Zooming in to on-campus studios for practical drama classes

Zooming in to on-campus studios for practical drama classes

Zooming in to on-campus studios for practical drama classes

29

SEPTEMBER, 2021

Teaching & Learning
Teaching online
Innovation

Returning to teach fully on-campus units while still in the precarious state imposed by the pandemic involves creativity and innovation. Particularly when delivering practical learning experiences for pre-service drama teachers in drama education. Deakin’s Dr Jo Raphael, School of Education, embraced the challenges posed by these conditions and experienced some very positive outcomes in her classes.

Most of Dr Raphael’s students were desperate to resume practical on-campus drama classes with their peers. However, the conditions of border restrictions and the need to isolate if experiencing symptoms or waiting for test results, meant some students could be disadvantaged by not attending their on-campus class.

Jo drew upon her experience of teaching practical drama via Zoom honed during periods of lockdown in 2020 and blended strategies with the on-campus face-to-face classes students desired.   

Students unable to attend classes with their peers joined classroom activities via iPads on stands. Once virtually connected in the drama studio, students engaged with their peers in the very physical and dynamic classroom activities characteristic of drama.

 

Four students in animated poses in a drama class in front of zoom projection
Drama students and their teacher in masks in a classroom together. In the background is a projected zoom screen showing other students watching on from their computers

Master of Teaching students Arts Education Curriculum Studies in Drama at Deakin, Trimester 1 2021

 

They were able to work in groups, engage in performance-making tasks and present performances via Zoom, drawing creative inspiration from new possibilities the technology allowed.  

The results were incredibly encouraging. Students zooming in to class appreciated that they did not miss out on practical sessions and reported a positive experience.

‘Jo effectively facilitated an online learning platform for me so I could be immersed in the physical classroom environment from Tasmania. Through Zoom, iPad, laptop, and a projector, she was able to have me in the class participating and engaging with other students. I felt apart of the class cohort, collaborating with them in class activities, including performances, and able to contribute to classroom discussion. I was overwhelmed by the effort put in by Jo, and my fellow students, and the ease in which this environment provided me to learn’. (Student eVALUate comment) 

Students physically on campus commented that the blended initiative was exciting for them  and served as a model of inclusive teaching practice. This is innovative teaching practice pre-service teachers can take into their future teaching careers. 

Attendance for the unit was high, with students able to access class under different circumstances. One student, for example, whose car broke down on the way to class could join via Zoom while she was waiting for roadside assistance.  

COVID-19 has prompted such innovation in learning and teaching, but the approach has enduring appeal and utility.   

 

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Looking for tools to facilitate active learning online?

Looking for tools to facilitate active learning online?

Looking for tools to facilitate active learning online?

22
SEPTEMBER, 2021
Teaching & Learning
Teaching online
Innovation

Deakin Learning Futures has developed a series of online workshops to explore tools that facilitate active learning online. The Active Learning Toolkit series offers 30-minute sessions across October that will show you how different software can support active learning in your online sessions.

The workshops are facilitated by Senior Education Developers Joan Sutherland and Tara Draper, who are experts in the application of digital technology in online learning. Each workshop will be active and participants will experience the view of a student, supported by digital resources to enable them to get started using the software.

Browse the range of topics and follow the links to register for the sessions that work for you.

Active Learning Toolkit sessions

7 October
12pm
Leveraging Padlet for Active Learning
7 October
2pm
Practical tips for Facilitating Active Online Classrooms
12 October
9.30am
Getting started with MS Teams for Online Teaching
12 October
11.30am
Getting started with Zoom for Online Teaching
14 October
10am
Practical Tips for Facilitating Online Classrooms
14 October
12pm
CloudDeakin and the Zoom Learning Tool Integration
19 October
9.30am
Getting started with Zoom for Online Teaching
19 October
11.30am
Active Learning with Mentimeter
21 October
12pm
Leveraging Padlet for Active Learning
21 October
2pm
Practical Tips for Facilitating Active Online Classrooms
26 October
9.30am
Getting started with MS Teams for Online Teaching
28 October
10am
Practical Tips for Facilitating Active Online Classrooms
28 October
12pm
CloudDeakin and the Zoom Learning Tool Integration

 

 

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Return to on-campus teaching: Getting the most out of your classroom

Return to on-campus teaching: Getting the most out of your classroom

Return to on-campus teaching: Getting the most out of your classroom

26
AUGUST, 2021
Learning & Teaching
Best practice
Lockdowns and other public health restrictions permitting into the future, some classes will soon return to campus. Visit the Campus Reactivation website for the latest information about returning and how to stay safe. When we do go back to the campus, remember how we teach and the platforms we use have changed somewhat in the last 18 months. Here are some steps to take to make sure your return to Deakin campuses goes as smoothly as possible.

Think about what equipment, functions or systems you need

We have become accustomed to using platforms like Zoom and MS Teams, which allow us to easily record classes and seminars for students who cannot attend the class in real time or wish to review the content. These platforms also allow us to connect with students and colleagues across multiple locations. But our campus classrooms do not all have the same systems and set-up – while some allow connection to a Zoom meeting, others use Deakin Video’s Classroom Capture for recording and still others might not have recording or conferencing functions at all.

Think carefully about what you plan to do in the classroom. If the class needs to be recorded, or you wish to connect multiple locations online, or use a particular platform, make sure you tell your Faculty Timetabler so the timetabling team can allocate a suitable classroom.

Note that classroom activities are not automatically recorded. Activities will only be recorded if you indicate the requirement to your Faculty Timetabler before the timetable is published, and you are scheduled in a Deakin Video (Mediasite) enabled venue. To record an on-campus class or seminar without a request in your initial booking, notify your Faculty Timetabler as soon as possible, and allow 24 hours for the booking to be created or updated. For an urgent booking or to make changes at short notice, you need to contact Deakin eSolutions (x888).

Find out what equipment you have access to

You can use the IT facilities in Deakin spaces webpage (AV inventory) to search IT facilities available in classrooms and meeting spaces.  You can search the inventory by room, room type, building and facilities or equipment.

Deakin IT facilities search menu

Learn how the facilities work

There are different interfaces or systems depending on which room you are in. The AV & Networks team is working hard to update all of these to the Deakin Audio-Visual Environment (DAVE) to provide a simpler and more consistent experience.

While this work is underway, it’s a good idea to use the AV Inventory to check which interface you’ll be using so you can get your classroom set up and ready to go as quickly as possible on the day.  The interface/system in the room is typically displayed first in the list of features. You can click on the ‘i’ (Information) icon on the feature in the Inventory to view further information and user guides relevant to that system.

If you would like to discuss COVIDSafe options to achieve your class objectives across any of the Deakin physical campus locations, and how the AV systems might support this, you can book a consultation or training session with Andy Brader from the Learning Spaces Transformations Team.

 

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Announcing the 2021 Deakin Learning and Teaching conference

Announcing the 2021 Deakin Learning and Teaching conference

Announcing the 2021 Deakin Learning and Teaching conference

25

AUGUST, 2021

Learning & Teaching 
Best practice
Annual conference

Deakin Learning Futures is excited to announce preparations are well underway for the annual Deakin Learning and Teaching Conference. Taking place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November, the theme for the 2021 event is: Design, Deliver, Enable, Lead. The program will showcase how these four capabilities underpin teaching and learning at Deakin and support the student experience. 

The conference will see the Deakin community come together to share new ideas about learning and teaching practice and reflect and connect about the challenges of recent times. Importantly, the event is also a chance to recognise achievements and acknowledge the valuable contribution of Deakin students as our partners in learning and teaching. 

Call for submissions now open

All Deakin staff engaged in learning and teaching are invited to contribute submissions to the conference. We also encourage collaborative partnerships with students to feature in this year’s program.

The options are open to present ideas in engaging and innovative ways. Presentation proposals can be anything from panels and paper presentations to interactive workshops, audio visual work such as podcasts or videos, or even a quick-fire thesis presentation. Submissions should demonstrate one of the four capabilities that form our conference theme.

Submit your proposal and abstract via the 2021 Learning and Teaching Conference submission form before the closing date Sunday 26 September, 5pm.

Blended conference format

With the challenges of the pandemic still in our midst, the two-day conference will offer a combination of located and remote opportunities for participants and attendees. While the intention is to run a blended event, the conference will run entirely virtual should COVID-19 restrictions apply.

Key dates to remember

The key dates for the 2021 Learning and Teaching conference are:

  • Thursday 26 August – submissions open
  • Sunday 26 September, 5pm – submissions close
  • Tuesday 14 October – registrations open
  • Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November – conference delivered in blended mode

For further information about the conference, contact tlconf@deakin.edu.au or visit the conference website.

 

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Supporting student project work using Microsoft Lists

Supporting student project work using Microsoft Lists

Supporting student project work using Microsoft Lists

25
AUGUST, 2021
Digital tools
Learning & Teaching online
Collaboration

There is a lot of information to keep track of in the teaching and learning space. With a greater focus on remote learning in recent times, the need for educators to use practical tools that can improve the online learning experience has increased. Microsoft Lists is one such tool that can help students, especially with collaborative project work.

Dr Hamid Abdi, a senior lecturer at the Deakin School of Engineering, implemented Microsoft Lists in his Engineering Entrepreneurship this year to support students in developing teamwork and project management skills.

The main collaborative assignment in this unit is developing a business plan, which students worked on in Microsoft Teams. Each student group had a designated private channel to discuss, schedule meetings, and share resources. Creating a specific channel provided a social space for students to share supplementary resources and ask questions. However, there was a need to help students structure their group work and track the progress of their group tasks better.

Two tools from the Microsoft Office 365 suite, Microsoft Planner and Lists, were considered to help students manage their group assignments. Dr Abdi eventually selected Microsoft Lists for its functionality to add to students’ private group channels in Microsoft Teams.

Despite the limited uptake of this tool, Dr Abdi drew some valuable lessons that helped him to implement it more effectively later in the academic year. First, he advises to ‘introduce the tool to the students at the very beginning of the trimester’, so students have the time to familiarise themselves with it.

Secondly, he suggests that students use the tool to showcase their contributions to the group work, for example, by exporting the tasks to excel and submitting the spreadsheet as part of the assignment.

Deakin’s Dr Isma Seetal chats with Dr Abdi about his experience using Microsoft Teams and Lists in the video below

 

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Design Thinking with MURAL

Design Thinking with MURAL

Design thinking with MURAL

29

JULY, 2021

Digital Tools
Team Collaboration
Teaching and Learning Online

Design thinking is a mindset and approach which empowers people to think innovatively and critically. In teaching and learning, design thinking is increasingly used by instructors to design educational programs and curricula collaboratively and to equip students with a range of skills such as problem-solving and collaborative skills that are critical in the workplace.

MURAL has emerged as a tool par excellence for design thinking as it provides shareable, collaborative, digital canvases, and a large selection of pre-built templates for real-time and asynchronous collaboration. MURAL has been expanding its capabilities for use in teaching and learning and currently offers free education licences for academic staff.

Although MURAL is not a Deakin-supported tool, it is starting to be more widely used. The availability of vendor support, its wide range of features and the affordances of the free education licence position it as agood tool for design thinking.

MURAL can also be used for a range of other learning activities such as icebreakers, reflections, and project-related activities such as group problem-solving.

We recommend using MURAL yourself and developing your knowledge before using it in your units with students. 

Take a look at this MURAL user guide which was developed by Deakin’s Digital Innovations team to learn more. This guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to request for a free education licence, and discusses some use cases, the pros and cons of using MURAL and includes links to other resources and training opportunities which will help you get started in using MURAL.

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