The Futures Top 10

by | 7 Aug, 2017 | 0 comments

What have been the most read - and most talked about - posts since we launched Futures earlier this year? Counting down the top 10!

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#10 The Simulation Blues

Sarah Houbolt from UTS Equity & Diversity makes an excellent case for why you should think twice before simulating a medical condition or bodily experience as learning activity. Read the post.

#9 Open Educational Resources

Flipping your classroom might be easier than you think. UTS Library’s Shemiran Yaghobi and Patrick Tooth run through some of the many free, ready-made materials that you can incorporate within your subject. Read the post.

#8 Creativity and innovation in teaching: An interview with the award-winning UTS Midwifery team

Think quickly on your feet, be flexible and creative, and don’t be afraid to challenge your own assumptions and those of the students, say the Midwifery team from UTS Faculty of Health, honoured in the Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Awards this year. Read the post.

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#7 Why Alt Text Matters

A quick guide to one of the simplest things you can do to make your learning environment accessible to all students. Read the post.

#6 Breaking barriers: Emily Quinn Smyth and Dr Andy Leigh on Auslan, communication and science

UTS Science student Emily Quinn Smyth has shed light on a surprising gap that prevents many people from participating in scientific education  – the lack of Auslan words for many scientific terms. Read the post.

#5 Just landed: the new learning.futures Academic Hub

Launching a dynamic and evolving new initiative for UTS: the learning.futures Academic Hub, which will serve as a one-stop shop for academic staff. Read the post.

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#4 Soft Skills videos

Being prepared for the future of work is arguably more about possessing soft skills rather than technical skills. UTS Business School’s Lan Snell presents a video series to help students get ready for the future. Read the post.

#3 Demystifying OPELA

Did you know 45% of UTS students have a language background other than English? IML’s Rosalie Goldsmith explains why our university has introduced language skills for academic success, which begins with Online Post Enrolment Language Assessment (OPELA) screening. Read the post.

#2 My students don’t talk

Georgina Barratt-See from U:PASS outlines 3 principles to consider in getting students to collaborate in the classroom. Read the post.

And the most read post? Drum roll please…

#1 What is the evidence base for learning.futures?

“Some academics have adopted learning.futures enthusiastically, some have used these practices for years, while others ask me for the evidence base.” DVC Education & Students Professor Shirley Alexander lays out the evidence behind the learning.futures strategy. Read the post

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