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Wouldn’t it be nice?

All across campus, departments and offices offer a wealth of material to help Macquarie staff and their students to engage with areas such as academic, digital and information literacy, indigenous perspectives, sustainability and employability. But would you know where to find it all? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could access everything in one place?

Joining Forces

A cross-institutional project team – including colleagues from the Library, Learning Skills, Learning and Teaching Centre, Sustainability, Career and Employment Service and the Office of Indigenous Strategy Walanga Muru – has joined forces to work on just that. The team is exploring options for bringing together different resources for learning and teaching, plus solving the technical challenges of housing this information, and making it easy for people to search and find what they need, when they need it.

According to Project Lead Susan Vickery of Macquarie University Library, the launch of the new Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework means the time is ripe for a connected approach.  ‘The objective of a connected learning community encourages us take a team-based approach to curriculum development and teaching. There are specific targets to embed key literacies such as sustainability, Indigenous understandings and intercultural considerations in all programs. The Framework refers to a Learning Commons to facilitate sharing resources and activities, and the project is looking at how this could be possible.’

Get Involved

Want to know more or find out how your area can get involved in this collaborative project? Macquarie staff members are invited to attend a workshop with the project team on 4 February 2016 from 12-2pm (lunch is included!). Topics for discussion include devising the criteria for which resources should be included, creating ‘how to’ guides for end-users, and how best to promote these resources to maximise awareness and facilitate access.

To join the workshop, or for more information about how your area can get involved, please contact project manager Jette Bollerup via email: jette.bollerup@mq.edu.au.

The Connected Literacies project is funded by a Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Grant.

Written by Lucy Arthur

Lucy Arthur

Lucy was Community and Engagement Lead in Macquarie’s Learning Innovation Hub in 2016, and was also the Managing Editor of this fine publication.

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