Whether you are new to teaching at MQ, experienced and just need some technology tips or ready to undertake something more structured – we’ve got you covered. If time is of the essence, perhaps start with one of the ‘quick reads’.

Quick reads

 For teaching inspiration, ideas and tips, access this curated list of relevant short articles.

Popular topics include active learning, technology, academic integrity, reflection, teaching online and more. 

Access Quick reads

Events in July only

TitleDate/sDescriptionHow to access
iLearn Drop in clinic – via Zoom12- 27 JulyGet one-on-one help with setting up your iLearn.

View dates and times
iLearn Insights functionality & new features15 JulyJoin this PechaKucha Zoom presentation to learn about the functions of iLearn Insights including monitoring student engagement and sending personalised emails to students. Every 3-5 minutes a new topic will be covered. View the list of topics and times and then join in according to your interests.

Duration: from 5 minutes up to 1 hour
Join here
Teaching via Zoom: Basics28 JulyIf you are new to teaching via Zoom, or need a refresher, come along to this workshop where we’ll practice foundational skills, such as creating Zoom meetings and sharing links in iLearn, screen sharing during the meetings and chat management.

Duration: 1 hour
Register to attend
Teaching via Zoom: Advanced30 JulyThis workshop will focus on Zoom features that can increase interaction and engagement in your Zoom sessions. Learn how to use polls, breakout rooms and annotations. Ask questions and practice.

Duration: 1 hour
Register to attend
Explore the technology in Central courtyard teaching roomsTBAIf you are teaching for the first time in one of the 1CC (new central courtyard) teaching rooms, then you will want to get the low down on how to operate the technology available. The July workshops have been postponed due to COVD lockdown. Express your interest in attending a workshop and we will contact you once we know when face to face teaching is likely to recommence.

Duration: 1 hour
Express your interest

Short courses and self-paced learning: Hot topics – access anytime

Go at your own pace with these learning modules and resources.

Some of these are accessible via Workday, Macquarie’s HR system. Log in using your MQ OneID and then look under ‘Topics’ for learning and teaching related modules.

TitleDescriptionHow to accessDuration
Academic Integrity Module for Staff (Foundation)An overview of academic integrity for teaching staff.Via Workday45 minutes
Active Learning: 2 self-paced modulesModule 1 covers the basics for implementing active learning in your classroom: popular low-stakes techniques, key literature findings and practical tips on using MQ-supported technologies. 
Module 2 covers more advanced active learning techniques as well as practical tips and suggestions for tackling common issues with active learning.
iLearn modules45 minutes each
Echo360 Universal CaptureLearn how to create, edit, upload and share your own recorded media using Echo360 Universal Capture software.Via Workday35 minutes
Enhance your online presenceGet ready to present your best self for online teaching, whether you are running classes via Zoom or recording lectures. This series of short videos, called ‘Discover your voice’ and ‘Discover your online presence’, was created by an experienced voice coach. Also great for students creating online presentations or videos.Discover your voice and online presence series5 minutes each
Learning and Teaching Staff Induction ModuleFor new commencing MQ L&T staff. Get the run down on all the important learning and teaching things you need to know when you first commence at Macquarie.Access via Workday, Macquarie’s HR system35 minutes
Teaching Online Program A combination of a self-access and facilitated training focused on Teaching Online. Attend a Teaching via Zoom workshop early in the semester and work though other resources and activities at your own time/pace. Participants will be eligible for a certificate of completion.Register your interest5 hours
Teaching via Zoom workshop(s)Come along for a hands-on practical session on how to make the most out of teaching via Zoom. We’ll practice foundational and more advanced techniques.Register your interest60 minutes
Technologies and tools: Quick guides on everything!The Technologies and tools website has information and quick guides on all of the learning technologies and tools available to support learning and teaching.Technologies and Tools Website
Using iLearn and other learning technology and tools (workshops)A series of specialised workshops to support all staff in using our learning technologies. Includes iLearn Basics, using Gradebook, Feedback Studio and Rubrics. Targeted workshops for tutors and unit convenors plus a new workshop on using ECHO360 universal capture.Workshops on Teche Events90 minutes
Zoom for Teaching self-paced moduleLearn how to set up and work with – and in – Zoom for learning and teaching: practical tips and techniques, using basic Zoom functions, recommended set-up options, tweaking default options and how to make your Zoom teaching sessions more interactive and engaging.iLearn Module45 minutes

Find your PLaCE Persona to access PD and resources relevant for you

Click on the Persona activity image below to start. Choose the Persona that best describes you and click on that. You will then see a couple of developmental capabilities from the Professional Learning & Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework that are relevant to the selected role. There are suggestions for targeted professional development resources, programs and/or communities of practice to support you in achieving those capabilities. Note you may find that your specific role crosses over with more than just one of the personas, in which case we invite you to look at both Personas to see the suggestions for development and capability enhancement.

External professional learning

TitleDescriptionHow to access
Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching MOOCa self-paced teaching induction course which includes content developed by Macquarie University staffEnrol here
Transforming Assessment webinar seriesexploring assessment in higher education with a particular focus on use of technology to enhance the assessment of student learning. View over 100 recordings of past events from 2010 to 2020 and join the upcoming eventsTransforming assessment website
CourseraMacquarie staff have free access to Macquarie created courses on the Coursera platform. Create an account using your Macquarie email address. Explore what’s available!Coursera for MQ

Join a community of practice

There are some great opportunities for you to engage with like-minded colleagues. Why not join one of these Communities of Practice groups:

  • Learning and Teaching Podcast Discussion Club – like a book club, for podcasts.
  • Learning and Teaching SWAT Team – a network for learning designers and learning and teaching support staff.
  • Teaching and Leadership Community of Practice – shape how we lead learning and teaching at MQ.
  • Learning Technology Research Cluster Group – exchange ideas and share information about research into learning technologies.

For more information or to join a Community of Practice

There’s more to come…

The Learning and Teaching Staff Development Team is offering, and supporting Faculties to offer, professional learning programs and resources for teaching. There are further programs and resources still under development.

New releases – coming soon:

  • 2 Active Learning self-paced training modules (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Active Learning hands-on workshop
  • Teaching Enhancement Program’ pilot – collegial professional development to enhance teaching practice in target areas.
  • Introduction to MQCMS module
  • Teaching online self-paced program
  • Series of articles showcasing our HE Fellows
  • Advanced Academic Integrity modules for staff

We will be releasing further resources throughout the session via the Teche blog. Ensure you don’t miss out by subscribing to Teche.

Now accepting EOI’s for 2022 intake of Beginning to Teach program

We are already underway with the Session 2 offering of the Beginning to Teach (BTT) program, but you can register your interest to participate in the program for S1 next year. BTT is a 4-week online program designed to develop the teaching capability of those with limited or no experience of teaching. The program includes an opportunity for participants to plan, facilitate and evaluate a short (‘micro’) teaching session and receive peer feedback.

Read the BTT Program Guide and if you’d like to participate in 2022 Express your interest

These professional learning for teaching development offerings align with the Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework and have been guided by the objectives of the University Operating Plan and faculty learning and teaching support priorities.

Questions and suggestions for future professional development for teaching staff can be directed to professional.learning@mq.edu.au

Posted by L&T Development

The Learning and Teaching Staff Development team works with staff across the University to ensure they are supported to facilitate quality learning for students. This includes offering professional development, contributing to curriculum and assessment design, recognising and rewarding good practice, supporting peer review of teaching, and leading scholarly reflection. Email professional.learning@mq.edu.au with questions or requests.

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