March 2015

Welcome to the March edition of eNews!

Week 2 of our new academic year is in progress and based on the informal feedback we receive from staff and students, it seems that the campus is buzzing with a variety of academic activity, programs and opportunities. Staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of the available information, resources and activities in an attempt to remain informed. Reach out to students and staff who are new to the Monash Malaysia campus and refresh professional associations with students and colleagues who have served our campus for many years.

What’s new?

Monash Education Academy
The Office of the Vice Provost Learning and Teaching at Monash University Australia is launching the Monash Education Academy next week on 18th March. We invite School and department representatives to join our video conference meeting with Associate Professor Angela Carbone who will facilitate discussion on the new Monash Education Academy. This is an opportunity to clarify issues and related matters that have arisen over the months about TACT (Teaching Associates Conversational Teaching), CEED (Continuous Education Excellence Development) and the GCHE (Graduate Certificate Higher Education).

TACT Self-registration
The online TACT program focuses on various learning and teaching improvement topics and it may be offered as a
continuous improvement strategy in addition to the face-to-face sessional induction programs that are conducted at School level. Associate Professor Robert Nelson has informed us that there is now a self-registration system to enroll sessional staff in TACT. Follow this link: http://moodle.vle.monash.edu/course/view.php?id=22424#section-0. Contact Associate Professor Robert Nelson at MUA if you have questions about TACT and self-registration.

SETU Reports
As of Semester 2 this year, the Education Management team will be responsible for generating a SETU report for the Monash Malaysia campus. Discussions are underway with School Deputy Education Heads to seek advice on developing reports that are effective for the purpose of curriculum renewal and review. Reports may include information that is useful to all schools together with other School - specific information, as advised by Schools. The report should assist Schools to identify gaps and challenges in course design and explore context-based, discipline - specific innovative solutions. Contact Education Management for further information.

PASS @ Monash Malaysia
The PASS program has been successfully implemented at Monash Malaysia with approximately 22 PASS Leaders enrolled and four PASS Unit Coordinators across four Schools (Science, Information Technology, Engineering and Business). Our campus PASS trainer (Fadhliyansah Saipul) conducted the first Monash Malaysia training program during Orientation Week and is now inundated with enquires on a daily basis.

Multidisciplinary Integrated Skills Program @ Monash Malaysia
Under the Education Management portfolio, the Learning Skills (LS) team is providing the following support programs and services this semester within a Multidisciplinary Integrated Skills Program (MISP) framework. This framework consolidates campus wide generic multidisciplinary integrated skills programs which are conducted centrally by the different departments (for example, Education Management and the Library) and the School-based programs that are integrated to suit discipline specific goals. The Learning Skills team (Purush Karu and Regina Chan) are currently conducting the following workshops.

  • Academic skills lunchtime workshops
  • Learn English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) classes,
  • Professional Development Program for Undergraduates and
  • Drop-in consultation sessions.

Students have started registering online for LS classes/programs and there is good response for Academic Skills lunchtime workshops. In addition, the Learning Skills team is providing Unit- integrated classes in coordination with unit instructors and course coordinators in the Schools.

Learning Skills has also started a campus wide support service in collaboration with some academic staff to integrate the multidisciplinary skills framework in their units. Course coordinators and academics are welcome to invite the Learning Skills team to provide services in specific areas of study skills and to help develop teaching and learning initiatives to enhance student progress and academic achievement.​

Education Matters

Learning Outcomes Webinars and Handbook

Measuring matters: HEQCO webinars on learning outcomes
Forget ROIs, GPAs, and KPIs. Learning outcomes are the game changer in higher education, but they're only meaningful if they're 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.

HEQCO Learning Outcomes Handbook
The HEQCO in Canada has also released a new guide to design and assess learning outcomes. The guide Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner’s Handbook is available at http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/heqco.LOAhandbook_Eng_2015.pdf.

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

  • This is a once only job - once created the account is good for all future webinars.
  • If registering with an education domain email ('edu', 'ac') or an email from the authorised domains list, this will give you full access to try e-assessment examples and post content in forums.
  • A valid email address is required to validate your account, done by clicking the link emailed to you (it may take 15 minutes to arrive).
  • Regardless of the email you used to register, all users with accounts can register for webinars!
  • Recently recorded webinars:
    • Recording released: 4 March 'Enhancing student learning outcomes with simulation-based pedagogies
    • Recording released: 4 Feb ' Digital Badges to curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence’

Enhance publications and professional portfolios

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

*Global Access to Post-Secondary Education in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenge
5 - 8 October 2015, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Submission date for papers: 31 March 2015
Click on this link www.gaps-education.org.uk for more information

*Indigenous Content in Education Symposium: Engaging Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies and curriculum, 2015 University of South Australia, Adelaide 21 September 2015
Register your interest at http://bit.ly/ICES2015

*Second IEEE International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
you are invited to participate in The Second International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
Further details, including paper submission instructions, are available at http://sdiwc.net/conferences/icetc2015/

*Call for papers

Upcoming events in March 2015

17 March 2015 - Education Innovators Forum
Topics:

  • Academic Liaison Partnership Role and Responsibility
  • Critical considerations in online learning design


18 March 2015 - Video Conference meeting with MUA
Topic: Discussion and Information sharing about the CEED (Continuous Education Excellence Development) program and Monash Education Academy


Upcoming events in April and May 2015

16, 21 or 23 rd April 2015 (Date to be confirmed) – Glocalization of Learning Speaker Series
Topic: Internationalization or glocalization of the curriculum?
Speaker: Dr Fay Patel

April / May 2015 (Date to be confirmed) – Glocalization of Learning Marathon
Speakers: Monash Malaysia Lecturers : To be confirmed


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 community. This month we would like to add a recent paper on the effectiveness of peer review among early career academics.

Goff, L., Potter, M. K., Pierre, P., Carey, T., Gullage, A., Kustra, E., Lee,R., Lopes, V.,Marshall, L., Martin, L., Raffoul,J., Siddiqui, A., and Van Gastel, G. (2015) . Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner’s Handbook.
The project was supported by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), Canada
Available at http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/heqco.LOAhandbook_Eng_2015.pdf

Woodman, Richard J. A/Prof and Parappilly, Maria B. Dr, The Effectiveness of Peer Review of Teaching when performed between Early-career Academics, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 12(1), 2015.
Available at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol12/iss1/2 Download

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.