Deakin Does ASCILITE with Jo Elliot and Darci Taylor


FEB, 2019

Event Recap
Teaching & Learning

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 ASCILITE Conference in Singapore.

Our ‘Degree Design Thinking’ framework, which brings together learning design, service design, team design and portfolio design, was showcased by Chie Adachi (Deakin Learning Futures (DLF)) and co-author Marcus O’Donnell. Chie illustrated how this framework can help us develop engaging and inclusive online curriculum that facilitates connections and a sense of belonging in students, using the Graduate Certificate of Digital Learning Leadership (FutureLearn) as an example.

Darci Taylor shared how digital stories, developed with DLF colleagues Tim Crawford and Peter Lane, and Virginia Hagger and Cath McNamara from the Faculty of Health, formed the backbone for the curriculum design in the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education (FutureLearn) that fostered student learning and engagement and helped nursing students develop empathy with future clients.

Some of you will be familiar with CloudFirst 101, an online resource designed to help staff develop their skills in online learning design. Jo Elliott (DLF) and Darci (in her second appearance!) shared their approach and process for developing this resource, placing teachers in the position of learners and modelling CloudFirst Learning Design – walking the walk, as well as talking the talk. Excitingly, Jo and Darci received ASCILITE’s Best Concise Paper award for this paper.

This continued Deakin’s run of ASCILITE awards, with the 2018 Innovation Award team from the Faculty of Business and Law and the Library presenting their Professional Literacy modules. Team members Simone Tyrell (Library), Leanne Ngo (Faculty of Business and Law (B&L)) and Michael Volkov (formerly B&L, now at Macquarie Uni) shared how they developed and scaffolded these modules across the curriculum to build students’ professional and digital literacy. Approximately 15,000 students have completed these module so far, with a postgraduate version now in development!

Puva Arumugam (B&L), with colleagues Nona Press and Kevin Ashford Rowe from QUT, discussed how universities define digital literacy and how this impacts teaching practice, and how universities might clearly articulate their vision for developing digital literacy.  Puva also shared her experience of participating in ASCILITE’s Community Mentoring Program which pairs researchers new to teaching and learning research with more experienced mentors to build their skills and confidence in conducting teaching and learning research.

 And the Deakin representation didn’t stop there! In the poster sessions, Jaclyn Broadbent and Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz (Faculty of Health), with former CRADLE researcher Ernesto Panadero, shared how learning diary apps and online training influence students’ self-regulated learning; and CRADLE PhD student Chad Gladovic shared how we can use technology to enhance feedback. Harsh Suri from the Business and Law DLF Pod was part of a team who launched a Business Education Special Interest Group to share and advance best-practice teaching and learning in Business disciplines. 

Check out the conference proceedings or reach out to your colleagues to find out more. Want to share your own innovative practice or teaching and learning research? Why not submit a paper for ASCILITE 2020 at UNE in Armidale!

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