Classes now open for observation!

A diverse group of dedicated and experienced teaching staff from across the University, together with the Professional Learning and Staff Development Team, are collaborating to provide you with the opportunity to observe teaching – live and in-person, as part of our ‘Open for Observation’ program in Session 2.

Attend a real class and observe a Macquarie teacher in action:

  • Observe their teaching approach and techniques;
  • Learn about the tools and technologies they use;
  • Connect with colleagues within and beyond your discipline;
  • Gain a student perspective to inform your own teaching;
  • Talk about teaching – and learning – with other educators from across Macquarie.

We are very excited to be working with teaching staff across the faculties to make this possible.

I think it is such a useful learning tool to watch what other people do.  Each time I look into someone else’s unit I pick up something. That’s where a lot of my scaffolding comes from – learning from other people and seeing what they do. 

Dr Kelly Gray, FMHHS

How does the ‘Open for Observation’ program work?

Below are details of classes that are open for observation. The range of class types includes tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops and even singing and dancing practical sessions! There’s a mix of on-campus, online and some blended teaching sessions. There are open classes for all times of the day and evening so you are bound to find something that you can attend. You’ll be in the class with the students, but just as an observer, without having to participate or interact with others.

If you are interested, check out the many opportunities for observation below, and if a particular class catches your eye, book in to observe that session. You will then be sent any relevant information for that class, including the Zoom link if it’s online.

As an observer, you can use this guided Reflection Sheet to record your observations with prompts that will focus on capturing practices and techniques that you may wish to explore for your own teaching development.

It’s a great opportunity to get another perspective on teaching and to reflect afterwards on your own teaching practice.

  • Why do we teach the way we do?
  • What can I learn from the experience of others?
  • How can I improve my teaching?

Who can observe?

Anyone with at least ONE session of teaching under their belt will find this experience valuable. We’d also encourage Learning Designers to participate as observers.

Supporting and learning from each other

Not only do you have the opportunity to observe how others teach and get some ideas to inform your own teaching practice but you can also support your colleagues by providing feedback to them. We must emphasise though that this is an optional part of the process – it is not in any way meant to be a teaching evaluation. Rather, it’s in response to some of the participating teachers who have indicated that they would appreciate some feedback on specific aspects of the class. As an observer, please follow your teaching colleague’s lead, and only provide feedback when and where requested.

“Unless we co-teach, we find ourselves in a bubble and while we might think we do things one way or another, we don’t really know that unless we get some feedback from our students and peers. Peers, however, will have a different perspective of what we do and it is good to have a conversation about why we teach the way we do with someone in a similar role.” 

2021 Open for Observation participant

Consider observing teaching in a different discipline – you might be surprised!

As a business school lecturer, I didn’t know how I would benefit from the teaching methods used in an anatomy lab session. What I discovered was that there are no boundaries to learning from how others teach- it cuts across subjects.

Nandini Krishna Kumar, MQBS

Choose which class you’d like to observe and register

Thank you to the teachers listed below for opening up their classroom to provide these opportunities for you to observe.

Which one will you choose?

Get in quick as spaces in each timeslot are limited!

Click below on any class that interests you to see information about the class, the teacher, observation times available, and to register to attend.

Remember to check out the units on Open iLearn too! Note that you will need to have completed the Academic Integrity Module before you will be able to access other units (in Open iLearn) – this shouldn’t take you long though – you just need to ensure you do the Quiz at the end for the system to recognise ‘completion’ of the AI module.

Milton Baar | FSE | COMP8300 Information Security Management | 2 hr Lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Milton Baar is an academic in the School of Computing, Faculty of Science and Engineering. View Milton’s profile.

About the class:

COMP8300 Security Management is a 2-hour lecture delivered on campus. The lecture is followed by a two hour workshop. Generally, students don’t stay for very long in the workshop as they tend to work together in groups at a time and location that suits them better.

Observation opportunities available

The COMP8300 lecture runs for 2 hours. There is a maximum of 5 observers for the class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Tuesday 16 August3-5 pm14SCO 163Register 16/08/22

The observation experience

Before the class:

During the class:

After the class:

  • Please contact Milton after the class to reflect on your experience of observing the class and to provide any feedback. Email Milton directly milton.baar@mq.edu.au
Dr Agi Bodis | FMHHS | APPL8240 Language Testing and Evaluation | 2 hr lecture On campus or Online

About the teacher:

Dr Agi Bodis is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics , Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. View Agi’s profile.

About the class:

APPL8240 Language Testing & Evaluation: This is a 2-hour seminar delivered in blended mode, that is, in-person with some students joining online and is focused on testing and assessment. In this particular week (Week 7), the class learns about rubrics and is co-creating a marking rubric for their own assessment task that’s due at the end of the semester.

Observation opportunities available

The APPL8240 seminar runs for 2 hours. There is a maximum of 2 observers for the class. Observers can choose to attend on campus or via Zoom.

NOTE: If you plan to join the class via Zoom, please email Agi for the Zoom link once you register for the class at the link below.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Monday 5 September3-5 pm1CC 218 or via ZoomRegister 05/09/22

The observation experience

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Please introduce yourself to the class and feel free to interact with the students.
  • Consider the prompts on the Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • If you are joining the class via Zoom, also consider what it feels like to take part in a hybrid class via Zoom, how interactive it is etc as Agi would like to receive some feedback about that.

After the class:

  • Please contact Agi after the class to reflect on your experience of observing the class and to provide any feedback. Email Agi directly agnes.bodis@mq.edu.au
Dr Agi Bodis | FMHHS | APPL6010 Planning and Programming in TESOL | 2 hr lecture On campus or Online

About the teacher:

Dr Agi Bodis is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics , Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. View Agi’s profile.

About the class:

APPL6010 Planning and programming in TESOL: This is a 2-hour seminar delivered in blended mode, that is, in-person with some students joining online. This seminar focuses on lesson and unit planning for English as a second language lessons. In this particular week (Week 11), the students learn how to plan a cohesive set of lessons for their learners. The seminar is in a hybrid form and is interactive.

Observation opportunities available

The APPL6010 seminar runs for 2 hours. There is a maximum of 2 observers for the class. Observers can choose to attend on campus or via Zoom.

NOTE: If you plan to join the class via Zoom, please email Agi for the Zoom link once you register for the class at the link below.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 19 October2-4 pm25WW A209 (Wally’s Walk) or via ZoomRegister 19/10/22

The observation experience

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Please introduce yourself to the class and feel free to interact with the students.
  • Consider the prompts on the Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • If you are joining the class via Zoom, also consider what it feels like to take part in a hybrid class via Zoom, how interactive it is etc as Agi would like to receive some feedback about that.

After the class:

  • Please contact Agi after the class to reflect on your experience of observing the class and to provide any feedback. Email Agi directly agnes.bodis@mq.edu.au
Dr Andrew Burke | FoA | LAWS8002 Criminal Justice and Public Policy | 1hr On campus or 2hr Online tutorial

About the teacher:

Dr Andrew Burke is a Lecturer, Director Juris Doctor and Acting Director of Education in the Macquarie Law School, Faculty of Arts. View Andrew’s profile.

See also this TECHE article Spotlight on practice: Just have a go! Navigating expectations and ‘ticking off’ student participation in online learning – Andrew Burke.

About the class:

LAWS8002 Criminal Justice and Public Policy: An opportunity to observe 2-hour tutorial either on campus or online.

There are weekly one-hour in-person tutorials, and two hour evening online tutorials. Tutorials are varied; most involve some group work (done as breakout rooms online). The classes in week 13 (31/10 & 2/11) will involve group presentations by the students.

Here’s what a previous observer in one of Andrew’s classes said (note that this session it’s a different type of class):

I was lucky enough to observe one of Dr Andrew Burke’s (Law) evening tutorials where law students role-played lawyers interviewing clients (all played by Andrew) applying for bail or pleading guilty, where the ‘lawyers’ then had to prep for sentence hearings. It was like watching Law & Order (L&T). The ‘performers’ were excellent, and it was a rare privilege to be able to glimpse professional personas emerge as the students conducted their ‘client interviews ‘. One of the L&T highlights of the year for me (so far). Karina Luzia, S1 Observer.

Observation opportunities available:

ON CAMPUS: The LAWS8002 on campus tutorials run for 1 hour and there will be a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

ONLINE: The LAWS8002 online tutorials run for 2 hours and there is no limit on the number of observers for each class. The Zoom link will be provided once you register.

Class dateClass timeLocation (On campus or online)Link to register
Monday 15 August7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 15/08/22 Online
Wednesday 17 August10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 17/08/22 On campus
Monday 22 August7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 22/08/22 Online
Wednesday 24 August10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 24/08/22 On campus
Monday 29 August7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 29/08/22 Online
Wednesday 31 August10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 31/08/22 On campus
Monday 5 September7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 5/09/22 Online
Wednesday  7 September10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 7/09/22 On campus
Monday 26 September7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 26/09/22 Online
Wednesday  28 September10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 28/09/22 On campus
Wednesday  5 October7-9pm 01CC 216 (Central Courtyard)Register 5/10/22 On campus
Monday 10 October7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 10/10/22 Online
Wednesday 12 October10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 12/10/22 On campus
Monday 24 October7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 24/10/22 Online
Wednesday 26 October10-11am01CC 216 (Central Courtyard) Register 26/10/22 On campus
Monday 31 October7-9pm Online via ZoomRegister 31/10/22 Online

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Observers may interact with the students during class if they wish.

After the class:

  • Andrew would be happy to receive some feedback after the class. Please arrange an informal chat with Andrew after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience. Please email Andrew directly andrew.burke@mq.edu.au
Dr Mark Butlin | FMHHS | MEDI2101 Cardiovascular and Respiratory System | 2hr lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Mark Butlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Macquarie Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences. View Mark’s profile.

About the class:

MEDI2101 Cardiovascular and Respiratory System. An opportunity to observe 2 hour on-campus lecture. It’s a very traditional lecture format, but with an attempt to support simultaneous online viewing/questions with an Echo360 recording for catchup.

Observation opportunities available:

MEDI2101 on campus lectures run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 4 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 10 August1-3pm1 Wally’s Walk. G03 Lecture TheatreRegister 10/08/22
Wednesday 17 August1-3pm1 Wally’s Walk. G03 Lecture TheatreRegister 17/08/22
Wednesday 24 August1-3pm1 Wally’s Walk. G03 Lecture TheatreRegister 24/08/22
Wednesday 31 August1-3pm1 Wally’s Walk. G03 Lecture TheatreRegister 31/08/22

The observation experience

Before the class:

During the class:

After the class:

  • Mark would be keen to meet with you at the end of the class to chat about your impressions as an observer and to reflect and chat about how the class went. If observers have any feedback on what is working or could be improved, it would be valuable. If necessary, Mark can be contacted via email: mark.butlin@mq.edu.au
Dr Rex di Bona | FSE | ENGG2000/3000 Engineering Project Practice | 3hr workshop On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Rex di Bona is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science. View Rex’s profile.

See also this TECHE article: Spotlight on practice: Approaching teaching with the engineer’s mindset – Rex di Bona

About the class:

ENGG2000/3000 Engineering Project Practice: A blended class involving student groups from multiple units in an SGTA (small group teaching activities) and Workshop environment.

ENGG3000 combines students working in small groups towards a single team goal. It combines students from different disciplines and structures their interactions and engagement into a realistic engineering environment. We spread the students amongst multiple areas of the building, combining them for group leadership work and hands on practical work in the mechanical workshop. Online and face to face students mix in their groups allowing the simulation of remote working. Finally, during presentation week the students will be demonstrating their completed artefacts. All students are expected to be in person, with COVID isolating students online.

If you are not able to stay for the full 3-hours, Rex has advised that you can attend for a shorter duration as it would not be at all disruptive. Have conversation with Rex to find out which parts of the class would be the most interesting for you to attend depending on your own interests.

Observation opportunities available:

The ENGG2000/3000 on campus workshops run for 3- hours (but you don’t have to stay for the whole duration). There will be a maximum of 5 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationClass activityLink to register
Tuesday 30 August9am – 12 44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A normal class, demonstrating the blending of the different cohorts in their standard working groupsRegister 30/08/22 AM
Tuesday 30 August1-4pm44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A normal class, demonstrating the blending of the different cohorts in their standard working groupsRegister 30/08/22 PM
Tuesday 6 September 9am – 12 44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A design review, demonstrating the disciplines peer assessing each other’s work.Register 06/09/22 AM
Tuesday 6 September 1-4pm44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A design review, demonstrating the disciplines peer assessing each other’s work.Register 06/09/22 PM
Tuesday 11 October9am – 12 44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A production and testing day. The students will be manufacturing and assembling their artefact.Register 11/10/22 AM
Tuesday 11 October1-4pm44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A production and testing day. The students will be manufacturing and assembling their artefact.Register 11/10/22 PM
Tuesday 1 November9am- 12 44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A presentation day, where the students will present their artefact and it is evaluated in accordance with the customer’s requirements.Register 1/11/22 AM
Tuesday 1 November1-4pm44 Waterloo Rd. Room G64A presentation day, where the students will present their artefact and it is evaluated in accordance with the customer’s requirements.Register 1/11/22 PM

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Rex has indicated that he is keen to get feedback on understanding if the methods used are sensible and any improvements to the process.
  • Observers may interact with students if they wish during the workshop.

After the class:

  • Please contact Rex after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience or provide feedback, either in-person or via email rex.dibona@mq.edu.au
Dr Kelly Gray |FMHHS | PHTY8103 Interprofessional Healthcare | 2hr practical On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Kelly Gray is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. Kelly, as part of a team from Health Sciences, FMHHS, was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in the 2021 Australian awards for University Teaching (AAUT). View Kelly’s profile.

See also these TECHE articles: Spotlight on practice: Filling condoms with frozen peas…and other ideas for learning – Kelly Gray and In focus: iLearn workbooks.

About the class:

PHTY8103 Interprofessional Healthcare Interprofessional healthcare is a first year unit in the Macquarie MD and Doctor of Physiotherapy which focuses on Quality and Safety, Ethics and Person-centred care. The class is offered face to face on campus only.

Observation opportunities available:

All PHTY8103 practical classes will run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Tuesday 16 August1-3 pm1 WW (Wally’s Walk) Room 112Register 16/08/22
Tuesday 11 October1-3 pm1 WW (Wally’s Walk) Room 112Register 11/10/22
Tuesday 18 October1-3 pm1 WW (Wally’s Walk) Room 112Register 18/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Please contact Kelly via email prior to attending the class (kelly.gray@mq.edu.au). Access to iLearn site and tutorial notes will be provided prior to the class, however no preparation is required.
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the PHTY8103 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.

During the class:

  • Kelly will introduce you as a visitor. There is no expectation for observers to participate in the class.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Kelly is interested in receiving feedback from you afterwards.

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with Kelly after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience.
Professor Paul Haynes | FSE | MOLS8212 Proteomics technologies and applications | 2hr lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Paul Haynes is a Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering. View Paul’s profile.

About the class:

MOLS8212 Proteomics technologies and applications: This is a 2 hour lecture on campus. The first 20-30 minutes or so are a general introduction to the week and review of student questions from the previous week. There are typically about 30-40 students in attendance.

Observation opportunities available:

The MOLS8212 lectures run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 5 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Thursday 18 August12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 18/08/22
Thursday 25 August12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 25/08/22
Thursday 1 September12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 1/09/22
Thursday 8 September12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 8/09/22
Thursday 29 September12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 29/09/22
Thursday 6 October12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 6/10/22
Thursday 13 October12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 13/10/22
Thursday 20 October12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 20/10/22
Thursday 27 October12-2 pm4 Western Road 220Register 27/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

After the class:

  • If you like, you can contact Paul afterwards to arrange an informal chat as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, share information, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience. Note that directly after the class Paul is usually tied up with students as it’s a time he allocates for answering student questions. Please email Paul directly paul.haynes@mq.edu.au
Dr Lyndal Henden | FMHHS | STAT1378 Coding and Communication in Statistics | 2hr tutorial On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Lyndal Henden is a Research Fellow in the Macquarie Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. View Lyndal’s profile.

About the class:

STAT1378 Coding and Communication in Statistics: In this 2-hour tutorial, students work through computing coding and statistics questions on their laptops in the programming language R. The students work through the questions at their own pace and receive help to understand/de-bug their code.

Observation opportunities available:

All STAT1378 tutorials run for 2 hours and there are a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Monday 15 August2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 15/08/22
Tuesday 16 August9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 16/08/22 9am
Tuesday 16 August11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 16/08/22 11am
Monday 22 August2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 22/08/22
Tuesday 23 August9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 23/08/22 9am
Tuesday 23 August11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 23/08/22 11am
Monday 29 August2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 29/08/22
Tuesday 30 August9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 30/08/22 9am
Tuesday 30 August11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 30/08/22 11am
Monday 5 September2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 5/09/22
Tuesday 6 September9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 6/09/22 9am
Tuesday 6 September11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 6/09/22 11am
Monday 26 September2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 26/09/22
Tuesday 27 September9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 27/09/22 9am
Tuesday 27 September11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 27/09/22 11am
Tuesday 4 October9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 4/10/22 9am
Tuesday 4 October11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 4/10/22 11am
Monday 10 October2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 10/10/22
Tuesday 11 October9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 11/10/22 9am
Tuesday 11 October11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 11/10/22 11am
Monday 17 October2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 17/10/22
Tuesday 18 October9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 18/10/22 9am
Tuesday 18 October11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 18/10/22 11am
Monday 24 October2-4pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 24/10/22
Tuesday 25 October9-11 am6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 25/10/22 9am
Tuesday 25 October11-1pm6 Eastern Road, 306 PC LabRegister 25/10/22 11am

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Please contact Lyndal (lyndal.henden@mq.edu.au) to briefly introduce yourself and let her know what you hope to gain from observing this class.
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the STAT1378 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.

During the class:

  • Lyndal will introduce you as an observer.
  • You are welcome to interact with the students during the class.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Lyndal is interested in receiving some feedback from you afterwards about the class as this is the first time running these tutorials face to face so any feedback on whether the students seem engaged or not would be appreciated!

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with Lyndal after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback, and to reflect on your experience. lyndal.henden@mq.edu.au
A/Prof David Inglis | FoSE | MTRN2060 Introduction to Mechatronics | 3hr practical workshop On campus

About the teacher:

David Inglis is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering. View David’s profile.

About the class:

MTRN2060 Introduction to Mechatronics: The unit is built around assessment on demand and mastery based progression. Students have range of topics they can study on a given day, and can take practice assessments on those topics until they achieve a mastery threshold. Achieving the threshold unlocks graded assessments, practical activities and subsequent learning modules. In the workshop, teaching staff support students on this self-directed learning plan.

Observation opportunities available:

The MRTN2060 workshops run for 3 hours and there will be a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Friday 19 August9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 19/08/22
Friday 26 August9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 26/08/22
Friday 2 September9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 2/09/22
Friday 9 September9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 9/09/22
Friday 30 September9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 30/09/22
Friday 7 October9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 7/10/22
Friday 14 October9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 14/10/22
Friday 21 October9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 21/10/22
Friday 28 October9am 12 noon14SCO 163Register 28/10/22

The observation experience

Before the class:

During the class:

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with David after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience. David is always interested in feedback and ideas for how to meet students needs while motivating them to work hard. David would also like to see some of these ideas used in other units. (david.inglis@mq.edu.au)
Dr Marina Junqueira Santiago | FMHHS | MEDI2004 Pharmacology Fundamentals | 2hr tutorial On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Marina Junqueira Santiago is a Senior Lecturer in the Macquarie Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. View Marina’s profile.

About the class:

MEDI2004 Pharmacology Fundamentals: This tutorial class is offered face to face only and involves group activities and game-based learning (most of the weeks).

Observation opportunities available:

The MEDI2004 tutorials will run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 1 observation opportunity for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Thursday 11 August11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 11/08/22
Thursday 18 August11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 18/08/22
Thursday 25 August11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 25/08/22
Thursday 1 September11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 1/09/22
Thursday 8 September11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 8/09/22
Thursday 29 September11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 29/09/22
Thursday 6 October11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 6/10/22
Thursday 13 October11am – 1pm01CC 204Register 13/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Marina is interested in receiving some general feedback from you about the class, so consider that too as you observe.

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with Marina after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience.
Dr Prashan Karunaratne | MQBS3010 Agility and Excellence in Business | 2hr seminar On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Prashan Karunaratne is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics, Macquarie Business School. Prashan was recognised for his teaching excellence with a Student Nominated Award in the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Learning & Teaching Awards.

View Prashan’s profile.

About the class:

MQBS3010 Agility and Excellence in Business is the capstone unit for the Bachelor of Commerce. The students are studying a mix of majors and are in mixed-major teams. The unit design is active learning within teams. Students who may be COVID-isolating tend to join teams via Zoom, to keep the momentum going. The teaching philosophy is a guide-by-the-side philosophy. Students bringing their knowledge together to advance a UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal). Occasionally there may be industry guests.

Observation opportunities available:

All MQBS3010 seminars will run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 17 August10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 17/08/22
Wednesday 24 August10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 24/08/22
Wednesday 31 August10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 31/08/22
Wednesday 7 September10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 7/09/22
Wednesday 28 September10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 28/09/22
Wednesday 5 October10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 5/10/22
Wednesday 12 October10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 12/10/22
Wednesday 19 October10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 19/10/22
Wednesday 26 October10am-12 noon01CC 114 (Central Courtyard)Register 26/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Access the unit via Open iLearn
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the MQBS3010 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.
  • Prashan is usually 10 minutes early to the class so it would be great if you were able to get there early to introduce yourself.

During the class:

  • Be prepared to introduce yourself as a visitor.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Prashan is interested in learning from observers how to enhance the cross-disciplinarity and the engagement of the class, so consider this as you observe.

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with Prashan after the class (or contact Prashan by email afterwards) as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience. prashan.karunaratne@mq.edu.au
Dr Morwenna Kirwan | FMHHS | PHTY2000 Behaviour Change for Health and Exercise | 2hr tutorial On campus

About the teacher

Dr Morwenna Kirwan is the Director of Education in the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences. Morwenna was part of a team from FMHHS who were recipients of a 2021 Australian Award for University Teaching following their recognition as 2020 Vice Chancellor’s Learning & Teaching Award winners for learning innovation.

View Morwenna’s profile.

About the class

PHTY2000 Behaviour Change for Health and Exercise: An in-person interactive 2 hour tutorial applying the concepts from the models, theories and frameworks taught in the online modules. It’s a large tutorial group with 40+ students and two tutors.

Observation opportunities available:

The PHTY2000 classes will run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 2 observation opportunities for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Thursday 18 August2-4pm12 Second Way 435 Active Learning SpaceRegister 18/08/22
Thursday 1 September2-4pm12 Second Way 435 Active Learning SpaceRegister 1/09/22
Thursday 29 September2-4pm12 Second Way 435 Active Learning SpaceRegister 29/09/22
Thursday 13 October2-4pm12 Second Way 435 Active Learning SpaceRegister 13/10/22
Thursday 27 October2-4pm12 Second Way 435 Active Learning SpaceRegister 27/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class

  • Morwenna will introduce you to the class as an observer.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Morwenna would like some feedback on how the tutorial flowed and how engaged the students seemed to be, so consider that as you observe the class.

After the class

  • Arrange an informal chat (via Zoom) with Morwenna after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience. Contact Morwenna directly: morwenna.kirwan@mq.edu.au
A/Prof Shane Magee | MQBS | AFCP8101 Financial System, Participants & Instruments | 1.5hr Workshop Online

About the teacher

Shane Magee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Finance, Macquarie Business School. View Shane’s profile.

About the class

AFCP8101 Financial System, Participants and Instruments: This 1.5 hour webinar will be held on Zoom. This is a core unit in the Master of Applied Finance, which is offered online and in hybrid mode. Each week of this unit consists of a package of pre-recorded video resources, lecture notes and the 1.5-hour webinar. Students work through these resources before the webinar in preparation for case studies and problem solving in the webinar.

Observation opportunities available:

The AFCP8101 classes will run for 1.5 hours and there will be a maximum of 5 observation opportunities for each class. The Zoom link for the class will be sent to you once you register as an observer.

Class dateClass timeLink to register
Wednesday 21 September7 – 8.30 pmRegister 21 September
Wednesday 28 September7 – 8.30 pmRegister 28 September
Wednesday 5 October7 – 8.30 pmRegister 5 October
Wednesday 19 October7 – 8.30 pmRegister 19 October
Wednesday 2 November7 – 8.30 pmRegister 2 November

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Shane will be trialling a mixture of technologies for online teaching and would like feedback on student engagement during the webinar, so consider that too as you observe.
  • Please remain on mute during the class. Students may be allocated to breakout rooms, however observers should not participate in these.

After the class

  • Arrange an informal chat with Shane after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience.
Dr Jasna Novak Milic | FoA | CROA1020 Croation Studies 2 | 2hr seminar/practical class On campus & Online (Blended)

About the teacher: 

Dr Jasna Novak Milic is a Lecturer and Director in Croation Studies in the Department of Media, Communication, Creative Arts, Language & Literature, Faculty of Arts. View Jasna’s profile.

About the class: 

CROA1020 Croatian Studies 2. An opportunity to observe a 2-hour seminar/practical class that will be run in blended mode, that is, in-person with some students joining online.

CROA1020 builds on CROA1010, which is designed for those with little or no previous knowledge of Croatian. The unit includes material on general cultural aspects of life in Croatia and provides a thorough grounding in the basic structures of the language, working towards Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level A2.

The class is delivered in a blended synchronous mode with a zoom-in-class (‘double zooming’) and with unit content presented as interactive H5P slides.

As an observer you could join the class on campus or online via Zoom; or both, on different occasions, to experience different delivery modes.

Observation opportunities available:

There will be only 1 observation opportunity for each class. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Thursday 11 August4 – 6 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 11/08/22
Monday 15 August6 – 8 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 15/08/22
Thursday 18 August4 – 6 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 18/08/22
Monday 22 August6 – 8 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 22/08/22
Thursday 25 August4 – 6 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 25/08/22
Monday 29 August6 – 8 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 29/08/22
Thursday 1 September4 – 6 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 1/09/22
Monday 5 September6 – 8 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 5/09/22
Thursday 8 September4 – 6 pm 25WW C230 or via Zoom Register 8/09/22

The observation experience:

Before the class: 

During the class: 

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • CROA1020 is a small class so you can expect to be asked to briefly introduce yourself. You can participate in class if you want to but are not expected to. 
  • Jasna is interested to learn how observers experience blended synchronous teaching/learning and the interactive content that is available to students. 

After the class:  

  • At the end of the class, Jasna would appreciate some verbal or written feedback, especially in regard to blended, zoom-in-room delivery and use of interactive H5P elements. Stay after the end of the class or email Jasna (jasna.novakmilic@mq.edu.au)
Prof. David Orsmond | MQBS | ECON1021 Principles of Economics 2 | 1hr lectorial On Campus

About the teacher:

David Orsmond is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Macquarie Business School. View David’s profile.

About the class:

ECON1021 Principles of Economics 2: This is a ‘lectorial’ that extends the pre-recorded lectures to real-world issues.

Observation opportunities available

The ECON1021 lectorial runs for 1 hour on campus. There is no restriction on the number of observers for this class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Tuesday 23 August11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 23/08/22
Tuesday 30 August11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 30/08/22
Tuesday 6 September11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 6/09/22
Tuesday 27 September11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 27/09/22
Tuesday 4 October11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 4/10/22
Tuesday 11 October11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 11/10/22
Tuesday 18 October11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 18/10/22
Tuesday 25 October11am – 12 noonMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 25/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • David would be interested in receiving feedback following the lecture.

After the class:

  • David is keen to hear your critical thoughts and reflections after the class. Please see David at the end of the class or contact via email david.orsmond@mq.edu.au
Dr Josephine Paparo | FMHHS | PSYU2235 Developmental Psychology | 2hr lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Josephine Paparo is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences.

About the class:

PSYU2235 Developmental Psychology: This is a large undergraduate lecture held in Macquarie Theatre. Students may attend via live stream (Echo360), as well as in person.

Observation opportunities available

The PSYU2235 lecture runs for 2 hours on campus. There is no restriction on the number of observers for this lecture.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 10 August4-6pmMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 10/08/22
Wednesday 17 August4-6pmMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 17/08/22
Wednesday 31 August4-6pmMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 31/08/22
Wednesday 7 September4-6pmMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 7/09/22
Wednesday 28 September4-6pmMacquarie Theatre (21WW)Register 28/09/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Josephine would be interested in receiving feedback on the following aspects of the lecture:
  1. Room management: First time delivering this unit’s content (and undergraduates) face-to-face
  2. Density of lecture content: Looking to reduce this
  3. Engaging materials/resources/presentation: Looking to encourage repeat on campus attendance

After the class:

  • Josephine is really keen to hear your feedback and reflections after the class either via meeting or email josephine.paparo@mq.edu.au
Dr Sarah Powell | FoA | ECHE1310 The Arts in Education | 2hr workshop On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Sarah Powell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts. View Sarah’s profile.

See also this TECHE article Spotlight on practice: What’s lost – and found – when teaching online – Sarah Powell

About the class:

ECHE1310 The Arts in Children’s Lives: An opportunity to observe a 2hr practical workshop on campus that involve students in singing, playing, dancing, and composing. The units are for Education students training to be Early Childhood teachers.

Observation opportunities available

The ECHE1310 practical workshop runs for 2 hours on campus and there will be a maximum of 5 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 17 August10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 17/08/22 AM
Wednesday 17 August1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 17/08/22 PM
Wednesday 24 August10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 24/08/22 AM
Wednesday 24 August1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 24/08/22 PM
Wednesday 31 August10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 31/08/22 AM
Wednesday 31 August1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 31/08/22 PM
Wednesday 7 September10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 7/09/22 AM
Wednesday 7 September1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 7/09/22 PM
Wednesday 28 September10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 28/09/22 AM
Wednesday 28 September1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 28/09/22 PM
Wednesday 5 October10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 5/10/22 AM
Wednesday 5 October1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 5/10/22 PM
Wednesday 12 October10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 12/10/22 AM
Wednesday 12 October1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 12/10/22 PM
Wednesday 19 October10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 19/10/22 AM
Wednesday 19 October1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 19/10/22 PM
Wednesday 26 October10 am – 12 noon29WW Room 292 Register 26/10/22 AM
Wednesday 26 October1-3pm29WW Room 292 Register 26/01/22 PM

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the ECHE1310 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.
  • There’s no need to contact Sarah before the class. Once you register to attend, Sarah will be notified.

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • It would be great if observers were willing to join in with the class as if they were a student and see how that feels – it can be quite full on!
  • Sarah would be interested to know what potentially being out of their comfort zone was like for the observer.

After the class:

  • If you would like to arrange an informal chat with Sarah after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience, please email Sarah directly sarah.powell@mq.edu.au
Dr Sarah Powell | FoA | EDST8209 Teaching and the Arts | 2hr workshop On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Sarah Powell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts. View Sarah’s profile.

See also this TECHE article Spotlight on practice: What’s lost – and found – when teaching online – Sarah Powell

About the class:

EDST8209 Teaching and the Arts: An opportunity to observe a 2hr practical workshop on campus that involve students in singing, playing, dancing, and composing. The units are for Education students training to be Primary School teachers.

Observation opportunities available

The EDST8209 practical workshop runs for 2 hours on campus and there will be a maximum of 5 observers for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Monday 5 September12 noon – 2pm29WW Room 292 Register 5/09/22
Monday 26 September12 noon – 2pm29WW Room 292 Register 26/09/22
Monday 3 October12 noon – 2pm29WW Room 292 Register 3/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the EDST8209 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.
  • There’s no need to contact Sarah before the class. Once you register to attend, Sarah will be notified.

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • It would be great if observers were willing to join in with the class as if they were a student and see how that feels – it can be quite full on!
  • Sarah would be interested to know what potentially being out of their comfort zone was like for the observer.

After the class:

  • If you would like to arrange an informal chat with Sarah after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience, please email Sarah directly sarah.powell@mq.edu.au
A/Prof Michael Proctor | FMHHS | SPHL2216 Speech Acoustics | 2hr seminar On campus

About the teacher:

Mike Proctor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. View Mike’s profile.

About the class:

SPHL2216 Speech Acoustics: An opportunity to observe a 2-hour seminar that will be run in blended mode, that is, in-person with some students joining online. It is preferred that observers join the class in person.

In this unit we study speech acoustics through readings, multimedia resources, lectures, and practical laboratory exercises. We will look at how the vocal tract produces and shapes speech sounds, and study the acoustic properties of consonants and vowels.

Delivery is flipped: readings, lectures and core learning materials are posted at the beginning of each week. workshops are held mid-week, and Friday seminars are offered in a Q&A format with quizzes and other exercises to consolidate key ideas and techniques.

Observation opportunities available:

All SPHL2216 seminars run for 2 hours and there will be a maximum of 2 observers for each class.

Class datesClass timeLocationLink to register
Friday 19 August12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 19/08/22
Friday 26 August12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 26/08/22
Friday 2 September12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 2/09/22
Friday 9 September12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 9/09/22
Friday 30 September12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 30/09/22
Friday 7 October12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 7/10/22
Friday 14 October12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 14/10/22
Friday 21 October12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 21/10/22
Friday 28 October12 – 2 pm10 Hadenfeld Ave T1Register 28/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Please contact Mike via email prior to attending the class michael.proctor@mq.edu.au. Mike will provide access to the iLearn site so that observers can access learning materials and understand the unit and delivery structure.
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the SPHL2216 Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students.

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Mike is interested in receiving feedback from you afterwards about the learning experience and the effectiveness of the delivery and content so consider that as you observe the class.

After the class:

  • Arrange an informal chat with Mike after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience. Or contact Mike via email michael.proctor@mq.edu.au
Prof. Anina Rich | FMHHS | COGS2040 Attention | 2hr lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Anina Rich is a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences. View Anina’s profile 

About the class:

COGS2040 Attention: An opportunity to observe a 2 hour lecture on campus.

This is an-person lecture with a live stream, using the active learning platform for in lecture engagement and ‘buzz discussion groups’ for applying knowledge and encouraging thinking.

Observation opportunities available:

Observe a 2 hour Lecture for COGS2040. There will be 9 observation opportunities for each class.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Monday 15 August10am – 12 noon1CC 210Register 15/08/22
Monday 22 August 10am – 12 noon1CC 210Register 22/08/22

The observation experience:

Before the class: 

During the class: 

  • Anina will introduce you as an observer at the start of the class.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Anina is hoping this will be an opportunity to share things she has found successful and to get feedback on her methods from peers.

After the class:  

  • Arrange an informal chat with Anina after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience (it would be ideal if you were able to keep 15-30 free directly after the class). Otherwise email anina.rich@mq.edu.au
Dr Jennifer Ruskin | MQBS | PROF1000 Introduction to Professional Practice | 1-3hr seminar On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Jennifer Ruskin is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Co-op and Internships in the Macquarie Business School. View Jennifer’s profile 

About the class:

PROF1000 Introduction to Professional Practice is a 1000-level unit designed to prepare students for developing employability throughout their course. Seminars are offered in flipped classroom mode. Students engage in interactive activities to promote development of professional skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking, etc.) and personal reflection during class time.

Observation opportunities available:

Observe 1-3 hours of the seminar. There will be a maximum of 2 observers for each seminar.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Wednesday 10 August2-5pm 1CC 106Register 10/08/22
Wednesday 17 August2-5pm 1CC 106Register 17/08/22
Wednesday 24 August2-5pm 1CC 106Register 24/08/22
Wednesday 31 August2-5pm 1CC 106Register 31/08/22
Wednesday 7 September2-5pm 1CC 106Register 7/09/22
Wednesday 28 September2-5pm 1CC 106Register 28/09/22

The observation experience:

Before the class: 

  • Please contact Jennifer prior to attending the class via email jennifer.ruskin@mq.edu.au. Jennifer can then share the seminar plan with you. 
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the PROF1000Unit Guide to get a feel for the class and the students. 
  • View the content for the relevant week via Open iLearn to see what the students will review before the class.

During the class: 

  • Observers should plan to introduce themselves and should feel free to contribute to classroom discussion.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Jennifer is interested in receiving feedback from you afterwards about adapting this unit for large group teaching.

After the class:  

  • Arrange an informal chat with Jennifer after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class, provide any feedback and to reflect on your experience. jennifer.ruskin@mq.edu.au
Dr Chavalin Svetanant | FoA | JPNS1220 / JPNS2020 Japanese Studies 4 | 2hr tutorial On campus

About the teacher:

Dr Cavalin Svetanant is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts. View Chavalin’s profile.

About the class:

JPNS1220 / JPNS2020 Japanese Studies 4 (co-taught units): The 2-hour tutorial (on campus) is one of the two classes offered to intermediate learners of Japanese language. It is an implementation of a flipped-classroom model together with Team-Based Learning (TBL) practice. The students are expected to study independently before they attend the class through a variety of self-paced online learning resources such as mini-lecture recordings, course notes, short quizzes, kanji practice sheets, etc. In the classroom, the students are encouraged to participate in a pre-allocated group to complete various collaborative activities focusing on clarifying linguistic key concepts and contextualising grammatical knowledge through application. The ultimate aim of the class is to foster more autonomous and independent learners, while promoting discovery and deep learning through an innovative model that is different from the traditional language classroom.

Observation opportunities available:

2 hour lecture – on campus. There will be a maximum of 2 observers for each tutorial.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Monday 29 August11am – 1pm25WW (Wally’s Walk) C230 Language Learning RoomRegister 29 August
Tuesday 30 August10am-12 noon25WW (Wally’s Walk) C230 Language Learning RoomRegister 30 August
Monday 5 September11am – 1pm25WW (Wally’s Walk) C230 Language Learning RoomRegister 5 September
Tuesday 6 September10am – 12 noon25WW (Wally’s Walk) C230 Language Learning RoomRegister 6 September

The observation experience:

Before the class:

  • Once you have registered to observe a class, please contact Chavalin directly prior to the class so that she can give a brief introduction to the self-paced online learning resources in iLearn webpage and share the expectation about class participation.
  • Download the observation Reflection Sheet
  • Read the Unit Guides for JPNS1220 or JPNS2020 to get a feel for the class and the students.

During the class:

  • The observer(s) will be asked to introduce themselves as a visitor. Please remain on mute during the class discussion.
  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Chavalin would like to receive feedback on the implementation of this new model in language learning so please also consider that as you observe the class.

After the class:

  • If you would like to arrange an informal chat with Chavalin after the class as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience, please email Chavalin chavalin.svetanant@mq.edu.au
A/Prof Wayne Warburton | FMHHS | PSYU3399 Psychological Science Putting Theory Into Practice | 1hr lecture On campus

About the teacher:

Wayne Warburton is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences. View Wayne’s profile.

About the class:

PSYU3399 Psychological Science: Putting Theory Into Practice. An opportunity to observe a 1-hour lecture on campus.

This is the Capstone unit for psychology. Some lectures focus on integrating UG learning in psychology into a more holistic understanding of human behaviour in the real world. Other lectures focus on professional practice, ethics, governing codes and laws, CPD and self care.

Observation opportunities available:

1 hour lecture – on campus. The lecture is held in a large lecture theatre (Lotus Theatre) so there is no limit on the number of observers.

Class dateClass timeLocationLink to register
Thursday 11 August10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 11/08/22
Thursday 18 August10-11am27 WW Lotus TheatreRegister 18/08/22
Thursday 1 September10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 1/09/22
Thursday 6 October10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 6/10/22
Thursday 13 October10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 13/10/22
Thursday 20 October10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 20/10/22
Thursday 27 October10-11am27WW Lotus TheatreRegister 27/10/22

The observation experience:

Before the class:

During the class:

  • Consider the prompts on this guided Reflection Sheet as you observe the class.
  • Observers may join in the class as students would.

After the class:

  • Wayne has indicated he would be available at the end of the class if you would like to have an informal chat then as an opportunity to ask any questions about the class and to reflect on your experience. Otherwise, please email Wayne directly via wayne.warburton@mq.edu.au

FAQs for Observers

Your questions answered below.

Can I register to observe a class outside my own faculty? What if I’m not familiar with the subject?

Yes, indeed. We’d like to encourage observers to look outside their own faculty. You don’t need to be familiar with the subject matter in order to observe the class. It’s all about observing different approaches to learning and teaching.

The ‘Open for Observation’ program can also be used within the department/faculty/school for peer review and to promote collegial conversations about teaching.

Can I just turn up to a class without registering beforehand?

Please register first. There are a limited number of places available for each class time based on what the teacher has advised is manageable for them and their class, so as not to cause unnecessary disruption to the class. Please only attend a class that you have registered for. Bookings are open up until close of business the day prior to the class.

What should I do if I register to observe a class and then find that I am unable to attend?

If you are not able to attend a class that you have registered for, please contact professional.learning@mq.edu.au and we will cancel your booking and make the space available for someone else to book.

What are the reflection prompts for?

The reflection prompts are for you to use during your observation to help you to think about and reflect on the experience to get the most out of it. These prompts are suggestions only, and how you use them is up to you. You could consider sharing some of your reflections with the observee!

Can I leave in the middle of the class or do I have to stay to the end?

As a courtesy to the teacher and the students, and so as not to disrupt the class, it is recommended that you stay for the duration of the class. If there is an urgent reason why you need to leave, just politely advise the teacher.

However, there are some 3-hour classes where the teacher has specifically advised that it would be perfectly acceptable to leave before the end of the class. This has been indicated in the class information where this applies.

Should I approach the teacher before/during/after class?

Please respect the wishes of the teacher about how much contact they would like, and when. We have checked with all the teachers, and have provided information about their preferences under each teacher’s name in the descriptions above. The booking system will automatically let them know who is attending their class. Please note that some teachers have indicated that they would like you to contact them before the class, perhaps to provide information about what to expect in the class.

Please be mindful that teaching staff are often tied up immediately at the end of a class with speaking to students, or they may need to rush off to another class.

How do I obtain the link to observe an online class?

When you register for a class, you will receive a booking confirmation email. If the class is online, the Zoom link will be included in that email.

Should I provide feedback to the teacher after the class?

These teachers have volunteered to open up their classes to allow you to have a unique insight into their teaching practices, so you can get ideas and reflect on your own teaching. Some staff have indicated that they would like to receive feedback on a specific aspect of their teaching, or if they are trying something new. Please be guided by their preferences, as outlined above, for each teacher and please take care to provide feedback only when requested.

Consider sharing some of your reflections with the observee teacher and if you enjoyed the observation experience, let them know!


* The Open for Observation program contributes to the following Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework capabilities:
F2.1 Observe and reflect on the teaching of others
F2.2 Obtain and respond to peer feedback
F2.3 Obtain and respond to peer feedback on teaching, learning, learning support and /or curriculum/assessment design practices.
F2.4 Participate in peer review and provide constructive formative feedback to colleagues.


If you have any questions about the Open for Observation initiative, please contact professional.learning@mq.edu.au

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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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