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2005 Showcase of exemplary online teaching

Focussing on the student - Making online learning fun

Presenter: Kelsey Van Haaster, LMS Project Officer, Monash University

Date: Friday 14 October

Time: 1.00-2.00pm, (light lunch from 12.30 pm)

Venue: Clayton (Theatre C1) and Gippsland (2W:263)

This presentation showcases one of the winners of the 2004 Monash Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Programming 2 with Java is a compulsory unit in the Bachelor of Computing, offered by the Faculty of Information Technology at both Caulfield and South Africa, and including both full-time and part-time (evening) versions of the unit, with all cohorts enrolled in the same unit and use the same materials and assessment. With such a diverse audience, the challenge was to develop a rich site incorporating a range of different activities integrated into a community environment. The use of interactive elements such as crosswords, videos, and quizzes added interest to what can sometimes be a dry subject.

Creative waves: world's largest international online student design project

Presenter: Vince Dziekan, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University

Date: 16 September 2005

Time: 1.00-2.00pm, (light lunch from 12.30 pm)

Venue: Clayton (Theatre C1) and Gippsland (2W:263)

The Omnium Project (Australia) recently hosted Creative Waves on behalf of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and their worldwide education network (IEN). Co-convened by Rick Bennett (COFA / UNSW) and Vince Dziekan (FA&D / Monash University), Creative Waves formed the largest multi-cultural community of student designers ever to work together in a totally online context.

Over a seven-week period throughout March and April 2005, students representing education institutions from countries across six continents were joined by teachers, professional designers, writers and theorists acting as their mentors. There were also 'live' chat sessions with invited Special Guests from around the world, where students asked questions about their projects and those regarding designing in general.

In essence, with over 100 participants from 22 countries, Creative Waves is the largest and most diverse online student design project ever to take place on a global scale.

Putting students at the centre: a framework to support online student portfolios

Presenter: Kay Margetts, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne

Date: Friday 26 August 2005

Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm (with a light lunch served from 12.30pm)

Venue: Clayton (Theatre C1) and Gippsland (2W:263)

This presentation (ppt, 1300kb) will explain the development and use of an online framework - OCCA (Online Courseware Component Architecture) - developed at the University of Melbourne and increasingly being adopted at Monash University. OCCA enables the development of customized, flexible, interactive online learning environments to support learning and teaching. A key feature is the enabling of interactions between students and staff, individuals and groups. The framework maintains progressive summaries of student work completed, ongoing evaluation, feedback in the form of annotations by teachers, and subject overviews containing status of submissions and messages from tutors. Teachers are able to adapt learning materials in response to observed student needs and annotate student work online.

"Weblogs and (genuine) learner-centredness"

Presenter: James Farmer, Learning Services, Deakin University

Date: 17 June 2005

Time: 1.00-2.00pm, with a light lunch served from 12.30 pm

Venue: Clayton (Theatre S12, Building 25) and Gippsland (2W:263)

Through their unique attributes, weblogs are significantly changing the internet. While their use spans business and social milieus, in an educational context they provide a unique opportunity for educators to facilitate the development of genuinely learner-centred online environments. With this perspective, the forum will explore the nature of weblogs, some current institutional uses and their potential application in tertiary teaching and learning.

James Farmer is an academic and consultant exploring the use online technologies in educational, community and organisational contexts. He works at Deakin University, authors the weblog incorporated subversion, is the founder of IncSub and is also behind the business Blogsavvy and the conference Blogtalk Downunder. Presentation slide notes.

"Using e-Portfolios to encourage Student-Centred Learning"

Presenter: Mary Lawson, Centre for Medical and Health Science Education, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Presentation slide notes.

Facilitator: Yoni Ryan, Educational Design Group, CeLTS

Date: 27 May 2005

Time: 1-2 pm

Venue: Central 1 Theatre and Foyer (Building 63). A light lunch will be provided.


2004 Showcase of exemplary online teaching

Taking account of 'contexts' in international considerations of the psychiatry of intellectual disability.

Forum with wine and snacks from 5-7pm on 21 October.


  • Mr Murray Couch, CDDHV
  • Ms Rhian Parker, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Jennifer Torr, CDDHV
  • Dr Leonard Webster, Faculty of Law, Monash University

The Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria is a joint initiative of Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

An on-line unit, 'An Internationalised Approach to the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability', is being developed in a collaboration between Monash University, Melbourne and Kings College, London. The development of the subject has generated an exploration into ways in which the specificities of any particular social, cultural and political context is bought into play in a student's engagement within the learning experience of the unit, and in their psychiatric practice with patients with intellectual disability. It has also generated an understanding of the need for a reflexive approach to the teaching of the psychiatry of intellectual disability. An on-line learning environment developed at Monash, InterLearn, is being utilised to maximise the process of contextualising, and the presentation will include a demonstration of the unit under development. Presentation PowerPoint slides.

Venue: Manton Room SG05, Building 11 (Menzies Building), Clayton Campus

How can I use media components to enhance my teaching?

Presenters: Jeffrey Bender (MDU) and John Blyth (AVPU)

Staff from CeLTS will demonstrate a variety of teaching approaches using multiple media to enhance students' learning. Examples will include video, audio and still images, and will be drawn from a range of disciplines across Monash. Discussion will focus on the practical strategies required for development of these resources.

Time: September 23, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (with tea and coffee and cakes to follow)

Venue: Rotunda Lecture Theatre R5, Clayton

This forum was not videoconferenced to other campuses, due to unavailability of facilities.

WebCT Vista Pilot

Monash University is migrating to WebCT Vista. The rollout of Vista commenced in Semester 1 2004 with a small scale pilot that has been expanded for Semester 2 and is due to be completed by 2006. Vista offers a number of enhancements over the current Campus Edition of WebCT that have the potential to deliver substantial benefits to the University. This presentation will provide information on the progress of the implementation, plans for further deployment of Vista during 2005, staff training and support, evaluation and what the migration means from the perspective of staff and students.

The forum will be of interest to all staff wishing to know more about the move to the latest version of WebCT's learning management system.

Date: Thursday, August 26,

"That won't work in MY classroom" - are new methods of teaching and learning worth it?

Presenters: Ainslie Ellis, Director, FLITE Centre, Faculty of Information Technology Facilitator: Dr Margaret Bearman, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine.

Are you a skeptic? Do you think that the traditional teaching methods are best? And technology should never replace a blackboard!

Or are you a believer? Student-centred, problem-based, flexible - do they give you the results you want?

Ainslie Ellis, will outline why she believes that there is value in student-centred collaborative online environments (among other things!). Margaret Bearman will challenge her to overcome the practical barriers - like academic workload, assessment-driven students and cost.

Date: 23 July 2004, 1-2pm

Venue: Videoconference room, Building 3e, Room 114, Clayton Campus with videoconference link to Gippsland campus.

More: General feedback from the presentation was that it was too short and as people seemed interested in continuing the discussion, Ainslie set up a blog. Please feel free to raise other issues and contribute in whetever way you feel is appropriate. You may reply to postings already there or to add new posts email Ainslie and she will add you to the list of those able to post.

INFORMATION management strategies - the UK and US experience

Presenters: Professor Sally Joy, Associate Dean, Graduate Teaching, Faculty of Business and Economics; and, Dr Andrew Treloar, Project Manager, Strategic Information Initiatives, Information Technology Services.

Date: 27 May 2004

Listen: audio recording of this presentation, kindly provided by Monash University Lectures Online (you will need Real Player 8 Basic to listen to this file, which can be downloaded here).

More:; Developing an Information Management Strategy for an Australian University: Learning from UK and US Experiences, CAUDIT report.

GOLD Program Showcase

HEPCIT GOLD Showcase with wine and snacks from 5.00pm - 7.00pm in Rooms SG02 and SG04, Building 11 (Menzies Building), Clayton Campus, on Friday April 23.

The GOLD Program (Global Online Learning and Development) was established by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Planning) Alan Lindsay in August 2001 to identify and support high profile courses to serve as flagships for the effective extension of off campus delivery.

GOLD draws on the work of multi-disciplinary teams to produce high quality, best practice, sustainable and supported courses available to students online. These flagship courses aim to create interest in online learning within and beyond the university and will give impetus to the development of further high quality online learning opportunities.

This forum gives all interested members of the Monash community the opportunity to informally meet the teams responsible for a range of innovative teaching and leaning projects using educational technologies.

Official opening: Alan Lindsay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Planning)

Overview of GOLD: Kate Duggan, GOLD Program Manager

Attendees invited to browse the project displays and discuss aspects of interest informally with key project team members.

GOOGLING to a degree - university study in an online age

Monash University Library, in conjunction with HEPCIT, forum on the impact of electronic resources on teaching and learning. Speakers included representatives from the Library and CeLTS, and case studies were presented from teaching academics. Issues addressed included:

  • awareness raising
  • increasing understanding of the issues
  • working towards better quality teaching and learning
  • informing future CeLTS programs, and
  • development of the Library's information literacy program and other services

When: Friday March 26, 1 pm to 3 pm


  • 1988 Monash University Library owned 2 PCs, and they were for staff use.
  • 1990 Distance Learning meant telephones, Australia Post and occasional classes.
  • 1993 there were 24 databases on the CD-ROM network, and one online. There were 17,000 serial subscriptions, none of them online.
  • 1997 the only way students could access their recommended readings or past exam papers was to come to a library during opening hours. Most, if not all of their contact with teachers was in lectures, tutorials and office hours.
  • 2004 ??? All of this has changed, but how has this changed the way we teach and the way students learn? As more information becomes available are students using the best of it or just the easiest to find?

library news story

Audio recording of the presentation. Requires RealPlayer.


Exploring Educational Technologies Conference

The Technical Working Party (TWP) and the Higher Education Partnerships in Communications and Information Technology (HEPCIT) groups of Monash University convened the Exploring Educational Technologies Conference on 16th-17th July 2003. The conference was sponsored by the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Planning).

Visit the Exploring Educational Technologies website for copies of paper and slides.

Other 2003 forums



Vice-Chancellor's Award Presentation: Monash online readings and reserve

The Library team responsible for the development of the electronic reserve service in 2002 presented at the November HEPCIT Forum. The team received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff. Team members explained the range of Library services now available to support web-based teaching.

Amongst the testimonials from academic staff which supported the nomination, were comments from Homer Le Grand, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He said "I strongly endorse the nomination ... The efficiency, the ease of use, and the flexibility of the new eReserve system is of enormous benefit to the teaching and learning programs of the Faculty of Arts and, I presume, also to other faculties. ... The on-line basis of the eReserve has been particularly important in making material immediately accessible both for units offered at more than one campus and for units in which students from more than one campus are enrolled. The saving in staff time ... is considerable."

The presenters and their topics:

  • Andrew Harrison, Manager of the Digitisation Centre, ... the University's copyright obligations and the value of digital records from a user perspective.
  • David Groenewegen, Digital Resources Librarian, ... the way in which students now seamlessly access full text journal articles within a number of databases.
  • Yasmin Moore, Matheson Library Lending Services, ... on the procedures and timelines for submission of student reading requirements to the University Library.
  • Christine Cooze, Lending Services Librarian, ... an overview of the program and detail student response.

Monash University Library now supports essential student reading by constructing a web reading list. This is a single reference point available 24 hours a day from any computer that can access the Monash home page, to any bona fide Monash staff member or student.

The web reading list can be organised in the manner most suited to personal teaching preference and provides academic staff with a single URL to supply to students. The reading list contains links to the library catalogue for hardcopy print or audio visual materials, links to electronic databases for full text journal articles, links to in-house digitally published items, links to web sites and links to personally supplied materials. The list is a flexible document that the Library can edit on request. Links to other services such as Lectures Online will be incorporated.

The presentation provided staff with an opportunity of viewing established web reading lists and hearing how some of the obstacles regarding licensing and copyright have been overcome. Library staff detailed procedures and provided an insight into how the lists are currently being used and the opportunities they afford both staff and students to meet deadlines for essential reading.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties encountered on the day of the forum, the presentation is not available to listen to online. HEPCIT apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.


ITS, priorities for 2003

Information Technology Services (ITS) Division plays a key role in supporting Monash initiatives in electronically supported learning and teaching. At the October HEPCIT Forum, Mr Ron Sawyer, Project Manager in the ITS Flexible Learning and Teaching Program, outlined ITS priorities and projects for 2003 and their background.

In 1999, ITS started drawing together information from across the University for the creation of a University wide IT Strategic Plan (ITSP). This plan was approved by Council in June 2001. As Information Technology is rapidly developing and innovative applications are being identified, particularly in learning and teaching, regular updates of this plan are required. The first of these updates has recently been published and provides a framework for IT development projects for 2003. This presentation provided an overview of the process used to develop this update to the ITSP, outlined recent achievements to support learning and teaching, and explained the proposed 2003 IT development projects.

Ron Sawyer is well known around Monash as he has worked in a variety of roles within IT Services for over 15 years and been involved in many IT initiatives supporting learning and teaching. Recently, Ron was the Project Manager for the portal and is leading the development of a University wide IT Architecture. Ron is a member of the ITS Directors Committee and a Director of Monash Learningfast Pty. Ltd.

Click here to listen to a recording of this presentation, kindly provided by Monash Lectures Online (you will need Real Player 8 Basic to listen to this file, which can be downloaded here).


InterLearn Launch

The forum was opened by Di James, Special Adviser to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Planning) and Project Manager for the development of the portal and the introduction of WebCT into the University. Presenters explained the use of InterLearn in the Faculties of Law, Science, and Education. The InterLearn Service Manger then demonstrated how to get started and create InterLearn activities for students.

What is InterLearn?
InterLearn provides students and teachers with a personal, engaging, collaborative online learning environment. The guiding principle behind the development of InterLearn (named for "interactive learning on the Internet"), was to maximise student interaction online. InterLearn enables students participating in an online learning environment to experience the interaction and collaboration with peers and teachers that is often attributed to a face-to-face, small group or tutorial environment.


SIF Presentations

Presentations were made by two previously successful SIF teams to demonstrate the innovations that have occurred as a result of their grants. The forum was of interest to staff who are considering applying for SIF funding in 2002 and those looking for innovative ways of teaching with technology.

The presentation was chaired by Kristina Macrae (Faculty of Science Executive Officer and Associate Dean (External Affairs)), who is a member of the advisory committee which recommends SIF funding allocations, and who is therefore able to provide commentary on these projects in the context of the SIF guidelines and support of university and/or faculty strategic directions.

The presenters were as follows:


Pearson Education Online Learning Presentation

What can Pearson Education offer in terms of online support for universities using Pearson textbooks and WebCT?

Pearson now have support for almost 300 titles, including some Australian titles, available in WebCT format. Many of these texts are already in use at Monash and in many cases support will be available to Pearson's text adopters at no extra charge to students. In this forum, Pearson representatives will provide demonstrations of how Pearson can make it easier for academics to conduct online courses through the use of their wide range of preformatted and ready to use content.

The Pearson online content is intended to add value to the use of Pearson textbooks and depending on the discipline, takes a variety of forms including: extra readings; cases; collections of relevant web links; other notes; multimedia aspects such as graphics, PowerPoint, animations, video clips, labs and interactive exercises and quizzes; plus prepared test banks of around 2000 questions. Pearson has assured copyright to all of this content and can therefore allow adopters to customise and add to the already existing material as they require.

Click here to listen to a recording of this presentation, kindly provided by Monash Lectures Online (you will need Real Player 8 Basic to listen to this file, which can be downloaded here).


Getting Started with WebCT (2)

Templates and QuickStart resources: what we're doing and why

With WebCT (Web Course Tools) now available as a University supported learning management system, HEPCIT's second forum for 2002 provided an opportunity to share information about some of the templates and QuickStart resources being developed across the University to help staff get started with WebCT. The forum consisted of five brief presentations in which staff from some of the Faculties and from CeLTS explained 'what we're doing and why'. At the end of the forum an update on the progress of the University's implementation of WebCT was provided.

The presenters were as follows:

  • Beth Edmondson, Faculty of Arts - Slides
  • Tom Bolton, Faculty of Business and Economics: Buseco WebCT templates - Notes and Slides
  • George Kotsanas, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences - Slides
  • Harley Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences - Slides
  • Michael Page, Faculty of Science: WebCT Strategy and Templates - Slides
  • Robyn Benson, CeLTS - Slides
  • Debbi Weaver, CeLTS - Slides

Click here to listen to a recording of this presentation, kindly provided by Monash Lectures Online (you will need Real Player 8 Basic to listen to this file, which can be downloaded here).

WebCT QuickStart Guides, kindly provided by Debbi Weaver:
QuickStart Guide 1, QuickStart Guide 2, QuickStart Guide 3


Getting Started with WebCT (1)

WebCT (Web Course Tools) is now available as a University supported learning management system. More information on the introduction of WebCT at Monash may be found at while WebCT training resources are available at To assist staff in preparing to teach with WebCT, HEPCIT's first forum for 2002 drew on the experience of the Faculty of Business and Economics where online learning and teaching has been undertaken for a number of years, and where WebCT was introduced in 1999. At the end of forum an update on the progress of the University's implementation of WebCT was provided.

The presenters were as follows:

  • Jan Brace-Govan, Sandra Luxton and Peter Wagstaff, Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics
    Orienting students to online learning: (PowerPoint presentation)
    It is important to prepare students for online learning if they have not experienced it before. Jan, Peter and Sandra have developed an innovative WebCT-based induction program for students who are new to online learning. This orientation module is aimed at maximising the confidence, and subsequent activity levels, of online learners undertaking off-campus Marketing courses. It is based on the first two stages of Gilly Salmon's five-step model*. They will explain how the module operates and how it has resulted in students actively participating online sooner than non-oriented students, with greater initial levels of input into online discussion forums.
  • Professor Sally Joy (Associate Dean, Graduate Teaching) and Katalin Kish (WebCT Officer), Faculty of Business and Economics
    Orienting staff to online teaching:
    With WebCT now becoming available University-wide, the Faculty of Business and Economics has looked at how the Faculty approach to staff orientation to online teaching will mesh with the staff training provided at University level. The University model of continuous innovation (with University level staff orientation) will be complemented by a Faculty model of discontinuous innovation, supported by specialised Faculty-based training. Approaches which have been implemented, or are about to be adopted, include the use of a training video, mentoring across departments, just-in-time techniques, and FAQs. Sally and Katalin will explain how these operate and share their experiences of orienting staff to online teaching. Sally has many years experience of teaching and supporting students off-campus and online, while Katalin has played a pivotal role in implementing WebCT in the Faculty and supporting staff and students.

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