COVID19 - Online unit delivery resources
Visit Macquarie University Coronavirus Information FAQ page for the latest information.
View Online Teaching section in Teche for centrally collated resources and guidelines.
View Online Teaching Guide section in Arts L&T Hub for practical information on teaching online.
The Learning Innovation Hub has developed a comprehensive guide for delivering units online. Please access it via Teche. As it will be an evolving page so we recommend that you bookmark it and access it regularly.
Where to get help?
Arts L&T team is here to support you with your unit delivery. To ensure that everyone receives timely support and advice, please make sure to review these page as we have collated relevant resources for your reference.
Please contact the relevant areas below:
For any pedagogy, learning design, media production and other such enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
For all iLearn setup & support enquiry: email@example.com
For IT / computer support: firstname.lastname@example.org / (02) 9850 4357
Tools for Online Delivery
iLearn - MQ's online learning management system. See more details at https://staff.mq.edu.au/teach/technologies-and-tools/ilearn-unit-websites
Zoom - Web conferencing tool. See more details at https://lt.arts.mq.edu.au/learning-technologies/tools/teaching-with-zoom/
Echo360 - Lecture live streaming and recording tool. See more details at https://lt.arts.mq.edu.au/learning-technologies/tools/echo360-active-learning-platform/
iLearn Insights - visualise student activity in iLearn units and send targeted email messages to students. See more details at https://staff.mq.edu.au/teach/technologies-and-tools/ilearn-unit-websites/insights also see Teche for latest updates on this tool
Can I have my on-campus tutorial groups set up as iLearn groups?
Yes, you can. Please go to iTeach and activate 'group sync'. This should create iLearn groups with your on-campus tutorial groups. (note: takes overnight to activate)
What’s the best way to communicate with students?
The best way to communicate with your students is through iLearn announcements.
My tutors can't access their tutorial group forums on iLearn?
Change your tutor's role from 'tutor' to 'instructors' in iTeach (under the 'teaching staff' heading). This would provide them with better permission to facilitating some of the activities in iLearn.
What Faculty training has already been arranged for upskilling staff in online teaching?
Please section on Zoom training below as well as events published in Teche.
In addition, there is a Teaching Online program that you can take avail of.
I am working from home, how do I access things remotely?
Visit this useful page provided by MQ IT Help
The good news is that all units at the Faculty of Arts are already using iLearn, which has a range of built-in tools to assist online delivery. Many convenors already have the skills and knowledge required to transform their units into a purely online mode. The Faculty has some excellent examples in this regard and a dedicated L&T team to provide guidance and advice.
What can we reasonably do? Here are some strategies to consider:
It may be appropriate to defer or re-schedule deadlines - This would allow students more time to complete work and provide convenors with relaxed deadlines for marking, and the provision of feedback/finalising grades.
Decide whether you can waive further assessment - In some units, it may be appropriate to generate a mark by averaging grades for work already submitted, rather than requiring completion of outstanding assessments. Again, this is not likely to be possible in professional courses where there are requirements for all learning outcomes to be demonstrably met.
Offer alternatives activity and assessment formats - The table below provides some manageable alternatives to consider, together with some important considerations. If you make any changes, it is important to inform your Head of Department.
|If you currently use the following activities or assessments….||You could instead consider…||To assure standards you might need to consider…|
|Creative work/ Performance||
What else should I think about when redesigning activities and assessments?
Accessibility - Some alternative activities and assessments will require that both students and staff have reliable internet access, a suitable internet-enabled home device and access to software. Some students and staff may encounter accessibility barriers that will affect their ability to participate in an online environment. If staff are aware of students who may experience accessibility obstacles, they should direct students to MQ Student Accessibility for advice and support. It is important that we remember that our students are not a homogeneous group, and will have different experiences and expectations of online study. Staff are encouraged to be flexible in their approach to activities and assessment, where appropriate. If additional advice is required, staff can always contact the Arts L&T team on email@example.com. If staff members have questions or concerns about their own accessibility issues, they can visit MQ Staff Accessibility or discuss their concerns with the Arts L&T team using the email address shown above.
Academic Integrity - It can be challenging to promote academic integrity as changes to assessments increasingly means that they are undertaken remotely, and in ways that are deemed less 'authentic'. While no assessment type can definitively ensure academic integrity, there are some assessment design decisions that carry greater academic integrity risks than others. If you have concerns about assessment design and academic integrity, you can browse the advice available from these resources on promoting academic integrity in assessment design:
- Ensuring academic integrity and assessment security with redesigned online delivery - A guide to to assist unit convenors with redesigning assessment, to suit fully online delivery )without invigilated exams), published by the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University.
- Contract Cheating and Assessment Design: Exploring the Connection - Publications and handy quick guides resources from an Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment national strategic priority project (2014-2016-2018) led by the University of South Australia.
Consider Bandwidth and immediacy when deciding how to delivery content (image from Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All by Daniel Stanford )
With hard work, imagination and co-operation by students, it can be the case that alternatives are established in a short space of time which can certainly equal and may even be improvements on the current methodology. However, it is crucially important that decisions are based on sound pedagogic considerations and that they match the scale and level of the learning outcomes. It is also important to remember that both staff and students may be working outside their comfort zones, and that support be provided for those struggling with new approaches. As with all forms of assessment, account will need to be taken of reasonable adjustments for all students with temporary or long-term health conditions, disabilities and additional needs.
When in doubt
The L&T team is available to provide guidance regarding the re-design of face-to-face activities and assessments, and the iLearn tools available to facilitate these changes. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org . For all iLearn support, please email email@example.com
This is a challenging time for staff as well as students. The Arts L&T team will continue to collate a number of resources, tips and guidance for teaching staff to provide students, to reassure them. If you come across any resources or articles you think we should share here, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Infection: Information for Students - All staff should direct students to this MQ site, where regularly updated information on COVID-19 will be provided to students.
Learning Online at MQ - Important MQ-specific advice and information for students, on the tools and technologies used to deliver learning at MQ.
Supporting student learning
Preparing for online teaching - An excellent Twitter thread started by Dr Kate Symons (@katesymons2 ). A text-version of this thread has been compiled by the Arts L&T team, below. Convenors can include the information below as an Announcements section of their iLearn units.
- Be patient: Your lecturers have been asked to make their teaching available to you online at the last minute. The best online learning takes time to develop. Please be patient with them if things don't go right for you the first time.
- Embrace online: Online learning will become more and more common in the future, so this is a great chance for you to develop some skills to help you succeed.
- Develop your communication skills: You will communicate in different ways on various online formats (email, discussion boards, social media, online seminars). Be professional and appropriate, but don't be afraid to project your personality and show that you are a real person.
- What if I have a technical issue? Develop your initiative and resilience. Don’t give up if you hit a technical issue. For example, if your reading link is broken, maybe you can search for the journal article yourself by using the library search.
- Stick to a routine: There are many time management techniques, so find one which works for you. There will likely be daily and weekly tasks for you to do plus longer term targets like deadlines. Plan a daily, weekly and monthly schedule to manage these different timescales.
- Get connected: Be proactive with communicating with your course mates. Set up course Whatsapp groups (or another platform if you prefer) for offline chatting and engagement. Form small virtual study or reading groups and work through online materials together.
- Find somewhere quiet to work: Yes you can work from bed but this might not be the most comfortable! Make sure you have somewhere peaceful to work, try and use a workspace like a desk or table, and cut down on external and online distractions.
- Use the right channels to solve your problems: This will be signposted for you in your course, so contacting the correct person will help you get your problem solved more quickly.
- Embrace discussion boards: If your course has them, these are a great way to discuss with your peers and work through learning as a group. Ask questions, comment on your course mates' answers, and enter into dialogue.
- Online learning communities can be as rich, supportive and exciting as on campus learning. I hope you can adapt to this experience and benefit from it.
Supporting student wellbeing
Fast switch to e-learning, video 3: ‘How do I support my students emotionally?’ - A short video by Ramon Rossi.
ONLINE DELIVERY SPECIFIC RESOURCES
GENERAL ILEARN & TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT