Entries by IUTcore

Scaling up Active Learning in Charles Sturt University’s Learning Spaces

Philip Hua, Charles Sturt University, Australia Abstract Charles Sturt University provides learning spaces that stimulate active learning by aligning spaces, pedagogy, technologies, furniture, and strategy. At its core this strategy comes down to marrying digital and physical means to educational ends. The visual materials presented here display award-winning learning spaces on some of CSU’s eight […]

Sessional Staff Traversing Diverse Learning Spaces: A Review

Prue Gonzalez,* School of Environmental Sciences, and Phillip Ebbs, School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia Abstract Sessional academic staff are employed in a number of academic roles, from lecturing to field trips to course improvement. What distinguishes them from other academic staff is that they are employed on a short-term, contract basis, much […]

Changing Learning Spaces for Changing Learning Needs in Higher Education

Bob Fox,* Mark King, and Dinesh Paikeday, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of New South Wales, Australia Abstract The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 2025 strategy supports new designs to facilitate better learning experiences for its students. This includes (re)developing many large first-year courses using more open and blended learning methods. This […]

Developing a Learning Analytics Tool to Empower Teachers to Conduct Analysis of Learners Online Behavior

A tool for conducting analysis of students’ learning management system (LMS) behavior shows promise for putting powerful learning analytics (LA) capabilities into the hands of front-line teachers. The combination of advanced analyses and visualisations with explanations to aid interpretation and guide action provides teachers with LA capabilities not previously available. Teachers can use the tool as an early warning system, to predict student performance and to analyse discussion posting information. While teachers’ feedback on the tool is positive, this initiative has highlighted remaining challenges, which include ensuring that data is available for analysis and user perceptions of the tool and its usefulness.

Design and Practice of Presentation Training in Open Situation for University Students

In recent years, some colleges and universities in Japan have put effort into Presentation Training. Such training may concern not only presentations in class, but also competitions, contests, and workshops. At the Osaka Electro-Communication University, we designed a workshop for presentation training and practice that has been offered since 2012. It differs from other universities’ practices in featuring more varied audiences and presenters than customary. We believe that if we can supply presentation training in open situations for students, we can bring their presentation skills to a higher level.