Innovations in Teaching and Learning
This series of seminars has a strong focus on teaching and learning research and evaluation including case studies and empirical investigations of innovation in practice. Topics cover a broad range of teaching and learning innovations often focusing on the use of technology in higher education, but not exclusively so. The seminars are presented by a range of academics from both within the University and from other Australian and international universities.
These seminars are open to any member of the University and public. They are designed to stimulate discussion and reflection around teaching and learning innovation in higher education. The seminar format includes plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Seminars run fortnightly on Wednesdays between 1pm – 2pm.
For queries regarding the Innovations in teaching & learning seminars, please contact Michelle van Kampen or call +61 3 9035 4673.
Rethinking online learning: Melding the best of teaching, television, and testing
Wednesday 15 April 2015 1-2pm
Barbara Falk Room, Melbourne CSHE. Level 1, 715 Swanston St, Carlton (Melbourne)
Professor Samuel D. Gosling & Professor James W. Pennebaker, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, USA
To be presented by Professor Gosling.
We teach a Synchronous Massive Online Course (or SMOC), broadcasts live to about 2000 students. With daily quizzes and a television show format, we find that absentee rates are low, test performance high, study habits greatly improved, with large drops in achievement gaps between rich and poor students. The synchronous broadcast model offers a number benefits including facilitating interactive elements and addressing concerns about cheating. Many challenges remain but our experiences (and data) suggest that large online classes taught using this format have great potential.
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Pictured: Jared Horvath
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Seminar: The Neuroscience of PowerPoint March 2015