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To buy or not to buy?

This post is contributed by Cissy Shen, Psychology Student and Student Representative on the FoHS Faculty Board

It’s the start of a new semester and nothing strikes more fear into the hearts and minds of students than the word textbooks. You see, it’s not the prospect of extra work and weekly readings that bring about this fear (although this anxiety usually kicks in the night before an exam).

Rather, it begins when we’re standing inside the Co-op bookshop, looking at our textbooks, facing the dreaded dollar sign and the digits that follow. And so difficult decisions have to be made: do we bite the bullet and buy our textbooks right there and then, or do we wait?

As a student who often chooses the latter option, I can attest that common behaviours of those who choose to wait include (but are not limited to): pestering tutors and lecturers about the necessity of textbooks for the unit, regularly checking bank accounts to see if one has been paid or not and contemplating whether alcohol or said textbooks are of more use to help one get through the semester. Unfortunately, students who choose to wait often forego textbooks altogether, as they feel they cannot justify “forking out” for something that is potentially only useful for one semester.

At the end of the day, whether students like to admit it or not, textbooks do serve an inherent purpose as they help consolidate knowledge and can provide useful practice materials in the lead up to exams.

In saying this, academic staff can help quench some of this fear and anxiety by providing more choice for students. This can be done by simply providing a link for the online edition of textbooks or informing students about other alternatives such as buying secondhand, borrowing from the library or renting from the Co-op bookshop.

Whilst it is ultimately up to the student, providing more options and cheaper alternatives can help encourage students to get access to textbooks, especially if price is a major deciding factor. Besides, who doesn’t love a bargain?

Cissy Shen

Bachelor of Psych (Honours) with a Bachelor of Human Sciences

Graduate Employability 2.0 2016 National Forum

Graduate Employability Forum 2016

The national Graduate Employability 2.0 forum will be held at QUT, Brisbane on September 16th. The forum is a free one-day event that brings together teachers, academic leaders, industry representatives, students and graduates to learn about authentic relationships and social capabilities for graduate employability. This event is part of Dr Ruth Bridgstock’s National Senior Teaching Fellowship with the Office of Learning and Teaching.

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Strategies for writing effective student feedback

Do students read  feedback?  If they don’t,  Phil Race author of Smartfeedback-1186347_640
Feedback,  suggests “make it worth their while”!   The following links provide excellent resources for crafting effective student feedback and creating activities which focus on the feedback within the  class or tutorial:

In the words of Arts’ Associate Dean Learning and Teaching A/Prof. Peter Keegan, “you need to tell  students that this is their feedback, otherwise they don’t know you are giving them feedback”!



Unit Readings & Copyright

copyright-98570_640 (2)Why use Unit Readings?

Unit Readings provides access to items on unit readings lists, including book chapters, journal articles, textbooks etc. All readings for a unit can be found through MultiSearch providing convenient and seamless access for students.

Online readings are subject to copyright law requiring all third party material used for teaching (such as journal articles or book chapters) to be registered centrally through the Library’s iShare repository. Library staff check for any copyright restrictions that may apply when making material available to students and can provide guidance and advice in this area.

Library staff can provide a link to all readings for a unit that can be added to an iLearn page.

Why can’t I put copies of scanned books or journal articles on my iLearn pages?

iShare is the University’s designated copyright repository for published material (e.g. book chapters and journal articles) which have been digitised so they can be made available online. Copyright of this kind is best managed through a single repository as it protects the University and teaching staff from copyright breaches.
Before scanning and uploading a reading yourself ask “has this been published?” If the answer is “Yes” then the material should be managed through iShare and listed on Unit Readings.

How do I submit readings for my unit to the Library? Send your reading lists to lib.reserve@mq.edu.au

More information is available on the Library website: http://www.mq.edu.au/about/campus-services-and-facilities/library/teaching-support/reserve-and-online-unit-readings


Please contact the library if you have any questions about copyright & your unit readings: lib.reserve@mq.edu.au

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Geraldine Marsh

Discipline Group Leader (Arts)

Level 4, C3C Building, Macquarie Drive
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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Teacher of the Week – Nick Wilson

Welcome to And Gladly,  Nick. Let’s start with a bit about you…..

I’m originally from Glasgow, Scotland. I went to the University of Edinburgh for my undergraduate and Masters degrees before heading off to New Zealand to do a PhD in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. In between these degrees, I variously worked as a bar manager, a ski instructor, a call centre operative, a mobile phone salesperson, and a chef. Prior to working at Macquarie, I taught at the University of Manchester and Cardiff University.

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