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The Melbourne Model

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 30th, 2008

Students in a “Managing Strategic Change” unit at the University of Melbourne are using the introduction of the Melbourne Model as a case study.  The ‘Melbourne Model’ refers to an academic program restructure to six undergraduate programs – Bachelors in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science.  In this video, the model is described as [...]

Macquarie Uni Values Exchange

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 26th, 2008

Should staff be prohibited from setting compulsory text books that cost over $60?
Should intimate relationships between staff and students be prohibited?
The Macquarie Values Exchanges proposes answers to these questions (an affirmative to both of the above) and wants your feedback.  Do you agree or disagree to the proposals (among others) that intimate relationships are [...]

Making the Most of Lectures through iLecture

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 25th, 2008

“If I use iLecture, my students won’t come to class!”
“If I put the lectures online, students will download them the night before the exam and cram!”
“Where’s the evidence that iLecture helps students learn?”
If you’ve had these thoughts, you may be interested in the work that LTC colleagues Maree Gosper, Margot McNeill and Karen Woo have [...]

AUQA’s Good Practice Database

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 25th, 2008

If you haven’t already, check out the AUQA Good Practice Database.  This is a collection of transferable systems or activities from universities across Australia that have been commended by the Australian Universities Quality Agency.  Some of the 45 teaching and learning examples include Murdoch University’s Embedding Graduate Attributes in Course Curricula; Swinburne’s Industry-Based Learning and [...]

PhD comics: Architectural Styles of Contemporary Universities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 24th, 2008

PhD (Piled High and Deeper) comics have been producing light-hearted scribblings on the topic of “life (or lack thereof) in academia” since 1997.

Ohio University’s Second Life Campus

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 19th, 2008

Ohio University’s Second Life campus promises a university where “learners thrive in an environment unbridled by space, time or the even the laws of physics … where the classroom has been not just recreated, but reinvented … limited only by your imagination…”  The university has developed several teaching and learning projects on the virtual campus.

It’s [...]

ALTC Grants Program 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 18th, 2008

Online applications for ALTC Grants for 2009 are now open.
There are three categories of grant available:

Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Priority Projects
Competitive Grants

Note that the deadline for the Competitive Grants applications is the 6 November 2008!

CFP – learning and teaching in media and cultural studies

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 18th, 2008

Disciplining innovation: new learning & teaching in media & cultural studies
Department of Critical & Cultural Studies, Macquarie University
Friday November 21, 2008
Keynote speaker: Prof. Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University
As disciplines heavily invested in making sense of the contemporary world, media and cultural studies are constantly engaging with new examples, new technologies, new political contexts and even new [...]

Learning and Teaching Forum – Tuesday 23 September

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 16th, 2008

Keep this day free!  On Tuesday, 23 September, the LTC is hosting a Learning and Teaching Forum with the theme Assessing Learning, Communicating Standards.  It will run from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm in the U@MQ Building, Level 3 Function Rooms.
Questions to be addressed at the forum include:
• How are standards set?
• How can they be communicated [...]

Students say no to podcasts?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 16th, 2008

Under the heading ‘Students say no to podcasts’, a recent article in The Australian Higher Education Review reports:

A STUDENT petition at the University of Western Sydney is demanding cuts in fees to match cuts in face-to-face teaching time as the university extends the virtual classroom.
Podcasting is a technology that’s supposed to download a good news [...]