Essential education reads you may have missed


Are you interested in current trends in the classroom? Or want to know how our teachers are constantly evolving the student experience at Macquarie? Now is your opportunity to catch up on the must-read education stories from Macquarie’s Learning and Teaching blog.

1. Building the foundations for an inclusive teaching approach at Macquarie

A professional development module co-created by Macquarie staff and students, this module is packed with resources and practical ideas you can implement now to make learning more inclusive. The module is based on the following principles: inclusive classrooms are accessible, engaging and empowering for all students; diversity is a strength; inclusive teaching is an ongoing process of learning together; and all members of the University community have a role in promoting inclusive teaching.

2. Applying UDL principles to the design of a very large unit

Dr Natasha Todorov offers some strategies for supporting neurodiverse students in very large online units, using approaches aligned with Universal Design for Learning principles (UDL). This learning design approach works to accommodate the needs and abilities of all learners and attempts to minimise unnecessary barriers to the learning process.

3. Avoid death by PowerPoint

Find out how you can design better presentations to enhance student learning. Everyone has experienced ‘Death by PowerPoint’, where walls of text, overly complicated visuals, poor colour choice and tiny fonts have hindered our ability to follow the presenter. This guide gives some tips on how to avoid this in future presentations.

4. Managing a large teaching team

Dr Josephine Paparo convenes PSYU2235/PSYX2235 Developmental Psychology, a large undergraduate unit delivered online and on campus at Macquarie and also via OUA (Open Universities Australia). As Unit Convenor, she is responsible for a large team of tutors and markers to help manage the teaching. In this post, Dr Paparo shares the lessons learned and hot tips on how to manage a large teaching team.

5. What are the best real-time polling and quiz tools for in-class interaction?

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to tools for creating polls and quizzes, so how do you choose the one that is right for you? The Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) team shares its view.


6. Opportunity to observe teaching (and teachers) in action

A diverse group of dedicated and experienced teaching staff from across the University, together with the Professional Learning and Staff Development Team, are collaborating to provide you with the opportunity to observe teaching in person, as part of the ‘Open for Observation’ program in Session 2.





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