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Macquarie University Research Awards are now open!

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 18th, 2011

All staff and higher degree research students can enter individual or team-based research projects for the Macquarie University Research Awards. Three nominees will be shortlisted in each category, and the winner will be announced during the Research Awards dinner on 11 October 2011, alongside our newly appointed Distinguished Professors.
Researchers can submit their projects in one [...]

Burnout in university teaching staff

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 15th, 2011

In March, Jenny Watts and Noelle Robertson from the University of Leicester, published an article entitled Burnout in university teaching staff: a systematic literature review, in Educational Research. Watts and Robertson’s article reveals how ‘few studies have investigated the emotional consequences of teachers’ stress and even fewer have specifically focused on university educators. [Their] systematic [...]

Writing Groups

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 12th, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article called ‘The Rules of Writing Group’ by Claire P. Curtis. In this article Associate Professor Curtis outlines how their writing group was formed and her experience over the last five years. From this experience she explains ‘the rules’ that have made the writing group so successful. [...]

Free Trial

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 5th, 2011

Alexander Street is an electronic publisher of award-winning online collections in the humanities and social sciences. For the month of April they are offering a free trial of their educational videos. To view their 8,000 titles please visit: or click here to register for this trial.


Posted by Natalie Spence on April 4th, 2011

The Kindle and other readers such as the Barnes and Noble ‘Nook’ or Sony readers all use electronic paper, which digitally mimics paper. The display is reflective, which means it is easily read in sunlight (as opposed to the shiny iPad which favours more muted light), is kinder on the eyes and requires an external [...]

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 [...]

Writing Grant Applications

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 1st, 2011

‘Grant writing varies widely across the disciplines, and research intended for epistemological purposes (philosophy or the arts) rests on very different assumptions than research intended for practical applications (medicine or social policy research). Nonetheless, this handout from The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill attempts to provide a general introduction to grant writing [...]