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”

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”

One studio fits all: a Q&A with educational media innovators

Self-recording studios come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as simple as setting up a webcam in your bedroom or sophisticated as soundproofing an entire floor, depending on your budget and needs. But where can you find a private space that lets you record videos without compromising on either quality or convenience? EnterContinue reading “One studio fits all: a Q&A with educational media innovators”

Transforming the online learning experience

At Business Co-Design (BCD), academics, educational developers, learning technologists and learning designers work together to create engaging online learning experiences. As a digital learning designer, I evaluate the content of digital courses and advise academics on possible ways to transform the learning content into interactive online activities. Academics play their part as Subject Matter ExpertsContinue reading “Transforming the online learning experience”

Interactive videos help students with selecting the right unit

Have you ever wanted your students to be able to better judge at the start of a semester if this is the right unit for them? At the University of Sydney Business School we’ve been experimenting with using interactive videos to give students an indicative preview of their units either before they enrol or inContinue reading “Interactive videos help students with selecting the right unit”

Making media more accessible

Educators are already time-poor. Making multimedia content on top of preparing lectures and marking assignments can feel not only burdensome but alien (Britton, et al., 2020; Cerimagic, 2021) Thankfully, new technologies are making the media production process more accessible, cheaper, and faster. Nowadays, almost anyone can record a video using a smartphone or create aContinue reading “Making media more accessible”

Evaluation in Practice: How Do We Know What Works?

In last week’s blog post, Elaine Huber outlined research on evaluation which prompted us to respond to her questions about how evaluation is conducted in practice and what we have learnt from the process. At Business Co-Design (BCD), we have developed an evaluation framework to determine the success of educational developments, especially those being madeContinue reading “Evaluation in Practice: How Do We Know What Works?”

DIY Kits: Media Making Made Easy

The DIY kits are media making tools, designed by the Business Co-Design (BCD) media team to empower staff to create their own video and audio content (Britton, et al., 2020). Each DIY kit has been built to serve a specific purpose, from talking head videos, to pen-cast recordings. User experience is front of mind inContinue reading “DIY Kits: Media Making Made Easy”