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Principles and Strategies
Activities to get students talking
Using quotes to motivate
"High expectations are the key to everything"
Sharing your favourite quotes or getting students to share their favourite quotes is a way of getting to know what is important to us, what drives us, and reminds us to look at the bigger picture.
Check out these YouTube links for some ideas:
Inclusive Teaching & Assessment Webpage
Build a community of learners - James' story
'Effective teachers know who their students are,
and value and respect their contributions.'
James builds community among his learners through explicit design of peer learning experiences. His students work in groups on problems and grade the contribution of their peers on a weekly basis; building responsibility in all learners to contribute to the learning and be part of his learning community.
For more stories about inclusive teaching approaches go to Snapshots of Inclusive Teaching Practice.
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KEY QUESTIONS: Build a community of learners
- What do I know about the students I teach?
- How am I building a relationship with my students?
- How do I allow students to get to know each other?
- How do I ensure students feel safe within the learning environment?
Working in collaborative groups
Opportunities for collaborative activities teach students how to effectively and respectfully work together and how to take responsibility for their own work as well as for the learning of their peers.
Incorporating collaborative learning strategies into your program also provides students with an opportunity to 'construct' their own learning by actively making connections and organising learning into concepts and constructs that are meaningful to them.
Eight collaborative activities to use with your students
Eight quick ways to get your students working collaboratively.
Teaching teamwork skills allows students to collaborate effectively in group tasks. This resource was developed in the College of Business to facilitate students to work collaboratively in a group task. The resource includes teamwork principles, practical tools (e.g. diagnostic tools, ice breaker activity, action plan template) as well as a step by step guide in writing a marketing plan report.
Using Wikis in Blackboard
Arthur Shelley is the Course Coordinator for Knowledge Management in the MBA program. Arthur has used wikis over the past three semesters in the Knowledge Management course for the Graduate School of Business MBA program.
This resource from Arthur and the Business College Academic Development Group is a series of videos on creating a Wiki, basic use of a Wiki, and advanced use of a Wiki.
Setting up group work
The Institute for Interactive Media & Learning (IML) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has produced a resource kit to help lecturers and tutors manage and motivate student groups.
Setting up group work 2
The New Learning Spaces Library Guide also offers advice on setting up group work with your students.
Community of Inquiry
Dr Vanessa Cooper from the School of Business IT and Logistics shares the creation of a Community of Inquiry (CoI) teaching model that encourages students to engage with the curriculum, their peers and the teacher in face-to-face and online environments; and provision of industry-relevant curriculum and learning resources that are interlinked with formative and summative assessment to enable students to contribute to and maximize their learning outcomes.
Summary of Implementation of COI in Knowledge Management Course
Facilitate a safe learning environment for students
To be successful, all learners must feel safe in the learning environment.
Developing a social contract
Developing a social contract with your students
Advice on how to create a social contract with your students to help to create a working culture and environment with explicitly shared goals, values and expectations.
New Learning Spaces Library Guide
Offers a range of ideas and resources on managing learners including setting up classroom expectations, creating dialogue between students and teachers, ice-breakers and tips on delivery.
Get to know your students