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Wattle Wednesday
"Using Wattle for Course Entry and Exit Surveys" and
"Translating Learning Outcomes in Moodle"

Salman Durrani,
Lauren Kane (CECS, ANU)

EDUCATION INNOVATION SERIES

DATE: 2010-07-28
TIME: 12:30:00 - 14:00:00
LOCATION: CSIT Seminar Room, N101
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ABSTRACT:
Come along to be inspired by your colleagues and take away some ideas to implement in your course that have been successful in enhancing teaching and learning activities.

Using Wattle for Course Entry and Exit Surveys:
The evaluation of teaching and learning is a critical component of closing the loop in the teaching and learning cycle and for improving the quality of teaching and learning. This presentation will illustrate how Wattle has been used in the second year electronics course (previously ENGN2211 and presently ENGN2218) to collect feedback from students in the form of course entry and course exit surveys. It will discuss the motivation behind the surveys and highlight wattle features that have been utilised. Finally, the case study results from last four years exploring how students evaluated their practical electronic skills will be presented and discussed.

"Translating Learning Outcomes in Moodle":
We present an approach to course delivery informed by Biggs' constructive alignment theory. Constructive alignment requires that the teacher aligns the planned learning activities with the learning outcomes.
It is generally quite difficult to translate learning outcomes into an effective course design using tools provided by a Learning Management System (LMS). This is further compounded by the difference between the language of learning outcomes and that used by an LMS.
To support our College we've identified the need for a process that provides a link between the pedagogy and the implementation in Moodle. To do this we have developed online instruments that help teachers link Moodle activities to learning outcomes.
We believe this not only enables teachers to leverage educational technologies to the maximum extent but also to effectively deliver a quality course that meets its identified goals and intents.


BIO:
Salman Durrani:
Salman Durrani received the B.Sc. (1st class honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2000. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in Dec. 2004. Since March 2005, he has been a Lecturer in the College of Engineering & Computer Science, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. His current research interests include wireless communications, connectivity of ad-hoc networks and vehicular networks, synchronization in cooperative communication systems and MIMO and smart antenna systems. He has 38 publications to date in refereed international journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Lauren Kane:
Lauren Kane is an Educational Developer working in the Flexible Learning Unit at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Lauren provides advice and support to teaching staff on educational design, structuring course materials for pedagogically effective on-and-off campus delivery, and the appropriate use of educational technologies.



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