Tag Archives: Online teaching

Updated information for new lecturers.

This morning I spoke to some new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about how I try to maintain a balance between supporting students and not letting teaching take up all my time as an academic. In preparation, I updated … Continue reading

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Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

[Updated 18 July 2017] I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about the role of a course coordinator and thought I’d share some thoughts here. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer … Continue reading

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Keeping contact with students in online teaching

I’ve recently started emailing students more frequently in the online elective on community engagement I teach at the University of Newcastle. The students come from a wide variety of disciplines: since it started in 2008 there have been 1389 students … Continue reading

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A welcome slide for Collaborate Ultra

The University of Newcastle uses Blackboard Learn as a learning management system. One of the features I rely on is Collaborate Ultra which provides a chat room (including video, audio and sharing screens). I thought I’d provide a slide I … Continue reading

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Updating a course on community engagement

I’m in the process of restructuring the undergraduate online elective I teach on community engagement (HLSC2241). I have made quite a few chances since developing it in 2008, but I’ve been finding students were confusing some of the concepts involved … Continue reading

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Teaching community engagement to students from 29 disciplines

Completing this course has made me become more active within my own community. I have taken up netball coaching as well as volunteering at the local primary school. (Student from Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives) As a lecturer I hope … Continue reading

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Reflections on using conversations in a course on community engagement

In the undergraduate online community engagement elective I teach, I introduce students to strengths-based approaches (e.g., asset-based community-driven development and appreciative inquiry). To encourage them to think about the difference between deficit-based questions and strengths-based questions, I ask students to … Continue reading

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Possibilities in online learning

  This inspiring talk by Daphne Koller (Stanford) explores some interesting possibilities for online learning. I have a long way to go!

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Online teaching and social inclusion

The other day I attended an interesting forum on “Teaching about diversity in Australian Universities” which included discussion of ways of responding to situations when students at Uni make homophobic, racist or other socially divisive comments in class. I was … Continue reading

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On-line teaching

Uni starts today! I’m teaching three courses (or subjects) on community engagement or community capacity building. (Welcome! – if any of my students read this.)  As I have said before, it is somewhat ironic – I generally don’t actually meet … Continue reading

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