Educating for success
Our goal in Learning and Teaching is to empower our students to succeed and allow our teachers to thrive in a transformative learning environment.
To set up our students for success in 2020 and beyond we will be rolling out a series of activities that are specifically designed to support our Learning and Teaching community as we continue our transformative journey. On the 6 February 2020 we launched our Educating for Success series inviting Learning and Teaching staff from all faculties to present on the following Learning and Teaching themes:
i. Learner Engagement
ii. Feedback and Assessment for Success
iii. Technology Enhanced Learning
Video Presentations and Key Resources
Empower students to be globally connected
Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal, the Keynote speaker from Macquarie Business School opened the inaugural event by asking what can universities do to create a stronger contribution to the world? Higher education institutions need to discover how they can create societal impact beyond providing degrees and generating research. Debbie discusses the emerging movement of purpose-driven universities, in which leadership, faculty and students work together to shift from being best in the world to being best for the world. She dives deeply into emerging concepts such as impactful teaching and learning and universities as a force for good.
Active learning in lectures
Dr Murray Taylor and Dr Mauricio Marrone from Macquarie Business School have since 2013 taught large undergraduate courses with over 500 students each semester. They have developed a key innovative learning approach focused on active learning in lectures to create student engagement. Their approach has been found to motivate all students to engage in large units where 25-30% of the cohort are international students.
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English language proficiency and Academic literacies
The English language proficiency and academic literacies of students with English as an additional language is once again on national and institutional agendas. Dr Pamela Humphreys, Director of Macquarie University International College (MUIC) and the English Language Centre (ELC) described the interventions used in the S2 2019 academic language and learning support trial delivered by ELC in MQBS, including the frameworks underpinnings this work, the positive impact on both student learning and academics’ practice, and desired next steps
Augmented (and virtual) Reality
Associate Professor Matt Bower from Department of Educational Studies presented on Augmented Reality (AR). Knowing how to design AR experiences empowers teachers to create more meaningful, relevant and exciting educational experiences for their students. The pre-service teachers enjoy being creative with AR, and they can tailor learning experiences to the needs and interests of their students.
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Associate Professor Kira Westaway from Faculty of Science and Engineering provided an opportunity to share real learning experiences using a bank of mobile Virtual Reality (VR) stations for campus wide applications. Kira explains the importance of providing real life experiences for galvanising student curiosity, engagement and commitment and for preparing students for the workplace. The rigs place the students right in the middle of the action making them the masters of their own learning journeys, they allow the students to be transported to the 'coal-face' of their discipline and help them to visualise the everyday reality of their chosen profession.
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The Macquarie MD Assessment Portfolio
Professor Cath Dean from the Faculty of Medicine Health and Human Sciences presented on the development and implementation of the Macquarie Assessment Portfolio (MAP) for the Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD). The MAP holds all formative and summative assessment data across the entire course. Student’s self-assessment data is also captured regularly in their portfolio. The dashboards created within the MAP use a traffic light system and provide clear evidence of the development of 8 Macquarie MD capability aspects and the entrustment of key professional activities required for practice of medicine. The MAP allows students to monitor their progress and direct their future learning. The MAP data is examined as a hurdle assessment at the end of Stage 1 (mid-course) and prior to graduation, to assure satisfactory progress towards, and achievement of, course learning outcomes. The MAP system uses software which can be customised and potentially applied in other Macquarie courses.
View and experience the Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences MAP tool
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Summative only exam into a formative technique
Associate Professor Naomi Sweller from Department of Psychology provided an overview of the two-stage final exam technique. This exam technique effectively turns the previously summative only exam into a formative (as well as summative) technique, as the students receive immediate feedback from their peers and consolidate knowledge themselves by teaching content to their peers. Further, this technique allows for the students’ desire to collaborate, without traditional tasks in which collaboration may result in cheating.
Integrating Technology with Face to Face Learning
Dr Matt Bailey from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations presented on developing blended learning curricula. Matt discussed ways that a range of iLearn tools can be integrated into unit development to provide an engaging online component for both face-to-face and external students. He provides examples of how technology can be employed to enhance in-class activities and group work.
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Assessment for the modern graduate
Associate Professor Taryn Jones from Faculty of Medicine Health and Human Sciences provided insight into how she has used assessments to assist students to develop and apply skills required for the modern workplace, such as creativity, innovation, digital literacy and communication skills. Taryn outlines how a programmatic approach has been used to implement assessments not typically incorporated into health professional education to develop the skills required for future focused professionals.
Student success through engagement (4 pillars)
What do students want from their higher education experience? How can we best support student success? Associate Professor Jana Bowden from Macquarie Business School will discuss the nature of student engagement and how this determines student success. Drawing broadly upon the findings of a research project conducted with over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, Jana discusses four key pillars of student engagement – intellectual, social, emotional and participatory engagement and the way in which these can and be built into the fabric of the tertiary experience..
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