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1Australian 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 Pobree-Learning SupportAndrew ChambersEducational Development Manager
2Benefits of Online Participation Share expertise and experience by cooperating with class mates in an online communityChallenge your thinkingLearn from different perspectives from a range of industries and workplacesHelps keep you on track with your study scheduleRegular feedback & guidance from facilitatorSense of belonging to a class; combats sense of isolationSocial benefits – community, cooperation, connectionAs 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.
3The Learning Management System Online Class Access:As enter system mention browsers and other requirements.USE END KEY TO DROP DOWN TO VIEW COURSE LISTEDWhen in course USE END KEY TO DROP DOWN TO change to student viewPortal: Class ListHomepage:NavigationCourse MenuFacilitator AnnouncementsPeople Participants (Gallery)Follow instructions on noticeboard to add your photo and personal/professional detailsCoffee ShopViewing, replying, threads (note: unable to delete) – Demo and talk about editor featuresUnits: Weekly Forums/Seminar Rooms, content and moreNOTE: not necessarily present in face to face coursesWill likely take part in debates, answering posed questions, brain storm sessions, arguing for and against propositionsAnd you might need to find something so Note: Great search tool on left menuContent available onlineAdditional activities may be available: surveys, quizzes, wikis, blogs – some will be available full semester, some will be done on a weekly basisDialogue/MailAs a form of and dialogue about assessments/feedbackVirtual Meeting RoomSubmitting Assignments “Assessments” sectionNote AgreementAll submissions checked for plagiarism, with system available for early checking of assignments prior to lodgementReports – Have access to a colour coded “plagiarism report”. Everything identified should be looked at prior to submission.Course ResourcesLeft hand course menuIf 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 MoodleGetting Help – Netspot for Moodle users (Contact details bottom of each page) – User manualYou 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.
4An Introduction to Studying for Your MBT Australian Graduate School of ManagementMBT Orientation DayAn Introduction to Studying for Your MBTAndrew ChambersEducational Development Manager0 minutes
5Group Activity: Getting to know each other Introductions: name, company & roleDiscuss 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
6Study Skills Workshop Overview/Learning Outcomes Explore basic study skills e.g.What learning in the MBT involvesOrganisation and time managementAssessments, activities and participationReading/Note takingTackling assignmentsReferencing and plagiarismAnswer your questions about starting the MBT ProgramFind out about sources of help with your studyClarify expectations of participants and the facilitators role10 minsWe do not cover exam preparation. This is offered via Webinar in week 11.Ask: Who is in GBAT9100Note for GBAT9100 Introduction to Management Students. Your course covers also covers this content and more…Resources (for today): Slides, Handouts
7The 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...
8MBT Learning Model 5 mins MBT’s learning model focuses around reading, self assessment, discussion and interaction, reflection, application and formal assessmentSelf 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 questionsThe skills of critical thinking, divergent thinking and similar will also prove usefulThe 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.
9The MBT course structure 12 weekly unitsContent in PDF via Cloud and Moodle (& texts)Content includes activities and exercisesWeekly F2F classes or online classes with discussionsIncluding weekly and group activitiesAssessments > Feedback3 minsAssignments: Generally written with 10% = 1000 wordsMost assignments are 20-35%1st assignment smaller and aimed at ensuring you understand the basic conceptsAlso will find:Blogging: Keeping a reflective journal for learning or assessmentGroup work: Especially at end of program in 2 capstones but also in Project ManagementIndividual Projects: LeadershipParticipation: Online and face to faceQuality over quantityWeek 4 we provide participation feedback to provide guide on how you are goingImportant you follow-up any suggestions madeSome assignments quantitative with calculations
10MBT 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!
11Educational Development Manager Australian Graduate School of ManagementMBT Orientation DayStudying Smarter, Not HarderAndrew ChambersEducational Development Manager0 minutes
12Skill: Time Management – Getting Organised! ORGANISATIONGoal settingLong, medium& short termGoalsMust be doneShould be doneCould be doneAVOIDPROCASTINATIONResourcesMaterialsStudy space5 mins1. 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 timeWhen?No interruptionsPersonal timeIMPORTANT
13Individual Activity: Planning Using the supplied Weekly Planner:Block out your commitments – work, sport, socialising, home lifefind your study blocksYou need to find at from hour blocks of study timeSuggested pattern: Reading: Discussion/Activities: Reflection/ApplicationWhen will hobby's and interests fit?Are you a morning person or a late night Java type?5-10 mins maxWhat will you DO in the 10 hrs?-You have:Content: units, readings, study guide exercisesDiscussionAssignments - extra workYou will need to:Understand/ internalize main theory, issues – then reflect - think in train, at work, showerYou 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 studyDiscuss your study with your family…
14HOMEWORK: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 > Exam2 minsOrientation week12 weeks of teachingStudy weekExam weekExcept Summer:6 weeks of compressed 2x
15Studying: Dealing with procrastination Have a planEstablish and monitor how long tasks typically takeSet small goalsBe aware of your own learning habitsDevelop a routineDo something straightawayStart with something easy or particularly interesting to youAssociate your study place with ‘serious work’Remove distractionsReward yourself for completing set tasksAt the end of each study session, plan and prepare for the next oneSeek cooperation from family & friendsMaintain a balanced lifestyle5 minProcrastination 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 BlockKindle e-book:Both under $4.00 – Don’t procrastinate, buy one today!
16Priority Matrix: Design your own version! Or use an App… 5 minPriority Matrix: Design your own version! Or use an App…Reference: Stephen Covey: First Things First
17Studying SmarterRead 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 worke.g. reading, discussion, assignment, exam prep?Reflection, evaluation & application more important than time spent ‘studying’– This is an applied Masters program5 min
18Unit 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 minIf 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…
19More Studying SmarterRemember 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
20The Participation ‘Rubric’ used in most courses to assess your participation 2 minutesIf you consider that you really only need to:Stay up with reading of the forums/attending classRead/Listen to others points of viewComment on 1 or 2 (or more) others posts/points of view per weekComment on any feedback received in class or weekly forum from the facilitatorYou 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…
21Skill: 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.
22Many 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 equationWriting 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
23Skill: 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
24The SQ3R Reading Method SQ3R Reading to Remember Method Survey – Question – Read – Recite/Recall - ReviewResources:(Supplied as a handout)5 minActivity:Please read this handout now and note steps to take.Any questions?
25Individual Activity: Reading and note-taking skills 10 minsRead the supplied “Reading”.Undertake the first 3 parts of the SQ3R method:SurveyQuestionReadTake brief notes…10 minutes
26Group Activity: Reading and note-taking skills 5 minsCompare 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 minAsk: 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???
27Congratulations!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 minsAsk: 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 > BlogsDiscussion 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.
28Break: 10 Minutes (negotiated) 10mins Should start 1 hr 10 minutes after start.
29More Study Techniques and Tips Australian Graduate School of ManagementMBT Orientation DayMore Study Techniques and TipsAndrew ChambersEducational Development Manager0 minutes
30An Effective Note Taking Strategy NotesPage no.CommentsAuthor’s name, title of publication, date & place of publication, publisherParaphrased notesDirect quotes (use quotation marks and write exact words)Always write page numberHow 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 minAsk: 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 importantWhat don’t I understand is an important question – basis for funding other sources or for asking questions in discussionsDoes author contradict others important if comparing two theories/viewpoints or wanting to look or answer in depth.iPad App: ThinkBookAlternatives: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.
31Note Taking ToolsTraditional: Pen and Paper, Post-it sticky notes Modern: Word processor/Note App - e.g. Notability Mind mapping Annotating PDF’s: Goodreader/ezPDF3 minWhy 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-itsMind Mapping: Inspiration (also available as an App: Inspiration Maps) and WebspirationPDF markup: iPad: Goodreader: Can save and export notes… Android: ezPDF Reader Multimedia PDF or Repligo
33A ‘Typical’ MBT Assignment Skill: Assignment Analysis2 minA typical assignment has 3 partsDetails:20%, 2000 words +/- 5%FormatTask:The big bit in the middleAssessment criteria:Indicate weightingsNote: Some courses may now use Rubrics which give fuller descriptions about how you can meet criteriaA ‘Typical’ MBT Assignment
34Analysing the task Whole Class Activity: Task wordsContent wordsLimiting WordsTell you what you have to doTell you what the topic isLimit the topic so that it is workable5 minsUsually 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 wordsContent wordsLimiting words
35What is the task and sub tasks? 7 minWhole 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)
36Study Skills Just looked at analysis 7 minJust looked at analysisStep 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 comparisonsArgument forming on next slideStudy Skills
37Writing your assignment Common Formats:Essay Make an ArgumentEssayIntroductionBodyConclusionReport Present InformationCritical Review2 min
38Reports Shorter more concise paragraphs than an essay More structured than an essayHeadings and Subheadings5 minHandout 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 RecommendationsNote there may be extras required such as literature review, methodology, findings and Discussion
39Case Analysis Reports Identify the problem provided in the case Reasonably common in the MBTAsked to look at a business case or scenario and perform an analysisIdentify the problem provided in the caseAnalyse the issuesDevelop and compare alternative solutionsSelect best solutionSee Writing in academic style: Case Analysis Reports5 min
40Critical 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 reading2 minOften 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 BantamCREATE- 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)
41IPSO - 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 accepted2 minCommonly 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”
42What is an academic argument? The argument should:Express your point of viewBe developed in a systematic and balanced wayLead to a clear conclusion.Must be supported by evidence.This evidence comes from other authors and your understanding of the readings.2 min
43Developing a critical argument Outline the problem/s or issue/sIntroduce your argumentPresent relevant evidenceEvaluate the evidenceLink your evaluation to your overall argument clearly and repeatedlyDraw your conclusionsCf. Discussion skills for tutorials, seminars and online discussion:2 minArgument usually makes up the body of your assignmentEvidence is criticalEvidence will come from the course readings and others that you find via research.What you will find in the readings are arguments both ways.
44Discussion Skills http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/disc.html 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 minArgument usually makes up the body of your assignmentEvidence is criticalEvidence will come from the course readings and others that you find via research.What you will find in the readings are arguments both ways.
45Discussion Skills: Voicing an Opinion Steps:ObserveListenPrepare and Practice your responseParticipateHave a valid opinionA reason whyEvidence2 min
46More resources for effective writing Reading and Writing Critically – UNSW Learning CentreWriting a Critical Review0 mins
47Assignment Feedback2 minsAssessments, 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.
48Referencing/Acknowledging sources PlagiarismWhat is plagiarism?3 minAsk: What is plagiarism? Get definitions from the floor. What types of plagiarism are there?
49Referencing/Acknowledging sources PlagiarismPlagiarism 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 skillsWhy else? - Mandated by government legislation3 minNote the Learning Centres new site that takes students through 3 areas: Knowing what plagiarism is, knowing how it happens and developing effective academic skillsIt 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
50Common 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: https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/academiclife/Plagiarism.pdf3 minJust 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
51Additional Plagiarism Resources UNSW Learning Centre1 min
52ReferencingA 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
53Study Skills Have we covered everything? No... 7 minHave 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 atUse 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
54Referencing: Basic principles of the Harvard System In-text citationsThe Harvard system of referencing requires you to include three piecesof information about a source within the text of your work. This information includes:The name of the author or authorsThe year of publicationThe page number (if the information/idea can be located on a particular page; particularly when directly quoted).End of text: List of ReferencesAt 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
55In 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 ReferencesJournal Example:Gibbs, A 2007, ‘ Management as a tool’, Harvard Business Review, 80, ppMore detail: https://student.unsw.edu.au/harvard-referencing2 minsIn text example is correct as it includes:The name of the author or authorsThe year of publicationThe 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.
56Giving us Feedback Direct to Class Facilitator Through Student Services Team via phone, or SS siteProgram, course/facilitator evaluationWeek 5 and end of semesterDirect to Course Coordinator
57Further Support & Steps UNSW Learning Centre ASB Learning and Teaching Elise TutorialNote: 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…