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Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education

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This presentation was given at the RMIT University Learning and Teaching Conference 2016 held on the 24th and 25th of October in Melbourne. The presentation describes some of the key concepts involved in designing and creating a next generation digital learning environment. Once you start the video you can navigate the interactive transcript below to skip to the parts that …

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 …

Talking the walk: innovating in footwear. Step 1

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“We want to have more contact with industry”. “We don’t know where we go from here”, “We don’t have enough skill to go out on our own, we wish the program was longer” “We wish graduates had more business skills”. You may or may not be familiar with these or similar comments from your students and industry partners. They most …

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 …

Brownie and a cub compare badges. Photo by Paul Hourigan on Wikimedia Commons

Badges: identify talent and brand by association

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Here’s the summary of our longer paper. Please see the full paper (linked and embedded below) for references and discussion supporting this summary: In 2015 we used RMIT University’s Graduate Futures Careers Fund to pilot badges as a possible way to improve the employment prospects of graduates from the Advertising Degree. Through iterative action research we developed, tested and reviewed: …

From left: Leigh Blackall, Alex Lum, Cathy Leahy, Zainaindira Nehme and Jane McGlashan

The hackathon: Commons to Wikidata to Open Street Maps

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We held a hackathon at the Learning and Teaching Conference this year, here’s what we made: A map of public art within 500m of the RMIT Campus After photographing instances of public art around the RMIT Melbourne City campus, uploading them to Wikimedia Commons and creating entries for each instance of public art on Wikidata, we then used Query to …

Drones at RMIT Event

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The federal government has recently passed legislation allowing drones under 2kg to be flown without user certification. This has opened the market to innovations from companies competing for consumer interest, including Go-Pro enthusiasts. With the push for STEM education drones will become commonplace in schools alongside makers spaces and virtual reality. The drone companies are already stepping into the education …

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Music in videos: My top 4 sites to find music

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Music always makes a video/animation that little bit better, not all kinds of videos will need music, it all depends on the video. In our team we try to use creative commons content as much as possible, but it all depends on the project and output of the video. If you want to add music to your video/animation project you’ll …

Makerspaces, 3d printing and collaborative learning events

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Following on from our tours of the Library at the Dock, and RMIT’s AMP Centre discussed in this post, we visited, along with a small group of Education staff, the RMIT FabShop (short for Fabrication Workshop) at the Brunswick Campus. For those of you who haven’t heard of Fabrication Workshops before, otherwise known as Maker Labs or Maker Spaces, they …

YouTube at the School of Fashion and Textiles: Teaching YouTube to Teach

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Here’s an audio recording of a discussion about this project at the RMIT Learning and Teaching Conference for 2016. We’ve been working with teachers and students in the School of Fashion and Textiles, trying to get the most out of Youtube and other social media. This work stems from the Fashion Youtube project. We’ve shown teachers and students how to: set up and …