Tag Archives: Communities of Practice

Exchange: Session 3 Tips

The November 11th iLearn Exchange looked at intensive or compressed curriculum and stimulated some great discussion. Dr Peter Keegan outlined the approach Ancient History has taken in Session 3 units. Ms Scarlet An talked about the FBE ‘KickStart‘ initiative and working with convenors on developing intensive units. Thank you, Peter and Scarlet!

Dr Peter Keegan, Ancient History

The unit that Peter used as an illustration is a ‘Planet’ unit that is 1st year or level 1. In session 3, it has between 250-300 students. One convenor manages and marks the unit.

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Reminder to post a reminder

Recently, I was talking with a colleague about reminders.   Reminding ourselves to do something, reminding students when a task is due and generally how we now rely on ourselves less and less to remember dates, events, appointments and of course when something is due.  The prevalence of technology as our personal assistant means our brain is less exercised in this area and you know what they say ‘use it or lose it’.  OK, that might be extreme and the previous sentence is grounded in no research or study whatsoever, it just seems logical to assume.

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Technology, timetabling and Taylorism

meeting…is this the future of the unit convenor role? 

Community of Practice meetings are a chance to take “time out” and consider the changing nature of the unit convenor role in the contemporary context. The use of technology, in both teaching and administration, is obviously a major factor in changing the nature of practice, as is the rapid expansion of student numbers over the last quarter-century, along with the internationalisation of the student cohort and the shift in students’ attitude to education. Regulation and cultures of measurement are increasingly invading the classroom, the curriculum and the everyday practice of teaching and teachers. Continue reading Technology, timetabling and Taylorism

iLearn Logs and Reports

Natalie Spence, Educational Developer reports on May’s iLearn Exchange

The iLearn Exchange on 6 May looked at reports and logs in iLearn.


In case you didn’t know, there are a number of logs and reports you can run and download. They are useful sources of information about general and specific activity in your iLearn unit.  Here’s a quick rundown on what’s available. Continue reading iLearn Logs and Reports

Give your students a community for life with WordPress

There is a little community out there in the digital world called the ‘blogosphere’ and it’s massive

Online communities are popping up all the time. They tend to be communities focused around specific ideas, disciplines and interests. These communities are generally self organising and abide by mutually established and accepted set of rules and hierarchies. Some of these communities can be found on Twitter, Facebook or other social network sites. However the strongest online communities are generally identified as a collection of Continue reading Give your students a community for life with WordPress

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?

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?