Student resources for successful learning

This series of short videos has been specifically designed for students and prospective students in the Postgraduate Program in Higher Education. They feature insights from students and academics on their experiences of the program as well as advice on preparing for assignments and online discussion activities.  We strongly encourage all students to engage with these resources early in the semester as they will help to ensure you have a positive and rewarding learning experience.

The videos were produced by Mark Parry.

Introduction to the Postgraduate Program in Higher Education
This video introduces the Postgraduate Program in Higher Education and provides information about the aims of the program, its specialisations, unique features and the range of learning you are likely to encounter.

Reading and summarising
This video provides practical strategies for reading and summarising.

Please watch in conjunction with the material from International Journal of Learning [PDF - 1.2mb]

Learning through discussions
This video explains the purpose for and advantages of participating in online discussions. In addition, the expectations with regard to time commitment and netiquette are outlined.

Writing a critique or critical review of a journal article
This video defines the nature of a critical review and explains key features of writing a successful critique. Particular attention is given to finding the student's "own voice", citing and referencing.

Please watch in conjunction with two documents: The article, Miranda in the brave new world: learning in a Web 2.0 millennium (Barnes, C. & Tynan, B. (2007). The adventures of Miranda in the brave new world: learning in a Web 2.0 millennium [PDF - 66k]. ALT-J, 15 (3), 189-200.) and the example critique [PDF - 80k].

Writing an effective analysis
This video explains the purpose, key features and structure of a written analysis.

Please watch in conjunction with the Case Analysis: For Whom Gunbala Tolls [PDF - 100k]

Reflections on the program
In this video students and academics teaching on the program reflect on their experiences and discuss the challenges, highlights and benefits both for themselves as individuals and as practitioners in the higher education sector.

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This resource was developed by the Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University.