All posts by Panos Vlachopoulos

Panos Vlachopoulos is the Associate Dean Quality and Standards in the Faculty of Arts and a researcher in the area of technology-enhanced learning in higher education.

How do we make academic writing happen?

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Word-cloud of chapter “An intimate circle: reflections on writing as women in higher education”

Picture yourself with a writing deadline looming. The telephone is ringing, the inbox overflowing, students or colleagues want your attention. Upon reading the 1000 words you have just written, you delete them and start again. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, you are probably wondering: how can I make my writing happen in everyday life? Continue reading How do we make academic writing happen?

Undergraduate Research Taking Over Australia’s Capital

ACU URCToday’s undergraduate students are recreating bones with the help of 3D printing facilities for use in anthropology classes, developing teaching materials for university staff, and discovering Universe’s ‘missing mass’! 
Whatever research your UG students are doing, help them join this year’s festival of Undergraduate Research in Canberra! Continue reading Undergraduate Research Taking Over Australia’s Capital

What does the future hold for the role of Unit Convenor?

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Cathy Rytmeister discusses the importance of the role of the  Unit Convenor.

Unit Convenors are the “grass-roots” leaders and managers of learning and teaching in the University, ensuring that Macquarie offers high-quality, pedagogically sound and policy- compliant units in its programs. Traditionally, unit convenors have drawn on their own research, scholarship and experience to design, develop and maintain curriculum, leading to a strong sense of identification with, ownership of and commitment to “their” units. The current focus on curriculum planning and management at the program level poses a challenge to this traditional view. Continue reading What does the future hold for the role of Unit Convenor?

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Richard Lam, a second year undergraduate student at Macquarie University, reflects on  a recent study of Stanford University

walkingStanford’s researchers have found that walking has the ability to increase a person’s creativity level by an average of 60%.

The study on the impact of walking and sitting towards a person’s creativity level has been carried out in a detail manner by Stanford researchers. Continue reading Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Universities as non-places

Dr Agnes Bosanquet reflects on “Universities as non-places”

MQ sculptureImagine, somewhat like Dorothy or Alice or Bastian, you find yourself in a strange place. You perceive that you are in a university (being overly familiar with such places). But can you tell which university? Or even what country you inhabit? How strong is your sense of place? Continue reading Universities as non-places

What will the PhD look like in the future?

Blog HDR Higher degree research candidates are central to university research, and are the lifeblood of many departments. But do you ever stop to think about the broader context, like, what is happening to the PhD internationally, or where all those candidates end up being employed?

Every two years scholars and policy makers in the field of postgraduate research congregate in Adelaide to consider these questions. Robyn Dowling and Lilia Mantai of the LTC attended and presented at the conference – known as Quality in Postgraduate Research 2014 – along with about 400 others. Keynotes covered the challenges facing the doctorate in Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. Some interesting snippets of information from these keynotes: Continue reading What will the PhD look like in the future?

Scaffolding the development of academic writing


academic writingAn effective way to demonstrate the style of writing expected in your discipline is to show students a model or exemplar answer. Ideally this should be an assignment written by a student from a previous iteration of your unit, keeping in mind that this requires the written permission of the student. Continue reading Scaffolding the development of academic writing

Quality learning and teaching with sessional staff – do you want to know more?

Dr Marina Harvey reflects on a recent project

ltc_staff_pics_marina_harveyFollowing a two year OLT funded project on sessional staff ( including a national summit with participants from 40 higher education institutions, key presentations and research papers were developed into a special edition of a journal. I believe that this is the first such special edition of a journal devoted to a focus on quality learning and teaching with sessional staff. If you have ever wondered about:

  • who and how many sessional staff teach in our universities – read the article by May et al,
  • what innovations have been trialled overseas and with what effect – read Bryson’s or Sutherland and Gilbert’s contribution,
  • what innovations have been developed in Australia – five articles cover this.

Volume 10, Issue 3 (2013) Setting the standard: Quality Learning and Teaching with Sessional Staff