Educating students about academic integrity

Katherine Seaton (Mathematics & Statistics) talks about a scenario-based approach to educating students about academic integrity. Click here to view the 8-minute video. Scenarios can form the basis of class discussions, but also transformed into a quiz format. She illustrates this approach using a lockdown contract cheating story, and points to a rich source of scenarios in the form of her OER book, available through the library at

The scenarios in the book focus particularly on SEMS disciplines (Maths & Stats, Engineering, and Computer Science and IT), but can be adapted for any discipline.

Virtual labs

Alison Brown (Microbiology) describes how she has used photography, video and H5P to create online labs that students have found highly engaging. Click on the slide to hear about how she used a College teaching grant to re-employ casual staff to carry out this work. She presented on this project at the most recent Community of Practice for teaching focused academics.

The pen is mightier than the keyboard

Travis Smith, Higher Education Lead with Microsoft, recently spoke at a Tablet Teaching Community of Practice meeting about the importance of hand-written notes, scribbled diagrams, and spontaneous annotation in teaching and learning processes. He argues that the tablet and stylus therefore have a key role to play in the future of technology-enabled learning.

Travis also did a cook’s tour of a range of Microsoft applications demonstrating lesser-known features that could be useful in teaching and learning contexts.

Webinar: Re-imagining the digital campus

Digitally-savvy students are now seeking smart campuses to continue their education anytime and from anywhere.  It is, therefore, up to higher education institutions to keep up with student and stakeholder expectations, as well as blaze the trail for digital transformation. 

Hear from a panel of higher education experts from QUT, RMIT & Edith Cowan University.

Time: 11:00-11:45 am, Thursday, 20 August 2020

Click here for more information and registration.

Teaching well during COVID-19

The University of Sydney’s Learning & Teaching blog has some great articles on surviving and flourishing in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent posts include:

  • How do ordinary people teach well during extraordinary times?
  • Five ways to make online videos better for student learning
  • Getting students talking through masks and mics
  • Collaborative, peer-reviewed assignments via Zoom
  • Assessing clinical skills online.

Click on the image below to access.

Thanks to Birgit Loch for bringing this to our attention!