Gone But Not Forgotten: Helping Programs Engage Recent (and soon-to-be) Graduates

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As the DSC Innovation (Every Graduate Ready) team, Yannick Thoraval and I recently spent time with a number of DSC programs learning about their connection with graduates and former students, and developing activities to enhance these relationships. Programs greatly value their graduates. They are keen to support these students in their transition to employment but also see strong benefits flowing … Read More

Double the Learning

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Researchers at John Hopkins University have found that if you slightly vary the learning activity each time, then learning can be improved. To quote Science Alert from a post on 30 November 2017: The researchers figured this out by getting 86 volunteers to learn to a new skill – moving a cursor on a computer screen by squeezing a small … Read More

Incite/Insight Forum

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Last year, DSC launched “Incite/Insight”, a learning and teaching forum for disseminating good practice, enabling scholarly conversation and sparking ideas.The forum has continued this year, targeting VE and HE teaching staff and focuses on inspiring teaching. On October 18th 2017 over 30 staff came to discuss what online engagement means in their teaching contexts. Offering insights into their practice, the discussion … Read More

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 … Read More

RMIT Vietnam Hackathon

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A number of us have been discussing how we might set up a data hackathon at RMIT Melbourne. It was great to find out that RMIT Vietnam is planning a hackathon with Facebook  on 30 – 31 July. They are keen to have more students take part and are extending the invitation more widely. Attendance in Ho Chi Minh is … Read More

Why University Learning Management Systems are the temporary classrooms of today

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A portable classroom

Be warned, I’m about to torture an analogy. You might want to look away if you’re squeamish. Growing up in Yorkshire in the 70s and 80s I went to a local high school along with 1800 other kids. To cope with the numbers the local education authority had installed some ‘temporary’ classrooms. They were used long before my  7 years at that … Read More

Online learning is nowhere near here, but is everywhere else instead

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Recently the DSC Academic Development Group asked the digital learning team to present examples and discussion points on successful online learning. Mark Smithers, Andrea McLagan and Leigh Blackall contributed. Their presentations were recorded on screen and with a room area microphone. This is Leigh’s contribution – links to Andrea and Mark’s presentations forthcoming. Video Here is the video of Leigh’s contribution … Read More

Post #COILCON Reflections

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It was terrific to travel to New York recently to attend the Centre for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Conference. It provided great insights to both the international COIL Network and American public universities, especially the State University of New York (SUNY) who established and run COIL, and the City University of New York (CUNY) who physically hosted the event … Read More

Be Inspired by Technology

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Technology is wonderful; but we already know that. What is truly amazing is the human brain, after all is humans who are able to design and build the incredible and wonderful technology some of us have the privilege to access and consume.  But there is however, another amazing aspect to technology, and this involves sharing it with hundreds of children … Read More

Exploring the making of a MOOC

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RMIT recently launched a new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) partnership (as my colleague Howard previously wrote about on this blog). Academic staff within DSC are now developing two MOOCs for  FutureLearn, the UK-based platform launched by Open Universities in 2013, and I am very fortunate to be the educational developer on these two projects. MOOCs are a sort of celebrity in … Read More