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Lean in Education Workshop with Professor Vincent Wiegel

Visiting for the Lean Higher Education conference, Professor Vincent Wiegel (HAN University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands) introduces Lean thinking in Education and invites you to explore Lean concepts in your practice.
Lean thinking, developed as a business methodology, assesses institutional activity to improve efficiency and deliver increased value. Lean in Education applies the principles of Lean thinking to pedagogical and Higher Education structures.
Making Lean choices when developing learning spaces (both physical and cognitive) can make the process more efficient and tailored, freeing up an educator’s time to be more present and accessible. We will delve into Macquarie specific applications of this approach. Wiegel will share stories from the classroom, both success and failures, and how to combine pedagogy and lean thinking to drive improvement.
Proposed Workshop Program (subject to modification): 

10:00 – Welcome
10:10 – Personalised learning: overview of Lean educational thinking
10:20 – Creating Learning Spaces: pedagogical approach and design guidelines
10:30 – New Engineers experience: design and execution of the program
10:40 – A Macquarie case exploration
10:55 – Exploration through working on own cases
11:40 – Sharing insights
11:55 – New Engineers at Macquarie
12:00 – Lunch

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LTX Event – Rethinking ‘Lectures’ For The Digital Audience

Digital platforms change the ways students engage with learning and are therefore changing the way we teach. New platforms call for a rethinking of how we deliver ‘lecture content’. It’s not about focusing on the technology itself, but understanding how pedagogy and approaches to teaching can be enhanced and adapted to suit new delivery platforms.

Session 2, 2017 will see the implementation of Echo 360’s upgraded lecture capture tool, Active Learning Platform (ALP) across the entire university.

ALP brings with it live streaming capacity and the ability to turn lectures and tutorials into more collaborative communities of learning through participatory activity.

Over the last couple of years Macquarie has introduced various flipped and blended learning and teaching approaches, where content is delivered through video and other means.

These concepts, approaches, tools and more will be discussed at the next LTX event on 15 June, 2017 1pm-2:00pm in Macquarie Theatre.

Hear from teachers who have successfully utilised these tools to create more engaging, flexible and dynamic ways to engage the student of today.

A recording of this LTX is now available here. Log in to iLearn, click on the Echo360 ALP link, then click on the green “play” icon on the right side of the event name. This recording includes the camera view from the theatre, as well as the presentation view, interactive slides and Q&A forum.g will work.


3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know

From Session 2 2017, Echo360’s upgraded software, Active Learning Platform (ALP), will be available in all units. Over the next few months, the faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub will be running a number of workshops, posts and events to support the adoption of this new software by the teaching community (further details at bottom of article).

“It is a pedagogical tool, not just a classroom recorder.  Instructors love it because they can track student questions and answers. Students are engaging us through the platform in the way we want them to”  Dr. Kem Rogers, University of Western Ontario.

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Partnering with (the power of) students

The power of students is unmistakeable. Apart from the sheer number present at universities, they make their voices heard through activism on campus, participation on university committees, and their very presence. It is a power that is often acknowledge in university communities but also, just as often, underutilized. Continue reading Partnering with (the power of) students

Six small practical changes in your teaching that can have big impact

Are you scared off by the breadth and depth of changes to your teaching that are often suggested by well-meaning colleagues? There are many things that you can do to improve student experience and learning, but they don’t all need to take hours to design and implement. Here are six practical and eminently achievable suggestions for small changes that can have big impact.

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Interesting posts from ICDE

Don’t know what the ICDE is, then check it out here. In short it is an international body that supports a global network for online, open and flexible education. The Australasian equivalent is ACODE, which most universities in Australia, New Zealand and the University of the South Pacific are members of. Macquarie University is a long term member and I am the local rep.

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Sustainability in teaching – it’s not just about the environment

As one of Macquarie University’s core values, sustainability encourages staff and students alike to be mindful and intentional in their learning, considering the implications of both action and thought, and focusing on their role in moving towards a sustainable future. But what does sustainability actually mean, and what does it look like for our students?

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Learning & Teaching Exchange

Learning & Teaching Exchange and Faculty of Arts present Peer Review Process

Join us on Tuesday, 8th September for Learning & Teaching Exchange, the newly revamped iLearn Exchange which will now more have a broader focus on sharing innovations and best practices in learning and teaching at Macquarie.

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