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Tele’s Angels’ Ancient History Learning community – Tele-Vision!

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 20th, 2011

A message from Ronika Power of Tele’s Angels.
Check out the latest addition to Tele’s Angels’ Ancient History Learning community – Tele-Vision!  http://www.youtube.com/user/telesangels
Tele-Vision is an online learning channel which offers video broadcasts of our on-campus service events, as well as custom-made tutorials and other special programs. In conjunction with other online resources available on our website [...]

Kindle DX Study

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 4th, 2011

A study of student use of the Kindle DX at the University of Washington gave the device decidedly mixed reviews. According to Inside Higher Ed article released today, ‘the study involved first-year graduate students in computer science and engineering — students who are presumably comfortable with digital information. But seven months into the study, 60 percent [...]

Book Reviews for Media International Australia

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 3rd, 2011

There are a number of new books available for review on the Media International Australia website. Media International Australia particularly encourages reviews from early career researchers and postgraduate students. Reviews are approximately 500 words in length. If you are interested in reviewing for MIA, you can access our list of books available for review at [...]

Macquarie University Research Awards are now open!

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 18th, 2011

All staff and higher degree research students can enter individual or team-based research projects for the Macquarie University Research Awards. Three nominees will be shortlisted in each category, and the winner will be announced during the Research Awards dinner on 11 October 2011, alongside our newly appointed Distinguished Professors.
Researchers can submit their projects in one [...]

Evaluating usability of resources

Posted by Kristina Hollis on April 4th, 2011

How is the usability of supporting course resources established and evaluated to maintain their effective integration?  What tools are available to assist course conveners and designers in evaluating these readings, websites, and other forms of online resources?
Heuristic evaluation methods have been researched and developed since the early 90s, to provide guidance for determining the suitability [...]

Using Wikis for group work tasks

Posted by Lyn Collins on March 16th, 2011

Teaching evaluation feedback often indicates that students want more opportunities for group work.   There are several technological solutions that Educational Developers can suggest, but they all lay outside the current LMS (that may change when Moodle arrives). Some Academics requiring a collaborative technology to facilitate group work take advantage of wiki functionality because they [...]

iPads – the new pen and paper?

Posted by Jayde Cahir on January 31st, 2011

Digital Life published an article ‘The three Rs get rad with an iPad’ that stated ‘iPads can be distributed by schools under its digital education revolution program … schools are expanding the use of new technologies in classrooms, rolling out iPads to help teachers and students with learning’.
Recently the LTC conducted an iPad trial. Our [...]

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Posted by Jayde Cahir on January 20th, 2011

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses was released Tuesday by the University of Chicago Press and has since caused considerable debate. This book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal class work expectations. It then tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional [...]

FLaMe Project

Posted by Lyn Collins on December 3rd, 2010

photo © 2007 Ellen | more info (via: Wylio)FLaMe is an acronym which stands for ‘flexible learning at Macquarie’.  The Educational Development Group was recently awarded a Teaching Delivery Grant to design and run a 16-hour program to support blended delivery at Macquarie University with a trial group of up to 30 Academic staff. The [...]

Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program

Posted by Jayde Cahir on November 29th, 2010

The origins of the term ‘mentor’ are often traced back to ‘the Homeric poem, The Odyssey‘. Mentor, an Ithican noble, was the man entrusted to act as a guardian to Ulysses’ son Telemachus, while he was fighting the Trojan War. While this is considered to be the origins of the term ‘mentor’ the undergraduate students [...]