Have you ever wondered what learning is like from a student’s perspective? Perhaps you’d examine your own teaching in a different light if you were the one undertaking study? In this month’s ILT seminar, I shared how my recent experiences as a student have led me to reflect on, and change, my own teaching practice.
Teaching spaces are fast changing to accommodate new approaches to curriculum and pedagogical advances. Separate lab, lecture, and tutorial spaces are increasingly being combined to promote active and collaborative learning in a streamlined approach.
Embedding employability skills into academic curricula is a key concern for universities and tertiary education institutions today.
This topic was the focus of a University of Auckland Business School (UABS) workshop on the 12th June entitled ‘University and beyond: embedding employability and life into the curriculum’ run by Professor Susan Geertshuis, Narissa Lewis, and Patricia Hubbard.
The pressure on universities to move content online has initiated conversation about the purpose and value of the lecture theatre as a teaching ‘space’. Central to the defence of the lecture theatre is its social nature; students physically gather together to learn from, and with, one another, as a collective.
Recent feedback from Business School students has been that they overwhelmingly support the move from Cecil to Canvas, and really like Canvas’ user-friendly features. The most common request was for more consistency in how Canvas courses are presented across the Business School. In ILT’s final monthly seminar for 2016, we discussed how to address this request.
You probably use Canvas and Excel as part of your regular teaching activities, but did you know they can be used to easily discover every Canvas page a student has viewed, generate section and enrolment lists for large classes, and send e-mails with personalised content and attachments? In this seminar, I talked about how Canvas “hacks” and an Excel tool I created for the Business School’s Teaching Initiatives Scheme can enable personalised student engagement opportunities.