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Chaos and calm in the lecture theatre: Transforming the lecture by creating and sustaining interactivity at scale part 1

The use of lectures has been a long debated practice in the design of teaching and learning in higher education, despite its relatively ubiquitous status as the at-scale pedagogy de rigueur for most institutions (see Webster, 2015; Gibbs, 1982; and Nordmann et al., 2021 for some examples). Successive waves of trendy and often transient pedagogical…

Reimagining First Year Accounting with a Practical Connection

How can we connect with students who have little business experience and ensure they develop the necessary skills to become capable professionals? As business academics and practitioners, we grapple with this issue every semester. At the end of 2022, we presented our story of making practical connections with students at the ASCILITE Conference. The Practitioner…

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Some of you might remember the phrase from Cabaret – ‘In any and every language, Welcome!’ If the pandemic taught us anything, it was the value of seeing and hearing from our students rather than talking to blank screens. You may have tried inviting (or even pleading with) students to turn on their cameras. But…

Developing Online Teaching in Higher Education – Book Review

Supporting educators to develop skills in online teaching, to use a planning term, is a wicked problem. Academics and educational developers alike know that the solution is not to put on a generic workshop and hope for the best. Newly released Developing Online Teaching in Higher Education (Forbes & Walker, 2022) gathers together tested ideas…

We need to talk about ChatGPT

AI and ChatGPT – a turning point in education? Now we have tools for education that once were the stuff of science fiction stories.

Together again – ASCILITE 2022

The audience reacted immediately, a huge collective gasp of horror. What could have provoked such a visceral response? This is what the presenter said: So I asked the academic what the problem was with mapping the assessment to the learning outcomes. And the academic replied, “Oh, I really only see learning outcomes as advisory…” The…

An integrated approach to complex learning through partnership pedagogy and leadership in action

Employability is a key priority for the University of Sydney Business School, and the university more broadly. This is highlighted by the university receiving consistently high rankings, 1st in Australia and 4th in the world recently. Our students are expected to engage in a developmental process resulting in new and more complex ways of thinking…

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 do…

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 together…

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