Keynote: Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Debbie Haski-Leventhal our Keynote speaker from Macquarie Business School will open this inaugural event by asking what can universities do to create a stronger contribution to the world? Higher education institutions need to discover how they can create societal impact beyond providing degrees and generating research. Debbie discusses the emerging movement of purpose-driven universities, in which leadership, faculty and students work together to shift from being best in the world to being best for the world. She dives deeply into emerging concepts such as impactful teaching and learning and universities as a force for good. 

Dr Murray Taylor

Dr Murray Taylor and Dr Mauricio Marrone 

Murray Taylor and Murray Taylor and Mauricio Marrone from Macquarie Business School have since 2013 taught large undergraduate courses with over 500 students each semester. They have developed a key innovative learning approach focused on active learning in lectures to create student engagement. Their approach has been found to motivate all students to engage in large units where 25-30% of the cohort are international students. 

Dr Mauricio Marrone

Dr Pamela Humphreys 

The English language proficiency and academic literacies of students with English as an additional language is once again on national and institutional agendas. Pamela Humphreys, Director of Macquarie University International College (MUIC) and the English Language Centre (ELC) will describe the interventions used in the S2 2019 academic language and learning support trial delivered by ELC in MQBS, including the frameworks underpinnings this work, the positive impact on both student learning and academics’ practice, and desired next steps. 

Associate Professor Matt Bower  

Matt Bower from Department of Educational Studies will present on Augmented Reality (AR). Knowing how to design AR experiences empowers teachers to create more meaningful, relevant and exciting educational experiences for their students. The pre-service teachers enjoy being creative with AR, and they can tailor learning experiences to the needs and interests of their students. 

Associate Professor Kira Westaway

Kira Westaway from Faculty of Science and Engineering will present an opportunity to share real learning experiences using a bank of mobile Virtual Reality (VR) stations for campus wide applications. Kira explains the importance of providing real life experiences for galvanising student curiosity, engagement and commitment and for preparing students for the workplace. The rigs place the students right in the middle of the action making them the masters of their own learning journeys, they allow the students to be transported to the ‘coal-face’ of their discipline and help them to visualise the everyday reality of their chosen profession.

Professor Catherine Dean 

Cath Dean from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will present on the development and implementation of the Macquarie Assessment Portfolio (MAP) for the Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD).  The MAP holds all formative and summative assessment data across the entire course. Student’s self-assessment data is also captured regularly in their portfolio. The dashboards created within the MAP use a traffic light system and provide clear evidence of the development of 8 Macquarie MD capability aspects and the entrustment of key professional activities required for practice of medicine.  The MAP allows students to monitor their progress and direct their future learning. The MAP data is examined as a hurdle assessment at the end of Stage 1 (mid-course) and prior to graduation, to assure satisfactory progress towards, and achievement of, course learning outcomes. The MAP system uses software which can be customised and potentially applied in other Macquarie courses.

Associate Professor Naomi Sweller

Naomi Sweller from Department of Psychology will provide an overview of the two-stage final exam technique. This exam technique effectively turns the previously summative only exam into a formative (as well as summative) technique, as the students receive immediate feedback from their peers and consolidate knowledge themselves by teaching content to their peers. Further, this technique allows for the students’ desire to collaborate, without traditional tasks in which collaboration may result in cheating. 

Dr Matthew Bailey 

Matt Bailey from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations will present on developing blended learning curricula. Matt will discuss ways that a range of iLearn tools can be integrated into unit development to provide an engaging online component for both face-to-face and external students. He will also provide examples of how technology can be employed to enhance in-class activities and group work. 

Associate Professor Taryn Jones 

Taryn Jones from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will provide some insight into how she has used assessments to assist students to develop and apply skills required for the modern workplace, such as creativity, innovation, digital literacy and communication skills. Taryn will outline how a programmatic approach has been used to implement assessments not typically incorporated into health professional education to develop the skills required for future focused professionals. 

Associate Professor Jana Bowden 

What do students want from their higher education experience? How can we best support student success? Jana Bowden from Macquarie Business School will discuss the nature of student engagement and how this determines student success. Drawing broadly upon the findings of a research project conducted with over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, Jana discusses four key pillars of student engagement – intellectual, social, emotional and participatory engagement and the way in which these can and be built into the fabric of the tertiary experience.  

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