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John Croucher - Macquarie Graduate School of Management - Scholarship and teaching for excellence

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John Croucher delivered the presentation at 2014 Higher Education Summit. …

John Croucher delivered the presentation at 2014 Higher Education Summit.

The 2014 Higher Education Summit discussed the post reform tertiary sector, considering some of the key challenges posed to the Australian University at a time of political change and rapid innovation in service delivery. The discussion ranged from university structures, planning and strategy to governance, funding and innovation and excellence in teaching and learning and research.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.highereducationsummit.com.au/2014event

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  • 1. John Croucher Professor of Statistics Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  • 2. Macquarie University North Ryde, Sydney
  • 3. My own experience  Began as a student at MQ in 1967  Went to the USA to do a PhD in 1971  Returned to MQ as a lecturer in 1974
  • 4. My own experience  In the Faculty of Business until 2004  Since then at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
  • 5. Nelson Mandela
  • 6. What counts is not where you study but the experience you have while studying A recent survey of more than 30,000 US college graduates
  • 7. Only 14% felt that lecturers:  cared or supported them  made them excited about their course A recent survey of more than 30,000 US college graduates
  • 8. High on their wish list was to have inspirational lecturers A recent survey of more than 30,000 US college graduates
  • 9. The 2013 Australian University Experience National Report Only 50% have a sense of belonging with their university
  • 10. The 2013 Australian University Experience National Report Fewer than 50% of students interact with fellow students outside university time
  • 11. Lecture attendance  Many undergraduate units report 25% or lower lecture attendance  Students see little value in attending lectures
  • 12. Lecture attendance  Students who don’t attend lectures tend to be the ones who drop out  Are students given too much?
  • 13. What makes a poor teacher?  Boring and bored  No engagement with the class  Lack of enthusiasm
  • 14.  Uncaring  No preparation  Insufficient knowledge What makes a poor teacher?
  • 15. My own experience Lecturers who:  read out the textbook to the class  dictate their lecture notes
  • 16. My own experience  turn their back to the class the entire time  won’t answer questions
  • 17. What makes a good teacher?  Stimulate curiosity  Relevant  Passionate  Engaging
  • 18.  Challenging  Enthusiastic  Knowledgeable  Good class dynamics What makes a good teacher?
  • 19.  Fair assessment  Creative  Available in and outside class  Well prepared for the lesson What makes a good teacher?
  • 20.  Caring  Instilling a love of learning  Explains concepts clearly What makes a good teacher?
  • 21. Scholarship An academic is like being a cricketer  They can be a specialist batter (research)  They can be a specialist bowler (teaching)  Must be able to field (admin/community)
  • 22.  Academics are expected to do all three at a high level  But what if they are outstanding in only one aspect? Scholarship
  • 23. Teaching-only faculty  What is the value of good teaching to a university?  Should non-research active lecturers who are excellent teachers be promoted?
  • 24. Computer aided learning  Using PowerPoint  Using computers effectively
  • 25. Online learning  The future of learning and teaching?