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Towards 2025: Active Learning Space Evaluation

The PVC Education Portfolio Learning Environments team recently completed an evaluation of how teachers and students are currently using the Mathews 102 active learning space. The project directly aligned to the UNSW 2025 Strategy and provided clear evidence that institutions stand to gain a worthwhile return on investment from developing more active learning classrooms.  

The active learning space evaluation also provided:      
  • first-hand knowledge of student learning and academic teaching needs; 
  • insights into teacher and student engagement with collaborative and flexible teaching; 
  • an analysis on how best to integrate technology into the learning and teaching experience in classroom settings;
  • renewed emphasis on the importance of 'delivering classrooms with understanding' rather than 'delivering classrooms for the sake of delivering'.
The team will now work on rolling out new active learning spaces while we continue to demonstrate the benefits of this initiative to staff and students alike. 

As a result of the active learning space evaluation, the Learning Environments team developed best practice teaching guide, which will assist teachers to provide an environment for learner-centered, blended approaches, supported by current educational technologies.    Thank you to Courtenay Atwell for creating this practical and useful teaching resource.  

Beginning to Teach

Registration for the Semester 1 2017 Beginning to Teach program is now open.   This program is designed to develop the teaching capability of UNSW Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Higher Degree Research candidates (HDRs) with little to no experience of teaching.
More information about the program and a link to register can be found here.

Foundations of Learning & Teaching (FULT)

The Foundations in University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program is a modularised program of professional learning experiences aimed at developing the foundational knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach in higher education in an effective and scholarly way. 

We are currently finalising the 2017 program, details and session times for which we’ll confirm in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the FULT program, and to register your interest in the program for Semester 1, see the FULT information page on the Teaching Gateway.

Technology upgrades
Annual Moodle Upgrade

Moodle was successfully upgraded to version 3.1 in November.
The upgrade delivered:
  • a new grading interface for the Moodle assignment
  • the capability to restore certain deleted items via a new recycling bin
  • pin forum discussions
  • a new version of the Turnitin plugin
  • a streamlined Turnitin grading interface.
 For a full list of changes, please review the Moodle 3.1 release notes and new features.   

UNFED Meeting

Hosted by the Faculty of Law
9 December, 12:30pm - 2pm
faculty board room (second floor past reception).

The December meeting will be hosted by the Faculty of Law and will be a wrap-up discussion for the year, in terms of where everyone is at with regard to the implementation of blended learning, personalised learning and using technology in education.

Please RSVP for light catering purposes and updates.

Join a UNSW MOOC today

Developed by UNSW academics and staff, these courses are open and available to anyone who is interested.

Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences

Transmedia Storytelling, is available on the Coursera On-Demand platform. The next six week session starts 12th Dec, 2016. We know it’s a great course, but let’s hear it from one of the students…

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to transmedia studies and practices. The framework of the course is well structured and it's easy to follow. The resources are fantastic with lots of advice and content provided by industry professionals. If you've heard of transmedia, but don't know what it is or how it's going to change storytelling in the future, take this course and find out.

Enrol now at https://www.coursera.org/learn/transmedia-storytelling.

Learning to Teach Online

The The Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) six week course, continues to be a popular course with a whole range of educators, from secondary and higher education, to ESL and commercial educators. Now offered on the Coursera On-Demand platform, you can enrol at anytime and work at your own pace. More than 4,200 learners have already enrolled in the course this year. For more information, visit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/teach-online/.

Environmental Humanities:  Remaking Nature

Course Starts: 16 January 2017.  Duration: 6 weeks.

In this free online course from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, you’ll can learn all about the Environmental Humanities, an emerging area of scholarship and research that brings science together with the humanities to re-think contemporary environmental challenges.

To register, visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/remaking-nature.

Congratulations to our colleagues from the PVC (Education) Portfolio Katja Benninghaus, Angela O’Connell and Christina Kingen, who were nominated for a 2016 UNSW Australia Staff Excellence Award, for excellence in professional services.  This group is behind the smooth orchestration of many of the Portfolio’s educational events for teaching staff and have been recognised for their contribution to the seamless delivery of these events throughout the year.
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