Conducting and reporting on educational technology research for institutional impact

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 26, 2012 at 11:49

The Prentice School Educational Assistive Technology Classroom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This was an international initiative. The team consists of 2 mentors, who mentored the educationalists from 5 institutions across 3 countries. Harriet Ridolfo gave an overview of the team, and the experience that the members of the team brought to the group. Some of the people involved did not have 'acknowledged' time to conduct research, but this was something that they were doing as part of their roles. Read more...

Would you like good data to support curriculum renewal?

We have developed a great tool to gather data from staff, students and stakeholders to support curriculum development.  You can find out more here....

Sustainability, creativity, innovation and inclusion

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 26, 2012 at 13:57

1986 Faroe postage stamp celebrating Amnesty's 25th anniversary – Painting by 11 year old Rannvá Kunoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Social inclusion versus social exclusion is a big area of continuing concern. Grainne Conole asserts that new approaches to design and learning analytics can help address the issues. Read more....

How to write graduate profiles to enhance student capabilities for work place success.

In our role as academic advisers we find programme development teams need support and resources to update their graduate profile to ensure relevance to the workplace, the profession or vocation. To assist teachers to develop strong student capabilities in their programme of study we have created the following resources. Read more...

The Living Curriculum@Unitec


More thoughts on designing for graduate success  

At the recent ACEN workshop at the University of Technology Sydney, Simon Barrie spoke about designing programmes for student work integrated learning. Barrie is currently based at the University of Sydney and has undertaken a significant research project on graduate profiles in higher education.  Barrie suggests a need for various stakeholders in higher education to recognise the inherent complexity of designing for graduate success.  He identifies the enormous potential for learners, teachers and society, from more meaningful engagement with approaches to community engaged learning and teaching.Can higher education be a tool for social change?

Developing our leaders of the future

In my recent work with programme development teams, a couple of key themes have emerged from discussions around graduate attributes.  This theme is leadership. Teachers have been discussing their students roles as future leaders at work, and in their communities. As we have been focusing on early career success for students, I have been interested to hear how our graduates are taking on leadership roles in their first five years of work. 

Curriculum Mapping - A model for programme designers and programme readers

Curriculum mapping is a useful tool for programme teams who are undertaking programme reviews, or renewals. The curriculum map is a snapshot of how the programme graduate profile is brought to life within the programme. A review of the course learning objectives is the most helpful way of understanding how the graduate profile is integrated into assessment and teaching and learning activities.

Do your graduates have the capabilities they need for early career success?

In my recent work with programme development team, a couple of key themes have emerged from discussions around graduate attributes. This theme is early career success.

The responsibility of programme design:

Proper design and development of a programme is crucial for ensuring that it is relevant and sustainable. It is also important for its successful delivery and student retention and success. If the design processes are well thought through and operate effectively, they can assist in the successful operation of later approval, monitoring and review procedures.  This resource explains the process and complexity of programme design.

Designing courses for significant learning:

We believe you cannot beat Fink's approach to good course design. This resource explains the benefits of Fink's model and gives you access to his complete package of resources.

Windows on learning - an interesting resource site: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching  

have created a site to collate examples of how teachers are developing their curricula and teaching practice. They have created a set of multi-media tools that staff can use to document their pedagogical work.

The negotiated aspect of negotiated study  

Designing for a Negotiated Study course with each of your students is not as daunting a task as it may seem. If you rely on the guidance of NZQA level descriptors and the programme’s Graduate Profile, you are halfway there. The other half of the task is to negotiate with your student what their learning goals and outcomes of their study will be. These expectations are to be specified in a learning contract. This resource explains how to create a negotiated study.

10 steps to developing successful lesson plans

As teachers all over the world will tell you, there is more than one way to create a lesson plan. You will need to find a template that suits you, your course, and your students. We have a few ideas or principles which may help you.

Would you hire your own kids? 7 skills schools should be teaching them    

Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has published his latest book, The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach The New Survival Skills Our Children Need—and What We Can Do About It (New York: Basic Books, 2008). This article is derived from that book, and the seven skills are listed below. Check out the article for more detail and see the questions at the end of this post.

Using Fink's taxonomy

  Fink's 6-aspect taxonomy is a useful tool to help you develop a course or programme.  It will also help you reverse-engineer a graduate profile.  See this resource for the graphic and key questions.

Designing programmes for the Living Curriculum 

" There is no tougher assignment for teachers, than programme design. This activity requires you to draw on all your competencies to design a product that will last for the long term. The programme is the product and the teaching and learning plan is the process. This resource walks programme development teams through the process of scoping a new or revised programme project.

The three essential skills for students and teachers

  Who would have thought that information and communication technology would change our world so quickly and fundamentally. You will be interested to know that three new skills have been identified for both students and teachers in the new media of social network services. 

Are you revising your learning outcomes

  Sometimes it is nice to have a clear and concise summary of a concept we all use and share. This can be especially beneficial when a discipline team is working together to revise courses. Here is the link to Mindtools summary of Blooms Taxonomy and the Revised Taxonomy. There are some nice examples to illustrate each level.

Inclusive teaching and learning that values difference

  The aim of this posting is to prompt your thinking on how to achieve an inclusive classroom and learning culture where difference is treated as a strength and a resource. We will consider how to design a curriculum that helps everyone to learn; and how to structure teaching and learning activities so that difference is 'normal' rather than exceptional, i.e. the classroom is seen as a place for valuing different learning styles, literacies, skills, attitudes and values, rather than thinking of them as deficits or problems to be dealt with.

How to get the "X" factor

  Attitudes, they say, are contagious. The question is – are your’s worth catching? writes Anendra Singh in the Northern Advocate 8 October 2010.  Teaching, coaching or advising for attitude is incredibly hard. However, all over the world their are teachers, coaches and advisers doing just that. What is their secret?
Are you redeveloping a programme of study?

  Gartner research analysts recently convened to discuss the changing nature of work and table some predictions for the coming decade. Their consensus view was that chaotic, distributed and ad-hoc teams of people, along with blurred organizational boundaries, would become the norm for most modes of work. The group identified the ten key changes that they see shaping the world of work during the next decade:

What skills do students need for their future careers?

With today's economy, college students are more worried than ever about what kind of career awaits them. The best way to increase the odds that the job you'll get won't involve waiting tables or flipping burgers is to get the skills you need while you're still in college. Here are our 11 critical job skills that every college student should master, regardless of his or her ultimate career path:

Promoting work-integrated learning

A summary of the advantages of co-operative education for employers, students and academic institutions. Unitec is a member of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education and the resources available to you are explained.

Last updated by Diana Ayling Dec 11, 2012.

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