Learning Environments and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education jointly offer the following professional development opportunities. Sessions will provide a diverse range of topics covering the use of learning technologies in teaching.
Theory, research and practice workshops
These ‘hands-on’ workshops delivered by LE and MCSHE staff provide participants with an overview of the:
• Theoretical basis for using digital technologies in teaching and learning;
• Supporting evidence and teaching case studies from research; and
• Activities, strategies and tips for practice.
Each workshop focuses on a key topic related to designing for learning with technology.
Participants will be able to work on their ideas and current projects in these workshops to build relevant and useful examples in their own disciplinary context.
An introduction to the principles of learning design and how to use design thinking to create novel educational experiences.
Feedback and assessment
Uncover the theory behind effective assessment design and feedback in higher education as a precursor to a discussion about practical strategies and tactics.
The flipped classroom
Learn about implementing a successful flipped classroom experience for students – what are the benefits and the pitfalls to avoid?
Using video in teaching
Discover ways to effectively use video in teaching and learning based on current research in the higher education context.
Using learning analytics in teaching
An overview of the use of learning analytics in higher education, to assist teaching staff to understand and improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
Practical pedagogy sessions
The practical pedagogy sessions provide an opportunity for academic, professional and Learning Environments staff to showcase tools and methods used in teaching and learning with technology.
These sessions have been developed to demonstrate innovative pedagogical tools in practice, as well as create opportunities for discussion and collaboration.
Participants attending these sessions will:
• Learn how to put new ideas into practice
• See examples of practical applications
• Share feedback about their experiences and learn from those shared by others
• Explore opportunities for collaboration.
Padletry: Designing collaborative activities for engaged learning
Explore the creative use of Padlet in assisting to direct discussion, reflection, brainstorming, content curation and resource collection.
Designing a peer review assessment task
Discover learning techniques and strategies for developing successful peer assessment activities for students.
Creating and using rubrics for assessment
An overview of the key features of an effective assessment rubric to support improved understanding and learning outcomes.
Reviewing and interpreting student activity and assessment data
Learn how to find and interpret student activity and assessment data in the Learning Management System (LMS).
Podcasting: Learning through audio
Uncover how podcasting can be used in teaching practice – perhaps an easier alternative to producing a video?
Using social media to enhance teaching and learning
Hear some handy tips for using the micro-blogging tool Twitter more effectively to create engaging and collaborative learning opportunities.
Using blogs for reflective writing
Find out how blogs can be used to foster student collaboration and reflection to improve engagement and interaction.
Virtual tutorials: Designing interactive webinars
Take a look at the ways to use webinars for collaboration; create a ‘virtual classroom’, help support students online, or effectively work with colleagues interstate or overseas.
Making large lectures more interactive
What are some of the ways to make lectures more engaging and interactive? Explore the use of audience response and polling systems particularly for large classes.
These masterclasses have been developed as short intensive sessions, focusing on new tools, activities or ideas to inspire and extend the possibilities of teaching with digital and media technologies.
These are ‘hands-on’, practical demonstrations using example case studies. The classes will be delivered by experienced LE staff using a problem based ‘see one, do one’ approach. Participants are encouraged to bring their own examples or projects for a more relevant experience!
Beginning mobile app development
Ever dreamt of developing a mobile app but thought it’s beyond reach? Gain the practical knowledge needed to develop a simple iOS app.
How to use presentation slides effectively
Create slides that inspire, inform, and deliver with great effect.
Immersive learning with virtual reality
Experience VR first hand and learn how to adopt it in teaching and learning.
Presenting to camera
An in-studio session providing practical advice for delivering an effective and engaging presentation to camera.
Creating and linking web forms to the LMS
Learn how to use forms to gather student information or feedback, and integrate these into a subject or community site in the LMS.
Video storytelling with iPads
Be inspired to create effective and engaging videos using an iPad. Understand concepts such as narration, address practical issues and gain some technical tips and tricks.