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 …

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 …

Blackboard drop ins

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions at Bundoora

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You might remember my blog on Developing Skills for Blackboard published early in the year.  Since our initial meeting with Josephine Ng, lots has happened in this project and amazing progress has been made. So far, Cathy and I have had the great pleasure of travelling twice to the quiet and lovely Bundoora campus this year to conduct drop-in sessions …

Lectures as Animated Videos?

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There are other ways to share essential knowledge and skills with students that do not involve a lecture capture, a podcast or a talking head recording

Learning analytics

Improving the Student Experience through Learning Analytics

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We have begun our 2016 learning analytics projects, or rather learner analytics as this project is more focused on the student experience, with a recent kick off workshop. ‘Improving the Student Experience through Learning Analytics’ will use analytics to promote self reflection and self efficacy and the student experience, enabling students to learn in a more efficient and effective manner.

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The FutureLearn is Already Here?

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FutureLearn has arrived at RMIT. Two subject areas, one in the School of Media and Communications and one in Global Urban and Social Studies, have been selected for the first two MOOCs. The first is appropriately, Design Futures with Jeremy Yuille and Marius Foley, which evokes and includes as part of the design learning, the William Gibson quote: “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”.

chat is where it's at

Chat is where it’s at

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I recently went travelling to a wonderful and remote part of Indonesia called Ternate. As outsiders we were a relative novelty and over a week said yes to hundreds of selfie requests from the locals. I went to see if this hunger for connection was also the case online, especially as the Indonesians are known to be big Twitter users. …