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The National GAP

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 28th, 2008

How do we teach institution-wide graduate attributes?  How can we measure the capabilities of our graduates?   How can universities bridge the gap between institutional rhetoric and the reality of the student learning experiences?
Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Agnes Bosanquet from the LTC attended the National Graduate Attributes Project (GAP) Symposium which was held at the University of [...]

Implementing the Assessment Policy

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 22nd, 2008

The Macquarie University Assessment Policy was approved by Academic Senate last week!

Implementation Rationale
It is recommended that implementation of the policy commence for periods of study starting after 1st January, 2009 and that there be a period of transitional compliance from 1 January to 31 December 2009. At the completion [...]

Inaccessible Curriculum as the Disabler

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 21st, 2008

The principles of disability equality must become integral to education in general, for this is the predicate of a society in which persons with impairments can participate as equal citizens, a society that does not render those persons disabled … Persons may be impaired for many reasons but it is always and only an ableist [...]

Open “Tech” Exams

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 20th, 2008

One school in Sydney is trailing open book exams, where the open “book” can be any technological tool – podcasts on an mp3, internet access via your laptop or a mobile phone. This occurs within a context where sources need to be acknowledged, thereby avoiding plagiarism. See the article in [...]

Group Assessment

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 20th, 2008

The result of an ALTC grant, Doing Group Assessment in Media and Communications are resources developed by the University of Canberra (with input from the University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney University and Macquarie University).
Visit the groupwork site for a great collection of short videos that include case studies and methods. [...]

HERDSA conference report

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 12th, 2008

Margot McNeill of the LTC reports on the 2008 HERDSA conference (held in Rotorua, New Zealand from July 1st-4th):
The theme of this year’s conference was Engaging Communities, with keynote presentations exploring aspects of this theme.
Dr Pita Sharples opened the conference, with a challenge for higher education to engage local, regional and global communities, especially those [...]

ALTC Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2008

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 12th, 2008

Congratulations to Macquarie staff who received citations for outstanding contributions to quality student learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council!  A special congratulations to Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Dr Mitch Parsell, who are now staff of the LTC!

Jennifer Nicholls for designing innovative and pioneering uses of web-based technology in drama/theatre courses to inspire [...]

Share your technology-supported teaching activities (and win $1000!)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 8th, 2008

Ron Oliver from Edith Cowan University has an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship Project exploring the reuse of technology-supported learning activities. He invites your participation:
I have developed a publicly accessible online database into which teachers can add examples of technology-supported teaching activities to share with others.  I am now looking to grow the number [...]