Self-Determination in Education

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What can education learn from one of the most important principles in Social Work practice: the principle of Self-Determination? Let me share a story with you and we’ll start to formulate an answer.   Over five years ago, I had the challenging and rewarding experience of completing field placement in a Aged Care Psychiatric Assessment Team, as part of my …

Enhancements to Blackboard

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Just sharing with you all that on the 2nd of December Blackboard will be upgraded.  Although the changes to take place are considered to be minor, these enhancements are very important as they aim at improving the staff and student experience in online learning and teaching.  These are as follow: Browser Support Blackboard 9.1 to support the Microsoft Edge Browser …

Upgrade to Turnitin

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Turnitin has recently released a product upgrade which will be available to RMIT University on the 3rd of December 2016.   This new upgrade called Turnitin Feedback Studio will replace the existing classic Turnitin.  Please note that you will still be able to switch between Turnitin Classic and Feedback Studio until August the 17th, 2017; after this date the classic …

Pen Enabled Technology and OneNote in Learning and Teaching

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The DSC Innovation Incubator would like to invite you to attend another great presentation!   Dr Sylvia Urban (Senior Lecturer in the School of Science at RMIT University) and Mr Travis Smith (Teacher Engagement Manager at Microsoft Australia) will be presenting on “Pen Enabled Technology in Learning and Teaching”.  They will share their knowledge and practice on the role of …

Create a Quiz with Google Forms

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We all know that Google Forms are an easy and handy way to design questionnaires and surveys; however, few people know that Google Forms can also be used to create a quiz with correct and incorrect answers for questions with multiple choices, checkboxes, or drop-down options.  For the purposes of this blog, I will assume that you already know how …

Learning Environments: Creating a positive user experience

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A few weeks ago, the Digital Learning Team published a blog post called “Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education” in where we discussed the importance of having a set of principles in mind that could guide the design or selection of a learning environment for higher education.  I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t …

Be Blackboard and Google Drive/Apps ready for semester 2

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting experience not only for students but for teachers as well; in particular for those who are teaching for the first time, are relatively new to teaching or simply are returning to teaching after a break.  Teachers often get asked: “Are you ready to go? and the answer to this is …

Disruption in Innovation

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Some of you would have read my previous blog,  Reflecting upon the concept of Innovation, in which I shared some of my thoughts about the origin and definition of the term.  This time, however, I would like to turn my attention to another concept of similar importance, one that is becoming a “must have” ingredient in the recipe for innovation …

Reflecting upon the concept of Innovation

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For the last couple of years, under the leadership of Howard Errey, the DSC Digital Learning Team has been running the Innovation Incubator.  The Innovation Incubator has been conceived as a space where academic staff across the college can come together to share, discuss and work on creative and innovative ideas.  This year, I have been given the opportunity to join Howard in the running of the Incubator, and so far I can say that it has been amazing to get to know the members, witness their enthusiasm and hear about their projects.