At Scale Immersive Learning ‘Events’

There is growing consensus that didactic lectures are primarily a thing of the past and more active and collaborative delivery methods provide deeper and long lasting learning. In this blog post, Peter Bryant (Jan, 2022) details the causes and effects of magnification and multiplication in higher education. Bryant describes solutions such as Connected Learning asContinue reading “At Scale Immersive Learning ‘Events’”

Parallel Projects: High-impact, low-risk interdisciplinary learning

Interdisciplinary effectiveness, defined as “the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries” is one of the nine Graduate Qualities that we aim to help our students to develop at the University of Sydney. However, offering programs that fully realise this goal can be complex, and resource intensive. Opportunities doContinue reading “Parallel Projects: High-impact, low-risk interdisciplinary learning”

Reconnect at ASCILITE 2022

The annual ASCILITE conference is happening at the University of Sydney on Gadigal land, exploring the theme: Reconnecting relationships through technology. This will be an important opportunity for the higher education sector to come together around innovation, practice and research in educational technology. We acknowledge the conference organising committee for their hard work bringing togetherContinue reading “Reconnect at ASCILITE 2022”

Cultivating entrepreneurs and innovators through connected learning

Connected learning is an approach that seeks to combine personal interests, supportive relationships, and opportunities (Ito et al., 2013). It emphasizes that learning should be an integrated experience situated within a matrix of contexts including formal and informal, local and global, embodied and virtual, as well as distributed and integrated (Brown & Renshaw, 2006). PriorContinue reading “Cultivating entrepreneurs and innovators through connected learning”

Connecting with students through humour 

How can we connect with our students when we don’t see them? We decided to try humour. As passionate and energetic educators, we believe that fostering connections with our students is just as essential to their learning experience as providing honest feedback. Yet building connections with students online is an ongoing challenge as Zoom andContinue reading “Connecting with students through humour “

The virtues (and pitfalls) of student-to-student feedback – a reflection

In corridor discussions and conversations at symposia, I have often engaged in lively debates around the appropriateness of the use of student peer review i.e. student-to-student feedback specifically around in-class presentation assessments. Challenge If you work within a qualitative unit, you are acutely aware of the challenges these workshops/tutorials pose. Groups have been working onContinue reading “The virtues (and pitfalls) of student-to-student feedback – a reflection”

Finding imperfection and impact: developing self reflection in our future managers

Management education prepares students to undertake roles by exposing them to concepts, theories and models that enhance their ability to critically appraise situations while applying technical skills from finance, economics, human resource, auditing, tax, business law and so forth.  More specifically it is designed to prepare students to undertake managerial work. Managerial work While muchContinue reading “Finding imperfection and impact: developing self reflection in our future managers”

Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 2

The first part of this blog post interrogated the structural rigidity that emerges from physical classroom design and made the case that connected learning requires a different design and emotional response from teaching spaces to be successful. This final part looks at how teaching space needs to shift the dynamics, functions, and relationships within theContinue reading Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 2

Facilitating career skills workshops in Miro: a case study

How might we design and facilitate more engaging, fun and interactive learning experiences with students in an online environment? I wrestled with this question for a long time, especially after hearing from students that they are struggling with online lectures after the prolonged period of remote study. Then I came across Miro and see soContinue reading “Facilitating career skills workshops in Miro: a case study”


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