Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

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Issue #14 - Planning for Effective Student Learning

June 5, 2018

Creative in our thinking, yet rigorous in our approach, we drive and lead change and evolution.
Through living the value of “inspiring” we engage and motivate our students and communities to also proactively build innovation and capacity into their lives, careers and industries.

Effective teaching incorporates all the Dimensions of Teaching in a variety of combinations unique to the individual teacher. In lesson planning, logical presentation of material undergirds student learning that draws on these Dimensions. How do you go about reinforcing the key elements of your lessons in a way that is meaningful and inspiring for your students?

This week’s bulletin is the penultimate in our series examining teaching strategies that support the nine Dimensions of Teaching (Crisp et al., 2009 – see below).

Dimension 8: Presents material logically.

Dr Tyler Griffin discusses strategies for maximising student learning within the available timeframes of our lesson and subject structures.

Below the Surface: Strategies for Deep and Lasting Learning

By: Dr Tyler J Griffin

Source: https://www.magnapubs.com/magna-commons/?video=13359

(See below for instructions on how to access the CSU free subscription to this resource).

"A's for enabling deep and lasting learning" is the sub-title for this presentation with its list of seven “A” concepts. The concepts may seem familiar and Dr Griffin makes the sensible suggestion not to try and follow all of these in your own subject all at once!

As a bonus, the supplementary material for this webinar provides reflective questions for each of the A’s to help you work out the relevance to your own context.

In line with our topic this week of logical presentation of teaching material, I have drawn out two key statements from each of the A’s. This thought-provoking webinar is well worth the 45 minutes of your time to provide pointers to where you can improve your own practice.

Adjustments: Principle – most subjects need tweaks, not redesigns

  • Be proactive – tell students up front about the main struggle points
  • Identify with students, why this difficult unit is essential to their degree or context – provides motivation to engage and persevere

Audience: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when we teach learners … not lessons!

  • Know your audience
  • Recognise cognitive load – give their brains a chance to process what you’ve taught before you pile on more content

Applicability: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when students have a foundation of context and applicability to their lives

  • Use front-loaded relevance, so students understand from the start of the lesson: why they are learning the content and what they will get out of it
  • Create context before introducing learning resources – “Look for …” pointers before watching a video, or engaging with text

Adaptability: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when students “fire on more cylinders” of learning abilities

  • Where possible, use all three Ex’s of learning: Explanations, Examples (including non-examples), Experience
  • Mix it up! Deliver bite-sized blocks of instruction inter-spaced with appropriate attention getters and context builders

Accentuation: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when students process critical information in multiple ways, over time

  • List the knowledge, skills and application that you want students to NEVER forget after taking your subject/class
  • Employ the SPACING EFFECT – determines how strong the item is in memory: Recency, Frequency, Potency

Assessments: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when students work on increasingly more complex “whole tasks”

  • Front loading – here’s some of the things you are going to be able to do; here’s some of the problems you are going to be able to solve.
  • Focusing on our INSPIRING Value, Real-world assessment:

QUOTE: Encourages students to be contributing members in society, and in their families, and in their workplace, and in their communities.

Achievement: Principle - Learning is deeper and lasts longer when students know how to learn in your field

  • Help students separate “products” from the “tools” and “processes” of learning in your Discipline.
  • The analogies in this section of the webinar will explain this concept.

Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download from the Magna Commons website if you don't have time to listen to the seminar.
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What are you doing in the session break?

Do you have 20 minutes per week to learn new teaching tips?

Monday Morning Mentor ****Starting June 18****

Brrrr!!! It may be winter here, but it's summer break in the USA, so we have tapped in to the Monday Morning Mentor Summer Edition.

Every week for eight weeks we will receive a new topic,

"presented by respected academic peers, cover timely and relevant topics in only 20 minutes—long enough to provide actionable insights, but short enough to fit anyone’s schedule."

One new topic will be released each week (Monday in the US) and remain available until the end of the eighth week, August 12.

We have subscribed to two eight-week programs:

Traditional Collection includes the topics:

  • How Do I Release My Students' Natural Zest and Curiosity for Better Learning?
  • How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage my Students?
  • What Are the Secrets to Making Highly Effective Educational Videos?
  • How Can Improving Student Feedback Improve the Quality of Each Educational Encounter?
  • How Do I Use Controversial Issues to Build Cognitive Skills in my Students?
  • How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?

New Teachers Collection includes the topics:

  • How Do I Set Students up for Success in Online Courses?
  • How Can I Inspire Creative Confidence in the Classroom?
  • How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared?
  • How Do I Discuss Academic Integrity During the First Class?
  • How Can I Help Students See that Sweat-Working Hard and Smart-Is Key to Their Success?
  • What Is the Role of Communication in Teaching Excellence?

Watch YAMMER and WHAT'S NEW for the announcement of the first topics.


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Dimensions of Teaching

Dimension 8: Presents material logically

Indicative teaching strategies for demonstrating this dimension may include:
  • providing an early brief structural overview of the session
  • developing this structure in a coherent manner, ensuring students are constantly aware of the development of the session
  • providing time for reviewing at key stages, including closure
  • establishing closure, aiming at helping students draw together and understand major issues and identify individual learning needs and short-comings

Adapted from: Crisp, G. et al (2009) Peer Review of Teaching for Promotion Purposes: a project to develop and implement a pilot program of external Peer Review of Teaching at four Australian universities, University of Adelaide, an ALTC-funded project, 2007-8. Final Project Report June 2009. Thanks to RMIT and UNSW.

The nine Dimensions of Teaching are the key focus areas that underpin the main elements in the Peer Review of Teaching Practice templates used at CSU for both formative teaching development or to evidence your teaching in, for example, your promotion application.

(See Peer Review of Educational Practice at CSU).


Teaching support resources at CSU

You have access to a range of quality CSU resources to help you incorporate educational resources and techniques into your teaching. Check out the following:

Regular seminars on teaching-related topics are listed on the

CSU Professional Learning Calendar - accessed directly here

or from the Division of Learning and Teaching front page - accessed here

CSU Professional Learning Calendar: Drop In - Sessional Staff

Watch the calendar for the timing of these weekly online sessions.

This week - Adobe Connect session 8 June 2018 at 11:00 am


Bonus CSU resource - Lynda.com

All CSU students and staff members have access to Lynda.com, an online subscription library that teaches the latest business, creative and software skills through high-quality instructional videos.

A search with a filter for Higher Education for 'logical presentation of material' returned 29 resources ranging from general teaching tips, to keynote lectures, to the specifics of various tools and applications for employing educational resources and techniques.

Why not have a look at this collection of strategies that addresses many of the nine Dimensions of Teaching that we have been exploring in the last few weeks:

Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed

Short videos ranging from 2 to 4 minutes in length of considerations for your teaching. In total, just over 2 hour of combined videos. OR even

Teaching with Lynda.com.


Advance Notice: e-Assessment Awards webinar panel

Transforming Assessment, Next webinar session: 6 June 2018 - That's Wednesday THIS WEEK

Panel Chair: Patrick Craven, Vice Chair, e-Assessment Association, UK.
A panel style review by selected awardees from eAAwards 2018.
Panel presenters:
  • Gareth Hegarty, International Baccalaureate, "Delivering high stakes e-assessment at scale across four subject areas and a unique examination testing interdisciplinary skills".
  • Captain John Lloyd, RD, MBA, FNI, The Nautical Institute, "Robust and repeatable e-assessment across 92 testing centres, in 30 countries, controlled from headquarters in London".
  • Professor Graham Orpwood, Vretta Inc. "Personalized, interactive e-assessments in numeracy with immediate diagnostic feedback, developed in collaboration with colleges in Ontario, Canada".

Further information and FREE registration: http://ta.vu/6jun2018
Information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, and links to resources can be found on the website at transformingassessment.com


Upcoming Teaching Tuesdays issues...

We have one more of our Dimensions of Teaching to explore next week.

The next series will be based around teaching strategies to maximise positive student responses in the Subject Experience Survey and also maximising the response rate.

Access the full report of the national QILT 2017 Student Experience Survey to see the importance of this focus.

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Magna Commons

All staff with a CSU email address have free access to our new

CSU subscription to the Magna Commons series of online seminars

Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download if you don't have time to listen to the seminar.

How to subscribe

Staff with a CSU email address can obtain the Magna Commons CSU subscription code from Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au

Logical Presentation requires structure. Try a Magna Commons search for structure, and filter for "Faculty" topics that seem relevant, such as:

- 10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses

Magna Commons suggests these seminars to watch in the coming month:

Whether focused on creating a diverse student body or a diverse curriculum, increasing student and faculty diversity calls for collaboration across campus. The Magna Commons June focus is on embracing diversity in its multiple forms. Below are some seminars related to DIVERSITY:


Links to previous bulletins

Folder with all previous issues.

Issue#1 Group Work; Issue#2 Engagement; Issue#3 Engagement;

Issue#4 Academic Integrity; Issue#5 Feedback; Issue#6 Feedback;

Issue#7 Active Engagement; Issue#8 Building on Prior Learning;

Issue#9 Student Diversity;

Issue#10 Learning Outcomes; Issue#11 Deep Learning;

Issue#12 The Teaching-Research Nexus;

Issue#13 Improving Student Learning;

FoBJBS Newsletter: BOLD Issue#16

FoA&E Newsletter: NeXus Issue#3


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