Congratulations Dr Madeleine Schultz, winner of the RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations Dr Madeleine Schultz, winner of the RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations Dr Madeleine Schultz, winner of the RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award
21
OCTOBER, 2020
Good Practice
Awards and Recognition
Dr Madeleine Schultz, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Science (LES) has recently been awarded the Chemistry Educator of the Year award by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). The RACI has acted as the key body advocating the interests and activities of the chemical sciences since 1917 and the Chemistry Educator of the Year award is designed to encourage developing teachers in undergraduate or postgraduate University courses.

‘I am absolutely delighted to receive this highly competitive award,’ said Dr Madeleine Schultz. ‘My twin passions are improving student learning through the use of evidence-based teaching practices, and incorporating sustainability into chemistry education.’

Madeleine’s educational research explores improved approaches to support students of all ages to learn chemistry via better understanding of student backgrounds, development of scaffolded online modules and explicit use of multiple representations. Together with LES colleagues, she has investigated the complex array of factors impacting success in large first year units SLE133 and SLE155, and how engagement was impacted by the move online in 2020. In parallel with this, she has a strong background in supporting the professional development of chemistry teachers to use best practice for holistic understanding. Since commencing at Deakin in 2018, she has initiated professional development workshops for LES sessional staff, focussing on the specific challenges of teaching chemistry and other sciences.

Following an undergraduate science/law degree at ANU with first class honours in chemistry (1995), Madeleine moved to the University of California (Berkeley) for her PhD (2000). She completed her world tour with a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Heidelberg before returning to Australia. She has since worked at three Australian institutions as her research focus moved gradually from doing chemistry to improving the teaching of chemistry.

Madeleine founded and directs the Chemistry Discipline Network, a community of practice for tertiary chemistry educators. In 2019 she co-developed (with Dr Seamus Delaney, from the School of Education) the UNESCO-funded Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements outreach activities and was part of a Deakin team that brought this event to seven disadvantaged schools in rural and remote Victoria.

Madeleine recently spoke with us about her continuing commitment to the betterment of teaching practices. ‘I would love to chat with anyone interested in chemistry or science education, schools outreach, pedagogical content knowledge for chemistry, misconceptions, or student efficacy.’

Congratulations Madeleine!

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Deakin Library Digital Demos and XR explorations

Deakin Library Digital Demos and XR explorations

Deakin Library Digital Demos and XR explorations

20

OCTOBER, 2020

Digital Innovation
Deakin Library

How do you translate the digital affordances of extended reality (XR) into teaching practice and student engagement? Digital innovation in the XR space is fast-paced, complex and wide-ranging. XR for education ranges along a continuum and can include Virtual Reality (VR), 360-degree video, 3D objects or Augmented Reality.

In August, a QUT colleague Sarah Howard delivered a Library Digital Demo that explored this continuum and touched on a multitude of platforms – both freely available or at a cost – using mobile devices and low cost or expensive hardware. In presenting on XR explorations within the library and academic sector, Sarah deliberately designed her content to work in VR. Whether you have a compatible VR headset or not, you can check out Sarah’s interactive presentation on Thinglink. Alternatively, you could watch the recording of the session below.

Deakin Library and XR

With students unable to explore library spaces in person during COVID-19 restrictions, we wanted to shape a digital experience that provided students with an opportunity to explore and connect. We harnessed 360-degree photography and h5p functionality to create interactive virtual tours of three Deakin Library spaces. Each tour allows you to drag your cursor to explore the area, use arrows to navigate around the library, and select hotspots to learn more information about our services and resources.

The library also offers collections which curate XR resources for teaching and learning. Good examples of this are Visible Body, which is a virtual anatomy app that presents the body in 3D form, with users able to hide structures or other layers to see what lies beneath. Anatomy TV has a similar 3D graphical approach to the body for users to explore.

Join a Deakin Library Digital demo

Once a month, a library staff member or guest presenter runs a brief online workshop featuring a new digital tool. The sessions are open to all Deakin staff and academics. It’s a great way to find out about your colleagues’ favourite digital tools and secret workflow hacks, without taking up too much time! Visit the library internal events page to learn more about upcoming Digital Demos or watch for updates in the monthly Network newsletter.

We’re always looking for ideas for future Digital Demos. If you use an online tool or resource that you’re passionate about and would be interested in sharing it with your colleagues, please get in touch with us at digital-demos@deakin.edu.au.

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Find the right tool for the job with the Digital Learning Environments Guide

Find the right tool for the job with the Digital Learning Environments Guide

Find the right tool for the job with the Digital Learning Environments Guide

16

OCTOBER, 2020

Teaching Online
Digital Innovation

Deakin staff and students have access to a multitude of online platforms and tools to support teaching and learning – so which is the best one to use? Well, that really depends on what you are trying to achieve.

We know that it can be difficult to decide what technologies are best suited to your unit, so we’ve created a new resource to help you with these decisions. The Digital Learning Environments Guide provides information about all of the teaching and learning platforms and tools supported by Deakin.

The guide groups platforms and tools by purpose: whether you want students to acquire knowledge; undertake research and inquiry; work collaboratively; engage in discussion; produce their own artefacts; or evidence their learning through assessment (e.g. Laurillard, 2002). For each tool, we’ve also included examples of how this can be used by teaching teams and students, and linked to additional resources.

Some tools serve multiple purposes, and facilitate different types of learning – this resource will help you identify these different uses so you can create a more integrated and streamlined learning experience for your students, and for you.

For now, the Digital Learning Environments Guide is available as an interactive PDF, but we’re working on creating an interactive webpage to make it easier for you to choose the tools that are right for you and your students.

Access the Digital Learning Environments Guide interactive PDF today and find the platforms and tools that best suit your needs.

 

References:

  • Laurillard, D. (2002). Rethinking university teaching: A conversational framework for the effective use of learning technologies (2nd ed.). London: Routledge Falmer. doi:10.4324/9780203304846
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Designing and delivering digital assessment

Designing and delivering digital assessment

Designing and delivering digital assessment
06
OCTOBER, 2020
Digital Assessment
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

We’ve launched a new resource to support Deakin University teaching staff designing and delivering digital assessment. With the rapid transition to fully-online learning in Trimester 1, 2020 due to COVID-19 we were required to make significant changes to Deakin University’s assessment practices. This new resource showcases some of the innovative work staff have done this year and reflects on the long-term vision for digital assessment at Deakin.

Instigated by Prof Helen Partridge (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning), a working group headed by Darci Taylor (Senior Lecturer, CloudFirst Redesign) created the resource in collaboration with staff from multiple divisions and faculties across the University.

 

Combining pedagogy and technical information

The resource combines the pedagogy and technical information of how teaching staff might implement different types of digital assessments, including guidance for the rationale around their decision making and information about support teams within the faculties.

Staff can also learn more about the student experience of each type of digital assessment and read stories from colleagues about what worked well in Trimester 1, what challenges were faced, and what they might change moving forward. As we continue to deliver digital assessments for Trimester 2 and beyond, we will continue to update the resources with new information and use cases to support our teaching staff.

 

Types of digital assessment

Here’s some examples of the different types of digital assessment that can be found in the resource.

Online practical assessment

Staff can learn how students can perform a laboratory-style practical activity for an assessor live in real-time via a digital platform. They can learn how Dr Alecia Bellgrove used live Zoom sessions with slideshows of specimens and quizzes delivered through CloudDeakin to replicate lab-based practical assessment for Marine Biology.

Team based learning

Team based learning (TBL) is a highly structured teaching strategy designed to accelerate the acquisition of discipline specific knowledge and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and critical thinking (Currey et al. 2020). Staff can learn how Prof Alex Gentle and Dr Simon Backhouse transitioned their campus-based TBL for Optometry to a fully online model using BB Collaborate with break-out rooms for individual team based discussions and InteDashboard for delivery of assessment material.

Time-restricted online assessment

Time-restricted online assessments covers a broad range of assessments. It includes written assessments or tasks that are often delivered online using the CloudDeakin ‘dropbox’ and usually have a traditional due date or strict deadline. The resource delves into how Dr Dilal Saundage’s Business Analytics students used industry specific software like WordPress and Tableau to create a data visualization artefact that they could share with future employers.​​​​​​​

To read more about these examples, or to explore the many other types of digital assessment types included in the resource, Deakin staff can access designing and delivering digital assessment on DeakinHub.

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Training and support resources for digital collaboration

Training and support resources for digital collaboration

Training and support resources for digital collaboration
29
SEPTEMBER, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

How do you facilitate collaboration online? We know this can be challenging online, so we have put together some resources to get you started.

 

Learning through digital collaboration in the 21st century

As our world continues to change, the complexities of how we stay connected and engaged is continually present. This is highlighted in the education space and the collaboration conceptual framework was developed to underpin the ways in which we are connecting and learning online. It explores the different types of interaction, how we can learn through those interactions and the different types of collaboration that can be present. The digital collaboration conceptual framework explores the different types of interaction that occurs in this space.

 

Collaboration use case library

The conceptual framework captures four types of collaboration in teaching and learning: collaborative, cooperative, connected, and social. There are many use cases that reflect the different types of collaboration across the University. There is not one piece of software that enables every type of collaboration, and the collaboration use case library outlines the different teaching and learning contexts and how this was achieved in different units. To review, go to the Collaboration Use Case Library.

 

Microsoft Teams use case library

Microsoft Teams is an industry-based software that facilitates collaboration through chat, discussion, team meetings, artefact generation, and project management. Want to know more about the different use cases at Deakin and how it is being used in teaching and learning? To review, go to the Microsoft Teams Use Case Library.

 

Collaboration software training resources

It can be challenging to know what different software is available and how these can be used in the teaching and learning context. We have created a set of training resources with the pedagogical approaches and how to get started with different software in your teaching. The resources have been organised and presented in short videos for you to access at your leisure. To review the training resources available, explore the Training Resources SharePoint page.

 

Join the Demystifying Digital Community of Practice

A Yammer Community of Practice has been developed to share tips, advice and positive experiences of using the digital tools that are available at Deakin. It could be a feature in Zoom that helped to create a brilliant workshop experience, an App in MS Teams that enhances collaboration, an option in H5P that has created a brilliant online interactive experience, or perhaps a digital wellbeing tip that has had a great impact on you – the list is endless! The goal; cross pollination of digital knowledge, boosting Deakin’s digital capability, and assisting everyone to connect and share more broadly with each other. Join the Demystifying Digital Community of Practice now.

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Explore our new Teaching and Learning Induction Portal

Explore our new Teaching and Learning Induction Portal

Explore our new Teaching and Learning Induction Portal

17

SEPTEMBER, 2020

Teaching and Learning
Induction Portal
Good Practice

We’re excited to announce that the Deakin Learning Futures Teaching and Learning Induction Portal is now accessible on DeakinHub.

This resource was developed collaboratively through a joint project with Human Resources and faculty teaching and learning leaders to complement the other layers of induction at Deakin that welcome new members to our community. Structured information is offered to assist new academic and professional staff to understand their roles in teaching and learning in the Deakin context. The resource is integrated with the new Deakin Teaching Capability Framework.

The staff journey begins with a basics page, a quick reference for finding what you need to teach at Deakin, which will be especially useful for those in new casual and short-term roles. The rest of the portal offers timely and targeted access to a range of curated resources and supports. Information on key topics is offered, like tips on teaching a first class, assessment, growing your career, student engagement and retention, academic integrity, the CloudFirst approach and more. New staff can access information on gettting started at Deakin, and they are also invited to return and see what’s next in their development. The Teaching and Learning Induction Portal also includes the recently launched Deakin Student Support Services Map for staff, an interactive, comprehensive resource to consult for referral of students to support, services and information.

Information is tailored for what people need to know. For example, some Unit Chairs and Course Directors teach, and others do not. Teaching and learning leaders, who are also active members of a teaching team, can access materials and resources suited to both aspects of their roles. There is specific information for other teaching team members and those in learning and teaching support roles. This includes demonstrators, learning designers, educational technologists, academic developers, Work Integrated Learning and Student Experience teams, careers staff, librarians, student support services teams and many more.

The focus of the project will now move to road-testing and refining the portal over time and to developing related synchronous supports. Please share your feedback with us using the email facility on the site! Other future directions include developing a third level of the resource where some ‘going beyond’ scenarios and case studies can be used to support the development of excellent practice in the key topic areas. We will again collaborate closely with our faculty partners on that work.

Click here to visit the Deakin Learning Futures Teaching and Learning Induction Portal.

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