Changes in Arts L&T for 2017

As everyone returns to Macquarie after the Summer break, you will notice a few changes in the Arts Learning and Teaching space.

Farewell to Trudy Ambler

Most of you would have heard that Trudy Ambler, our Associate Dean Quality and Standards, will be leaving us on Friday 17 February. Her passion and dedication to students, learning and quality will be sorely missed in the Faculty. I know that you will all share with us our best wishes for Trudy as she begins a new stage in her professional and personal life. Vale and fare well!

Welcome to Panos Vlachopoulos

Panos Vlachopoulous, formerly Senior Teaching Fellow and Acting Associate Dean L&T in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), will be taking on the role of Associate Dean Quality and Standards, Arts. Instrumental in developing and overseeing the explicitly program-based learning approach adopted by FHMS, Panos has extensive experience in educational research, academic quality and professional development. We welcome Panos to Arts and wish him all the best for the challenges to come.

Panos has written an article in Teche read it here.

New Drop-in Clinic Days

The Arts L&T has changed drop in clinics to Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1. If you need help outside these times, please place a One-help ticket and a member of the Arts L&T will contact you.

New Faculty of Arts Staff Planner

For those of you that have found the 2016 Staff Planner useful, the 2017 Faculty of Arts Staff Planner is now available. Please drop by W6A325 to pick up your copy.

Strategic Initiatives

This year marks another stage in the University’s developing strategic framework for learning and teaching. Among the milestones for 2017, look forward to:

  • The introduction of a consistent institutional approach to and support for student-led Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), building connections between our UG and PG cohorts;
  • The refinement of our blended learning approach, working towards a seamless integration of delivery modes (online and on campus) for maximum flexibility for all students; and
  • The implementation of an integrated data and learning analytics approach to support student retention, progression and success.

In addition, we will begin to:

  • Scope systems for the recognition of appropriate informal, non-formal and extracurricular learning, including student portfolios;
  • Begin to integrate employability and entrepreneurship awareness, knowledge and skills in our UG and PG curricula;
  • Kick-start the process of embedding sustainability, internationalisation, intercultural considerations and Indigenous understandings in our programs;
  • Test learning commons modelling to connect staff, students and partners; and
  • Work toward establishing a framework to identify expectations for collaborative and active learning across our curriculum.

All my very best for your learning and teaching experience in 2017.

Peter Keegan

Associate Dean Learning and Teaching


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