Announcements (Wednesday, 13 September 2017)

    mLearning Month - September 2017

    Video Recording imageUpcoming Mobile Learning Events

    Learn about mobile technology applications for Higher Education, and be inspired to apply these technologies and new pedagogies in your teaching practices. 

    • Using Blackboard Mobile Compatible Tests - Demonstration - Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 1pm to 2pm
    • Recording Video Using Your Mobile Device - Workshop - Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 1pm to 2.30pm
    • Windows into Homelessness 360 Experience  - Futures Enthusiasts Meet-Up (FEMU) - Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 4pm to 5pm
    • Reflections on Flipping: A UWA Perspective - Presentation - Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 1pm to 2pm

    Creator Space News

    Creator Space imageCreator Space has a Positive Impact on Students

    The Creator Space has been open for a few weeks and is already seeing a steady stream of students making use of the studio to record video and audio as part of their studies.

    UWA Law student Grace Ritter was one of the first students to use the Creator Space. Grace recently joined Callan Rose, Senior Learning Technologist from the Centre for Education Futures for a quick chat to share her experience of using the Creator Space and her thoughts on getting creative with assessments.

    Student Perception of Teaching (SPOT) Surveys

    SPOT Survey image Would you like to receive feedback from students about the design, teaching and management of your Semester 2, 2017 unit? Now is the time to set up a SPOT survey.

    Instructions on how to set up, customise and deploy the SPOT survey within your LMS unit can be found on the online guide or contact the eLearning Helpdesk.

    Transition to Blackboard SafeAssign

    SafeAssign image
    If you are currently using Turnitin for your digital assignments you will need to transition to Blackboard SafeAssign before 30 November 2017. 
    This checklist will help you get started.

    We recommend that you export your rubrics and comment bank from Turnitin before the deadline to ensure that you can access them in the future.

    If you require assistance with Blackboard SafeAssign, contact the eLearning Helpdesk.

    Introducing Blackboard Ally

    The Centre for Education Futures and UniAccess are working together to improve accessibility for all content in the University’s learning systems.

    Blackboard Ally imageImplementing Blackboard Ally within UWA's Learning Management System (LMS) is aimed at improving accessibility of all LMS content and is scheduled for release for the start of Semester 1, 2018.

    Blackboard Ally is designed to help provide guidance to teachers about how to improve the quality of their LMS content for all users, and to provide students with immediate access to LMS content in formats that may be more suited to their specific needs.

    To learn more about Blackboard Ally and how it works watch the introductory videos below:

    Transforming Teaching for Learning (TTL) Unit

    Looking for your next professional development opportunity? Sign up for the next series of TTL.

    TTL unitThe TTL unit consists of three sequential modules and provides UWA academic and professional staff with an opportunity to participate in a free and fully online learning experience built in the LMS.

    The next series of TTL begins with Module 1 on Friday, 29 September 2017.

    Module 1 enables exploration of historical and current research in educational theory and will allow you to appreciate the changing nature of learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education and reflect on your own role as a life-long learner. This module is suitable for all staff.

    Further information can be found on the TTL website

    New UWA MOOC on Coursera

    Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050, UWA's latest online MOOC course launches in Coursera on Monday, 16 October 2017.

    Future Farms MOOCThis MOOC is based on the vision of the Future Farm 2050 Project, which aims to develop a best-practice farm for 2050.

    Over seven weeks, this MOOC will guide participants on the key areas towards sustainable farming  including soils and water management, cropping including weed management and plant breeding, versatile livestock management, biodiversity, rural infrastructure and vibrant healthy rural communities. 

    For further information contact Debra Mullan, The UWA School of  Agriculture.

    Assessment and Rubrics

    The University Policy on Assessment requires that either a rubric or marking key is used and published to students, for each assessment item.

    Did you know imageFor best results share this rubric or marking key with your students both before the assessment is due to help explain what is required, and afterwards as an efficient way of providing effective feedback on their work.

    You can find helpful tips on developing and using a rubric, as well as example rubrics from around the University, on the Assessment and Feedback Futures website.

    If you are successfully using a rubric we invite you to contribute it to our collection, so that it may assist your colleagues. Please email your example rubric to the Assessment and Feedback Futures Team.



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