Years of Brilliant Ideas
Tell us something you’ve learned about teaching from your colleagues.
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from a colleague is to show my passion and enthusiasm for acquiring skills and knowledge in my subject area, the study of ancient Egypt, so students in turn will be inspired to continue their learning journey long after their studies have ceased.
Continue reading Connect More…with Alex Woods
What’s your best tip for keeping students engaged?
You must establish a human relationship with them between Week 0 and Week 2. Once students see you as a relatable person and that you genuinely care for their well-being, you can get away with any pedagogy.
Continue reading Connect More with…Prashan Karunaratne
Are you marking in iLearn? It can be confusing with so many different activities and then there’s the Gradebook. Or wait, was it Grademark?! We’ll be sharing some tips each week to help you make the most of the grading functions in iLearn, starting with manually adding grades into the Gradebook.
Continue reading Simple iLearn grading tips
Psychology’s Associate Professor Kevin Brooks says he always spends the first week of teaching being deliberately grumpy. So how come his students keep voting him amongst the top lecturers in Australia? Is it just because he makes them watch The Matrix?
Macquarie’s own Professor Michael Gillings is no stranger to the winner’s circle of the Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Awards. His students have voted him amongst the top four lecturers in Australia for each of the past five years. Admittedly there are a lot of potential voters – Michael’s first-year Biology unit has over a thousand students. So is his success just down to sheer numbers?
Continue reading How to Cut Onions without Crying: Michael Gillings on Teaching