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Can poster assignments improve the student learning experience? Benefits for students and educators

Recent years have seen increased emphasis on developing the student learning experience in business school education. In addition to understanding how students engage with learning materials in their respective units of study, attention has turned to how students develop insights about themselves and their own personal development in the learning process (Dixon, 2022; Bovil, 2020).Continue reading “Can poster assignments improve the student learning experience? Benefits for students and educators”

Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1

This two-part blog post explores the complexities and affordances of using space to make connections. The first part interrogates the structural rigidity that emerges from physical classroom design and argues that connected learning requires a different design and emotional response from teaching spaces to be successful. Studies of teaching and learning spaces and their relationshipContinue reading “Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1”

Are we forgetting why we teach?  The importance of reflecting on one’s ‘calling’

Teaching academics face a perfect storm, whether it is the precarious work environment or the increasing administrative burdens (e.g. online teaching). In addition, teaching has historically been perceived as a poor cousin to research. In this perfect storm, I believe that proactively and critically reflecting on one’s calling allows the educator to find meaning amongstContinue reading “Are we forgetting why we teach?  The importance of reflecting on one’s ‘calling’”

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Promoting Connectedness through Peer Mentor Support

During the lockdown of 2020, promoting connections and a sense of belonging became challenging. Leading in a Post-Covid World (LPC) was an intracurricular initiative run fully online in Semester 2, 2020, at the University of Sydney Business School. The program provided opportunities for students to develop their leadership  and team skills during the COVID-19 lockdownContinue reading “Promoting Connectedness through Peer Mentor Support”

Evaluation of educational innovations at scale

STATS Level of DifficultyMediumUnit Size EvaluatedLargeScopeTrimester DeliveryHybridResources NeededQualtrics or any survey toolRelated PatternsUNIT HANDOVER This pattern is concerned with developing a structured approach to evaluating the implementation of educational innovations in large units of study.  Working with large units requires a structured approach to evaluation because small issues may have a big impact due toContinue reading “Evaluation of educational innovations at scale”

Framework for evaluating online assessment in business education: Trade-offs in promoting innovation

In the context of the rapid transition to fully online teaching and learning driven by COVID-19 (Ali, 2020), the Australian Business Deans Council commissioned a research project into online assessment in higher education in Australia. The cross-institutional project team consisted of members from the University of Sydney Business School, UTS Business and Chartered Accountants ANZ.Continue reading “Framework for evaluating online assessment in business education: Trade-offs in promoting innovation”

Dynamic Pictures to Support Learning in Business Analytics

The recent move to online learning prompted academics teaching business analytics to find ways of explaining concepts that maintained some of the advantages of face-to-face teaching and learning. This included inventive ways of rigging up iPads and WACOM tablets to serve as digital whiteboards – to demonstrate analytical tools or to step through or annotateContinue reading “Dynamic Pictures to Support Learning in Business Analytics”

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”

What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2

Designing and delivering education at scale effectively is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions (Kagan & Diamond, 2019). This challenge is both an economic one, where the costs of magnifying and multiplying education offerings needs to be matched and exceeded by the revenue, and a pedagogical one, ensuring the quality of the teachingContinue reading “What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2”

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