ELU Seminar Series - 2016

Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Electrical Engineering Building, Bld 193, Level 5 (unless specified otherwise). The room is typically available for refreshments and informal questions for 30 minutes after the seminar finishes.


4 Feb - LMS Quiz Analytics and the Mobile LMS - New and Improved tools for teaching
5 Feb - Maplesoft Vision for Engineering Education Using Maple/MapleTA & Mobius
3 Mar - International speaker: Assessing Learning outcomes
11 Mar - MCQs:what are they good for?
31 Mar - Online Assessment Workshop
1 Apr - AMSI Intern
19 Apr - Are your students information literate?
12 May - The English Language Proficiency and Employability Framework
14 Jul - Cadmus
4 Aug - Adventures in Rebooting First Year Engineering & A Brave New World - Education at Scale
18 Aug - What does Engineering Academia Need to Know about Aboriginal Culture and Heritage?
29 Sep - Researching Your Teaching
14 Oct - Using 360 video for teaching

Date Time Seminar

Thu, 4 February


New and improved tools for teaching

The topics to be covered are:

  1. Online Quiz Analytics in the LMS – Learn more about your students and the quality of your questions. The LMS has several tools that can help you review student performance at the quiz or question level. Information from tools such as Item Analysis can help teaching teams refine their future use of existing quizzes.
  2. The LMS Mobile experience – A growing number of students and staff access the LMS on a mobile device, using a browser or the Blackboard Mobile App. Find out what's possible for students and how staff can also use the Turnitin App for mobile marking.


Fri, 5 February


Seminar Room 202 - Old Metallurgy

Maplesoft Vision for Engineering Education Using Maple/MapleTA & Möbius

In this presentation, we address the issues and challenges for Future of Education and how Maplesoft is committed to offers Tools such as Maple, Maple TA and Möbius™ to handle these challenges. Möbius™ is a comprehensive online courseware environment that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is built on the notion that people learn by doing. With Möbius, your students can explore important concepts using engaging, interactive applications, visualise problems and solutions, and test their understanding by answering questions that are graded instantly. Throughout the entire lesson, students remain actively engaged with the material and receive constant feedback that solidifies their understanding.

When you use Möbius to develop and deliver your online offerings, you remain in full control of your content and the learning experience.

  1. Bring your online vision to life, including online courses, open-access courses, formative testing, placement and remediation programs, independent learning, outreach programs, and flipped or blended classrooms.
  2. Provide exactly the content you want, from individual lessons and textbook supplements, to full courses, remedial materials, enrichment content, and more.
  3. Choose the learning experience by allowing students open access to your course material or guiding them along a specific learning path.
  4. Stay in control of your content, creating and customising materials as you wish to suit your needs.
  5. Save your students money by dropping a traditional textbook, while simultaneously improving the learning experience.


  • Jim Cooper, President and CEO, Maplesoft
  • Dr Asim Ghous, Maplesoft Product Manager, ASES

Thu, 3 March


International speaker: Brian Frank - How do we know they’re learning: Comparing multiple approaches to assessing transferable skills

This presentation describes interim results halfway through a 4-year longitudinal study of how engineering students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. The sample includes approximately 400 engineering students in a mid-sized research-intensive Canadian institution, plus students from physics, psychology, and drama. The students were assessed using multiple approaches, including standardised tests, in-course activities, surveys, and course artefacts scored by a trained team using program-wide rubrics. Outcomes demonstrated in student course artefacts externally scored by VALUE rubric assessment increased over the two years. Scores on standardised tests generally trend upward with the Critical thinking Assessment Test (CAT) but are mixed on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), most likely due to motivational and alignment issues. Student motivation is a significant issue in the project. The paper compares the assessment methods and finds that using externally scored course artefacts is both less expensive and preferred by course instructors over standardised tests. It will also discuss a triangulated survey of transferable learning and a web-based rubric development tool for instructors.

This seminar will be presented Assoc. Prof. Brian Frank the Director of Program Development and the DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.

He is the co-principal investigator of the Queen’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium project, a longitudinal study assessing transferable cognitive skills including critical thinking and communication. He is also looking at using learning outcomes to support transfer between engineering and technology programs, and at a framework for visualising learning outcomes data.

Fri, 11 Mar


MCQs: What are they good for?

This seminar will discuss the analysis and design of assessment with a focus on the use of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Psychometric methods used for analysis of assessment performance will also be covered. Examples will be drawn from analysis of university examinations as well as from large-scale standardised testing utilising both MCQ and short-answer questions.

Philip conducts test development at the Australian Council for Educational Research and has experience in the development and analysis of assessment both for curriculum and scholarship testing from school level through to tertiary graduate level, including for the graduate medical entry test (GAMSAT).


Philip MacKinnon, Higher Education Consultant, Engineering Learning Unit (ELU) and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Thu, 31 Mar


Online assessment of teams - workshop

A hands on workshop offering guidance and support in setting up online assessments in the LMS, with a focus on teams.


  • Huey Chan, Workshop Coordinator, Engineering Learning Unit
  • Brice Shen, Program Manager, Engineering Learning Unit

Fri, 1 April


AMSI Intern: connecting RHD students with industry

AMSI Intern is a national program that links postgraduate students and their university supervisors with industry partners through short-term 4-5 month tightly focused partner research internships. The postgraduate student is supported by an academic mentor from the host university throughout the internship placement period and both the student and their academic mentor receive funding from the Industry Partner as part of the Internship.

Benefits to students:

  1. Add relevant industry experience to your CV
  2. Establish a network of industry contacts
  3. Improve your soft skills and professional development
  4. Experience a taste of what industry has to offer
  5. Earn up to $3,000 per month (tax free)
  6. Participate in interesting projects
  7. Discover potential recruitment opportunities

Benefits to supervisors:

  1. Support your student's professional development
  2. Develop a relationship that could lead to ARC grants, EIP grants or consulting
  3. Increase your network of industry contacts
  4. Receive $5000 for your time and supervision
  5. Learn about interesting projects


Robert Mann, Business Development Officer - VIC cluster, AMSI

Tue, 19 April


EDS 9, Old Metallurgy

Are your students information literate? Library resources to help you help your students.

Can your students recognise when information is needed and do they have the ability to locate, evaluate and use it effectively?

This presentation will cover how the library can help you help your students. From custom online learning modules to just in time seminars, find out how librarians can work with you to make your students better researchers and better engineers.


Guido Tresoldi, Liaison Librarian, Science and Engineering

Thu, 12 May


Employability, international students and English language proficiency: addressing the challenges

Globally, there are currently are over 4.5 million international students engaged in tertiary education. The majority of these students study in English-medium universities. International students mainly invest in international education to gain a degree from an English-speaking university and to find employment. Critical for success in both of these areas is graduates’ English language proficiency (ELP). However, there is little in theory and empirical research that investigates the aspects of English language communication that are important for international students’ employability, and what can be done to develop these in university study.

This seminar focuses on the English language proficiency and employability framework, which was designed to inform and support higher education institutions’ (universities) policies and practices, and strengthen evidence-based approaches in this area. Additionally, this session will discuss strategies and practices that institutions can use to develop their international, and other, students’ ELP for a workplace context.


Sophie Arkoudis, Associate Director, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Thu, 14 Jul



Cadmus is designed to help students to work-on, complete and submit their written assignments and essays. The system is an online editor that requires students to write the original and submission version of their assignment within Cadmus' browser-based editor. Students must log into Cadmus in a way that verifies their identity using a smartphone app. Cadmus is akin to using Google Docs, and has some additional functionality to help students understand best practice in academic writing. It now has features such as: assignment connection directly from the LMS; auto-saving; a notes section that allows full editing and "scrapbooking"; smooth handling of images within the document; editing of equations using a LaTex editor; control of imported text via copy-paste restrictions; logging of sessions and actions along with keystroke style detection to help maintain user authentication and validation; and footnoting/reference management.


Herk Kailis, Co-Founder of Vericus

Thu, 4 Aug

1:30 pm –2:30 pm

First Year Engineering and Education at Scale

Presentation 1: Adventures in Rebooting First Year Engineering - Jonathan Li Prior to 2015, the first year Monash engineering curriculum consisted of a small number of core units, and a number of electives offered by each department within the faculty. 2015 saw the roll-out of three multidisciplinary core units to replace those electives. Come along to this talk to discover the pros/cons, trials and tribulations of this crazy adventure!

Jonathan is an education focused Senior Lecturer at Monash University's Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering department. His research interests include engineering education, mobile and web applications and wireless and optical communication network optimisation. Prior to this, Jonathan was employed at Monitoring Division whilst obtaining a "NICTA enhanced" PhD in optical fibre network optimisation from the University of Melbourne. Jonathan was also previously employed at the Telstra Research Laboratories specialising in wireless network optimisation.

Presentation 2: A Brave New World - Education at Scale - Nathan Sherburn Within the next 10 years, every single person on the planet will have access to high quality educational content online. But how do we bring the benefits of traditional teaching and learning into this new world? Join us to discuss education - at scale!

Nathan is a PhD Student at Monash University researching real-time, interactive, peer learning software. His interests include large scale learning, mobile/web technologies and data science/visualisation. Working in these fields, Nathan has undertaken projects with HP Inc, Cochlear, National Australia Bank and Engineers Without Borders.


  • Jonathan Li, Senior Lecturer, Monash, Electical and COmputer Systems Engineering department.
  • Nathan Sherburn, PhD Student, Monash.

Thu, 18 Aug


What does Engineering Academia Need to Know about Aboriginal Culture and Heritage?

This seminar will present key learnings from the OLT project Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in Engineering Education, including:

  • Relationships before collaborations with Aboriginal communities
  • Aboriginal culture and heritage from an engineering project planning and management perspective
  • Working with faculty and students to shift the deficit model of Aboriginal Inclusion in engineering
Tom Goldfinch is a senior lecturer in engineering education at the University of Wollongong and the vice-president of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He has worked on engineering education research and development projects since 2006. His key research focus areas are engineering mechanics education, and the social and cultural aspects of engineering education and practice. He is currently on sabbatical with the MSE Engineering Learning Unit. Tom co-led the OLT project Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in Engineering Education. Past projects also include:
  • OLT Project Exploring Intercultural Competency in Engineering;
  • ALTC project A Pro-Active Approach to Addressing Student Learning Diversity in Engineering Mechanics;
  • A graduate attribute led curriculum review for UTEM, Chile; and
  • the implementation of UoW's University Learning and Teaching course at ImamU, Saudi Arabia.


Tom Goldfinch, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong.

Thu, 29 Sep


Researching your teaching

Researching your teaching can not only help improve it, but also lead to publications. Hear from your colleagues, learning environments and the Engineering Human Ethics Advisory Group on how you could investigate your teaching and some of the requirements on publishing about it.


  • Sherah Kurnia, Senior Lecturer, Computing and Information Systems, Chair of the Engineering HEAG
  • Damian Sweeney, Senior Learning and Teaching Consultant, Academic Services and Registrar
  • Laura Dooley, Lecturer (Veterinary Pre-clinical Sciences), Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences


To attend, please register by Tuesday, Sep 27 at Survey Monkey – ELU 2016 Seminar 10 for catering purposes. By doing so you will also be notified if there are any changes with your event.

Fri, 14 Oct


Using 360 video for teaching.



Stuart Barber, Senior Lecturer Intensive Animal Mang. & Welfare, Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences


To attend, please register by Wednesday, Oct 12 at Survey Monkey – ELU 2016 Seminar 11 for catering purposes. By doing so you will also be notified if there are any changes with your event.