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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 [...]

Science and Maths: Managing Teaching for Diversity

Posted by maparry on November 26th, 2010

Curriculum change and renewal is a hot topic in many Australian universities…

Dangerously irrelevant

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 25th, 2010

From Scott McLeod, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, creator of the Shift Happens videos, and blogger at Dangerously Irrelevant:

Are schools dangerously irrelevant?
Educational research consistently finds that the vast majority of students day-to-day classroom work occurs in relative isolation, is primarily paper-based, and focuses on factual recall [...]

AUQA on graduate capabilities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 26th, 2009

Here’s a link to a video was presented at the National Graduate Attributes Project Symposium back in July.  In it, Jeanette Baird, an Audit Director from AUQA discusses the role of graduate attributes in emerging institutional quality assurance processes.  It is worth watching for what one National GAP audience member described as its “air of [...]

Continue the morality debate

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 23rd, 2009

Many of you will have enjoyed the lively discussion following the Vice-Chancellor’s debate Re-moralising the university.
Macquarie’s framework for graduate capabilities emphasises engagement, ethical practice, sustainability and scholarship:

If you would like to continue the debate in your department, contact us to arrange a workshop.  Download the PDF invitation [95k].

Graduate Capabilities workshops

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 19th, 2009

Mapping graduate capabilities: where do you start?

LTC is offering workshops to assist departments embed and map graduate capabilities within the curriculum.
Workshops can help with:

discipline-specific translation of Macquarie’s graduate capabilities,
mapping graduate capabilities at the program level,
identification of gaps that occur across the program, and
documentation of graduate capabilities in program descriptions.

For more details, download the PDF flyer[95k].

Report from the National Graduate Attributes Project Symposium

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 7th, 2009

On July 13 several colleagues and I attended a National Graduate Attributes Project (GAP) symposium at the University of Sydney on July 13.  Read more about the project here.   Highlights of the symposium  included:

a showcase of posters, including several from Macquarie – Debbie Richards on capstone units, Teresa Swirski on creativity, Margot McNiell [...]

More on the Educause challenges for 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 19th, 2009

Back in February, this blog listed the Educause top 5 learning and teaching challenges for 2009:

Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation
Developing 21st-century literacies (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty
Reaching and engaging today’s learners
Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT
Advancing innovation in [...]

Graduate Capabilities resources

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 25th, 2009

Check out our new resources around graduate capabilities at MQ!
These include the following PDFs for downloading:

Graduate Capabilities Framework (PDF – 224k)
Graduate Capabilities FAQs (PDF version of this page – 284k)
Graduate Capabilities Policy links (PDF – 172k)
Graduate Capabilities and Learning Outcomes (PDF – 135k)
Graduate Capabilities – how and what we teach (PDF – 100k)

Download lectures from youtube

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 25th, 2009

Wired Campus reports that YouTube have began testing a new feature that lets users download videos posted to the site rather than just watching the videos in a streaming format.  Universities are making their lecture videos free using Creative Commons licenses.  The unis involved so far include Stanford, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCTV.
Scott Stocker, [...]