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Rapport through a laptop? Benefits and drawbacks of online interviews

In this post, two researchers share their reflections on conducting interviews and focus groups online during a global pandemic for a large strategic educational project (CLaS). Both had previously conducted face-to-face interviews, which involved finding a suitable meeting room, printing information statements and consent forms, and making sure their trusty audio recorders were fully charged.Continue reading “Rapport through a laptop? Benefits and drawbacks of online interviews”

The classroom is a living community

Business Co-Design’s student intern, Sydney Haddad, sat down to speak with the latest winner of the Wayne Lonergan Award for Outstanding Teaching. This annual award recognises excellence, innovation and impact in teaching and learning at the University of Sydney Business School. Sydney talked with the inspiring Corina Raduescu from the Business Information Systems discipline aboutContinue reading “The classroom is a living community”

Academic Hero (学霸)

There are ongoing challenges for both academics and students because of the diversities in tertiary classrooms (Heng, 2021). Chinese international students experience academic stress (Yan & Berliner, 2010) and can struggle to make a successful transition from the Chinese educational system and pedagogical practices into Western tertiary classrooms and learning environments (Jiang & Smith, 2009).Continue reading “Academic Hero (学霸)”

Connect:In workshops

This pattern is concerned with connecting and engaging stakeholders such as teachers, students, educational developers, learning designers, and industry partners in the process of course design. This is achieved through a Connect:In workshop where participants share perspectives and feedback and collaboratively ideate potential solutions to educational challenges.

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”

Meaningful engagement with course readings

This pattern is concerned with meaningfully engaging students with course readings. Gradual and active engagement with reading materials is used to spark student curiosity and target those students who typically have limited, if any, interest in academic texts. This pattern interweaves reading tasks as integral activities in the wider course design.

Our Place Live – Research Connections

Research Connections is part of the Business School’s globally innovative program, Leading in a Post-Crisis World, designed to inspire and develop the future leaders of a post-crisis society. Research Connections was launched in February 2020 as a joint initiative from the University of Sydney Business School’s Student Life and Education portfolios in order to showcase innovative research to ourContinue reading “Our Place Live – Research Connections”

A Learning & Teaching Transformation Project

Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) is a Business School strategic priority that aims to transform the teaching and learning experience in our large cohort units. The project is led by Associate Professor Peter Bryant and his recent blog post series introduces his philosophical reasoning and the complex ecosystem underpinning the project’s design. The Business Co-designContinue reading “A Learning & Teaching Transformation Project”

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”

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