All posts by Olga Kozar

I'm a 'long-term' Mq girl. I did my PhD here and taught on different courses, ranging from 1st year to PhD students. I now work in Learning and Teaching, which I love. I have 2 young kids and a dog, and I love meeting other Mq people, so give me a shout if you'd like to talk 'learning and teaching' or would like to brainstorm together.

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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
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Program-Level Design: 10 Practical Strategies For ‘Keeping It Real’

Program-level design helps to provide students with a coherent learning pathway, and ensures what they experience is more than a ‘collection of individual units’.

/ 3 May, 2016
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(Almost) All You Need To Know About Program-Based Design

Program-based design is the next big thing at Macquarie. What is it? How and why should it be done? Dr Panos Vlachopoulos has been involved in program-based design for many years in universities in the UK, New Zealand and Australia;...

/ 19 April, 2016