Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

BUSINESS EDUCATION SIG WEBINARS

Students as Partners, 6 September 2021

Students as Partners is being embraced as a teaching and learning principle across the world. But what exactly is Students as Partners (SaP) and how can we use it to improve and support student learning in Business?

In this webinar, Dr Amanda White (University of Technology Sydney) and Danielle Logan (Griffith University) explained ways to embark on a Students as Partners journey.  They were joined by a panel of experts to help us understand the what, why and how:

  • Dr Leah Coutts (Griffith University)
  • Dr Mollie Dollinger (Deakin University)
  • Madelaine Marie-Judd (University of Queensland)
  • Dr Fiona O’Riordan (Dublin City University)

To use live clients or not to use live clients? Insights from educators, students and live clients, 27 July 2021

In this webinar, Audrea Warner (University of Auckland) along with a panel of students shared insights into their experience working with live clients on a Masters level marketing course. The session provided perspectives from not only the educator but also students and live clients. It discussed the benefits and disadvantages of group work involving a live client. In this form of student enhanced learning, students are challenged to actively synthesize and integrate what they read, bridging the gap between theoretical material learnt in the course and creating practical integrated marketing communication campaigns. The webinar also considered student perspectives through a panel of past alumni, who have completed the ‘live client group project’, explore what the presenter has learnt as an educator from using this form of assessment and provide feedback from past live clients.

Audrea Warner is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland. She has over 17 years of teaching experience in Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Marketing.  The student panel comprised Haoran Yu, Master of Management graduate with a Marketing specialisation. Haoran now works as the Social Media and Marketing Manager at Dacxi. Adeli Lim, Master of Management graduate with a Marketing specialisation. Adeli now works as Associate Product Manager in Optiflow Airvo Marketing. Angela Favis, Master of Management graduate with a Marketing specialisation.


Technology Enhanced Responsible Management Education, 11 May 2021

This webinar was jointly co-hosted by the ASCILITE Business Education SIG, PRME ANZ Chapter and the ABEN Ethics Education SIG and presented by Assoc Prof Harsh Suri and Mr Vivek Venkiteswaran (Deakin University) along with Assoc Prof Christian Schott (Victoria University Wellington).

The presentation commenced with Harsh and Vivek who discussed how TPCK framework (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) offers a useful theoretical lens for harnessing the power of digitalization for scaffolding meaningful integration of SDGs into mainstream business curricula. TPCK framework is commonly used in educational technology to adopt a holistic, nuanced and context-sensitive approach for integrating technology, pedagogy and content knowledge to achieve deep transformational learning. We also discussed how SDGs should become a pervasive context within which we transform Business Education using affordances of digitalization.

Next, Christian discussed why he sees a place, and indeed a need for technology, to support education for sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His presentation will promote experiential education as a key pedagogy for a VUCA world and make the case that situating learning in its appropriate geographical, cultural and social context is an important ingredient. Utilising gaming software and digital immersion technology Christian and his team have developed two sustainability-focused learning tools, one ‘taking’ students to an island in Fiji and the other to Machu Picchu Pueblo in Peru. Although the latter was developed for Secondary schools it was used as an example during the presentation.


Professional accreditation and online assessment, 29 March 2021

Throughout 2020, the academic community engaged in significant discussion around the role of invigilation and online assessment.

In this session, Dr Amanda White (UTS Business, Deputy Head, Education Accounting) led a panel to discuss the professional accreditation requirements in Business Schools and the tension between academic standards and integrity, invigilation, university budgets and academic workload.  This is the second of a two part series of webinars discussing assessment in business education.


Authentic Assessment in Business Education – a panacea for a hybrid teaching world? 17 February 2021

This panel session was jointly presented by the Transforming Assessment SIG and the Business Education SIG.

The panel of international business educators explored tensions between rationalisation, cost savings, and the desire for increased student engagement, the development of transversal skills and protection from contract cheating while striving for authentic assessment design.

In the Business program context this also means the need to demonstrate assurance of learning and meeting rigorous accreditation requirements, with this gaining considerable attention during the rapid pivot to hybrid and online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Panel Chairs were Danielle Logan (Griffith University, Australia) and Mathew Hillier (Macquarie University Australia).

Panel Members

  • Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou – (Griffith University – Gold Coast, Australia)
  • Dr Amanda White (University of Technology – Sydney, Australia)
  • Dr Charmaine Fleming (Federation University – Ballarat, Australia)
  • Dr Fiona O’Riordan (Dublin City University – Ireland)
  • Dr Monica Ward (Dublin City University – Ireland)

Using Simulations as a Learning Alternative, 3 Nov 2020

In this webinar, Ms Audrea Warner (University of Auckland) and Dr Sandy Barker (University of South Australia) shared insights from their rich experience of using simulations to enhance student learning. Simulations have been used in Business Schools across Australia and New Zealand for over twenty years. This webinar explored the benefits offered to students that other learning methods, for example traditional lectures or case discussions, do not offer. Students play a role within the simulation, rather than merely reading and analysing concepts and ideas. Students are able to synthesise and integrate what they read and then make decisions with consequences based on facts or data from the simulations, to consolidate and co-create a deeper understanding. The webinar also focused on the student reactions to using the simulations, explore what the presenters have learnt as academics from using simulations into their courses.

Presenters

Audrea Warner is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland. She has over 17 years of teaching experience in Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Audrea feels a strong sense of responsibility to engage, enlighten, and empower her students both now and for the future. She wants her students to learn from the past, be proactive in the present and work for a better tomorrow.

This year Audrea has been working with both national and international academics to present at webinars, write academic blogs and collaborate on research papers on the impact of COVID 19 and the innovative ways academics and organisations have adapted to the emerging academic landscape to support students embrace new learning approaches. She is co-leading ASCILITE’s Business Education SIG.

Sandy Barker is a Lecturer and Digital Learning Leader in Management at UniSA Business. As the Digital Learning Leader she takes responsibility for working with academic colleagues to ensure a high standard of digital resources for all students. As a lecturer Sandy is involved in teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate students in both Australia and Hong Kong as well as coordinating coursework practicums/placements for final year undergraduates. Sandy has a PhD (Business), Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning), Graduate Certificate in Education (University Teaching), and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry).

Sandy is interested in experiential learning research with a focus on work placements, graduate qualities/enterprise skills, learning analytics, business simulations and role play. All courses that she teaches have an experiential component to ensure students are ready for the professional world as soon as they graduate. She is a current member of the ASCILITE Executive, was the Convenor for the 2016 ASCILITE conference and was on the organising committee of the 2003 ASCILITE conference held in Adelaide.


On-Demand Exams, 29 Sept 2020

In this webinar, Brent Gregory shared insights from his rich experience of offering On-Demand Exams. The introduction of Online Exams to UNE was an enabler for new thinking about how we structure units that are exam dependent.  UNE is no longer constrained by the exam timetable straightjacket and is able to mould the whole learning journey to better match the rich tapestry of skills, experiences and circumstances that its students bring to the learning environment. On-Demand exams supported by the progression pipeline enables greater control to students and helps academics better understand the most effective pathways adopted by students.

You may also be interested in this blog post that covers “on-demand exams” in more detail.

Presenter

Brent Gregory is a lecturer at the University of New England Business School and a Chartered Accountant whose pre-academic professional career focused on helping business owners improve their returns.  He is now applying those skills to developing learning environments that enhance and personalise the student learning journey, while being sensitive to effective resource utilisation. This is referred to as Scalable Personalisation.  His progress in this field has been recognised by a number of awards in recent years, including the UNE Faculty of Science Agriculture Business and Law Educator of the Year, an ASCILITE Innovation and Excellence Award, and an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation.


Work Integrated Learning (WIL), 11 August 2020

The BE-SIG’s first webinar, held on 11 August 2020, discussed ‘Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements and projects which enable students to interact directly with host industries or communities to work on real-life problems or projects. With COVID 19 restrictions, it was timely to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with engaging students in authentic virtual WIL experiences offered via online platforms, which may be independent of time, space, geographical boundaries and disciplines.’

Presenters

This session was co-facilitated by Assoc Prof Harsh Suri (Deakin University), Ms Friederika Kaider (Deakin University) and Dr Sandra Barker (University of South Australia).

Institutional Members