Inclusive Education Community of Practice –  Effective allyship

Inclusive Education Community of Practice – Effective allyship

Inclusive Education Community of Practice – Effective allyship

30

JUNE, 20201

Community of Practice
Inclusive Learning

 It has been a couple of weeks since the first Inclusive Education Community of Practice (CoP) session for 2021The team from the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation led a conversation aboutEffective allyship – supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleThe session took place during Reconciliation Week. 

Importantly 2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation processThe theme this year was More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.  

This session was a dialogue between Gunditjmara man Mark Rose (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Innovation), Narungga Woman Deb Milera and Gunditjmara man Tom MolyneuxThey discussed ways to meaningfully become effective allies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

 

The most important point for reflection from this session was the great emphasis each speaker placed on engaging with the stories and lives of First Nations Peoples.

As Gunditjmara man Mark Rose puts it, ‘Part of the reconciliation conversation is having tough conversations about the things that went on in our national history. Not to dwell on the past, and not to make one party feel good here, then the other party feels bad, but for us to collectively accept as truth-telling the things that have happened in this country as indigenous and non-indigenous people.

‘We must come to a peace about these perspectives and put in place mechanisms so that they never happen again. To me, that’s what reconciliation is, it’s about national maturity’.  

This is about us all. Indigenous and non-indigenous people engaging in interesting and robust conversations and through them building our collective knowledge.  

Put your toe in the water and try it. If you’re a person of good heart and sincerity and you do step over the cultural line, don’t worry about it when no one’s going to beat you up, but you know we’d rather you have a go than not have a go’.
Gunditjmara man Mark Rose

In having such conversations, we should aspire to identify, acknowledge, and challenge the assumptions we all carry because this will move us all towards positive reconciliation. 

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Deakin launches Open Educational Resource grant

Deakin launches Open Educational Resource grant

Deakin launches Open Educational Resource grant

29

JUNE, 2021

Teaching & Learning
Recognition & Awards

Deakin University has launched a grant to support teaching and learning staff to implement Open Educational Resources (OER) in their units. The high cost of learning resources can be a barrier to the success of some students at university. Increasing the OER content in units can ensure student equity of access to resources and increased student success. 

OERs are educational materials that are made available under an open licence enabling usage, sharing and adapting at no cost. As part of the Inclusive Digital Education HEPPP Project, the Open Educational Resource Grant will support staff in using OERs in their teaching and learning.  

This month, Open Educational Resource grants valued at $3000 each, were awarded to Deakin teaching and learning teams and individuals across all four faculties. The grants will support them in the use, development and adaptation of OERs in their unit instead of commercial content.  

The grant recipients will develop OERs projects for use within their unit that will support and benefit all students. 

Some of the exciting examples of the OER projects planned include: 

  • Open interactive textbook for Early Childhood Education 
  • 3D interactive tour of a structure in Architecture and Built Environment
  • Development of a slide deck of MRI images
  • Compilation of case studies relevant to Australian human resources

In addition to the funds, the recipients will also have access to advice and services from the library and Deakin Learning Futures. The recipients also now form part of the Community of Practice to share experiences and ask questions. 

We congratulate the first cohort of OER grant recipients in the program. The full list of recipients can be found on the Deakin Library site. 

For further information about the OER Grant scheme, contact Angie WilliamsonCoordinator, Open Education. 

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DeakinDesign is set to transform digital education

DeakinDesign is set to transform digital education

DeakinDesign is set to transform digital education
24
JUNE, 2021
Digital innovation
Teaching online
Assessment

Everyone working in higher education has been affected in some way by the unprecedented changes that we’ve seen in the sector over the past year. COVID-19 forced all Australian universities to adapt to the rapid transition to online and blended learning. While these changes have brought many challenges, they have also created opportunity for innovation in the ways we deliver teaching and learning experiences. Deakin’s extensive experience in online education has been fundamental in our rapid shift to wholly online delivery. This history of innovation in online education is central to our new educational transformation initiative: DeakinDesign.

DeakinDesign projects 

DeakinDesign is a University-wide program that proposes innovative changes to our distinctive model of digital education. In 2021, the program will begin the investigation phase of the two key project areas: Integrated Learning and Re-imagining Examinations. The project teams will be reaching out teaching and learning staff as well as students to gather insight on these two areas. This cross-University collaboration is central to the success of the overall program, and we need you to be involved. 

The Integrated Learning project aims to move beyond traditional notions of blended learning to build a new model that harnesses digital, physical and human connections to build learning communities. The Reimagining Examinations project aims to reimagine end-of-trimester exams, focusing on authentic assessment that produces work-ready graduates for a post-COVID future. 

Both of these projects recognise that the delivery of premium quality learning experiences to suit the diverse needs of learners and graduates in a changing digital world, requires a re-imagined approach to education.

Deakin staff – get involved 

The success of DeakinDesign will depend on collaboration with teaching teams and students across the University. There will be multiple opportunities to contribute your insights and ideas about online and blended learning. If you have been exploring innovative ways to blend different types of student experiences or alternative types of final assessment we want to hear about it. The Project Leads will also be looking for early adopters to pilot elements of DeakinDesign in 2022. 

Find out more 

Deakin staff can contact the Project Leads to share your story or register interest to be part of the early adopter group. Contact Integrated Learning Project Lead Darci Taylor, and Reimagining Exams Project Leads Kelli Nicola-Richmond and Leanne Ngo 

To find out more about the projects and keep up to date with project news, visit the DeakinDesign SharePoint site and download the DeakinDesign FAQs. 

Watch the video DeakinDesign: A conversation with Liz Johnson and Darci Taylor to find out more about the program. 

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Using Zoom for teaching just got easier

Using Zoom for teaching just got easier

Using Zoom for teaching just got easier
27
MAY, 2021
Digital Tools
Good Practice
Teaching Online

As more and more people have been using Zoom for teaching, we’ve been piloting an integration between Zoom and CloudDeakin to make it easier to schedule and join Zoom sessions, and access recordings, directly from unit sites. Following successful pilots in T3 2020 and T1 2021, we are now pleased to be able to make this integration available in all unit sites!

How does the integration work?

Teaching teams can use the integration (‘Zoom LTI’) to schedule classes or seminars for the unit in Zoom – these are linked to the Zoom account of the person who scheduled them, but appear in a list within the unit site. Zoom sessions that have already been scheduled can be imported into the unit site using the LTI. Staff and students can then join the session from the unit site. If the session is recorded to the Cloud, the recording will automatically be accessible via the unit site. If you use Zoom for teaching, we recommend that you use the Zoom LTI to create a simpler experience for you and your students.

How do I set it up?

You can set up the LTI in your unit site by clicking on ‘Existing activities’. From there, go to ‘External Learning Tools’ and select ‘Zoom’. Find out more about how to use the LTI to schedule Zoom classes.

 

What else do I need to know about using Zoom for teaching?

Your Zoom account can be used to host meetings for up to 300 participants, with breakout rooms, polling, whiteboards, chat and video- and audio-access for all participants. If you need to set up a Zoom class for between 300 and 500 students, extended licenses are available upon request to eSolutions Service Desk – these allow you to schedule meetings, with full interactivity, for up to 500 participants.

Important note: We recommend that sessions are scheduled by the staff member who will be running them. If more than two concurrent or overlapping sessions are scheduled with the same hosts/co-hosts, access to sessions may be compromised.

If you need to set up a Zoom class for between 500 and 1000 participants, there are a limited number of webinar licenses available. Webinars do not support breakout rooms, whiteboards or video- and audio-access for all participants so you will need to consider other platforms such as Mentimeter or Padlet to make your class interactive – check out the Guide for Teaching Large Classes Online for ideas. Webinars cannot be scheduled through the LTI – contact your faculty Digital Learning / CloudDeakin support team if a webinar is required.

If you intend to use Zoom from within an on-campus classroom, please contact Timetabling to ensure that the allocated teaching space is equipped with Zoom functionality.

 

Managing Zoom recordings

Zoom has limited storage capacity so if you record your Zoom class and intend to use or keep that recording in subsequent trimesters, you should transfer the recording to DeakinAir. Learn more about transferring recordings.

 

Find out more

Find out more about how to use Zoom for teaching or contact your faculty Digital Learning / CloudDeakin support team.

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Making learning accessible for everyone

Making learning accessible for everyone

Making learning accessible for everyone

27

MAY, 2021

Good Practice
Inclusive Education
Teaching and Learning

This week we launched the Accessibility Champions Project, which is an initiative to develop a passionate community of accessibility specialists from across the University to become leaders in this space. This project is led by Danni McCarthy from the Teaching Capabilities Team, in Deakin Learning Futures. Funded by the Higher Education Participation Partnership Program, the project is focused on optimising access and success for diverse learners. One way this can be achieved is through the development of a unified and consistent approach to accessibility in our online teaching and learning environments. The project has been designed to include a variety of participants, with representatives coming to the project from the faculties of Health, Science, Business and Law, Arts and Education, and Deakin Learning Futures. 

Like our physical learning environments, we have standards for our online teaching and learning environments. This project was developed in response to the impact of Covid and the subsequent unprecedented migration to deliver education online. As a result, it has also revealed a growing inequality of access to information for students with a disability in our online learning environments. Therefore, the goal of this project is to generate a genuine commitment and enthusiasm for the implementation of inclusivity and accessibility practices in a clear and targeted way.

We have selected nine Accessibility Champions who represent a diversity of professional backgrounds. A core part of this project will be the professional development that each participant will engage with through Vision Australia or The Centre for Inclusive Design. The goal is to develop a consistent and sustainable approach to accessibility that is appropriate to our context and needs within Deakin University. 

This project seeks to develop a knowledge-sharing community of accessibility experts. To achieve this, the champions will work to develop their capabilities in mentorship, training, and modelling best practice accessibility standards in a sustainable way that will support teaching and learning staff. As they build this critical knowledge and expertise, they will be seeking out partnerships, developing learning assets, mentoring others, and facilitating training sessions.

In the coming weeks the champions will begin their training during the incubation phase of this project. Once this phase is complete, the champions will begin to reach out to develop partnerships with other areas of the Deakin community and beyond. We are just at the beginning of the project and given the talented and passionate individuals who will put their shoulders to the wheel, there is no doubt that this project will achieve great things. 

Contact Danni McCarthy, Lecturer, Inclusive Education to register your interest in working with an Accessibility Champion.

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Inquiry-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 Tools

Inquiry-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 Tools

Inquiry-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 Tools

27

MAY, 2021

Digital Tools
Good Practice

Although we are born with an innate curiosity that drives us to explore our world, this seems to wane or become dormant as we mature. Some, like Socrates, have blamed our declining curiosity on ‘hubris’ or people’s egos, whereas Albert Einstein perceived the education system as the culprit, suggesting it was strangled the ‘holy curiosity of inquiry’. While the root causes are unclear, research reveals instructional approaches, in particular inquiry-based learning, can be used to stimulate and harness our learners’ curiosity to drive deep learning.

During the month of April, Dr Isma Seetal from the Deakin Learning Innovation team, Vivek Venkiteswaran from the Business and Law pod and Dr Tara Draper from the SEBE teaching team organised a series of workshops to discuss how inquiry-based learning and Microsoft Office 365 tools can be used to enhance student learning. In this article, we share some key takeaways from our workshop and launch some resources that we have created and curated to support you in using Microsoft Office 365 tools in teaching and learning.

 

Inquiry-based Learning

We have conceptualised inquiry-based learning broadly as a constructivist approach that consists of a range of pedagogical strategies where the overall goal is for students to solve a problem and perform investigative work. Inquiry-based learning can take various forms including research activities such as constructing literature reviews and enactments of practice, which involve students playing roles that are deemed crucial in the profession they aspire to join.

Compared to unassisted discovery and traditional approaches such as direct instruction, inquiry-based learning has a greater impact on student learning. It also supports the development of a range of skills such as deep thinking, knowledge application and logical reasoning.  Beyond the educational benefits it brings, inquiry-based learning also sustains students’ interest and motivation. However, there is a need for useful instructor guidance during the inquiry task and social support from peers for students to reap the benefits that inquiry-based learning offers.

 

Tools for Inquiry-based Learning

Microsoft Office 365 tools affords a myriad of features that can be leveraged to facilitate, support or enhance various learning activities in inquiry-based learning. Microsoft Forms, the online survey creator, can be used by instructors to gauge learners’ prior knowledge, engage them in self- and peer-review activities and promote reflection at various points during inquiry processes. Microsoft OneNote, the digital note-taking app, can be used by learners for their research activities such as research collation, synthesis and collaborative creation of research reports and papers. Other types of artefacts such as newsletters and presentations can be produced using Microsoft Sway, which can additionally be leveraged to add interactive elements to various types of instructional resources.

 

Resources for Deakin staff

You can learn more about how these Microsoft Office 365 tools can be used for inquiry-based learning and other learning activities through our resources, which are currently hosted on our Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Forms and Microsoft Sway SharePoint pages. You can join also the demystifying digital community of practice to learn about and share digital tips with colleagues. You can also join the Demystifying Digital Community on Yammer.

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