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”

Not another survey! 5 tips for drawing students to your survey

“Not another survey!” We all live in a survey world and so do students. I can empathise with how students feel. As a recent graduate myself, I recall receiving emails from several institutions and departments wanting my opinion about different things. Heck, I can’t even listen to my favourite tunes by Rita Ora or EDMContinue reading “Not another survey! 5 tips for drawing students to your survey”

Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale

Now more than ever, we need to find ways to keep students connected – connected to each other, their teachers, industry and society. The move to online and remote teaching in recent times has highlighted just how important this is. And the challenge increases when we add scale to the mix! How can these connectionsContinue reading “Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale”

Play to learn: interactive experiences in education

One perennial question that educators ask themselves is ‘what is the best way to engage my students’? Increasingly, students are expected to be active participants rather than passive consumers of content. The switch to remote online learning has further exacerbated the need for educators to find more innovative ways of presenting their material. Face toContinue reading “Play to learn: interactive experiences in education”

Python + Ed: code for collaborative learning 

The University of Sydney offers a collaborative educational experience between students and lecturers by integrating innovative technologies into the teaching toolkit. The application of Python, a computer programming language, alongside Ed, a digital learning platform, offers the opportunity to enhance the learning experience by improving student engagement. The increased uptake of coding within the UniversityContinue reading “Python + Ed: code for collaborative learning “

3 lessons in creating sustainable learning design

The recent move to online and remote teaching due to COVID-19 has increased our reliance on effective online tools. But which ones should we choose? How many? And how sustainable are they? As digital learning designers we want to help create an engaging experience for students. We work with education developers, media specialists and contentContinue reading “3 lessons in creating sustainable learning design”

R U OK? The impact of emotional labour on teachers

Managing emotional labour is challenging due to the complexity of antecedents and moderating variables. However, several strategies can be undertaken to help teachers mitigate the negative consequences of emotional labour (Weaver, Allen, & Byrney, 2019; Yin, Huang, & Chen, 2019; Yin, Huang, & Lee, 2017)