The place we speak from: Negotiating positionality in higher education

As researchers who produce new knowledge, and as educators who communicate and build learning communities around systems of knowledge, we always speak from a particular position. This position is constructed by and through the various intersections that make up our identity, including our experience of gender, class, race, age, and ability (Crenshaw, 2017).  At theContinue reading “The place we speak from: Negotiating positionality in higher education”

Crowdsourcing for learning

This design pattern on “crowdsourcing for learning” discusses crowdsourcing as an innovative pedagogy for large class teaching. This pattern suits a large asynchronous online cohort where an open call needs to be made to the group to collectively generate responses. 

The context for this pattern is the rise of large cohort and class sizes in the tertiary sector.

Growing student learning communities through peer learning

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased feelings of social isolation and stress that some students, especially international students, can experience during their university studies (Sadasivan, 2021). Research shows that teaching strategies that make use of peer learning (Boud, 2001) not only benefit student learning outcomes, but also have positive impacts on student well-being and engagement (RientiesContinue reading “Growing student learning communities through peer learning”

Design patterns update

We’ve recently begun to share design patterns from the Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) Project. These patterns are tried and tested solutions to common problems of learning and teaching at scale. New patterns We have three new design patterns to release. Our pattern on CONNECT:IN WORKSHOPS is useful for diverse teams approaching curriculum development projectsContinue reading “Design patterns update”

Regular announcements

STATS Level of DifficultyEasyUnit Size Evaluated200ScopeSemester-longDeliveryOnlineRelated PatternsSELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES This pattern is concerned with how to use regular announcements to communicate with students when delivering a unit in a blended or hybrid mode, where synchronous lectures have been re-shaped into SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES. Regular communications from the Coordinator to students across the semester helps signpostContinue reading “Regular announcements”

Co-designing research

How can a co-design approach be applied to research? What co-designed research projects are currently happening across the University of Sydney? Are there common challenges colleagues are experiencing? These were some of the questions in mind when I registered to attend the recent Co-designing Research seminar series presented by Sydney Policy Lab and the ResearchContinue reading “Co-designing research”

Self-paced online modules

STATS Level of DifficultyHardUnit Size Evaluated1000-1500ScopeSemester longDeliveryOnline and hybridResources NeededLMS, educational media, formative assessment toolRelated PatternsVISUALISATIONSIMMEDIATE FEEDBACK ONLINE  This pattern is concerned with one of the main problems of teaching at scale, which is the lack of consistency in delivering content.  Online self-paced modules are an accessible and effective form of learning, often used inContinue reading “Self-paced online modules”

Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale

Now more than ever, we need to find ways to keep students connected – connected to each other, their teachers, industry and society. The move to online and remote teaching in recent times has highlighted just how important this is. And the challenge increases when we add scale to the mix! How can these connectionsContinue reading “Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale”

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