Here are some highlights of the insights and reflections shared in each session. You are also invited to visit the raw Google reflection document to see the range of discussions within the breakout rooms.
Session 1 |
Capability building & transferable skills
- Allowing students to fail in small formative tasks embedded within content builds capability, confidence and facilitates peer teaching. We need a replacement for Smart Sparrow!
- More support for teaching effectively online.
- More support for developing better end of session exams and more support for students undertaking them—they are here to stay
Session 2 |
Effective partnering with industry
- Vital to pursue a range of strategies (e.g. links with graduates, professional bodies, industry leaders, co-creation initiatives, placements/sabbaticals in industry) to ensure our academics are more deeply engaged with industry.
- Vital to pursue a range of strategies to ensure our PG international students maximise exposure to industry but subject content must also reflect this to compensate for more limited opportunities (due to visa requirements).
- We need to make more effective use of our sessional staff who are in industry every day of the week.
- Can a knowledge visualisation model be embedded in our teaching?
Session 3 |
Impact of research informed teaching practice
- The instructional design of the subject, including assessment, is critical for determining whether research-based learning is useful or possible.
- Research encourages us to innovate and change. That thirst for innovation and knowledge is an asset in teaching.
- To get students interested in research, they need to be convinced that it is relevant to the subject and that instructor is an expert in that field. Use colleagues and their research to help.
- Condense the research in a form that students can use, inform and reflect on in their own practices.
- Tie theory to everyday practices, tasks graduates will have to do in their real life as professionals.
- Design subjects that allow students the opportunity to apply knowledge.
Session 4 |
Facilitating purposeful peer interaction
- Peer interaction tools such as Campuswire are great but not integrated into i2. We need an enhanced LMS that doesn’t require student to leave it to access such tools.
- More support for development of effective group/project tasks including designing assessment so the risk to students who contribute is minimised and strategies for academics to effectively support them.
- Help to teach students how to give feedback to one another, and to be explicit about what you expect.
- Help for teaching via Zoom more effectively.
- More help on flipping the classroom more effectively to free up more class time for peer interaction.
** Recordings of each Unsymposium session are available below. Please note session 3 was not recorded.
10-MINUTE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
There will be FOUR breakout rooms. Your facilitator/host will move you automatically to a breakout room. Each presenter will pop into your breakout room. You will have 10 minutes with each presenter.
- Each room must assign a notetaker.
- Links to Google docs reflection sheets will be provided to record the group's discussion.
- Each room will be assigned a question to ask the presenters.
- You have 4 x 10-mins roundtable discussion time (total 40 mins)
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