Teaching and curriculum design to support mental wellbeing

Teaching and curriculum design to support mental wellbeing

​Teaching and curriculum design to support mental wellbeing

16

JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

As T2 gains momentum, we know we can draw on what we’ve learnt in T1 to manage ourselves and our students’ mental wellbeing better. The newly launched Deakin Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy gives us direction to how we can nurture the mental wellbeing of staff and students. We can also learn from each other about ways to teach, design curriculum and support each other in ways that are going to help us all to manage our tasks this trimester.

In this panel discussion, you will hear from:

• Prof. Lisa Hanna, Dean of Students (Moderator)

• Karen Stuart, Manager Counselling & Psychological Services—on the Deakin Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy and what teaching and professional staff can do to help implement this

• Sally Buchanan-Hagen, Lecturer in Nursing—giving a ‘consumer advocate’ perspective of mental health and wellbeing as a student and staff member

• Dr Danielle Hitch, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy—on curriculum design and teaching practice to support mental health and wellbeing

• Tiarnan and Tegan Whitten, student representatives, who will talk about their lived experience of mental health conditions and the ways curriculum and teaching strategies help them to manage

 

Where:

Zoom Meeting: Register Here 

This is an Inclusive Education Community of Practice event. For further information email mary.dracup@deakin.edu.au.

 

 

 

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CAPHIA Early Career Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching

CAPHIA Early Career Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching

CAPHIA Early Career Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching

16

JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

Dr Rebecca Lindberg, Dr Georgie Russell and Dr Kristy Bolton were announced the winners of the Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching-Team (Early Career Academics) Award by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasian (CAPHIA) on Friday, 10 July.

The HSN105 Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems team were thrilled with the award as there was a record number of nominations. They demonstrated teaching approaches that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn through the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field and approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning. Dr Kristy Bolton accepted the award at the CAPHIA Public Health Teaching and Learning Forum on behalf of the team and gave a short presentation about their work.

 

 

 

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Alternative formats proving popular

Alternative formats proving popular

Alternative formats proving popular

16

JULY, 2020
Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Accessibility

With thousands of our students relying on poor internet and studying in noisy environments at the moment, our new tools Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach couldn’t have come at a better time.

Alternative formats for CloudDeakin resources (Blackboard Ally)

Students (or staff) had downloaded alternative formats using Blackboard Ally for nearly 2500 CloudDeakin resources by July 15—just three days into Week 1. The most popular format was ePub, which optimises viewing for iPads and e-readers, but low-bandwidth html and tagged PDF were also well used. Audio versions were also in high numbers, for those students who like to listen while driving, exercising, etc. Students requesting downloads were from across faculties, from 760 units.

Blackboard Ally also provides automated accessibility scores for CloudDeakin resources in Instructor view, and instructions to fix accessibility issues identified in each resource. Teachers/designers had launched these instructions more than 1000 times, and fixed 48 resources in 25 units.

More information on using Blackboard Ally

Automatic captions for DeakinAir videos (Kaltura Reach)

In the same period more than 3000 new videos were uploaded into DeakinAir, each of which will now have automatic captions available to students with a click on the CC button on the video toolbar, thanks to Kaltura Reach. The captions have 75-85% accuracy and can be edited easily. Automatic captions can also be requested for existing videos.

More information on using Kaltura Reach

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources

 

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DeakinHE Fellowship

DeakinHE Fellowship

DeakinHE Fellowship

7

JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

HEA Fellowships enable educators at all career-stages to reflect on their learning and teaching and consolidate their professional development, achieve recognition and become part of a global community of more than 140,000 fellows. These Fellowships are an international recognition of a commitment by individuals and institutions to prioritising teaching and learning in higher education.

There are four categories of Fellowship indicative of different experience and roles found within a higher education context: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship.

HEA Fellowship is aligned with the 2011 Professional Standards Framework (PSF) that incorporates five areas of activity, six aspects of core knowledge and four professional values. This framework has been mapped to Deakin’s Principles for Premium Learning and Teaching, to teaching team, unit chair and program leader roles and to Deakin’s academic promotion criteria for teaching.

Advance HE cites some of the benefits of fellowship:

  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career
  • Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA)
  • Provides institutional assurance that Fellowships are an important indicator that your institution is fully aligned with Professional Standards Framework (PSF) practice and a badge of assured quality throughout your institution.

Fellowship programs can be embedded within an institution (as Deakin is) or alternatively, individuals can apply for Fellowship directly through Advance HE My Academy. In either case, while the funding and costs involved differ, individuals will still be acknowledged as HEA Fellows.

HEA Fellowship is not exclusive or competitive. The program is designed to be inclusive of professional and academic staff. The scheme is focused on reflective practice and demonstration of professional experience in teaching and learning.

Beckmann (2016) outlines some of the history of HEA Fellowship coming to Australia: ‘In 2014, an Australian university tried a new strategy, introducing an international scheme with the potential to recognise all staff who can demonstrate appropriate professional experience and effective engagement in university teaching and support of learners. Within 30 months, more than 400 academic and professional staff—from that university and from other Australasian institutions that sought involvement—had made successful applications for recognition under this scheme’. (p. 13)

Myatt & Williams (2018) found university educators took up Fellowship for a variety of reason:

  • Staff wanted to learn and be reflective
  • Recognition for learning & teaching was a motivator
  • Staff hoped to gain professional learning
  • Skills, networks and mentoring were sought
  • The scheme changed the way staff thought about their practice, increased their confidence and provided evidence for career advancement.

The DeakinHE Fellowship program for 2020

The DeakinHE Fellowship program is an accredited and internationally recognised professional recognition and professional development program that supports Deakin staff with teaching and learning experience.

Participation costs are covered by Deakin University. To be eligible you must be a Deakin staff member and have been teaching, or supporting teaching, in Higher Education for a minimum of two years.

The fellowship involves attendance at two writing workshops and writing a reflective narrative about your teaching experience.

The DeakinHE Fellowship Round 1 information sessions will be held on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 10am or Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 11am.  See the information brochure here.

Register for one of the information sessions in July – no need to commit at this stage, come along to understand the process, benefits and timeline and which category will best suit you.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

References

  • Beckmann, E. A. (2016). Teaching excellence: Recognising the many as well as the few. Paper presented at the Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education. Refereed papers from the 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference. Fremantle, Australia.
  • Myatt, P., and Williams, J. (2018). HEA Fellowships: here’s why they matter. Centre for Learning Futures, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Turner, N., Oliver, M. McKenna, C., Hughes, J., Smith, H., Deepwell, F. & Shrives, L. (2013) “Measuring the Impact of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning (UKPSF)”, Higher Education Academy Funded Project, retrieved from https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/measuring-impact-uk-professional-standards-framework-teaching-and-supporting-learning
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Guide for online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects

Guide for online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects

Guide for Online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects
3
JULY, 2020

Digital Teaching & Learning 

An interim guide to assist WIL practitioners who are newly offering placements and major projects online instead of face-to-face has recently been released for comments. The guide has been produced by a cross institutional research team who are currently investigating virtual Work Integrated Learning for a project funded by ACEN. This guide was developed by Freiderika Kaider, Harsh Suri and Wayne Read from Deakin, together with Leoni Russell from RMIT and Annette Marlow from the University of Tasmania. A version specific to Deakin has also been developed.

The guide covers pedagogical practice as well as technological considerations. A final guide will be released once the team has collected and analysed their data, anticipated by the end of the year. Feedback and input would be most welcome via email to Friederika.kaider@deakin.edu.au.

 

To read more about WIL click here.

To access more Teaching and Learning Resources click here.     

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Mentimeter for Teaching and Learning

Mentimeter for Teaching and Learning

Mentimeter for Teaching and Learning

26

JUNE, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

What is Mentimeter?

Mentimeter is a digital polling software that enables you to interact with your students synchronously and asynchronously with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more. It enables you to engage students through considered questions that, if well designed, and the purpose explained, can be used to create a constructive learning dialogue between you and your students.

 

Why use Mentimeter in your teaching?

Digital polling is extensively used across Deakin University and we found out different ways in which it has been applied to teaching and learning. With the shift to wholly online this trimester, Mentimeter can be used for a variety of reasons including the following: 

  • Increase student engagement; 
  • Reinforce threshold concepts; 
  • More rapid feedback loops; 
  • Create a sense of cohort; 
  • Self-reflection; and 
  • Assessment preparation. 

If you would like to explore the different question types and how different questions can be used in your teaching, review this exampleThis example is taken from a workshop so you can see the functionality of the different question types. By clicking on this link, you will also be able to copy it to your account and amend for your context.  

 

How do you get a license?

That’s simple – we have purchased an enterprise wide license so everyone across Deakin University can have access to digital polling software. To access your license, please follow these instructions to sign up now.  

If you already have a free license, our enterprise wide license enables you to have access to all the Mentimeter features so upgrade your account by clicking ‘Login with SSO’ and following the same instructions above.  

 

Is there PowerPoint integration?

The PowerPoint integration can be used to embed individual slides into your PowerPoint presentation and the results will appear synchronously. To embed Mentimeter slides into your PowerPoint, follow the instructions below: 

Please note: if you are using Zoom or BBC Ultra to facilitate your synchronous session, it is relatively straight forward to navigate between Mentimeter and PowerPoint. Don’t forget, Mentimeter can also be used asynchronously, so you can also embed it into D2L. If you would like to learn more about how to do this visit the following resources:  

How to navigate between Mentimeter and PowerPoint using Zoom I want to navigate between Mentimeter and PowerPoint using BBC Ultra

 

Have you thought about Mentimeter asynchronously?

Mentimeter is a digital polling solution that can be used asynchronously and embedded into CloudDeakin. There are a couple of ways in which this can be done, please explore below.

 

 

I want to be able to embed a Mentimeter presentation into CloudDeakin so students can go through it at their own pace and see the responses of their peers.  I want to embed a Mentimeter link in CloudDeakin for students to respond to a series of questions and then have the responses shared with them at a later stage.  

 

Need more help to get started?

DTeach: Digital Polling Resources – this resource outlines a range of resources that include both pedagogical and technical considerations when implementing Mentimeter into your teaching practice.

Mentimeter Help Centre – if you have a question that isn’t answered on DTeach, why not ask Mentimeter directly. They have many different resources that are available for you to review and find the answer to your questions.

 

Want to see how Mentimeter is being used in the faculties?

Faculty of Health

Faculty of Arts and Education

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