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.
Innovative teaching can sometimes feel like too big a problem to tackle easily. In this year’s Teaching Forum, colleagues from the University of Auckland will be discussing learning and teaching initiatives that reveal how small changes in teaching can make a big difference to students’ experience and learning.
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.
Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships are internationally recognised across the higher education sector as valid teaching accreditations. Fellowships provide a means to formally recognise and endorse the teaching experience of academic staff with no previous teaching qualification.
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.