The business of learning and teaching: being great humans

Day one of the Business School Learning and Teaching forum began with a warm and insightful welcome from Yvonne Weldon, Chairperson from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Her welcome reminded us that our event must be “for the people, with the people’. Then Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean, set the stage by celebrating the massiveContinue reading “The business of learning and teaching: being great humans”

Introducing design thinking online

STATS Level of DifficultyEasyUnit Size Evaluated500-1000ScopeSingle activityDeliveryIn-person, online or hybridResources NeededSelf-paced interactive module resourcesDesign thinking scaffold for workshops (teacher and student) Related PatternsCONNECT:IN WORKSHOP Design thinking is an approach that is increasingly used to help creatively problem-solve, collaborate in teams in creative ways, and manage and communicate complexity (Razzouk & Shute, 2012). Design thinking skills areContinue reading “Introducing design thinking online”

Co-designing learning that isn’t remote

How did lockdown impact your educational practice? Recently colleagues and I reflected on this question about pandemic disruption for a special issue of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. When the coronavirus first hit Sydney in 2020, ed tech and learning design skills were needed in a hurry and there was less timeContinue reading “Co-designing learning that isn’t remote”

Design thinking differently

Do you practice design thinking? Do you teach it? What is design thinking? This is a big question that many design experts have already written about. You can find a general overview in this blog post: What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular? Here we talk about introductory design thinking for business in higher education.  Why do it?  Design thinking is nowContinue reading “Design thinking differently”

Bringing Drama to Zoom Rooms

In pandemic times, engaging students is more critical than ever. Could bringing drama to Zoom help? What can teachers learn from the dramatic arts about engaging students and avoiding Zoombie experiences? University of Sydney Business School colleagues and I were lucky to attend a National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) workshop on engaging a virtualContinue reading “Bringing Drama to Zoom Rooms”

Learning Design, Student Choice

How to design engaging online environments where students choose activities and their own path through learning? This is what our team set out to discover, well before COVID-19 and lockdown hit higher education.   If you’ve used Canvas before, you’ll know that it is structured in a modular, sequential way. That structure is sometimes limiting. Students rarely start at the same point and progress in a linear way from learning outcomes to a teacher-defined goal. But howContinue reading “Learning Design, Student Choice”