All posts by Olga Kozar

I'm a 'long-term' Mq girl. I did my PhD here and taught different courses, ranging from undergrad to PhD students. I then joined the Learning Innovation Hub, which I love. I'm passionate about good learning and teaching. Give me a shout if I can assist you in any way.

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5 Practical Ideas To Prevent Ghostwriting

In response to Rebecca's great article on Contract Cheating and this week's Academic Integrity workshops, I reflect on why students are drawn to ghostwriting and, most importantly, what we can do about it.

/ 2 May, 2018
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What Is The Best Way To Allocate Groups?

Is random allocation or allowing students to pick their own groups best? Or do you use a different method? It's important to understand, and make clear to students, what you are actually trying to achieve with groupwork.

/ 19 April, 2018
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A New Way To Hand-le Reflection 😃

Consider using the ‘body parts’ exercise for reflection – allowing students to see an experience from a different perspective.

/ 4 April, 2018
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‘Groupwork’ Benefits WITHOUT Doing ‘Groupwork’

Take a look at these 6 collaborative activities that hone cooperation and communication skills without actually formalising it as 'groupwork'.

/ 20 March, 2018
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An ‘In-Built’ Urge That Hinders Teaching… And An Easy Way To Fix It

An average person can tolerate only 0.6 seconds of silence mid-sentence. What does that mean for teaching? It's important to allow students enough time to answer questions.

/ 8 March, 2018

5 Ways To Make Lectures More Engaging

Try out these 5 tips for including engaging interactive activities in your lectures.

/ 15 February, 2018
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A Toxic Effect Of ‘Flying Solo’ For Teaching Staff

Research suggests that working in isolation might actually be harmful for your job satisfaction and well-being, especially if you are an ‘early career’ academic.

/ 3 November, 2016

9 Tips For Designing A Non-Accredited Program: A Case Study

How does one design a non-accredited program? What works and what does not? This case study of a Macquarie program shares some insights... 

/ 7 September, 2016
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University Assignments: Why Students Rarely Go ‘Outside Of The Box’

Macquarie undergraduate student Aprill Miles took to the podium to deliver a keynote at the German Undergraduate Research Conference last month. For Aprill, the experience of working on her own research project has been truly transformational. It also opened her...

/ 5 August, 2016