What is the role of the learning designer in higher education?

What is the role of the learning designer in higher education?

What is the role of the learning designer in higher education? 

15

DECEMBER, 2021

Teaching & Learning
Digital Innovation
Learning Design

When you look within Deakin’s organisational charts, you’ll see a range of roles with the learning designer title. Do they all do the same work? And is it different if the learning designer is in an academic role or a professional one? The Deakin Learning Futures Lunchtime Series sought to illuminate the contemporary roles of the learning designer within Deakin in their October event: Re-imagined: what is the role of the learning designer? 

Guest presenters Dr Sharon Pittaway, Dr Puva Arumugam and Dr Mahen Jayawardena spoke of their particular university pathways and current work to demonstrate that learning designers carry out varied roles within Deakin (and across the university sector), and are likely to be doing very diverse work.  

At a time when higher education is in a state of high disruption, the presenters spoke of the critical work of learning designers in digital learning spaces. They suggested it is time to illuminate the contemporary roles of the learning designer within Deakin. This may lead to a clearer understanding of what a learning designer is and,  does and help support current and future learning designers. 

The presentation provoked thoughtful discussion, including how we can help people become learning designers, and the question of formal qualification pathways for would-be learning designers. The presentation was insightful and timely, shining light on both the uncertainties and opportunities of the learning designer role in higher education. 

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra no longer available for teaching

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra no longer available for teaching

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra no longer available for teaching 

15

DECEMBER, 2021

Digital Tools
Teaching and learning
Teacihng Online

In July 2021, we announced that Zoom is now Deakin’s recommended platform for online classes and seminars. In 2022, we will be decommissioning Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BbC Ultra). 

As BbC Ultra is no longer available for teaching, we have removed the BbC Ultra LTI (learning tool integration) link from new unit sites.  

What does this mean for me?

If you create content for unit sites, the removal of the BbC Ultra means that you will not be able to integrate BbC Ultra in unit sites for T1 2022 and beyond. It will not impact older unit sites (including those for T3 2021) which already use the integration. 

Deakin staff can learn more about Using Zoom for Learning and Teaching and browse other articles on the Training Resources SharePoint site. 

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Deakin’s digital teaching toolkit in 2021

Deakin’s digital teaching toolkit in 2021

Deakin’s digital teaching toolkit in 2021 

15

DECEMBER, 2021

Digital Innovation
Teaching and learning
Good Practice

Deakin teaching teams have a range of digital tools available for use including Padlet, Zoom, Mural and others. We take a look at some of these resources that have supported teaching and learning during online learning this year and have practical ongoing applications as we start to return to campus. If you’re not sure where to start, look at the Training resources site for an overview of software that can be used to support teaching and learning. 

Padlet

Padlet is an interactive board for sharing diverse types of multimedia resources such as images, video, audio, and text. It is an invaluable tool to support student collaboration and connection online as well as a useful teaching aid to share visual artefacts and encourage feedback. Follow the steps to secure your Padlet Enterprise License or transfer an existing license to the enterprise version. For more tips for using Padlet, visit Padlet for active learning or read more about how Padlet can support collaboration in online learning. 

Already have a license and you want to transfer your Padlet’s to the enterprise account?

No problem. Just follow the instructions outlined in the Padlet Enterprise License information and Padlet will organise this for you within 7 days of your request. 

Zoom

 Zoom is Deakin’s recommended platform for synchronous online classes and seminars. If you haven’t fully explored of the functionality available to support teaching via the Zoom platform, it’s worth taking the time to review the Zoom training resource. For example, live-captioning is one function that can increase accessibility and promote greater learning in classes. Access the article on live-captioning Zoom classes, to find out how it’s done and read more about the benefits to all students.  

Microsoft Teams

Students and teachers benefit from using digital tools that cultivate collaboration, connection and the creation of online learning communities. Microsoft Teams provides a collaborative and centralised hub for online teaching and learning, with features like virtual whiteboards, integrated meetings, chat, files and more. MS Teams is often spoken about in isolation, but it is part of a suite of applications that can be used to optimise digital learning. For example this year, Deakin trialled a Q&A bot that answers student queries in Microsoft Teams. New to Microsoft Teams and want to know how to get started? Look at the training resource article on using Microsoft Teams in Teaching and Learning.  

Looking for more digital tools to support your teaching?

Browse through the Training resources site for more tips on using digital tools for teaching and learning, including how to incorporate Mentimeter in teaching and learning or using MURAL for active learning. There is also so much more you can do with Microsoft Office suite – find out how to support student project work using Microsoft lists, or browse the articles on Microsoft 365, including collaborative learninginquiry-based learning and project-based learning for more inspiration! 

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Conference reflection – ASCILITE 2021: Back to the future

Conference reflection – ASCILITE 2021: Back to the future

ASCILITE 2021: Back to the future 

15

DECEMBER, 2021

Teaching and Learning
Professional Learning
Digital Innovation

The ASCILITE 2021: Back to the future conference was recently held at the University of New England with hybrid delivery featuring face-to-face and virtual presentations. Deakin had one of the largest delegations, with 17 registered attendees, many of whom presented their pioneering work. 

On the first day of the conference, Dr Shahed Kamal, Prof. Margaret Bearman, Dr Joanna Tai and Dr Brandi Fox shared the student perspective in ‘Exploring the social aspects of student collaboration in online learning’. The student-led study found that online collaboration is best supported by building social connections between students. This kind of connection is best fostered in face-to-face settings. A real challenge in the last few years. 

Day two saw several Deakin presentations, starting with Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre showcasing another student-led project, the ‘Deakin Launch Network: an employability network that improve engagement, graduate outcomes and wellbeing by connecting and leveraging the expertise of diverse students and alumni’ including a special screening of the new Career Stories video series. The videos, featuring students interviewing alumni, provide students with valuable insight into the world of work. 

At the same time, and also on the theme of employability, Dr Christine Contessotto, Dr Edwin Lim and Assoc. Prof. Harsh Suri shared their experiences of harnessing technologies such as online simulations and video interview platforms to create an innovative student experience in ‘Employability focused technology enhanced hybrid and online accounting capstone experience’. This unit seamlessly blends theory to practice, practice simulations, career education and case studies across an 11-week unit to provide a comprehensive capstone experience for final year students. 

On the final morning, Prof. Phillip Dawson cautioned that we should focus more on assessment validity than supervision in the panel discussion ‘Online proctored exams: the good, the bad, and the meh’. The final Deakin presentation for the conference came from Dr Jo Elliot and Dr Chie Adachi, who showcased their sustainable video resources and weekly, casual vlogs in ‘Creating presence, currency and connection in digital learning with video blogs’. Reminding us that we shouldn’t take a deficit approach to student engagement in the online space. 

An ASCILITE 2021 Innovation Award went to the team of Laura Tubino, Dr Julien Ugon, Dr Kerri Morgan, Dr Simon James and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Cain for their ‘Lifelong learning through mathematics’ projects. Congratulations also go to Dr Puva Arumugam whose engaging posterASCILITE CMP: Helping third space professionals with mental well-being won the People’s Choice Poster Award. 

‘I have been a mentor in the ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program for the past three years. My purpose for being part of this program is to connect with others in the same field as me, collaborate with practitioners from other universities and build on my existing leadership skills,’ Puva explains. ‘As an outcome this year, my mentee Amanda Bellaby, from QUT, decided to submit a poster to showcase how the CMP program served several purposes including mental well-being of participants.’ 

Conference proceedings and posters are available to view online, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for ASCILITE 2022: Reconnecting relationships through technology. The 2022 conference will be hosted by the University of Sydney 4-7 December 2022 and will again be offered in hybrid mode. 

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DeakinHE Fellowship program 2022

DeakinHE Fellowship program 2022

DeakinHE Fellowship program 2022 

14

DECEMBER, 2021

Proffesional Learning
Teaching and Learning
HE Fellowship

The DeakinHE Fellowship program for 2022 has been announced, with the first round commencing in March. The DeakinHE Fellowship program is an accredited professional recognition and development program that supports Deakin academic and professional staff engaged in teaching and learning.  

This is an opportunity to gain recognition for Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship, which is internationally recognised with more than 160,000 fellows worldwide. To be eligible you must be a Deakin staff member and have been teaching, or supporting teaching and learning, in higher education for a minimum of two years. Program participation costs are covered by the University. 

The fellowship requires attendance at two writing workshops and the development of a reflective narrative about your teaching or teaching support experience. There will be two rounds of the program in 2022 in three different categories. 

Category  Round 1 dates  Round 2 dates 
Associate Fellowship HEA  March-April  July-August 
Fellowship HEA  March-June   July-October 
Senior Fellowship HEA  March-July   July-November 

Attend an information sessions
Round 1 information sessions for all categories will be held on Tuesday 22 February 2022. Read through the DeakinHE Fellowship program information to find out more about what’s involved, then register to attend the information session. Come along to hear about the process, benefits and timeline for 2022 and which category will best suit you. You’re welcome to register even if you can’t attend this session but would like to receive the recording and slides.  

We look forward to seeing you at the information session and if you have any questions please email the DeakinHE Fellowship team. 

 

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