Learn Do Share 2016: Pedagogy in Technology

Time:8.30am - 1.30pm
Date:Thursday 8 September 2016
Room:Caseroom 4, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road

In this year’s Learn Do Share, speakers from inside and outside the Business School will discuss how technology can truly support student learning and make assessment more effective and efficient!

Learn Do Share’s morning tea is also a great chance for teaching staff to network and catch up with each other. Please RSVP for catering purposes, using the registration button. Please register below and we look forward to seeing you there!

Full schedule

9.00-9.30: Inhaling confidence
Confidence is key. If you do not believe in yourself, then nobody will. When students taking a course with low-level or lack of self-belief due to some preconceptions about the course, the subject or their own skillset, then, it is rather unlikely that they will engage with the content or excel at the course. Lack of self-belief or self-efficacy can create a passive, risk-averse learning environment for students where their focus is solely occupied by avoiding mistakes and seeking the ‘correct’ answer. In contrast, providing students with reassurance in class and with assessments that make them feel in control of their learning can help lecturers develop students’ confidence in the subject, and it also has long-term implications on a course’s resource management and utilisation.

Dr Laszlo Sajtos is a senior lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the University of Auckland Business School. Laszlo teaches research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research area is at the crossroads of service recovery and relationship management.

9.30-10.00: What’s in it for me?
Academics are usually expected to perform research and to teach. However, the institutional setting in academia is such that teaching excellence is not rewarded on an equal basis to research excellence. Given this asymmetry in incentives, what can be done to encourage innovation and excellence in teaching? I argue that we should target “win-win” innovations that improve the teaching experience for students – and for staff. We need to offer academics a compelling answer to the question: “What’s in it for me?”

Dr Paul Geertsema worked at Barclays Capital as a derivatives trader in Hong Kong and as a sell-side research analyst in London, prior to his return to academia. Paul holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Stellenbosch University, a BSc Computer Science degree from the University of Auckland, an MBA from London Business School, a Master of Management (Economics) from Massey University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Auckland. He has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1998.

10.00-10.30: Vision to action – pedagogy to practice: Building bridges to a better world
INFOSYS 110: Business Systems had been flagged as a problem course, by both the Business School as well as the University, as it had consistently received poor student course evaluations. In a relatively short period of time, since 2010 when we took over the course, we introduced a range of pedagogical and technological innovations. These innovations have transformed the course from being one of the worst Stage I courses in the Business School and University to being one of the best and has won 3 awards in the past 4 years. This session will delve into the Vision, Philosophy, Process, Pedagogy, Practices and Innovations that has led to this sustainable transformation.

Andrew Eberhard is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

Professor David Sundaram is an engineer by background, a teacher, researcher, and consultant by profession, and a lifelong student. He is passionate about the modelling, design, and implementation of flexible and evolvable information, decision, knowledge, and social systems. Exploration and application of these to the architecting and design of learning, adaptive, agile, and sustainable enterprises, supply chains, individualsand societies is close to his heart.

10.30: Morning tea

11.00-12.00: Choosing and using assessment tools to improve efficiency, accuracy and feedback mechanisms
For this panel discussion UABS and FMHS staff debate the pros and cons of different assessment tools and identify the key considerations used to identify the right assessment tool for purpose, such as enhanced efficiencies and accuracy, the ability to rapidly return written work and/or specific feedback to individual students, and increased robustness/more streamlined documentation processes. In this session the panel will consider online quizzes, Speedgrader, Crowdmark, OMR Remark and MCQ Results.

Alan Toy joined the Department of Commercial Law as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and completed his PhD in the Department of Accounting and Finance in 2016. Alan has previously held positions as Senior Tutor in the Department of Commercial Law (4 years) and Lecturer at the University of Otago in the former department of Accountancy and Business Law (6 years). Alan has published in the disciplines of both Auditing and Law.

Angela Tsai is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She contributes teaching and academic administration toward courses ranging from 20 to 1200 students. She has embraced the use of emerging technologies to provide learners with useful, timely feedback in a sustainable and scalable manner. Angela completed the PGCert (Academic Practice) in 2013 and was a 2015 CLeaR Fellow.

Peter Bier is a Professional Teaching Fellow from the Department of Engineering Science, otherwise known as “the unicycle guy.” His responsibilities include coordinating two of the largest courses within the Faculty of Engineering. He uses teaching technology tools to provide effective and timely feedback to a large cohort of students (approx. 900). Peter is also a 2016 Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education Fellow.

Associate Professor Roger Booth is Academic Director of the School of Medical Sciences and Phase One Director of the Medical Programme in the Faulty of Medical and Health Sciences. Roger has a passion for teaching, has received Faculty and University distinguished teaching awards, and teaches extensively across all programmes in FMHS.

12.00-12.20: Shared spaces for increasing visibility of student progress using KanBan boards
Over the last two years David has used a tool that enables a decentralised personal learning environment for computer supported learning. The tool is the free cloud-based Trello which is aimed at project management based on the principles of Kanban boards. Students of a systems design course use it to collaborate in groups to produce and share their design artefacts. They also submit all their individual work onto their personal boards so during discussion and assessment all their work can be seen in the context of their activities. During activities such as labs and lectures/workshops students post their work status at regular intervals so that during a review it is possible to see the progress of each student and the response of the class overall.

David White is a lecturer in Information Systems. He has had an interest in developing information tools to support teaching and learning since 1990 when the first prototype of the Cecil Gradebook was produced.

12.20-12.40: Canvas course environment: What matters to students?

This session reports on focus group interviews conducted with undergraduate students from all stages at the Business School. The interviews explored the students’ initial experience with Canvas probing into their likes and dislikes about how Canvas is currently used. The session provides insights into how Canvas is/can be used to facilitate and enhance student learning.

Dr Nabeel Albashiry is a Professional Teaching Fellow with Curriculum and instructional design expertise. He joined the Innovative Teaching and Learning team recently after completing his PhD from the University of Twente, Netherlands. His doctoral topic was Curriculum Leadership and Collaboration. Besides providing learning design support to teachers, Nabeel works as a Canvas Facilitator.

12.40-1.20: How to create 2,000 “Revenue and Cost Management” questions in 7 days

Creating practice and revision resources is time-consuming and challenging. What happens when our students generate their own questions and explanations, targeting the material they are learning, and contribute them to a shared repository where they can be answered, rated and discussed by their peers? Wouldn’t the quality of the questions be terrible? Wouldn’t students be misled by errors and mistakes? Wouldn’t their time be better spent learning in other ways? In this talk, Paul Denny (Senior Tutor in Computer Science) will present the pedagogical motivations for having students build and moderate their own repository of questions (using the PeerWise tool) and Dr. Fred Ng (Lecturer in Accounting and Finance) will report on his practical experience using PeerWise in Accounting 331, a class of around 350 students who collectively generate over 3000 questions. The talk will also present some challenges in incorporating PeerWise successfully into a course, and discuss possible solutions.

Dr. Fred Ng is a Management Accounting lecturer in the department of Accounting and Finance. Since joining the University, he has taught in many settings, from Stage 1 to Postgraduate, and from large lectures to small facilitated seminars.

Paul Denny is a Senior Tutor in Computer Science and teaches classes ranging in size from 5 to 850 students. He has a particular interest in developing and evaluating student-centred learning tools.



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