Tag Archives: Technology

New TurnItIn iPad app

I just finished marking 17 learning contracts for the Faculty MRes Research Frontiers unit using the new TurnItIn iPad app.

iPad and cat, By Veronica Belmont https://www.flickr.com/photos/earlysound/

I must say it was an enjoyable experience marking while sitting on the balcony in the breeze.

It took essentially no time to learn how to use the app, the layout is great and there was no lag as I was connecting directly to TurnItIn and not going through iLearn. The app does suffer the usual draw backs associated with text rich stuff on the iPad – for me the main problem is getting the cursor in the right place to edit. Still, I was thoroughly impressed. It’s fast, easy and mobile – well worth a trial! As this is my first use, I will check how it looks on the big screen and report back.

From Mitch Parsell, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences

The battle for submission

iLearn Assignment vs Turnitin

Image courtesy of Flickr, Paul Townsend, https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2080159885/in/set-72157616043429682/Many academics I meet with are using Turnitin. Many also lament the lack of team or group submission functionality (Turnitin have this on their road map of improvement, but it’s still a whiles away yet).    Some even use Turnitin because they think they HAVE to (no, currently no Macquarie Faculty has mandated the use of Turnitin).

Let’s have a look at them duke it out and you be the judge.

Function iLearn assignment turnitin
Group/Team submission

 ✗

Text matching ability or Originality Report

 

Declaration from student it is their own work (academic honesty acknowledgement)

 ✔

 ✔

 Digital receipt of student submission

 

 ✔

 Upload any file type

 

not yet but coming S2

Type text response online instead of file upload

 

Online feedback on actual submission

 ✔

 General online feedback

 ✔

 ✔

 Accept late submissions

 

 ✔

Notify markers of late submissions

Blind marking (student ID- no name)

 ✗

 Rubric/Marking criteria

 ✔

 ✔

 Students can see rubric before submitting

 

 

only if you manually link to it in the summary section

 Marks flow into iLearn Gradebook

 ✔

 Students notified submission has been marked

 

 

A Flaming desire for Blended Learning?

Come along and join a team of Educational Designers and Developers for this interactive professional learning workshop on Flexible Learning at Macquarie (FLaMe).

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If you would like to engage students more in the online components of your unit, or if you would like to introduce online learning into your unit, then FLaMe is perfect for you. You will be introduced to the basic principles of blended learning and guided through a range of practical examples and exercises which will help you to redesign your own current (or planned) unit. Continue reading A Flaming desire for Blended Learning?

Rhetoric or Reality? Call for Papers for ascilite2014

from http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nzFollowing on from Macquarie’s successful hosting last year,  Ascilite (that’s the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) will hold its 2014 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-26 November.

The theme for this year is Rhetoric or Reality, and contributions relating to critical perspectives on educational technology are now invited under the following sub-themes:

  • Emerging technology practices (e.g., MOOCs, OERs, virtual reality, mobile learning, games or gamification)
  • Institution-wide technology integration (e.g., implementation of digital strategies)
  • Focus on research evidence (e.g., impact-focused methods such as educational design research, inquiry and action research, and experimental studies)
  • Technology-enhanced learning design
  • Learning analytics
  • Educational technology and society
  • Role of learning theories

For full details, visit the ascilite2014 website

Gradebook vs. GradeMark – same same but different?

Are you confused?  You’re not alone!

Many a head spins when Gradebook is mentioned, or GradeMark.  Many use these terms interchangeably.  ‘Aren’t they the same thing?’  I hear you implore.  Ummm, no.  Sorry to break it to you, they are very, VERY different but the good news is, it’s easy to know the difference.  Let’s break it down, like James Brown.

Continue reading Gradebook vs. GradeMark – same same but different?

Google Glass, Augmented Reality and 3D Scanning: Workshop at MQ

Ready to take learning to a new level?

  • Learn how to create Augmented Reality learning experiences using Layar, Aurasma and Sketchup (using both desktop and tablet authoring).
  • Find out about practical applications of 3D Augmented Reality experiences.
  • See how 3D scanning is already being used in teaching at Macquarie, and discover its potential for Augmented Reality learning.
  • Listen to Rob Manson from BuildAR talk about recent developments and latest innovations in the field.
  • And try out Google Glass for yourself!

Workshop: Creating Augmented Reality Learning Experiences

When: Tuesday 15 April 2014, 9am-2pm
Who: All Welcome
Details and registration here

Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series

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Do you want to be informed about the latest issues and technologies for online learning? Do you want to hear about the innovative programs your colleagues are running?

In the Learning Technologies Webinar Series you can participate from anywhere on or off campus in engaging and informative live session on a range of new and contemporary topics on learning technologies. Continue reading Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series

Kicking off S1 with a smooth start

Image courtesty of Alborzshawn,Flickr

Start the session with a great welcome message as an Announcement that not only introduces you to the students but outlines your expectations and is grounded in online pedagogy:
✔  Social presence (linked to improved retention rates in fully online and blended courses) by introducing yourself and encouraging students to upload a profile picture
✔  Set expectations – contrary to popular belief, because you are teaching an online unit, does not mean that you need to respond 24/7.
✔  Clearly outline expected engagement
✔  Guide students through your unit (why not make a screen capture to create an online orientation to the unit?)
✔  Remind students of their responsibility as an online student by linking to the Netiquette guide

Continue reading Kicking off S1 with a smooth start

Sign up, sign up…. to Lectern training

ltc_pics_lectern_closeup courtesy of AVTSAre you mystified by the various lecterns at Macquarie?  No problem, the AVTS team are running Lectern training sessions to ensure you can work it like a pro!
Lectern Training Dates For Session 1
No booking is required – just turn up!
  • Type 0D – 9am Thursday 27th February – E5A 130
  • Type 1/2 – 11am Thursday 27th February – W5A T1
  • Type 1/2D –  9am Friday 28th February – E5A 120
  • Type 0 – 11am Friday 28th February –  W5C 234

If you are not sure which lectern is in your teaching space, please ask your Unit Convenor or Department Administrator or check this handy list.

Prefer a bit of self-help?  Check out this page for all your questions and answers.

Hot Tip:  Add the AVTS (Audio Visual Technical Services) Help Desk number 7571 (02 98507571) to your phone to avoid panic in front of your students.