While the Learning Innovation Hub (LIH) has been around for about a year and a half, and the Incubator about 6 months, they often seem to get confused (it’s the word Innovation that seems to be the sticking point).

Here, each team clears up who does what, where you can find them and how you can benefit from their services.

(An original version was published in This Week, 13 March, 2018)

What is your role at Macquarie?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
The Incubator provides entrepreneur training courses, a program of interesting events and a supportive innovation community where people come to turn their ideas into reality. It also provides co-working and hot desk space, meeting and event areas, and one-on-one support through a network of advisors and experts. The Incubator’s goal is to build a vibrant entrepreneurial community who share and contribute experience and resources.

The Incubator is in the portfolio of the DVC Corporate Engagement and Advancement.

The Learning Innovation Hub (LIH) is a central unit of specialists serving Macquarie University’s learning and teaching community. Our team is made up of the Strategy Team (Strategic Initiatives, Quality and Assurance, Professional Development, Community Engagement and Educational Media) and Learning Technology Services (support, training and system administration for iLearn, iTeach, iShare, Echo360, and a host of other systems).

The LIH is in the portfolio of the PVC Learning and Teaching, and the DVC Academic.

Where are you located on campus?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
8 Hadenfeld Ave, Macquarie University – next to 10 Hadenfeld Avenue (Y3A – the Arts Building). The stunning timber building on the Epping Rd side of campus!! 2 First Walk, Levels 3 and 4 and 9 Wally’s Walk, Level 0
What services do you offer?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
The Incubator supports a range of flexible solutions, where-ever people may be on their entrepreneurial journey. The Incubator is an open and inclusive community of like-minded people doing amazing things. If you are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, are working on a concept or looking for the inspiration to start, then Incubator events, workshops and academic courses can provide the foundations for success.

The Incubator offers desk space, meeting/event areas, a weekly speaker series and workshops, and is introducing an academic program. Their vision is to build a growing entrepreneurial community who share and contribute experience and resources that help early ideas grow. They are currently offering hot-desking space 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and permanent desks for resident members with 24/7 access (via application only).

To help enhance all aspects of learning and teaching, the LIH:

Who are your services targeted at?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
Students, researchers, staff, small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and start ups, and the wider community, who are interested in/or working on research or an idea that can be commercialised. All staff involved in Learning and Teaching at Macquarie; teaching academics and professional staff who support learning and teaching.
What sorts of events do you run?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
The Incubator hosts events such as fireside chats with business industry experts, pitch competitions, speaker series, hack-a-thons and networking events. They are also piloting academic modules that teach practical entrepreneurial skills. Information on events can be found in the Incubator newsletter. A calendar of events is listed on Teche (and information sent out in a weekly newsletter) and covers:

  • Training workshops on the use of centrally-operated learning technologies (iLearn, iTeach, iShare, Echo360, Zoom, VoiceThread, Turnitin, Gradebook)
  • Learning and Teaching Exchange (LTX) – run roughly every 6 weeks, LTXs provide an exchange of ideas, practice and activity on strategic priority initiatives within the Learning and Teaching Framework
  • Tech Talks – introductions to and demonstrations of new technologies
  • Professional Development and Learning – the Foundations in Learning and Teaching course, workshops to do with the Higher Education Fellowship Scheme.
How can staff get involved?
Incubator Learning Innovation Hub
To get involved in Incubator activities, subscribe to their newsletter via the Macquarie Incubator website. Staff can also get involved through attending, facilitating or hosting workshops and events, applying to work in the space, or volunteering to become a mentor. If there is another way you would like to contribute to the Incubator community, contact incubator@mq.edu.au.
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