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.

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.

Deakin Does ASCILITE with Jo Elliot and Darci Taylor

Deakin continued its leadership in digital learning with a number of staff recently sharing their innovative practice with colleagues from around the world at the 2019 ASCILITE Conference in Singapore.

Teaching Students on Global Environmental Placements with Raylene Cooke and John White

Teaching Students on Global Environmental Placements with Raylene Cooke and John White

Raylene and John are award-winning academics involved in structuring premium, highly-immersive located learning experiences in the workplace, wilderness and around the world. Their international offerings in the Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) are part of a greater scaffolded journey for students – taking them from theory, to practice and preparing them for employment.

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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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DLF Lunchtime Series #7 – How to build learner autonomy through branching narratives

DLF Lunchtime Series #7 – How to build learner autonomy through branching narratives

Danielle Teychenné presented a step by step approach to building branching narratives for teaching and learning at our latest DLF Lunchtime Series. With new generations of school leavers entering university, storytelling is important to Gen Z. They care about seamless experiences and ongoing relationships — not transactions. In our digital age, these narratives can provide a fun and enjoyable learning experience for students in which they are actively engaged.

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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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DLF Lunchtime Series #7 – How to build learner autonomy through branching narratives

DLF Lunchtime Series #7 – How to build learner autonomy through branching narratives

Danielle Teychenné presented a step by step approach to building branching narratives for teaching and learning at our latest DLF Lunchtime Series. With new generations of school leavers entering university, storytelling is important to Gen Z. They care about seamless experiences and ongoing relationships — not transactions. In our digital age, these narratives can provide a fun and enjoyable learning experience for students in which they are actively engaged.

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DLF Lunchtime Series #6 – WIL at the Course Level

DLF Lunchtime Series #6 – WIL at the Course Level

How can course directors and curriculum developers plan work-integrated learning strategically across the length of a degree? In this presentation, Friederika and Lisa focussed on an authentic assessment framework that can guide the implementation of WIL at a course level.

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The Architecture of Resilience Studio – with Akari Nakai Kidd and Daniel Gibbs

The Architecture of Resilience Studio – with Akari Nakai Kidd and Daniel Gibbs

Akari Nakai Kidd and Daniel Gibbs recently won a SEBE Teaching and Learning Award Citation for their effective team teaching approach and critical practice. The Architecture of Resilience Studio engages students to critically and responsibly address global scale built environment issues, and to reassess the roles and responsibilities of architects in continually evolving, diverse and ecologically fragile environments.

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WIL at the FreelanicingHUB with Jamie Mustard

WIL at the FreelanicingHUB with Jamie Mustard

The freelancing hub is a DeakinTALENT initiative designed to simulate real-world start-up environments. Students are brought together from different disciplines to generate new campaigns, ideas and strategies for a number of real-world clients who they regularly meet with and present findings to. In addition to the many typical skills students walk away with from their term at the freelance hub is the work experience associated with this consultancy styled professional context.

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Inclusive Education Series: Teaching LGBTIQ+ students

Inclusive Education Series: Teaching LGBTIQ+ students

The latest addition to the ICCB website is a rich set of resources to support Teaching LGBTIQ+ students. Conservative estimates from recent Australian research suggests that at least 11% of Australians may be of diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender identity, with higher rates in younger age groups. This means a significant number of LGBTIQ+ students may be enrolled at Deakin. It is therefore important for staff to be aware of the challenges facing these students and what you can do to be more inclusive.

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Student Voice Series – Learning at Deakin University with Ella Longstaff

Student Voice Series – Learning at Deakin University with Ella Longstaff

How do students feel about their learning experience at Deakin University? I’m Ella, a third-year communications student currently working as a communications support officer and student partner intern in Deakin Learning Futures. I went out and interviewed students on campus to hear about their experiences whilst studying here and how they feel about their learning at Deakin.

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DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

Over 40 of Deakin’s HEA Fellows enjoyed afternoon tea with Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, and Professor Liz Johnson, DVC Education on 12 September. The Vice-Chancellor spoke about the importance of having an academic community and he recognised the Fellows for being leaders of excellence in teaching and learning. The event was a great chance for networking and sharing ideas…

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DVCE Events – Forum: Making Micro-credentials Work

DVCE Events – Forum: Making Micro-credentials Work

On 3 September, Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education hosted a forum to launch the report ‘Making micro-credentials work for learners, employers and providers’. Over 80 people representing the three sectors, and more, attended. Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver, former Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, and author of the report set the scene and recommended immediate next steps to make micro-credentials work.

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The Intercultural Dialogue through Design (IDiDe) project with Susan Ang

The Intercultural Dialogue through Design (IDiDe) project with Susan Ang

The Intercultural Dialogue through Design global engagement program, launched in 2010 (iDiDe, pronounced “i-dee-dee”) is Susan Ang’s decade long effort to provide students with immersive and authentic learning experiences by way of study tours and transcultural collaborations. The program is an extension of her desire to provide life-changing experiences to students and the under-privileged international communities she and her partners collaborate with.

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Student Voice Series #02 with Rahul Masakorala

Student Voice Series #02 with Rahul Masakorala

Recently the DLE3 Project has welcomed a student partner as part of a DLF internship program to help investigate, analyse, trial and evaluate educational technologies across project streams. Rahul, as a new addition to our team, reflects on his time with us at DLF.

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