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Personal Learning Environments

Posted by Elaine Huber on September 28th, 2010

Today a catalogue arrived in the mail called “Best Course”. 30 glossy pages filled with infomercials for ‘courses’ from the top academics and Institutions around the world. Each course came on a CD with 50 (or so) lectures and some even had pictures. I wondered who (on earth) decided they were the ‘best’? What makes them [...]

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 [...]

Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Forums: Which one, when and how?

Posted by leemowbray on September 16th, 2010

There are a number of possible tools to choose from when creating an online communication resource. This LTC document introduces three similar (but different) online technologies, a Blog, a Wiki and a Discussion Forum. Although none of these technologies was designed as an educational tool, each has inherent capabilities that allow us to use them [...]

How will the lecture look?

Posted by Elaine Huber on September 14th, 2010

There is great discussion going on around many institutions about the changing face of learning spaces. How will the lecture look in the future? Will the lecture theatres be empty? Students learning online; juggling their work and study; ubiquitous learning. The list goes on. The latest round of Macquarie Learning and Teaching Grants are rewarding [...]

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 [...]

Evaluation of Learning Spaces

Posted by maparry on September 9th, 2010

Learning spaces in universities are changing. Shifts in student mobility, pedagogy, curriculum management and technological tools are beginning to impact directly on the planning and development of campus learning spaces. However, building new spaces, or refitting existing ones, is an expensive and potentially risky enterprise. An inappropriate space is not only costly in financial terms, [...]

The countdown continues…

Posted by Jayde Cahir on September 8th, 2010

It is only 12 days to go until our celebration of Learning and Teaching!
One of the many highlights will be a keynote session by Anne Forster, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College, on Friday 24th September, 10am to 11am, in Y3A, T1.
Anne Forster is an independent e-Learning Consultant based in [...]


Posted by Elaine Huber on September 3rd, 2010

We have posted before on the LTC Blog on the benefits of using Twitter to enhance your professional networking and learning opportunities. See here and here. Just recently I was invited to Yammer which is the Enterprise equivalent of Twitter. Yammer prides itself on ‘improving workplace communication and collaboration’. Macquarie University has a Yammer account whereby [...]

Opportunities for providing enhanced field study experiences on mobile platforms

Posted by malakandadai on September 1st, 2010

The field study is an essential learning experience in subject areas as diverse as biology, geology, paleontology, architecture and art history. Educators have always faced a considerable challenge in making the experience rich and assessable whether it is undertaken on  group or individual basis. Standard outcome presentation formats have been reports, photos and podcasts [...]