Accessing accessibility

The word ‘accessibility’ comes up all the time in education. But do we understand how to successfully integrate accessibility into the courses we are building and delivering, especially with more and more teaching online? I sat down with Associate Professor Jennifer Smith- Merry, Director of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the UniversityContinue reading “Accessing accessibility”

One to many: a new paradigm for student feedback and engagement

The University of Sydney Business School is piloting a new system for delivering media-rich feedback to students with the aim of enhancing engagement and personalisation. A custom process has been developed that allows educators to create stratified video feedback quickly and at scale. Augmenting one of the text-based feedback systems currently used in the School withContinue reading “One to many: a new paradigm for student feedback and engagement”

Design patterns are here!

We recently announced an initiative to develop and share design patterns to support quality learning and teaching at scale. The patterns are part of the Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) project. We’re delighted to announce our first batch of design patterns are here! Design patterns make hidden knowledge explicit and shareable. They are a toolContinue reading “Design patterns are here!”

Avatars, digital humans and the new ‘faces’ of educational media

As facial recognition technologies, animation and 3D modelling software become more powerful and commonplace, we’re seeing breakthroughs in how—and who—presents media to camera. Developments in 2D and 3D avatars, dubbed ‘digital humans’ at the photoreal end of the spectrum, create possibilities to re-think the presenter when it comes to delivering educational videos. Academics supported byContinue reading “Avatars, digital humans and the new ‘faces’ of educational media”

Virtual work-integrated learning: opportunities in a time of crisis

Ensuring that students have the opportunity to undertake authentic learning experiences with real-world organisations is an important function for those of us working in higher education. However, doing this at scale is challenging. It can be even more challenging when the capacity of our industry partners to take on students is reduced by a globalContinue reading “Virtual work-integrated learning: opportunities in a time of crisis”

Virtual Agile Processes: a ‘business not as usual’ approach for group projects at scale

During Covid’s summer break at the end of 2020, the great educational buzz was about how to create a sense of community among our online learners and how to better engage and facilitate learning using virtual tools. Moreover, consistent with the Business School’s recent approach to pedagogical developments, solutions to these problems should be ‘atContinue reading “Virtual Agile Processes: a ‘business not as usual’ approach for group projects at scale”

Talk amongst yourselves: critical thinking in group discussions

Meditation exercises often use the idea of a ‘happy place’ as a tool for reflection. My professional happy place: a group discussion among my students that ‘hums’. Students are engaged, challenging each other, using examples and having fun while they do it. Adversely, for many educators a stalled group discussion is a nightmare. No matterContinue reading “Talk amongst yourselves: critical thinking in group discussions”

An ecosystem approach to immersed business education

Pre-Covid-19, I coordinated some of the China immersion units at the Business School. I created immersed learning experiences by providing students with real and authentic encounters in physical places. This involved carefully planning how classes would be structured, how projects should be completed, and when and where company meetings would be scheduled. Students immersed themselvesContinue reading “An ecosystem approach to immersed business education”

Making the most of the spaces we have: Design principles for successful hybrid and hyflex learning

Hybrid and hyflex learning are lasting legacies of our years of pandemic education. For educators at scale, with cohorts spread across the world by closed borders, these modes of delivery are a necessary response to ensure a safe return to campus and the ongoing online education of vulnerable and offshore students. Hyflex learning in particularContinue reading “Making the most of the spaces we have: Design principles for successful hybrid and hyflex learning”

5 things accounting students should know before they graduate

When I went to university (in Germany, and many years ago) I thought getting a job would be a given. I would leave job fairs with goodie bags filled with branded pens, stress balls and all types of candy. It shouldn’t be so hard to get a job, right?! Now almost 20 years later, IContinue reading “5 things accounting students should know before they graduate”