2021: Our Top Ten Blog Posts

2021, what a year! Lockdown was tough for higher education and we missed seeing our students. One bright spot has been the stories our colleagues have shared with us. Here’s a fond look back at our top ten blog posts since we launched this blog in April 2021. # 10 Python in Education Coding inContinue reading “2021: Our Top Ten Blog Posts”

How to Make Offshore Students Onshore?

Studying during Covid-19 has proven to be very difficult for staff and students at the University of Sydney Business School. The lock down of the university and the sudden change to online learning mode created lots of stress. In particular, offshore students who are commencing international students and who are not able to come toContinue reading “How to Make Offshore Students Onshore?”

Connecting with industry made easy

Why is it so important to engage with industry partners?To provide authentic high-impact learning and engagement opportunities for our students and academics. As our students have reflected in their feedback, work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences are “invaluable” and “significantly worthwhile in preparing for employability.” In addition to the students learning to apply their developing knowledge and skills,Continue reading “Connecting with industry made easy”

Co-Designing Learning for Complexity

It is challenging for students to understand the complexity of the real world while sitting in the classroom. Without direct access to the business context, students’ ability to successfully apply theoretical concepts in their future workplace is limited. In response to this challenge and calls for embracing complexity in higher education, we designed a learningContinue reading “Co-Designing Learning for Complexity”

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”