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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Supporting staff to support our students

Supporting staff to support our students

Supporting staff to support our students

17

SEPTEMBER, 2020

Teaching & Learning
Student Support
Staff Support

Academic or professional staff are often the first port of call when a student needs help. These issues may not be study-related. A student may also come to you when they’re struggling with personal difficulties – from relationship problems to mental health issues. In situations that aren’t related to your area of expertise, it can be hard to know how, or even if, to help the student and where to direct them for professional help.

This is why the Student Support and Referral portal was developed. Launched earlier this year, the portal is part of our ongoing commitment to prioritising the health and wellbeing of our entire University community. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more important to know how to direct students to the most appropriate kind of assistance. The challenge of dealing with stay-at-home restrictions, online study, and difficult financial, emotional and personal circumstances is affecting a large number of the Deakin community.

If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to explore this online resource, which gathers together a range of important information, including:

  • How to deal with a student emergency or a student in distress.
  • Direct referral paths to priority services, including sexual harm, problem student behaviour, counselling and psychological support, medical services, international student support, multiple or complex student needs, disability support, student misconduct and complaints.
  • Advice on what services are available and how students can access them.
  • Links to helpful tools, apps articles and resources that help students to manage their own needs, where appropriate.

You can access the Student Support and Referral portal directly or find it in the new DeakinHub intranet under Support and services > Supporting students > Helping students in distress. We encourage you to bookmark it for future use.

Online resources for students

Student Wellbeing Liaison Service

The Student Wellbeing Liaisons support staff to de-escalate student distress and identify their support needs. In some cases, they will assess a student for any further health and wellbeing needs, and provide appropriate support and referral options. The service is located within the Health and Wellbeing Centres and is available to support staff via phone.

If you’re supporting a student in distress and require further advice and support – but it is not an emergency situation – contact the Student Wellbeing Liaisons on 9244 5970. Referrals will be prioritised based on the level of urgency.

What to do when you suspect there may be a missing student

On occasion students may have unexpected absences or may be thought to be missing. University staff members may become aware of this directly or through communication via a student’s friends, family members, overseas agents, outside organisations or emergency services. All missing student concerns should be taken seriously and escalated to immediately. To support staff in responding to concerns or reports of missing students enrolled at Deakin, we have developed Responding to Reports of Missing Students Guidelines.

Safer Community will provide initial advice and support to staff and external referrers in relation to matters involving missing students and are available for consultation Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm on 9244 3734 or email safercommunity@deakin.edu.au.

In addition to being available via a search of the Deakin Policy Library, the guidelines can also be accessed via the Student Support and Referral Portal or download the PDF.

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Join the ePortfolio Australia Forum 2020 and find out more about using portfolios in teaching and learning

Join the ePortfolio Australia Forum 2020 and find out more about using portfolios in teaching and learning

Join the ePortfolio Australia Forum 2020 and find out more about using portfolios in teaching and learning

17

SEPTEMBER, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

The 2020 ePortfolio Australia Forum will be virtually hosted by Deakin University with the theme of ‘Digital Identity – Ethics and Experience’. 

Portfolios are curated collections of artefacts that showcase student learning, capabilities, experiences and professional identity. They allow students to demonstrate achievement, learning and development across their learning experience and career. Not only do portfolios allow students to showcase these achievements and their developing professional identity to potential employers, they also help students identify their own learning and areas for further development. Using portfolios across courses can assist students in creating connections between units and help them see how their learning experiences are linked to their desired career.

Two fabulous keynote speakers have been secured for the 2020 ePortfolio Australia forum. On Day 1, Inger Mewburn Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training, ANU aka The Thesis Whisperer will draw on her extensive personal experiences on social media and how this practice helps to create digital footprints to deliver ‘How I learned to relax and love Linkedin’.

In contrast, on Day 2 Jeanette Cheah Jeanette Cheah, CEO and Founder at Hacker Exchange will draw on her insights from working with thousands of student entrepreneurs to give an eclectic address on ‘Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate Digital Identity’.

Join ePortfolio enthusiasts around the country on 29 and 30 October, 2020 to participate in a diverse mix of workshops, graduate and student panels, networking, collegial discussions and sharing of latest updates on ePortfolios.

For more information visit 2020 ePortfolio Australia Forum Online.

Deakin University is currently evaluating major ePortfolio platforms (Pebblepad and Portfolium) and are working with faculties to embed ePortfolio thinking and activities in courses and units. For more information and embedding Portfolios in your course, please visit DTeach Portfolio

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New Induction Resource for Teaching & Learning Staff: Deakin Student Support Services Map

New Induction Resource for Teaching & Learning Staff: Deakin Student Support Services Map

New Induction Resource for Teaching & Learning Staff: Deakin Student Support Services Map
AUGUST, 2020

Induction, Supporting Staff

Deakin Learning Futures is excited to announce the launch of a comprehensive and interactive map to help guide staff as they refer students who are seeking help. This is part of a much larger SharePoint site focused on induction support for teaching and learning which will be launched in its entirety very soon to assist new academic and professional staff to understand their teaching and learning roles in the Deakin context.

Many ‘layers’ of induction welcome those new to teaching and learning related roles at Deakin university. Human Resources, faculties and schools all contribute to introducing new people to our university and to how we do teaching and learning. It is exciting to report that the Deakin Learning Futures ‘One Deakin’ induction project, which also contributes to these efforts, has reached a big milestone this month.

Deakin has a very comprehensive ecosystem of student supports, including transition focused supports like orientation, assistance to develop key skills (like academic and library skills), health and wellbeing services, efforts to create a safer community and access to financial and legal help. There are guides to leveraging and responding to student diversity, promoting equity, managing crises, meeting international students’ need. There are related guidelines for staff, such as those on responding to challenging student behaviors’.

That is why this interactive, comprehensive ‘map’ of where to refer help seeking students and why, as well as to related staff-facing services, will be of use to recently appointed teaching academics and professional and academic staff in teaching and learning related roles in particular. Deakin’s rich resources can take some time to discover, without a quick guide. The map is a result of much consultation, review and hard work. It is also a ‘living’ resource that will be refreshed over time. Each page features an ‘email’ button to provide feedback, or make suggestions, which we hope that you will do when you visit it.

To promote staff to access particular supports when they are most needed, the map has a ‘timeline’ structure. You can browse what is likely to be of use over weeks 0-3 of a first trimester at Deakin. Those first few weeks are a busy time of learning about your school and faculty. Familiarity with University-wide support services for students will also be very beneficial. By weeks 6 -11, there may be time to start gaining a deeper understanding of the Deakin approach to promoting student and staff health, wellbeing and success. The second Trimester is often a time to start partnering with expert others who can assist you further.

The Deakin Student Support Services Map is part of a much larger sharepoint site focused on induction support for teaching and learning, which will be launched in its entirety very soon. It will assist new academic and professional staff to understand their teaching and learning roles in the Deakin context, including the Deakin Teaching Capability Framework. It is organised partly by key topics, which include: teaching a first class, teaching@Deakin, assessment for learning, career growth through evaluation and review, academic integrity, cloud first design and delivery and student engagement and retention.

Click here to visit the Deakin Student Support Services Map.

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Tales of Teaching Online – New Podcast

Tales of Teaching Online – New Podcast

Tales of Teaching Online – new podcast

 

19
AUGUST, 2020

Teaching Online, Good Practice

We recently launched our new podcast, Tales of Teaching Online. Fortnightly on a Monday we will share new teaching and learning stories with you, to highlight how teaching teams are transitioning online in an innovative an agile manner.

This week: ‘From wholly face-to-face to online in a few weeks’, A/Prof. Guo-Qiang Liu transitioned his Chinese language unit from wholly face to face to online in a few weeks, initiated by COVID-19; and ‘Reaching 33,000 people with Facebook Live lectures’ Ross Monaghan leverages the power of social media to enhance the impact on students.

These teachers’ stories of transitioning teaching online highlight what works, what doesn’t and how educators can work rapidly to innovate in digital learning. Put simply, these stories matter: with so much changing in the digital learning space, this resource helps us to explore what premium online learning content looks like now, as we adjust to our ‘new normal’, and the different learning experiences we need to create into the future.

New episodes to download

Be sure to subscribe to our playlist!

Episode 2: From wholly face-to-face to online in a few weeks – listen to how A/Prof. Guo-Qiang Liu transitioned his Chinese language unit from wholly face to face to online in a few weeks, initiated by COVID-19.
Episode 3: Reaching 33,000 people with Facebook Live lectures – find out how Ross Monaghan leverages the power of social media to enhance the impact on students.

What can you expect in the upcoming episodes?

• A sessional staff member’s experience transitioning teaching online;
• The power of social media in a time of COVID-19;
• Building a sense of community through Microsoft Teams;
• Fostering a sense of belonging with large synchronous classrooms; and
• Moving practical’s and fieldwork online in weeks.

 

This is just a sample of what we will exploring this year, so be sure to subscribe to our playlist.

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Deakin’s Learning and Teaching Conference goes Digital for 2020

Deakin’s Learning and Teaching Conference goes Digital for 2020

Deakin’s Learning and Teaching Conference goes digital for 2020
AUGUST, 2020
Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

Announcing the 2020 Deakin Learning and Teaching Week, hosted virtually from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November

Deakin Learning Futures is pleased to announce that preparations are well under way for the 2020 Deakin Learning and Teaching Virtual Conference. This year, our theme is ‘Critical conversations, challenges and celebrations’. The program will be a rich exploration of how we have found ways to share and work together during this very unusual year, new conversations about learning and teaching practice and big ideas, and staff and student reflection on experiences of going virtual. Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, will be our keynote speaker. Her opening session will take a look at the year that was – and what a year it has been.

That will include sharing experiences round tackling some big challenges that the Deakin community has faced, such as finding ways to create and support virtual and online assessment, pracs and labs and Work Integrated Learning. It’s also time to take a deeper look at how where were and headed and how we are tracking with microcredentials, revisiting Deakin’s GLO8 and enhancing the First Year Experience. These focus points, plus a spotlight on Mental health and wellbeing, will allow space for collective acknowledgement of the impact of COVID19 on how we live and work.

Speaking of which, things will be a little different this year from past years. This fully digital event will run over a full week, from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November. It might be a good idea to put a placeholder into your diary now. However, a program of shorter, more varied options for people to engage with has been crafted with an eye to avoiding ‘zoom exhaustion’, recognition that there will be other pressing matters learning and teaching matters to attend to, as well as other responsibilities to juggle in a period of working from home for many. The plan is to make time to engage with activities in many different ways, as we come together to celebrate and share Deakin community’s achievements and experiences, as well as those of our students over this most difficult of years.

As such, the week will offer a range of synchronous and asynchronous options for staff to participate in and engage with. Some of these are about solving our problems together, some are more about our research and experiences, while others will be purely social. We also hope to see more collaborative partnerships and student-led sessions in 2020.  Synchronous session types will include full papers, panel discussions, chances to tour virtual learning spaces and informal social events. Asynchronous options may include virtual posters, videos, podcasts, a Padlet wall for shared reflections and a Human Library to browse. You will be invited to suggest another format, if preferred, when you submit a proposal.

These varied and accessible opportunities will be further supplemented by making support for ‘access on demand’ content available to those presenters who wish to provide it. So, a panel discussion might be extended with, for example, an online discussion space. A paper presentation might feature a chat roulette ‘after event’ in which the participants are randomly allocated to small group chats for further discussion. What else would make for a great session? We look forward to hearing your answers in the coming weeks

 

For further information, questions or to lodge submission please visit the conference page

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