What will 2015 bring forth?
Season’s Greetings and best wishes for an exciting and academically engaging 2015! We look forward with optimism to reaching above and beyond our past achievements to push the boundaries even further in the new academic year.
The coming year will be a time to harvest our collective discoveries and to strengthen our academic liaison partnerships. Of course there are a number of challenges (human and financial resources, ongoing modifications to courses and our need to comply with national and international regulations) along the way that will determine the directions we take to deliver quality education.
Building on the principles of the World Café and Art of Hosting Conversations framework that we adapted and implemented in 2014, we hope to continue to ‘create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage deep level conversations about learning and teaching enhancement, listen for insights, connect our diverse perspectives and to share our collective discoveries’ with the intent to raise the quality of academic engagement to the highest level of innovative practice.
The Education Management team will introduce new programs for staff and student engagement to enhance learning and teaching quality at Monash University Malaysia. Among these are the Professional Development Program for Undergraduates, Smart Learners Program and Communication for Glocalization.
The Education Management (EM) team is available for one-on-one and team consultations to Schools to co-facilitate curriculum reviews and design and to focus on challenges of the outcomes-based education requirements (for example, writing an effective outcome and designing the course to ensure successful delivery of the outcome).
Consultations are also available on blended learning models that support a combination of face-to-face traditional learning formats, the ‘flipped classroom’ format and a number of online learning interventions using appropriate technologies to enhance quality learning impact. The EM team are participants in the first iteration of the Faculty Certificate in Online Teaching (FCOT) program conducted by GlobalNxt University in Malaysia for Malaysian higher education academic and professional staff. Other iterations of the program will be available later in 2015.
Blended formats of online and face-to-face learning innovations are encouraged. Why use technology for learning is a question that is often asked by staff and students. Contact our team to discuss and explore innovative ways in which technology can be integrated in a blended learning format.
Fadhliyansah Saipul is a certified PASS Trainer on the Monash Malaysia campus since October 2014.
In all these initiatives, the support and participation of all staff and students are critical for success. After all, we are one campus community and our passion for quality education is our common goal.
We will continue to host the Glocalization of Learning Speaker Series and the Education Innovators Forums which successfully created a healthy buzz around campus. We invite you to co-facilitate discussions on topics of interest.
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic program which supports students studying in traditionally challenging subjects or courses. It provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, collaborative group study sessions which focus on integrating course content (what to learn) with academic reasoning and study skills (how to learn).
The PASS Program Coordinator on the Malaysian campus, Fadhliyansah Saipul, supported the delivery of MAT2003 Continuous mathematics for computer science in the School of Information Technology during the October 2014 intake. The sessions were conducted twice per week by the PASS Leader (student, James Lee Zhong Kein) in close consultation with Dr Jojo Wong, lecturer from the School of Information Technology.
There are a number of upcoming regional, national and international conferences that campus staff and students may want to attend. The links to some of these conferences are given in the Recommended Learning & Teaching Resources section. It is recommended that staff attend education conferences so that they can also apprise school staff on recent research and programs to enhance learning and teaching quality. Perhaps Academic Liaison Partners in Schools are best placed to disseminate information about innovative learning and teaching quality initiatives.
A lecture capture demonstration event will be held on 9th February 2015. Invited School and department representatives will attend a demonstration of several lecture capture software options Camtasia and Echo 360 by A/Prof Rajendran & Mr Boon How from the School of Engineering, Swivl by Mr Adrian Yao and AcuLearn by their representatives.
The first Glocalization of Learning Speaker Series will be hosted on 17th March 2015 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm with guest speakers from GlobaNxt University, Kuala Lumpur. The key focus will be Trends and Challenges in Higher Education with a demonstration of the EduNxt online learning system that was developed to meet current trends and demands in Malaysian higher education.
Recommended Learning & Teaching Resources
The following learning and teaching resources include a diverse range of topics of interest, articles, books, journals, conferences and guides on assessment, peer partnerships and other areas of learning design.
Chan, R. (2014). Recording lectures. Collaborations eNews 001 December from Education Management. Monash University Malaysia.
Cheang, K.S., & Patel, F. (2014). Be kind to those who ask. Collaborations: eNews 001 December from Education Management. Monash University Malaysia.
Education Innovators Forum. (2014). Monash University Malaysia.
Karu, P. (2014). Answering exam questions. Collaborations: eNews 001 December from Education Management. Monash University Malaysia.
Perception on effective teaching and learning at Flinders University. (2010). Flinders University, Australia.
Saipul, F. (2014). Creativity. Collaborations: eNews from 001 December Education Management. Monash University Malaysia.
Biggs, J.B., & Tang, C. (2011). Teaching for quality learning at university. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill and Open University Press.
Brown, S., & Jones, E. (Eds.). (2007). Internationalizing higher education: Enhancing teaching, learning and curriculum. London: Routledge.
Patel, F. (Ed.). (2014). Online learning: An educational development perspective. New York: Nova Publishers.
Lawler, P. A., & King, K. P. (2000). Planning for effective faculty development: Using adult learning strategies. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Co.
Gravells, A. (2011). Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (5th ed.). London: Sage/Learning Matters.
Zepke, N., Nugent, D., & Leach, L. (Eds.). (2003). Reflection to transformation: A self-help book for teachers. New Zealand: Dunmore Press.
Moore, A. (2001). Teaching and learning: Pedagogy, curriculum and culture (Key issues in teaching and learning). London: RoutledgeFalmer.
Hattie, J. (2012). Visible learning for teachers: Maximizing impact on learning. London: Routledge.
Information about academic conferences worldwide in a wide range of disciplines
Access to Post-Secondary Education in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenge (5 – 8 October 2015, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur)
HERDSA Conference 2015 (Learning for Life & Work in a Complex World), Melbourne Australia
EduTECH’s Higher Ed Leaders Congress
The 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia
STLHE invites proposals for presentations at its 35th Annual Conference Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice (June 2015)
More information about Informed Resources at this link: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/teacher-resources/
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHEE)
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP), University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE)
Professional Associations and Societies
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
Learning & Teaching Topics of Interest
Crisp, G. (2009). Designing and using e-assessments (2nd ed.). HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Debowski, S. (2014). Leading academic networks. HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Bell, M. Peer Observation Partnerships in Higher Education (2nd edition). (2012). HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Peer Partnerships. RMIT University
Research on RMIT Peer Partnerships shows that participation builds relationships, enhances confidence, and can impact positively on student perceptions of teaching.
Student Feedback and Evaluation
Vardi, I. (2012). Effective Feedback for Student Learning in Higher Education. HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Melano, A., Bell, M., & Walker, R. (2014).Transnational Teaching and Learning. HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Work Integrated Learning
Ferns, S. (Ed.). (2014). Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum. HERDSA Guides series. Milperra, N.S.W, Australia: HERDSA
Dave’s ELS Café: http://www.eslcafe.com/
Education in chemistry
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL): https://www.hetl.org/about/
Inside higher education: https://www.insidehighered.com/