July 2015

Welcome to the July edition of eNews!

Selamat Menunaikan Ibadah Puasa to colleagues who are observing the month of Ramadan and a joyful ‘Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ celebration to all at the end of the month long fast!

In this edition, we highlight two upcoming open forum events in July and August that focus on the effective use of student evaluation feedback and contextualizing the learning experience. Registration is open. Staff and students are invited to contact us to co-facilitate and share their perspectives in both events. Our events will be video conferenced to the Johor Bahru campus and also available via Zoom technology. This issue includes information on the PASS program for Semester 2, the Smart Classroom, education matters and education resources.

What’s new?

New Free App for First Year Student Study Skills and Academic Literacy

Staff and students may wish to explore the new free app to enhance study skills and academic literacy.

A new FREE app has been developed for first year university students. Using short videos, the Uni Tune In app gives handy hints on active listening, understanding, assessment, reading research papers, academic writing and much, much more. The videos are integrated into the app so that no internet is needed. The free Uni Tune In app is available now at the Apple App Store - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uni-tune-in/id971888771

SMART CLASSROOM 9304 – Semester 2, 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Smart Classroom will be open for use in Semester 2, 2015. The Smart Classroom is an outcome of the PVC’s Learning Spaces project that was implemented in September 2014.

Education Management is organising the Smart Classroom induction program in partnership with the ITS and Facilities teams. The short program from 12 noon to 1:00 pm aims to introduce staff to the newly renovated Smart Classroom. The first session in July is planned to induct staff from four Schools (Science, Arts, IT and Engineering) who have booked the room for Semester 2.  This will be followed by monthly sessions for all staff and students from August to November.

As noted in previous communication:

  • Room bookings can be made through the campus booking system. Facilities Management requests that staff use the new Web Room Booking system via the following web link: https://wrb.timetable.monash.edu/wrb_sma2015/default.aspx with your authcate password.
  • All staff are encouraged to explore the Smart Classroom in 2015 and 2016
  • Staff who use the classroom are expected to provide feedback to Education Management from a disciplinary based context to advise on the quality of the learning space upgrade as an effective learning and teaching innovation
  • The orientation sessions will be co-facilitated by Ms Regina Chan (Acting Manager – Education Development) in partnership with teaching staff who will use the Smart Classroom,  ITS and FMD staff.

The program will include an introduction and brief demonstration by ITS and FMD staff to the different technologies in the room. Staff who are using the room to teach different disciplines next semester are invited to demonstrate (3 - 5 minutes each) how they plan to use the technology effectively and to generate discussion on multiple opportunities for integrating technology in the Smart Classroom.

SETU & Action Plans: Feeding back or feeding forward?

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Venue: Library Video Conference room (video conference linked to JB and MUA, if possible)
Registration link: SETU  & Action Plans: Feeding back or feeding forward? – Click here
ZOOM webinars will be set up and registered participants will be informed of the links.

Glocalization of the Curriculum: Multi-campus policy on curriculum design and implementation

Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Venue: Library Video Conference room (video conference linked to JB and MUA, if possible)
Registration link: Glocalization of the Curriculum: Multicampus policy on curriculum design and implementation – click here
ZOOM webinars will be set up and registered participants will be informed of the links.

Education Matters

Learning Skills (LS)

In the first semester, both undergraduate and postgraduate students sought the services of the Learning Skills department to develop academic literacy skills, improve academic language proficiency, review independent learning strategies and to enhance their overall learning experience. Approximately 850 students from Engineering, Business and Pharmacy attended 18 sessions of multidisciplinary unit integrated tutorials. In addition, about 170 students sought individual assistance during consultation sessions twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Among them were a cohort of at-risk students who were referred to the LS department by unit instructors.

Staff can refer a student for an individual appointment with a learning skills adviser via this link: http://www.monash.edu.my/ceo/assets/pdfs/education/learning_skills_referral_form_9nov2011_editable.pdf

Education Innovators Forum for Science Olympics Teacher Advisers

The Learning Skills team in partnership with the Marketing and Future Students Department hosted an Education Innovators Forum for 14 teacher advisers who accompanied their students to the Science Olympics on 13 June 2015. The 3 hour open forum raised many critical issues and challenges in learning and teaching in both private and public secondary schools. Eleven critical issues were identified for discussion.

Peer Assisted Student Sessions (PASS) Program: Success of the PASS Program depends on you!

The PASS program assists students in enhancing their learning experience. Students have considerably more opportunity in the program to take responsibility for their own learning and, more specifically, ‘learn how to learn’. PASS is not a substitute for academic learning that is facilitated by discipline experts.
The success of the PASS Program depends on you! All stakeholders are responsible for ensuring success through monitoring regular attendance and encouraging students to explore new ways of learning.

Semester 2 PASS Training

Click here for more details.

Enhancing Publications and Professional Portfolios

A list of Learning and Teaching Conferences and publication opportunities is provided for your information and use, as relevant to your individual needs. Please contact us if you have additional information that you wish to share with our campus community.  Discipline specific conferences can be accessed via http://www.allconferencealerts.com/conference.php?caid=8 and http://www.globalacademicinstitute.com/

2015 Prague International Academic Conference on Business
6 -9 September 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
Early Payment Discount: August 7, 2015
Final abstracts/papers due: August 7, 2015
Website: http://www.globalacademicinstitute.com/business/

AALL 2015 UOW Conference
12th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning
25 to 27 November 2015
Venue: University of Wollongong
Website: http://aall.org.au/forum/aall-2015-uow-conference-november-25th-27th-2015

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 needs. Please contact us if you have additional resources that you wish to share with our campus community.

This month we recommend the New Media Consortium Horizon Report – 2015 Higher Education Edition. More information is available at: http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2015-higher-education-edition/

Acknowledgements

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.