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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 [...]

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 [...]

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…

Music and Mind

Posted by tomkerr on November 9th, 2010

In a courtroom case earlier this year, the iconic 80s rock group Men at Work were found to have violated the ownership rights of Larrikin Music to a song familiar to most schoolchildren about a kookaburra in a gum tree (”Kookaburra”) by including a two-bar riff from it in their hit “Down Under”.  Read song [...]

The autonomous learner

Posted by Elaine Huber on September 22nd, 2010

Have been reflecting on learning this week after attending various seminars in the ‘Celebrate Learning and Teaching’ week program. There are still two more fully packed days, check the program here. Professor Mick Healey ran an engaging session on how to develop the independent and autonomous learner and today I came across this fantastic prezzi [...]

The countdown continues…

Posted by Jayde Cahir on September 13th, 2010

Only 7 days to go until our celebration of Learning and Teaching!
One of the many highlights of Celebrating Learning and Teaching is Professor Kerri-Lee Krause,  keynote presentation, ‘Reconceptualising First Year Experiences and Outcomes in Changing Times’, on Thursday 23rd September, 9.30am to 10.30am, in Building Y3A, Theatre 1.
Professor Kerri-Lee Krause’s presentation will examine issues relating [...]

Undergraduate research

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on October 6th, 2009

Interested in engaging students in research and inquiry?
Undergraduate Research in Australia (an ALTC project led by Professor Angela Brew) has launched a website to provide information and resources for involving undergraduates in research.
Check out the following sections of the site:

Why Engage Undergraduates in Research and Inquiry
Implementing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Some Definitions
Assessment of Student Work
Evaluating Undergraduate [...]

New podcast: Chinese students’ transition into uni

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 28th, 2009

Check out the latest addition to the LTC podcast series Engaging Students:
Chinese Students’ Transition into University – Liyun Huang
Liyun Huang, a visiting scholar from China, talks about issues and challenges Chinese international students may face when they make their transition into university life in Australian universities.
The talk starts with a comparison of eastern and western [...]

Video games inspire students

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 27th, 2009

From John Moravec at Education Futures:
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Will Wright, the video-game designer responsible for some of the best-selling titles of all time, says that video games are better at inspiring students to learn than actually teaching them.