Official Launch of the UNE Moodle Upgrade and Theme

Dear Unit Coordinators

The Official Launch of the UNE Moodle Upgrade and Theme is scheduled for:

Tuesday 30 September

Education Room 224



  • Introduction to the Moodle LMS improvement project: past, present and future
  • Demonstration of the LMS improvements to-date
  • Feedback and discussion
  • LMS Road Map and possible future improvements

You can choose a number of options for this launch:

Tuesday 30 September

Education Room 224

  • 10:30-11:30 for Staff
  • 12:00-13:00 for Students
  • 14:00-15:00 for Staff and Students who cannot attend the above times

We will also be launching the UNE EdShed- an online technology resource toolkit that  Unit Coordinators can apply directly to their teaching approach.

No RSVP required.


On behalf of Jennifer Clark

Acting Executive Director

Learning Innovations Hub C30

Life of an Educator: 10 questions to ask yourself before giving an assessment

Life of an Educator: 10 questions to ask yourself before giving an assessment.

Training for Moodle 2.7 release

We will host Moodle 2.7 training over the two weeks beginning 20 October.

The upgrade to 2.7 will happen on 18 October (if you have  online marking or assessment due around this time, please contact us, so we can assist with workarounds).

ALL Trimester 3 coordinators should attend these training sessions, as well as Trimester 1 coordinators wanting to get an early start on unit development.

We will hold further sessions during Trimester 3 for Trimesters 1 and 2 coordinators.

The initial sessions will be in the EBL Labs and will be combined with School of Law staff. Because of this, we will need to ask you to register (due to limited spaces).

Further details will be circulated soon…

School Academic Planner Updated and on the Web (message from Jenny)

The link below is for the ‘Academic Planner’ which has been updated and can be accessed via the School’s website (thanks to Kerry).

The planner gives you all of the dates you need to make sure that your teaching commitments can be met throughout the year. It now has the dates that timetabling will call for requests and also when booklists will be requested for the next year.

I recommend the use of this planner to all academics so that deadlines can be met and the smooth delivery of teaching resources can be achieved for our School throughout each year.

Best wishes Jenny

UNE Business School 2014 Teaching and Learning Awards

A reminder that applications are now open for the UNE Business School Excellence in Teaching Award.

Up to three Awards (one in each discipline) will be available to all continuing staff (full time and fractional) and will be presented to individuals and/or groups by the Head of School (Interim) at the end of year School gathering.

Please find linked here the guidelines and application form

Completed applications should be emailed to Honey Greenwood by Friday, 31st October, 2014.

Course and Unit Dashboards

Over the previous 3 months, new unit and course monitoring dashboards have been developed using resources provided by the Structural Adjustment Funding (SAF) initiative. The dashboard design and development has been undertaken by CIU in close collaboration with staff from the PVC(A) Office, Office of Planning and Quality, Unit/Course Coordinators and UNE school academic co-ordinator/managers.   The development is a key component  of our plans to foster ongoing improvement of information provided to academic coordinators and management for effective monitoring and review  of units and courses at UNE.

There are two new dashboards:

1. The Unit Monitoring Dashboard provides interactive information to support existing Unit Monitoring activities and includes commendations, action plans and student survey information at school, discipline and individual unit levels. NOTE: The Unit Monitoring Dashboards replace the Unit Monitoring Reports released for each trimester once unit grade and survey information had been finalised.

2. The Course Monitoring Dashboard provides information across a course lifecycle:- from the application phase, then through progress, grades and completion along with course survey results covering student satisfaction, further study and employment. Demographic and cohort analysis has been provided throughout the lifecycle.

The Dashboards are NOW AVAILABLE for use by UNE staff.

The Dashboards can be accessed by any of the following methods:-

A.      Select the “Corporate Intelligence” link (bottom right) on UNE Staff Website page: On the page that opens, select the option “Academic Quality Management: Course and Unit Monitoring”. Logon when prompted using your UNE logon and password.

B.      On the UNE Corporate Intelligence Centre:, select the option “Academic Quality Management: Course and Unit Monitoring”. Logon when prompted using your UNE logon and password.

C.      Go directly to the Corporate Intelligence Webpages and select the option “Academic Quality Management: Course and Unit Monitoring”. Logon when prompted using your UNE logon and password.

These dashboards, where possible draw information from source systems on a daily basis and at significant stages in the academic cycle (i.e. start and end of trimesters) to ensure information is up to date as possible. The dashboards are designed for staff to interact with information presented to identify patterns of success and aid analysis of areas for concern or improvement. Multiple instances of the dashboard can be opened on a single system using the standard internet browser window and tab functionality so unit and course health can be readily compared and analysed.

The dashboards operate within UNE supported Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox) on both PC and Mac.

Course and Unit Monitoring Dashboard training/coaching

This week, new Course and Unit Dashboards designed specifically to provide detailed Course and Unit management information to coordinators and management were released. Coordinators have had major input into the production of these dashboards. There are training/coaching sessions this week designed to give you a head start finding your way around them. You will also be given use cases and examples developed by your peers for use in your context. The sessions are highly interactive with each participant having their own computer to work on. Please come with your questions!

If you have other commitments that overlap, come anyway and we will accommodate you.

Please consider coming to one the following sessions:

The session times are:

  • Wednesday 17th September: 11am to 12noon
  • Thursday 18th September: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Friday 19th September: 10am to 11am

LOCATION: ITD Training Room, Room 2.49 on level 2 of the ITD Building.

Please email to book, as places are limited.

New Unit Codes for GSB units

New unit codes for 2015 are listed (along with the current codes) on the web at:

These take effect from Trimester 1 2015.

Office for Learning and Teaching Information Session – Awards, Grants and Fellowships

You may be interested in attending a workshop offered by the Office for Learning and Teaching. Please see the flyer attached.
IMPORTANT: While the flyer relates to the workshop being held in Sydney at UTS, if you click the registration link, there will be an online workshop to be held in the afternoon of 27 October, 2014.

OLT Citations for two UNEBS staff members

Two teaching staff members from the UNE Business School have been named by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching as recipients of Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Dr Leopold Bayerlein has been recognised for successfully motivating and inspiring accounting students through highly supportive teaching in an immersive, virtual internship environment for blended and online learning.

Dr Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela receives his Citation for helping distance education students understand and apply core marketing concepts through the development of resources that allow mental model building.

The OLT Citations are highly prestigious awards, and we extend wholehearted congratulations to both Dr Bayerlein and Dr Valenzuela for their innovative approaches and their dedication to teaching and students.

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