Teaching Matters

Volume 6 Issue 8 2013
28 MAY 2013

PUT INDUSTRY, MATHS AND MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR LESSON PLANS...

Are you sitting at your desk thinking if and how to bring Industry into your Unit of Study? Or maybe you would you like to give your students a Maths skills upgrade? Or are keen to learn short and helpful ways to talk with students to promote their wellbeing?

Then please read on for the support available for such endeavours via Maths in Business, Mindfulness workshops and the Careers and Employer Relations Office...

CUSTOMISED MATHS IN BUSINESS FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Introduce your students to the invaluable FREE Mathematics skills upgrade available to them through the Business Schools Maths in Business (MIB) program.

Students can choose to participate in workshops designed to improve general or specific Mathematical knowledge and skills, from basic algebra and functions, to Excel at introductory and advanced levels, to Probability and Sigma Notation...

In addition, you can have a MIB workshop tailor-made to your Units and students' needs. Please contact MIB Coordinator Jessica Morr for more information.

Four Business School students below share highlights of their Maths in Business experience...

Watch the VIDEO

Maths in Business
Maggie Tang, Nancy Liu, Kyle Lara and Yi Zu on video from Merewether for MIB - we thank them


BETTER MINDFULNESS LEADS TO BETTER TEACHING via three vacation workshops

Academic Staff are invited to participate in workshops on:

  1. A Taste of Mindfulness: this session will provide you with a taste of Mindfulness, an effective way of increasing attention, decreasing distraction and managing stress. Arguably the more mindful you are the more engaged in teaching you can be. 23 July, 2013
  2. Individual differences and performance: people differ powerfully from each other in stable basic dispositions called personality traits. Some understanding of these patterns provides new options for enhancing academic performance. 24 July, 2013

READ MORE and for how to register


Dr Philomena Renner (Head CAPS)
not to be missed workshops


HOW TO INCLUDE WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) INTO YOUR UNIT OF STUDY...

Do you have an idea to involve Industry in your UoS and would like expert help to achieve it? From the initial invitation to planning for a successful student learning experience from it, The Careers and Employer Relations Office can provide this.

As Careers Services Manager (Education), Lucinda Crossley Meates explains, “Student feedback confirms how Industry involvement in Business School Units of Study can hugely open a student's eyes as to where their studies and career can take them.”

“Even if you (Faculty) remotely have an idea for Industry collaboration come and talk to us we can tease it out with you. The opportunities are endless, from a guest speaker in, say, Week 12, to fully integrated industry collaboration. Students are hungry for it (WIL) and employers too.”

FOR EVIDENCE OF WIL AS A BOON TO LEARNING - please see The WIL(Work Integrated Learning) report: a national scoping strategy.


Careers Office's Lucinda Crossley Meates and
Maria Luksich offer expertise in Work
Integrated Learning setup



Student view of a WorkIntegrated Learning experience

To the Careers Office...

Not too sure if you remember me but my name is A.M. and I got the opportunity to participate in Univative in 2012. I was assigned with a team to solve a real life problem for Ernst & Young.

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BUSINESS SCHOOL GRAD RETURNS TO SHARE THE VIEW FROM THE WORKPLACE how first year Accounting has stood the test of time

Teaching Matters interview with Mary Hu, Ernst & Young Corporate Tax Consultant:

  1. What was your USyd Degree and year of graduation?
    I completed a combined Commerce/Law degree. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting) and 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws.
  2. During uni did speakers from industry come to your lectures?

How did this impact your learning?

I don't recall any industry speakers coming in during lectures however a number of my lecturers formerly worked in industry (for example in audit and IT consulting) and would often recount those experiences. This was an interesting break from the syllabus but it was also helpful in showing me the relevance of what I was studying and what it could lead to.

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Mary Hu, Consultant and Corporate Tax
Consultant, Ernst &Young


REFLECTIONS FROM COLLEAGUES ON BENEFITS TO STUDENTS OF WIL

Deloitte and ACCT3011 Capstone Collaboration From Matthew Egan, Lecturer, Accounting

ACCT3011 is a capstone unit for students taking Accounting as a major. The unit exposes students to some of the more complex technical elements of Corporate Accounting and goes further by encouraging students to reflect critically on how well the information that we produce meets the information needs of key user groups.

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MATTHEW EGAN
LECTURER
DISCIPLINE OF ACCOUNTING


Proctor and Gamble, Microsoft and Cathay Pacific Collaboration for second year Marketing students

From Teresa Davis, Associate Professor, Marketing

I have taught and run 'live projects' with Proctor and Gamble, Microsoft and Cathay Pacific in my second year core subject, Consumer Behaviour. I ensure the company is involved in it from the word go but work very hard to integrate it into my teaching plan. This is primarily a “consumer insights” project which has delivered very good immediate rewards for the students (free international airline tickets, very cool software, phones, etc.); but more importantly, it has earned them internships and full time jobs from these companies.

READ MORE


TERESA DAVIS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DISCIPLINE OF MARKETING


FROM SAM'S DESK


Echo 360 is currently used to record lectures. But did you know you can also have Echo360 for Desktop installed on your computer?

From this you can capture whatever is on your computer screen, add voice over and video and publish to Blackboard.

Utilise Echo360 for Desktop for instance, to add last minute material, update existing material and to explain difficult formulas and concepts.

Echo360

To install Echo360 please contact Helpdesk Business School IT.

Learning and Teaching in Business's Educational Designers Sam Bizri and Wing Yiu will then be able to demonstrate for you what Echo360 for Desktop can do.


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