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1 Australian Graduate School of Management Studying Online
Going to cover the online course environment used for both online/distance students and face to face students. In S1 about 75% of students will study online. But both groups make use of the online environment... (i.e. please DO make use of the “coffee shop” forum between classes to discuss course content and assessments if you are studying face to face) Has anyone studied online before? Who is presently studying face to face? Online? Armida Pobre e-Learning Support Andrew Chambers Educational Development Manager

2 Benefits of Online Participation
Share expertise and experience by cooperating with class mates in an online community Challenge your thinking Learn from different perspectives from a range of industries and workplaces Helps keep you on track with your study schedule Regular feedback & guidance from facilitator Sense of belonging to a class; combats sense of isolation Social benefits – community, cooperation, connection As part of your study in the MBT you are required to participate in either face to face classes or online classes… You will gain 10-20% of your marks from participating. Participation however makes up a large component of your learning as it allows reflection and critical thinking about the course materials, discussions and the learning in general. The model used within the MBT is focused around a community of learners working together on set activities discussing issues and questions as they arise, or are set. Week 4 participation feedback, and a week 5 course survey, enable 2 way feedback loops between facilitators, students, and course coordinators.

3 The Learning Management System
Online Class Access: As enter system mention browsers and other requirements. USE END KEY TO DROP DOWN TO VIEW COURSE LISTED When in course USE END KEY TO DROP DOWN TO change to student view Portal: Class List Homepage: Navigation Course Menu Facilitator Announcements People Participants (Gallery) Follow instructions on noticeboard to add your photo and personal/professional details Coffee Shop Viewing, replying, threads (note: unable to delete) – Demo and talk about editor features Units: Weekly Forums/Seminar Rooms, content and more NOTE: not necessarily present in face to face courses Will likely take part in debates, answering posed questions, brain storm sessions, arguing for and against propositions And you might need to find something so Note: Great search tool on left menu Content available online Additional activities may be available: surveys, quizzes, wikis, blogs – some will be available full semester, some will be done on a weekly basis Dialogue/Mail As a form of and dialogue about assessments/feedback Virtual Meeting Room Submitting Assignments “Assessments” section Note Agreement All submissions checked for plagiarism, with system available for early checking of assignments prior to lodgement Reports – Have access to a colour coded “plagiarism report”. Everything identified should be looked at prior to submission. Course Resources Left hand course menu If time show path to online resources on ASB EDU web site… In addition some courses may make use of Blogs (Learning Journals), wikis and similar social media style tools within Moodle Getting Help – Netspot for Moodle users (Contact details bottom of each page) – User manual You are also encourages to make use of external tools such as Google Docs, Google+, Google Hangouts and any other forms of socila media that enable you to meet fellow class mates.

4 An Introduction to Studying for Your MBT
Australian Graduate School of Management MBT Orientation Day An Introduction to Studying for Your MBT Andrew Chambers Educational Development Manager 0 minutes

5 Group Activity: Getting to know each other
Introductions: name, company & role Discuss in pairs (not the same pairs!): Why are you doing this particular degree? What do you hope to get out of it? Do you share common questions about studying? What do you think you might need help with when studying? Come up with one common question, one universal ‘why’? Write up on whiteboards under each heading… 12 mins

6 Study Skills Workshop Overview/Learning Outcomes
Explore basic study skills e.g. What learning in the MBT involves Organisation and time management Assessments, activities and participation Reading/Note taking Tackling assignments Referencing and plagiarism Answer your questions about starting the MBT Program Find out about sources of help with your study Clarify expectations of participants and the facilitators role 10 mins We do not cover exam preparation. This is offered via Webinar in week 11. Ask: Who is in GBAT9100 Note for GBAT9100 Introduction to Management Students. Your course covers also covers this content and more… Resources (for today): Slides, Handouts

7 The Study Skills Tutorial and Support site is an online course available in Moodle, as well as everything covered in this workshop, it houses additional tutorials on case analysis, presentation skills, maths skills, exam preparation, a forum for asking study, moodle and program related questions and more...

8 MBT Learning Model 5 mins
MBT’s learning model focuses around reading, self assessment, discussion and interaction, reflection, application and formal assessment Self assessment of your understanding of where you are at in the learning process is important. Do you already know this material? How does the material, new ideas, theories etc relate to what you already know? Reflection can include the use of blogs or journals used to note changes in learning and thinking over the duration of a course. Reflection also involves internalisation of theories… Interaction with the materials is important. Doing the set exercises, activities and self tests in the learning materials helps encoding of material into long term memory… Interaction with other students is important to seek others viewpoints but more importantly shared consensus and understanding. Think of this as an exercise in “cooperation”. How can you cooperate with other to leverage your interactions that take place face to face and online. Interaction with teachers (facilitators) is important as they serve as your guide through the learning process and can help you set direction as well as answering questions The skills of critical thinking, divergent thinking and similar will also prove useful The important thing about this slide is to realise you must complete this circle of learning in order to learn properly. If you skimp in any one area you break the cycle which will lead to poorer marks.

9 The MBT course structure
12 weekly units Content in PDF via Cloud and Moodle (& texts) Content includes activities and exercises Weekly F2F classes or online classes with discussions Including weekly and group activities Assessments > Feedback 3 mins Assignments: Generally written with 10% = 1000 words Most assignments are 20-35% 1st assignment smaller and aimed at ensuring you understand the basic concepts Also will find: Blogging: Keeping a reflective journal for learning or assessment Group work: Especially at end of program in 2 capstones but also in Project Management Individual Projects: Leadership Participation: Online and face to face Quality over quantity Week 4 we provide participation feedback to provide guide on how you are going Important you follow-up any suggestions made Some assignments quantitative with calculations

10 MBT assessment scheme Participation (10% - 15%)
2 assignments (may be individual or group) Examination (exam, take home exam or project) Note some courses now have no exam!

11 Educational Development Manager
Australian Graduate School of Management MBT Orientation Day Studying Smarter, Not Harder Andrew Chambers Educational Development Manager 0 minutes

12 Skill: Time Management – Getting Organised!
ORGANISATION Goal setting Long, medium & short term Goals Must be done Should be done Could be done AVOID PROCASTINATION Resources Materials Study space 5 mins 1. Where are you going to study? Set aside a place... 2. Make use of devices such as laptops, phones and iPads/Tablets to study here, there and everywhere... 3. When are you going to study? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Study time When? No interruptions Personal time IMPORTANT

13 Individual Activity: Planning
Using the supplied Weekly Planner: Block out your commitments – work, sport, socialising, home life find your study blocks You need to find at from hour blocks of study time Suggested pattern: Reading: Discussion/Activities: Reflection/Application When will hobby's and interests fit? Are you a morning person or a late night Java type? 5-10 mins max What will you DO in the 10 hrs?- You have: Content: units, readings, study guide exercises Discussion Assignments - extra work You will need to: Understand/ internalize main theory, issues – then reflect - think in train, at work, shower You wont need to ‘learn’ all the material – don’t be intimidated by the size of the course materials – or that you’re competing with kids straight out of HSC – not school study Discuss your study with your family…

14 HOMEWORK: Complete the Semester Planner: Assignments/Exams Remember we teach – Week taught weeks + 1 week break and 1 week of exams. Are all your weeks free? Pattern – Study > Assignment(s) > Study > Exam 2 mins Orientation week 12 weeks of teaching Study week Exam week Except Summer: 6 weeks of compressed 2x

15 Studying: Dealing with procrastination
Have a plan Establish and monitor how long tasks typically take Set small goals Be aware of your own learning habits Develop a routine Do something straightaway Start with something easy or particularly interesting to you Associate your study place with ‘serious work’ Remove distractions Reward yourself for completing set tasks At the end of each study session, plan and prepare for the next one Seek cooperation from family & friends Maintain a balanced lifestyle 5 min Procrastination usually has underlying causes including perfectionism, anxiety, stress, fatigue, hostility with others. Luckily, tends to decrease with age… Get More Done in Less Time: How to Be More Productive and Stop Procrastinating. Kindle e-book: The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block Kindle e-book: Both under $4.00 – Don’t procrastinate, buy one today!

16 Priority Matrix: Design your own version! Or use an App…
5 min Priority Matrix: Design your own version! Or use an App… Reference: Stephen Covey: First Things First

17 Studying Smarter Read the course overview - Learning Outcomes, summaries. What is important to understand and be able to do at completion of course? For each unit read Learning outcomes. What is important for this specific topic? Ask your self: Why am I doing this piece of work e.g. reading, discussion, assignment, exam prep? Reflection, evaluation & application more important than time spent ‘studying’– This is an applied Masters program 5 min

18 Unit Level Learning Outcomes Unit 1 example
At the completion of this Unit you should be able to: justify the importance of understanding the history of management theory discuss the historical context of management and the precursors to modern management theory summarise and evaluate each of the mainstream theoretical perspectives and note their relevance to contemporary management practice etc… 2 min If you can get to the end of the weeks reading and activities and can actually do these things e.g. “justify importance” “Discuss context”, “summarise and evaluate” and put a tick next to each learning outcome you wont have an issue come assignment or exam time… …All assessments relate to the learning outcomes. In this example the level you need to obtain is placed at (example for 3rd item) “Noting relevance” Learning outcomes may have more strenuous requirements in later units…

19 More Studying Smarter Remember to actually do the activities in the weekly units. They help with self assessment and memorization/recall. Cooperate with others (online) in seeking answers to questions posed. Remember to take an active part in online discussions. Tied to the weeks unit the activities and discussion help you reflect on what you have learned. Leverage the online courses and make use of online meeting tools (“Virtual Meeting Room”) and weekly forums. At the end of each unit reflect on what you have learned: What have I learned, what can I improve on, what made me think deeper, what can I implement in my work practices? 2 minutes

20 The Participation ‘Rubric’ used in most courses to assess your participation
2 minutes If you consider that you really only need to: Stay up with reading of the forums/attending class Read/Listen to others points of view Comment on 1 or 2 (or more) others posts/points of view per week Comment on any feedback received in class or weekly forum from the facilitator You have an easy marks! This can easily take you up a whole grade level or save you should you fall down or behind on other assessments…

21 Skill: Higher Order Critical Thinking
2 min: An aside and as a challenge to our thinking... Called ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy’ (Revised version) (Reference: You will find the MBT program asks you often to perform at the level of Creating a viewpoint and justifying this. All learning outcomes, assignments, assessments and activities are measured against this form of taxonomy for quality control. At the start of a course you will likely get activities and assessments that allow you gain knowledge and understanding of the topic. But later parts of the course will move towards the 3 higher order skills. Additional Reference: Think of the outcome as “What can I create and apply following completion of each course” – Your assignments are largely aimed at the creation process. Creation of something e.g. a new method of working, a new project plan etc can only occur using all of these other 6 skill sets.

22 Many skills are needed…
The list goes from simple to most demanding. From memorizing to understanding to creating... These are the skills an MBT student will need... Examples: “Interprete” data... “Solve” a statistical problem or financial equation Writing essays will often involve “comparing and contrasting” Note the very last “create” skill: write. Some things will need to be combined with “evidence” e.g. argue or defend. You will not find

23 Skill: Reading (and note-taking)
Many different kinds of reading –e.g. novels, TV Guide, reference books. Our program uses “Academic sources” so requires more rigorous systematic reading and note-taking. Other useful resources: 1 minute

24 The SQ3R Reading Method SQ3R Reading to Remember Method
Survey – Question – Read – Recite/Recall - Review Resources: (Supplied as a handout) 5 min Activity: Please read this handout now and note steps to take. Any questions?

25 Individual Activity: Reading and note-taking skills
10 mins Read the supplied “Reading”. Undertake the first 3 parts of the SQ3R method: Survey Question Read Take brief notes… 10 minutes

26 Group Activity: Reading and note-taking skills
5 mins Compare your notes/understanding of the reading with your neighbour(s). Have you both uncovered the same “facts” and details? What has influenced your recall i.e. your learning? 5 min Ask: After discussing the article did your thinking or notes change? Ask: What are the factors that influenced your thinking and any subsequent change in your thinking???

27 Congratulations! You have just learned the basics of reading, note-taking, discussion and reflection! You will use the same skills each week when reading and discussing the course topics, content and taking activities in the online learning environment or face to face class Revisit your notes as you reflect on each week. Keep a diary, learning journal or audio notes about your reflections. (there is a blog tool in Moodle if you wish to use this) Individual study is not enough – You need to challenge yourself through discussion and dialogue with others. 5 mins Ask: What has influenced your recall i.e. your learning? Reflection is important. Moodle has a “free” blog tool available that allows you to reflect each week. Find it under: Navigation > My Profile > Blogs Discussion and reflection should take place online in the discussion forums. Additionally feel free to make use of tools such as Skype and the webinar system in Blackboard to communicate in pairs or small groups… You can also go beyond the class discussions and use twitter, linkedin discussions to challenge your thinking.

28 Break: 10 Minutes (negotiated)
10mins Should start 1 hr 10 minutes after start.

29 More Study Techniques and Tips
Australian Graduate School of Management MBT Orientation Day More Study Techniques and Tips Andrew Chambers Educational Development Manager 0 minutes

30 An Effective Note Taking Strategy
Notes Page no. Comments Author’s name, title of publication, date & place of publication, publisher Paraphrased notes Direct quotes (use quotation marks and write exact words) Always write page number How does this relate to other texts I have read? Links to other topics? How is this relevant? Any new ideas here? What don’t I understand? Do I agree or disagree? Why? Does this author contradict others’ opinions / findings? What conclusions can I make? 7 min Ask: Who’s notes looked like this? Does anyone know or use this strategy? More examples of notetaking skills in Appendix 3 of the Learning Guide… Links to other topics important What don’t I understand is an important question – basis for funding other sources or for asking questions in discussions Does author contradict others important if comparing two theories/viewpoints or wanting to look or answer in depth. iPad App: ThinkBook Alternatives: Post it notes, (paraphrase) summarise to a post it as find important points, keep at appropriate point of text. Write a min post it for first page summarising paper and why important. Use thoughts while writing assignments.

31 Note Taking Tools Traditional: Pen and Paper, Post-it sticky notes Modern: Word processor/Note App - e.g. Notability Mind mapping Annotating PDF’s: Goodreader/ezPDF 3 min Why are we taking notes every week??? Assignments/Exams – It’ll make your life easier… Make up one summary page per unit of material. Summarise your post-its Mind Mapping: Inspiration (also available as an App: Inspiration Maps) and Webspiration PDF markup: iPad: Goodreader: Can save and export notes… Android: ezPDF Reader Multimedia PDF or Repligo

32 Successful Assignments!

33 A ‘Typical’ MBT Assignment
Skill: Assignment Analysis 2 min A typical assignment has 3 parts Details: 20%, 2000 words +/- 5% Format Task: The big bit in the middle Assessment criteria: Indicate weightings Note: Some courses may now use Rubrics which give fuller descriptions about how you can meet criteria A ‘Typical’ MBT Assignment

34 Analysing the task Whole Class Activity:
Task words Content words Limiting Words Tell you what you have to do Tell you what the topic is Limit the topic so that it is workable 5 mins Usually obvious what the task is, sometimes harder to pick up what the topic is (plus you may have a choice) and you must take note of the limiting words so you stay on topic. Whole Class Activity: Australia is a nation of multiple and complex identities. Discuss the factors that contribute to the diversity of Australia’s identities. Task words Content words Limiting words

35 What is the task and sub tasks?
7 min Whole class Activity: What is the topic? What is the task and sub tasks? What limits are placed on your writing? If at all unclear - ask in your online/face to face class (there should be a separate seminar room for assignment discussions in online classes)

36 Study Skills Just looked at analysis
7 min Just looked at analysis Step 2: Not overtly covered in this session as the library and librarians have all the answers! Learn to use the library search tools – phone the library! Position may be given to you or you may need to choose. You may have to hold more than 1 position or stance e.g. for comparisons Argument forming on next slide Study Skills

37 Writing your assignment
Common Formats: Essay Make an Argument Essay Introduction Body Conclusion Report Present Information Critical Review 2 min

38 Reports Shorter more concise paragraphs than an essay
More structured than an essay Headings and Subheadings 5 min Handout supplied: Note how a report has the classic Introduction, Body and Conclusion of an essay but also has additional sections such as Executive Summary and Recommendations Note there may be extras required such as literature review, methodology, findings and Discussion

39 Case Analysis Reports Identify the problem provided in the case
Reasonably common in the MBT Asked to look at a business case or scenario and perform an analysis Identify the problem provided in the case Analyse the issues Develop and compare alternative solutions Select best solution See Writing in academic style: Case Analysis Reports 5 min

40 Critical Thinking: An academic skill
Critical thinking does not mean fault finding Applying “skilful judgement” a more accurate description or more simply “thinking in depth” Creative thinking is the creation or generation of ideas, processes, experiences or objects. Critical thinking is concerned with their evaluation. Asking questions, analysing situations, relating theory to practice, making links between ideas, making claims and supporting them. Cf. Critical reading 2 min Often the place where people fall down especially in assignments and discussions… There is also creative thinking and divergent thinking… Creative thinking is the creation or generation of ideas, processes, experiences or objects. Critical thinking is concerned with their evaluation. Divergent Thinking: “The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different ideas about a topic in a short period of time.” See: Think Like a Genius Todd Siler 1999 Bantam CREATE - Connect (ideas) - Relate ( explain the ideas in a story format) - Explore ( test the idea in its major manifestations) - Analyze ( perform a rigid analysis) - Transform ( make the idea into a practical reality) - Experience ( cast the idea into the experiential domain)

41 IPSO - One strategy for critical reading/thinking/writing – Analysing an argument
Issue: What is the problem or question Position: What is the major position of the argument put forward Support: What evidence, reasoning or persuasion is used Outcome: What will happen if the argument is accepted 2 min Commonly called “An argument structure” Obviously can be applied to any claim made even beyond study. A very common strategy used in business writing. Should also be used when taking part in online “discussions”

42 What is an academic argument?
The argument should: Express your point of view Be developed in a systematic and balanced way Lead to a clear conclusion. Must be supported by evidence. This evidence comes from other authors and your understanding of the readings. 2 min

43 Developing a critical argument
Outline the problem/s or issue/s Introduce your argument Present relevant evidence Evaluate the evidence Link your evaluation to your overall argument clearly and repeatedly Draw your conclusions Cf. Discussion skills for tutorials, seminars and online discussion: 2 min Argument usually makes up the body of your assignment Evidence is critical Evidence will come from the course readings and others that you find via research. What you will find in the readings are arguments both ways.

44 Discussion Skills
To 'argue' in an academic context is to put forward an opinion through the process of reasoning, supported by evidence. An argument attempts to persuade through rational and critical judgement. In academic writing an argument is sometimes called a claim or a thesis statement, which is also supported with evidence. 2 min Argument usually makes up the body of your assignment Evidence is critical Evidence will come from the course readings and others that you find via research. What you will find in the readings are arguments both ways.

45 Discussion Skills: Voicing an Opinion
Steps: Observe Listen Prepare and Practice your response Participate Have a valid opinion A reason why Evidence 2 min

46 More resources for effective writing
Reading and Writing Critically – UNSW Learning Centre Writing a Critical Review 0 mins

47 Assignment Feedback 2 mins Assessments, marks and feedback on your performance should be given back to you this year via the Moodle Dialogue tool. May include voice feedback from your facilitator.

48 Referencing/Acknowledging sources
Plagiarism What is plagiarism? 3 min Ask: What is plagiarism? Get definitions from the floor. What types of plagiarism are there?

49 Referencing/Acknowledging sources
Plagiarism Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. Plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft. It can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement. It is most often caused by underdeveloped academic study skills Why else? - Mandated by government legislation 3 min Note the Learning Centres new site that takes students through 3 areas: Knowing what plagiarism is, knowing how it happens and developing effective academic skills It mainly occurs not by cheating but by having underdeveloped academic skills… NOTE: All MBT assignments are passed through a Plagiarism checker called Turnitin. You should use this system (built into the online submission process) as a means to check your referencing… Handout

50 Common Forms of Plagiarism
Copying: using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. Inappropriate paraphrasing: changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and information without acknowledgement. Piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without referencing and a student’s own analysis to bring the material together. Collusion: working with others but passing off the work as a person’s individual work. Duplication: submitting your own work, in whole or in part, where it has previously been prepared or submitted for another assessment or course at UNSW or another university. See: 3 min Just some examples – you really do need to learn about plagiarism by completing the Elise tutorial from the library: or by obtaining resources from the Learning Centre

51 Additional Plagiarism Resources
UNSW Learning Centre 1 min

52 Referencing A tool to combat plagiarism A system to help you acknowledge your sources of information All courses except for the Business Law course use the “Harvard” system. Additional Resources: UNSW Learning Centre Harvard pages: 2 mins

53 Study Skills Have we covered everything? No...
7 min Have we covered everything? No... Editing is an important step. Check you have answered the question and written a good argument. Give the paper to someone else to read and proofread! If, like me, you ain’t too good at grammar take a look at Use of grammarly will help you double check your writing and help you tighten up the wording... Strongly recommended, but it is a pay for use service. Study Skills

54 Referencing: Basic principles of the Harvard System
In-text citations The Harvard system of referencing requires you to include three pieces of information about a source within the text of your work. This information includes: The name of the author or authors The year of publication The page number (if the information/idea can be located on a particular page; particularly when directly quoted). End of text: List of References At the end of your text, you must include a List of References. This includes all sources of information referred to in your assignment. Full bibliographic information must be included. Reference lists are ordered alphabetically, using the surname of the first author. The order of information must be consistent. 2 mins

55 In Text Referencing Examples
Gibbs (2008) first developed a model to explain… Gibbs (2008, p.89) describes… The theory was first developed by Browne (Gibbs 2007, p.88). Gibbs (2007, p. 81) states that Browne was the first to develop the theory of… List of References Journal Example: Gibbs, A 2007, ‘ Management as a tool’, Harvard Business Review, 80, pp More detail: 2 mins In text example is correct as it includes: The name of the author or authors The year of publication The page number (if the information/idea can be located on a particular page; particularly when directly quoted). The example for the list of references is just one of MANY examples possible. Others include TV show, book, web site etc All sources must be referenced using the correct format.

56 Giving us Feedback Direct to Class Facilitator
Through Student Services Team via phone, or SS site Program, course/facilitator evaluation Week 5 and end of semester Direct to Course Coordinator

57 Further Support & Steps
UNSW Learning Centre ASB Learning and Teaching Elise Tutorial Note: ASB EDU has a resources section in which you will find “Exam Prep” materials. Also note that the MBT runs exam prep webinars. For those working in groups they also have a document to help ease common issues experienced. Well worth a read…

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