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.

LMS attendance module

Did you know the LMS has an attendance module which allows students to record their own attendance during class using a QR code? Jude Geale (LTLT) has prepared a practical set-up guide in this self-enrol LMS, including easy-to-follow how-to videos and examples. If you need further assistance, Ed Tech can of course provide support.

Thanks to David Burns (Paramedicine) and the LRHS Siren for bringing this to our attention. David has provided this example, prepared by Joan Harkin (LRHS), of how Paramedicine has been taking attendance for face-to-face classes.

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Stream is a video-sharing platform accessible to anyone with a La Trobe log-in (staff and students) that many of our academics are already using to make their videos available to their students on their LMS.

Advantages of Microsoft Stream include:

  • Adaptive bit-rate streaming, i.e. the video quality is automatically adjusted depending on the bandwidth and playback device of the user. This is essential for delivery to students e.g. on mobile devices and/or remotely
  • Automatically generated and editable closed-captions
  • Basic online editing such as trimming videos
  • A dedicated mobile app for Android and iOS

For more information and how to use it, please see this one-pager.

Please note that Microsoft Stream is currently not supported by Ed Tech. Any questions please contact

AR/VR/360Video Community of Practice meeting, 4 July 2019

The presentations from the AR/VR/360Video CoP are now all available online. Below you can see Kevin Yap’s (Public Health) presentation on teaching Pharmacy using a 3D computer game, and below that links to talks by Jeff Yeoman (Biochemistry) on an immersive protein tour, and Henry Duh (Computer Science & IT) on student capstone projects as an opportunity for creating your AR/VR resources. Finally the video of Aaron McDonald’s and Heath McGowan’s (Anatomy) interactive workshop can be found in the previous post.

Two more videos are available at the following links:

Jeff Yeoman: A virtual protein tour

Henry Duh: AR/VR capstone projects

AR/VR in teaching Anatomy

Heath McGowan and Aaron McDonald (Physiology, Anatomy & Microbiology) demonstrate the application of Augmented and Virtual Reality in the teaching of Anatomy.

This video was recorded in the Science Hub where part of the SHE AR/VR/360 Video Community of Practice meeting took place on 4 July 2019.

Launch of the Tablet Teaching CoP

A Tablet Teaching Community of Practice led by Carolyn Bell (Microbiology) was launched on Friday 14 June with simultaneous sessions on the Melbourne and Bendigo campuses. Many thanks to Russ Anderson (Physics) for facilitating the Bendigo session. Over 20 Surface Pros and Gos are now on loan to staff intending to trial them in their teaching later in the year. The following 4 videos cover some of the content covered in the workshops:

Surface Go unboxing

Using the pen as a slide changer


Another 50 devices are on order. Please contact if you are interested in joining the CoP. Those with their own devices, including iPads, are of course also welcome!