And welcome to day 1 of session 202030. It’s been a bumpy start to the year, as the Executive Dean has highlighted in her post this month. This includes challenges with learning and teaching-related technology (starting with Adobe Connect) but there are also some good news stories on that front as well. Read on.
Dramas with Adobe Connect
In relation to recent connectivity and accessibility issues experienced by users with Adobe Connect (particularly browser-based access), an interim change has been made to the platform which forces all users to open Online Meetings via the Adobe Connect desktop application. Access via the html5 browser-based platform will not be re-enabled for the time being, pending further updates from the product vendor and DIT. Further communications regarding Adobe Connect can be expected over the coming week.
Staff requiring system support with Adobe Connect should log a DIT service request via the Staff Service Centre.
Today (2 March) is the ‘go live’ date of the new Division of Learning and Teaching (DLT) structure. Some recruitment is still underway for roles that were not filled during the formal change process, or to backfill positions left vacant by staff who are taking on new opportunities in the Division. As you can see on the organisational chart Donna Matthewson-Mitchell has been appointed as the DLT Sub Dean responsible for the BJBS embedded team. She’ll be assisted by Rebecca Acheson, who has been appointed as the BJBS Educational Design Lead. Both Donna (HEPPP student engagement and retention project) and Bec (ED Manager) have recent experience working with our Faculty, congratulations to you both.
Despite the changes, the DLT PD calendar keeps rolling. For the full March calendar click here. The big focus for this month is writing and quality assuring quality exam papers (due in April for 202030) as well as writing effective learning outcomes.
Other news in brief
- I recently sent out a save the date calendar invite for the 2020 BJBS L&T Symposium on 3-4 September in Bathurst (that’s the Thursday and Friday of the second week of the 202060 mid-session break). There’ll be some focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, so it’s important that you be there if you can. The planning committee has its first meeting this week and registration details will follow in the near future.
- The Change of Grade form and process is changing for the better. No more PDFs and forwarding of emails :). To get you up to speed there are a series of 30 minute online roadshows coming up. Click here for more details.
- From 1 July 2020, Charles Sturt’s new Academic Integrity Module will become compulsory for all students before they can receive their end of session grades. To help promote, maintain and defend academic integrity, academic staff will be required to complete staff specific academic integrity modules via ELMO. Check out this FAQs document for more information or contact Kerrilyn Toal, Communication, Policy and Project Officer, Division of Learning and Teaching firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Late last year we kicked off a new alert in the fight against contract cheating put together by one of our analysts, Angelo Bellas. This includes: websites that sell essays, custom essay production, social media platforms, sites that host Charles Sturt materials and many others. Click here for the February alert. Once again if you identify any Charles Sturt materials (such as course materials, logos) on these websites, please forward those details to email@example.com.