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What’s new with Unit Guides in iTeach? Some Highlights

As you may be aware, UNITS and iTeach have been integrated into one system in time for Session 2. The new (and improved!) system is simply called iTeach.

While the core process of editing your Unit Guide and submitting it to your Department for approval is similar, some major changes have been made to the way the system looks – all designed to save you time by making it easier to navigate and use.

Some highlights include: Continue reading What’s new with Unit Guides in iTeach? Some Highlights

Heads up: UNITS improvements and outage times

UNITS, the Unit Guide system, will soon become part of iTeach.

Exciting news!  From Session 2, Unit Convenors will use iTeach to publish their Unit Guides and activate their iLearn spaces.

In order to prepare for the upgrade, UNITS will be unavailable for staff this Friday (29 May) afternoon from 12.00 to 5.00 pm and Wednesday 4 June from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Unit guides will still be available for students and staff to view but staff will not be able to log in to edit or update their unit guides during these times. Continue reading Heads up: UNITS improvements and outage times

Never fear, help is here! iLearn Drop-in Clinic is open for business.

The iLearn Drop-in Clinic is jumping!

The doors of the iLearn Drop-in Clinic are open in 2014 and we are ready for business!

Come along and get all the help you need with iLearn, iTeach and UNITS for Session 1, 2014.  No need to register, just swing on by.

Come prepared and make the most of your time at the Drop-in:

  • If you are a new staff member, activate your ID before you come
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in UNITS
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in iTeach

Where?  When?

Monday 17 Feb – Friday 28 Feb, 10am-4pm weekdays, C5A 204
Monday 3 Mar – Friday 7 Mar, 10am-4pm weekdays, E4B 308

10 Reasons Why Your Unit Guide Might Not Be Approved

Unit GuidesAre you a Unit Convenor preparing your Unit Guide for publication?

Before you submit your Unit Guide to be approved on UNITS, check this list of the most common reasons Heads of Department give for sending Unit Guides back.

    1. Learning Outcomes don’t start with an action verb.
      Think about how to finish the sentence: ‘at the end of this unit of study, students will be able to….’ . The next word should be the ‘action’ verb that begins your Learning Outcome. This resource on writing Learning Outcomes offers more guidance.
    2. Readings aren’t listed.
      List all unit materials, including textbooks, required and recommended readings.
    3. Curriculum Mapping is incomplete.  You need to map Learning Outcomes, Assessment Tasks and Graduate Capabilities against each other. Click here for some instructions.
    4. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Tasks must all be mapped against each other, and against Graduate Capabilities.
    5. Typos, factual errors or broken links.
      Make sure information from last year is updated, such as teaching staff contact details, or hyperlinks.
    6. Assessments don’t meet the requirements of the Assessment Policy.
      Check the requirements here.
    7. All the Graduate Capabilities are mapped.
      You should select only the Graduate Capabilities which are addressed most in your unit.  Check the LTC’s resources on Graduate Capabilities for more information.
    8. Some of the Assessment details are missing.
      Macquarie’s Unit Guide Policy specifies certain information that must be included about assessments, including dates, length, weightings, submission method, grading criteria or standards, and more.
    9. There’s no explanation of changes from previous offering.
      If you’ve made changes to the unit since last time, it’s a Unit Guide Policy requirement that these are listed in the Unit Guide.
    10. Technology Used and Required is not listed.
      You should list all technology students will need to use in the Unit, including broadband internet, iLearn, and any software.

Did you know?

Students may have grounds for appeal of their grade if the Unit Guide was not in accordance with the Unit Guide Policy, or the student had been disadvantaged by variation of the assessment requirements or feedback provisions laid out in the Unit Guide.  Check the Grade Appeal Policy for further details.

iLearn Drop-in Clinic back in 2014!

 

Images courtesty of Tony Dwyer, LTC
Teaching staff enjoying 1:1 support at the Drop in Clinic.

Breathe a sigh of relief, the iLearn Drop-in Clinic is back for Session 1, 2014!

Come and get all the help you need with iLearn, iTeach and UNITS for Session 1, 2014.  No need to register, just swing by.

Mark these dates in your calendar:
Monday 17 Feb – Friday 28 Feb, 10am-4pm weekdays, C5A 204
Monday 3 Mar – Friday 7 Mar, 10am-4pm weekdays, E4B 308