How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … Read More

Talking the Walk: Innovating in footwear, Step 2

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In an attempt to address this plaintive refrain and reduce the number of times Andrew needs to repeat standard demonstrations, basic machine and technique procedures have been filmed and edited into sequences of short videos, assembled into playlists in YouTube and linked to the relevant machine or tool by QR code. The hope is that this will help streamline the … Read More

User Experience Design

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Some UX Design methods can be helpful in some situations in education, such as when a team of teachers and people supporting them need a shared understanding to coordinate their efforts. Can the library use UX Design with Subject Guides? I’m involved in a project with the library, to look at their Subject Guides. Part of that project is to use … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

And I’ll take the Low Road: Innovative Online and Maker Space Design

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I am curious that a number of architecture books have been very influential in online design. These include the classic A Pattern Language and more recently Dan Hill’s Dark Matter and Trojan Horses. Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn is one such book. This fortunately became a BBC television series, curiously the first ever digital television show, with a quaint analogue … Read More

“I Want Some Digital Literacy”

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Digital literacy is like the green Volkswagen in the Steve McQueen chase scene from Bullitt. We don’t see it yet it is always there. Nobody comes along to university or our support services saying “I want some digital literacy”. Yet we always have to have it as part of our teaching and learning considerations. As part of the Learning and … Read More

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 … Read More

Making use of the National VET Repository

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Last year I made some preliminary investigating how we might make better use of resources available in the National VET Repository. This is a repository of learning objects and toolboxes that have been built over many years to support specific industry vocational demands across Australia. As a lot of vocational content within the national training system requires relative uniformity in … Read More

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 … Read More