April 2015

Welcome to the April edition of eNews!

Semester one is nearly half way through! The mid-semester break (6th to 10th April) is a good time to consolidate and tie up loose ends. It is also an opportunity to refresh acquaintances, discover new areas of collaboration and pursue multidisciplinary projects.

In this month’s eNews, we introduce you to the Smart Classroom that is under development for use in Semester 2, 2015. We invite learners and teachers to take on the challenge of engaging learning and teaching beyond the traditional classroom and to test the Smart Classroom beyond its limits. Information is included below about the GCHE, the PASS program, the STEP Program meeting on 16th April to review the sessional teaching program on our campus, Glocalization of Learning events, and campus representation on the Monash University Australia Learning Systems and Unit Guide Manager Reference Groups. We encourage innovative practice and support our staff who inspire learners to explore their learning potential.

We wish our colleagues strength and fulfilment as they commemorate Good Friday and Easter.

What’s new?

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Monash Malaysia will have the first Smart Classroom in Semester 2 this year. Following the PVC’s Learning Spaces Project in 2014 in which all stakeholders were surveyed through online and focus group surveys, the Learning Spaces Implementation Committee is currently finalizing the construction of the first Smart Classroom on our campus. The Smart Classroom will include features such as the Smart Board, Widi,  ScreenBeam Pro Education and Netgear-Push2TV technology which will allow teachers and students to share content from multiple mobile devices, node chairs and a mobile rostrum that will allow flexibility for learners and teachers to reshape their classroom to impact learning to suit diverse disciplinary goals.

Our first Smart Classroom will be an experimental shared learning space for all stakeholders. We encourage all staff and students who use the room to invite their peers into the Smart Classroom to observe, learn, peer review and exchange important information and resources to enhance innovative learning and teaching practice on our campus.
For your information and to answer frequently asked questions:

  • Lecturers and students will not use the Smart Classroom all the time
  • Lecturers may not have the same level of technology expertise
  • Use of technology in the Smart Classroom will be guided by disciplinary context, learning outcomes and the diversity of learners
  • Training and technical support will be provided on an ongoing basis
  • Lecturers from all Schools and disciplines should have equal opportunity to use the room.
  • Lecturers and students using the Smart Classroom in Semester 2 will be expected to participate in various surveys and evaluation processes as we assess the learning and teaching effectiveness of the room for future expansion.
  • Bookings can be made through the School Semester 2 unit planning system

Book this room now to be the first to explore the new Smart Classroom in Semester 2. Watch this space for more news!

PASS @ Monash Malaysia

We are also pleased to inform you that our PASS (Peer Assisted Student Sessions) program has established a PASS Peer Review Panel (team of EM staff, PASS Unit Coordinators and Leaders from the 2014 cohort). Our colleagues and students have volunteered to undertake a peer review of the PASS program in action in Week 4 and 5 of Semester One. Members of the Peer Review Panel will visit designated classrooms in which PASS Leaders are conducting PASS mentoring sessions. This is an innovative practice at Monash Malaysia in which a team of staff and students from different Schools and departments will complete a PASS Leader Observation Form to provide constructive feedback to PASS Student Leaders to improve the quality of student mentoring.

The Constructive Feedback Project @ Monash Malaysia

Since the end of the 2014 academic year, a number of staff and students across three Schools have participated in The Constructive Feedback project, another innovative practice at Monash Malaysia. The goal is to educate learners to give constructive feedback in a range of evaluation processes to ensure that we can use the feedback to design and implement learning more effectively.

Through a collaborative approach among lecturers in Information Technology (pioneers in implementing the constructive feedback project in 2014), Engineering, Science and the Education Management team, we participated in unit integrated education and information sessions on constructive feedback. The sessions were designed in consultation with the lecturers concerned and it consisted of a 15 minute presentation and discussion in Information Technology and Science and a 30 minute interview style discussion facilitated by a lecturer in Engineering. Contact Education Management for more information.

News on the MEA, CEED, TACT, GCHE and STEP programs

  • Monash Education Academy
    • Launched at MUA (18th March)
    • See website for more details (http://intranet.monash.edu.au/learningandteaching/academy/)
    • Faculty Representatives
      There are 10 Faculty representatives and their names will be on the website this week. Please liaise through the Faculty representatives on matters related to the Academy.
  • Continuous Excellence in Education Development (CEED)
    • CEED will be piloted during 2015 and 2016 at MUA
    • CEED will not be offered on international campuses until the pilot program has been implemented and evaluated.
    • CEED registration is linked to the Human Resources (HR) system from the Expression of Interest stage.
    • HR will monitor contracts and completion of the required training and modules throughout the CEED and Foundation programs for new and all other staff.
  • Teaching Associates Conversational Thinking (TACT)
    • TACT is a modification of the sessional program (STEP)
    • TACT can be used as a supplementary program to the STEP face-to-face component.
    • A modification of TACT in the School of Business will be piloted in Semester 2 (as noted from School representatives at our meeting)
  • Foundation for Teaching Associates
    • The Foundation program will replace TACT
    • New lecturers will be required to complete 12 weeks of the Foundation program and complete 3 days of the CEED modules each year during their three to five year probationary period.
    • Other lecturing staff will be required to undertake the 3 day training per year.
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (and GCAP at MUA)
    • The GCHE will continue to be offered at Monash Malaysia campus from 2015 to approximately July 2018 to include existing and new cohort teach out.
    • Dr Chan Chang Tik is the new Coordinator for GCHE in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Sessional Teaching Essentials Program (STEP)

Members of the Monash Education Academy Executive Council

Our colleagues at MUA have advised that all matters related to the Monash Education Academy may be addressed via the members of MEA Executive Council listed below:

  •  Faculty of Arts - Dr Ernest Koh
  •  Faculty of Art and Design – Mr Ross Brewin
  •  Faculty of Business and Economics - Associate Professor Kevin Tant
  •  Faculty of Education - Dr Graham Parr
  •  Faculty of Engineering - Dr Scott Wordley
  •  Faculty of IT - Dr David Albrecht
  •  Faculty of Law - Mr Ross Hyams
  •  Faculty of MNHS - Associate Professor Elizabeth Davis
  •  Faculty of Pharmacy - Dr Ian Larson
  •  Faculty of Science - Professor Tina Overton

MUA Learning Lunch Boxes 2015

Registration, attendance and campus announcements are handled directly by MUA. Staff are encouraged to join the webinars and to view video recordings of the sessions. For more information on the MUA Learning Lunch Boxes please contact Rachel Saffer  or visit http://learninglunchbox.blogspot.com.au/

Unit Guide Manager Reference Group: Campus representatives

We thank our campus representatives, Ms Annice Chong and Dr Thoo Yin Yin, from the School of Science who have volunteered to participate in the Unit Guide Manager Reference Group led by Erika Gough.
They will report on relevant matters through their Deputy HOS (Education - Dr Emily Goh) to the Campus Education Committee meeting, as

Learning Systems Reference Group - Campus representatives

We thank our campus representatives, Dr Hisham Mohamed, from the School of Engineering and Mr Adrian Yao, from the School of Arts & Social Sciences who have volunteered to participate in the Learning Systems Reference Groups led by George Codsi.
They will report on relevant matters through their Deputy HOS (Dr Rajendran Parthiban and Dr Julian Hopkins) to the Campus Education Committee meeting, as required.

  • The Learning Systems Reference Group - Adrian Yao (School of Arts & Social Sciences)
  • The Learning Systems Administrators Group - Dr Hisham Mohamed (School of Engineering)

Education Matters

We encourage staff to attend the webinars on Learning Outcomes, to review the Handbook and to also visit the Transforming Assessment website for information and resources on enhancing learning and teaching.

Learning Outcomes Webinars and Handbook

Measuring matters: HEQCO (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario) webinars on learning outcomes.
Forget ROIs, GPAs, and KPIs. Learning outcomes are the game changer in higher education, but they are only
meaningful if they are measurable. Hear from the experts on developing effective outcomes assessments at your
institution in a 3-part series of hour-long webinars on March 30, April 30, and May 28. It's free, so register now.

Transforming Assessment

Transforming Assessment is the outcome of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project led by Professor Geoffrey Crisp and Dr Matthew Hillier. A new Transforming Assessment website has been launched and this site would be a matter of interest for those who wish to explore ‘the use of information and communication technology to enhance the assessment of student learning in higher education (e-assessment)’.
More information is available at this link http://transformingassessment.com.
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of e-assessment topics.

Next webinar: 1 April 2015 'Virtually Enhanced Language Teaching’
Dr Hillier has announced a new self-registration process for webinars. Note about creating new Transforming Assessment site accounts:

Enhancing Publications and Professional Portfolios

*Call for papers

3rd Annual Learning Futures, Quality and Innovation Forum
19 and 21 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Information available at info@liquidlearning.asia

*Second IEEE International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
20 to 22 May 2015, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand
The Second International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
Further details, including paper submission instructions, are available at http://sdiwc.net/conferences/icetc2015/

*Indigenous Content in Education Symposium: Engaging Indigenous knowledge’s, pedagogies and curriculum, 2015
21 September 2015, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Register your interest at http://bit.ly/ICES2015

*Global Access to Post-Secondary Education in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenge
5 to 8 October 2015, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Submission date for papers: 31 March 2015
Sunway University, in partnership with the Global Access to Post-secondary Education (GAPS) Initiative is hosting a major worldwide conference in access and equity in post-secondary education from the 5th to the 8th October 2015.
To find out more please go to GAPS website http://www.gaps-education.org and @gapseducation

The list of Learning and Teaching Conferences is provided for your information and use, as relevant to your individual need. Please contact us if you have additional information that you wish to share with our campus community.

Upcoming events in April and May 2015

STEP – Sessional Teachers Essentials Program meeting – 16 April 2015
A meeting will be held to discuss the School-based STEP programs at Monash Malaysia and to review the various approaches.
Click here for registration

23 April 2015 (12:00 to 2:00 pm) – Glocalization of Learning Speaker Series
Topic: Internationalization or Glocalization of the Curriculum: Review of challenges
Speakers: Gavin Gomez, Dr Shanthy Rachagan and Dr Melanie Ooi
Speakers may adopt the traditional internationalization framework focusing on international student learning issues or they may adopt the broader glocalization framework that combines the domestic (local) and international learning
Click here for registration

21 May 2015 (12:00 to 2:00 pm) – Glocalization of Learning Marathon
Speakers: Dr Long Chiau Ming and Dr Melanie Ooi
Click here for registration


Recommended Learning and Teaching Resources

The list of recommended learning and teaching resources is provided for your information and use, as relevant to your individual need. Please contact us if you have additional resources that you wish to share with our campus

This month we recommend the following books on e-Learning.

Badrul H. Khan & Ally, M. (2015). International Handbook of E-Learning Volume 1: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Routledge International Handbooks of Education Recommend to Librarian. London: Routledge.

Badrul H. Khan & Ally, M. (2015). International Handbook of E-Learning Volume 2: Implementation and Case Studies Routledge International Handbooks of Education Recommend to Librarian. London: Routledge.


The eNews monthly newsletter is co-authored by the Education Management team (Purush Karu, Regina Chan, Fadhliyansah Saipul and Fay Patel).

Collaborations is another outcome of the first Education Innovators Forum that Education Management hosted in June, 2014. The forum is a Monash University Malaysia approach to assessing learning and teaching needs across the campus. It is a variation of the World Café and The Art of Conversations that Matter. The event was hosted by the Education Management team in the Campus Education Office to encourage inter-school/department and multidisciplinary conversations about learning and teaching at Monash University Malaysia. Collaborations was the topic of concern for Hassan Yusuf Osman, a founding member of the Education Innovators Forum team.

Participants who attended the event agreed to form an Education Innovators team and to host the forum at the invitation of Schools and departments to facilitate ongoing dialogue about learning and teaching concerns, as required. The Education Innovators Forum Resources are developed by the discussion facilitators of various topics that were identified as critical learning and teaching concerns and dilemmas at the Forum.

Each resource is designed in the form of an easy to read short information brochure on a specific topic. It can be used to facilitate discussion among colleagues and peers who hold similar interests and for use with student groups, as relevant to the learning and teaching context. Team members are Esyin Chew (Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology), Boon How Khoo (Lecturer, School of Engineering), Adrian Yao Yong Tat (Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences), Hassan Yusuf Osman (Senior Librarian, Library and Learning Commons), Charles Liong (Student, School of Business), Purush Karu (Learning Skills Adviser, Education Management), Regina Chan (Learning Skills Adviser, Education Management), Fadhliyansah Saipul (Program Coordinator), Cheang Kok Soon (Administrative Assistant, Quality & Compliance) and Fay Patel (Director, Education Management).

Copyright © Monash University Malaysia 2014. No part of this publication may be revised and/or reproduced without the full acknowledgement of the authors/co-authors of the Education Innovators team and Monash University Malaysia.