Transitioning teaching online – Using Video Assessment

Transitioning our teaching online means we need to get creative about how we assess our students’ learning. Luckily there are some great alternatives to in-class tests and exams. A key challenge for many people is ensuring academic integrity while moving assessments online. Following on from CRADLE’s Ensuring academic integrity and assessment security with redesigned online delivery – Digital Assessments guide, we have put together some suggestions on using video assessments.

Transitioning Teaching Online – Supporting Virtual Teams

As we progress through our transition online many of you may need to facilitate team work virtually. Virtual teamwork can be a positive experience for students, yet it comes with unique challenges. You play a key role in supporting students to recognise these challenges, devise solutions and see the benefits of working collaboratively online. To help you do this, we have created the Top 10 practical strategies you can implement in your unit to support students to develop the online teamwork skills that are so important in this current time.

Building resilience in times of challenge – support for staff and students

In these challenging times, where we are all navigating daily uncertainty and change, supporting ourselves, our students and our colleagues becomes an important priority. You may find the following sites helpful for yourself or to share with students and colleagues.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic staff at Deakin may need to transition their teaching practice online. For daily updates, resources and workshops please visit the Transitioning Teaching Online website.

Inclusive teaching tips: Supporting students transitioning online

Inclusive teaching tips: Supporting students transitioning online

While we continue to transition our students online during this period of change we can’t assume the transition will be equally smooth for all. Planning can help you support students who may have health concerns, financial difficulties and less than ideal study conditions at home. Some will have been feeling anxious about whether they belonged at university and around one-quarter will have some kind of underlying mental health condition that may be exacerbated right now.

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Practical strategies for online teaching – What teachers need now!

Practical strategies for online teaching – What teachers need now!

With things moving at such a frantic pace, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin as our on-campus teaching moves online next week. We have developed the following checklist of practical strategies that you can implement immediately to prepare students for success and guide their learning over the short term as you become more comfortable teaching online. The checklist has been aligned to Deakin’s CloudFirst Learning Design Principles, but specifically provides practical strategies for teaching online in the given COVID-19 context where temporary remote delivery of on-campus teaching is required at short notice.

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Transforming Digital Learning short online course – Free upgrade

Transforming Digital Learning short online course – Free upgrade

Deakin’s free two-week course on Transforming Digital Learning is now open for six months with a free digital upgrade on FutureLearn to support anyone who wants to acquire a range of practical strategies in transitioning to online learning. This course is particularly relevant for those ‘pivoting’ their practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging and changing the landscape of digital learning.

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Transitioning Teaching Online – How to support students

Transitioning Teaching Online – How to support students

We’re working hard to ensure that all Deakin students have access to the resources and information they need to transition to online study. We’ve created the transitioning to online study resource on the Deakin Life blog which includes a short series of articles about how to successfully study online. Students will also find more information about how they can access essential support services from home if required. Here are some of the ways students can access support from home.

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Inclusive Education the CloudFirst Way

Inclusive Education the CloudFirst Way

Inclusivity is at the heart of Deakin’s values: we embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. Creating inclusive learning experiences for students is key, and the best way to achieve this is to consider inclusivity from the beginning of the design phase. CloudFirst Learning Design offers one way to design for inclusivity.

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Making micro-credentials work – for learners, employers and providers

Making micro-credentials work – for learners, employers and providers

This report was written by Emeritus Professor, Beverley Oliver, our former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education to address the ever-growing interest in micro-credentials.
In the digital economy where ongoing upskilling is required for the future of work, micro-credentials and other forms of non-formal learning are rapidly emerging and making the landscape ever more complex, for learners, employers and providers.

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The Asia Pacific FutureLearn Academic Network

The Asia Pacific FutureLearn Academic Network

The inaugural Asia Pacific FutureLearn academic network (FLAN) was a great success with over 30 people attending, in person and virtually, from both Australian and Japanese Universities. With an insightful mix of presentations and panels, the event concluded with a shared live streamed session with the EuropeFLAN, with Professor Mike Sharples discussing practical pedagogy.

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Transitioning Teaching Online – How to support students

Transitioning Teaching Online – How to support students

We’re working hard to ensure that all Deakin students have access to the resources and information they need to transition to online study. We’ve created the transitioning to online study resource on the Deakin Life blog which includes a short series of articles about how to successfully study online. Students will also find more information about how they can access essential support services from home if required. Here are some of the ways students can access support from home.

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Transitioning Teaching Online – Teaching Tips

Transitioning Teaching Online – Teaching Tips

At Deakin, most of our units have at least some online component, even if it’s just hosting some of your learning materials in the LMS. However, to keep our community safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, we need to move more of our teaching online. We understand that this can seem overwhelming if you haven’t done much (or any) online teaching before, but we are here to help.

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Open Education with CRADLE & Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Open Education with CRADLE & Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

On March 13, we will be honoured to have Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani talking to us from Canada to share some of his research and practices with open textbooks. Rajiv is the Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His research and practice focuses on open education, student-centered pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Rajiv has co-authored three open textbooks in Psychology and led text-book ‘sprints’ to rapidly author new open textbook content including quiz-banks and supplementary resources.

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DLF Lunchtime Series – Kicking off a new trimester with CloudFirst Learning Design

DLF Lunchtime Series – Kicking off a new trimester with CloudFirst Learning Design

The start of a new trimester can be a stressful time for our students. There’s lots to think about, especially for new students – how to use our systems and platforms, where to find learning materials and support resources, what to expect in class. Even continuing students can feel overwhelmed sometimes – what is this trimester going to look like, how do I study this unit, how does it link to what I’ve already studied (and what I want to do when I graduate)? Luckily, there is lots we can do to ease some of these concerns – good learning design can help!

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Congratulations to Deakin’s 2019 AAUT Award Winners

Congratulations to Deakin’s 2019 AAUT Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Deakin Academics recognised for their teaching and program excellence at the 2019 Australian Awards for University Teaching! Deakin was awarded one Award for Program Excellence and three Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

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How do students feel about their teachers and feedback?

How do students feel about their teachers and feedback?

In a survey of students on campus, several undergraduates shared their experiences at Deakin. Among some challenging experiences with tutors, students generally felt that most of their teachers genuinely cared about their progression and wellbeing. One stated the “majority of teachers…really care”, especially when they get to know students “on a personal level”. These students not only appreciated this personal approach, but also expressed a desire to connect with their teachers as they felt supported and valued, and this pushed them to do better.

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What is digital learning innovation at Deakin? A framework for the Future

What is digital learning innovation at Deakin? A framework for the Future

On the 10th of December 2019, divisional representatives from across the university met to workshop a new framework to define digital learning innovation at Deakin and to capture the collective perspective of this diverse cohort. The event also marked the launch of new resources, for the current Digital Learning Environments (DLE3 – i.e. Self & Peer Assessment, Portfolio, and Collaboration) tools that are in the process of development and integration. The event was facilitated by Deakin Learning Futures’ Digital Learning Innovations team alongside workshop facilitator Mike Stevenson.

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Good Practice in Academic Development – Transforming Digital Learning

Good Practice in Academic Development – Transforming Digital Learning

On the 6th of November the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT) hosted the Australasian Advancing Academic Development good practice awards. The event brought together the finalists at the Queensland University of Technology to showcase and celebrate the work of teaching teams across the country. Deakin University was represented by Director of Digital Learning, Chie Adachi, who detailed the collaborative work of the teaching team who created and taught the Transforming Digital Learning MOOC.

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