Tag Archives: Technology

Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing

I’m sure most of you have heard about digital downtime or device-free time. All for the benefit of easing our overloaded brains and nurturing our F2F* or IRL** relationships. I’ve heard of digital detoxes, including resorts specialising in this area (I thought it was just a place with no wifi!) In fact, the digital detox has become a whole industry! However the digital detox has been one-upped by the term digital nutrition. Continue reading Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing

When research + lab work creates an enriching student learning experience

How do you know when students are really engaged? You scan their brain!

emotive scannerBianca De Wit and David Kaplan will be sharing with the MQ community how they have used their research to create an active, completely engaging learning opportunity for students majoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. You will hear about how they have combined education, and neuroscience research to create an affordable, scalable and highly portable teaching lab.  Students are immersed in hands-on, exploratory research activities which give them a live window into the workings of the human brain, seeing the concepts in action.

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iLearn – Goodbye Wimba Voiceboards, hello VoiceThread!

The Learning Innovation Hub advises that a tool within iLearn, Wimba Voice Board will be decommissioned by the end of this year and will no longer be available to use after 31 Dec 2016.

It will be replaced with another tool called VoiceThread which is now available for anyone wanting to use it.

Commenting tools in VoiceThreadVoiceThread allows you to set up an online asynchronous space for students to discuss and leave comments on presentations and images using annotations, text and audio.  Students can also create and submit their own presentation, all through a link in iLearn. Neat!


Demo of annotation in Voice ThreadVoiceThread has been trialed successfully so far is in languages at MQ, where students record spoken responses to a posted question/stimulus the language they are learning. The teacher can then also respond with a text or spoken comment with feedback.

It is also a tool that is suitable for the flipped classroom and can complement any active learning strategy.

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Visit the VoiceThread website for more information about the tool.

An online basics training workshop is also running on Wed 2 November, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM AEDT and more training will be offered in the future.

If you would like to use VoiceThread, send a request to ilearn.help@mq.edu.au to have the link added to your iLearn unit/s.

Time to get LinkedIn? Profile Clinic for Staff 18 July

Academia.edu is often seen as the academic alternative, but there are also benefits to maintaining a profile on LinkedIn, one of the world’s fastest growing social networks. That’s why the Career and Employment Service are holding a LinkedIn profile review Clinic for staff on Monday 18 July!

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Wearable Technologies in Education Exposé

Join the Learning Technology Research Cluster for their last session of the year in an exposé of how wearable technologies can be used in education. This session will build upon the Learning and Teaching Week Symposium by showing how the technologies work, some apps and the possibilities for use in the classroom. Continue reading Wearable Technologies in Education Exposé