News from the Students, Learning and Teaching Portfolio

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A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins:

Dear Colleagues,

As we conclude week six of Semester One this year, marking the halfway point for students, I want to bring your attention to some of the projects taking place within the Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio.

Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture is undergoing a significant upgrade with the university-wide implementation of the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform (Echo360ALP). In collaboration with IT, the Learning for Life team has:
Replaced the old lecture capture system (Echo360) with the upgraded Echo360 Active Learning Platform (Echo360 ALP)
Equipped an additional 400 learning spaces with lecture capture capabilities (hardware and software) across the campuses

So far approximately 300 learning and teaching spaces across the Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney campuses have been equipped with lecture capture solutions.  The enhancement of the Lecture Capture System at ACU will improve and enhance both the learning and teaching experiences by providing the following:

Benefits to AcademicsBenefits to Students
  • Improved lecture content and delivery by being able to monitor learning analytics for each of the lectures
  • Analytics for monitoring student academic performance, attendance and engagement
  • Live Stream capabilities, allowing for consistency in the delivery of lectures across the different campuses
  • Live polling in-between PowerPoint presentations
  • Being able to use a Flipped Classroom Pedagogical Model as a way to engage students prior to them attending class
  • Greater flexibility and control in accessing recorded lectures at anytime and anywhere
  • Increased satisfaction and support due to being able to access recorded lectures
  • Increased active learning in the classroom  as a result of engaging in the Flipped Classroom Pedagogical Model
  • An increased  sense of community between students by being able to share notes among  themselves
  • Being able to watch a lecture via live stream
Student Accommodation

I am pleased to announce that stage one of the two stage renovation of the Camillus Residence in Ballarat was completed at the beginning of the year and we have welcomed a cohort of first year students into the brand new facilities. Camillus Residence is located four km from our campus in Ballarat and has 82 bedrooms in 16 fully-furnished houses with all the mod-cons including free parking, tennis court and a recreation room with TV, pool table and foosball.

On the same note, I’m also pleased to inform you that Miguel Cordero Residence situated in Camperdown, an inner city suburb of Sydney, is at 98% occupancy this semester.

Located midway between ACU’s two Sydney campuses, the student accommodation services both the North Sydney and Strathfield students. It is close to all the action for our students; close to public transport, cafes, bars, eateries and popular neighborhoods such as Newtown and Broadway.

Our residences are more that than just a place to eat and sleep – they are Living and Learning Communities, providing students with free events and the support to meet new people and excel at university.

Student Engagement Conference 2017

Keep an eye on ACU Staff website for more information. For now, ‘Save the date’ - the conference will be held on 14 July 2017 at Stamford Plaza, Sydney.

Image of Students, Learning and Teaching Conference promotional material.

I would like to thank all staff across the University and our external partners who have made the advances I have outlined possible.

Next week, as we head into Easter which is a celebration of new life, let’s take the time to enjoy the season and also reflect on these achievements for our students which are a testament to renewal and new life.

With every good wish

Professor Anne Cummins
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)


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