The unit is supported by a comprehensive iLearn space which is the face of interaction between convenor and students. It is important that you have access to reliable internet.
Online Discussion Forum (dedicated external/OUA space)
The unit consists of a weekly schedule (see below) of topics and themes for discussion. Each week we work through the successive tabs on iLearn. For each you will see the title, a short introductory blurb, compulsory readings, and activities and/or questions. Each week the convenor will post comments and items of discussion in the online discussion forum for that week. This is the designated online discussion forum for all external students and they are expected to participate regularly in these discussions. Indeed, just as for day students, attendance is compulsory in the discussion forum (on a weekly basis) for external students too.
* All compulsory weekly readings will be found in the Leganto Readings Link on the iLearn homepage*. This is a fantastic resource where all readings appear organised in weekly slots. It means there are no excuses for not doing the readings.
To faciliate the debates for external students and internal students who might want to collaborate on these outside of class time, we will be using Zoom which is a web conferencing facility. There are some guidelines below. The unit convenor will also be setting up some initial zoom meeting times for the external students. Hopefully all externals will be able to make one these meetings. They will occur at the beginning of semester so that the convenor can touch base with all externals to talk through how the unit will be run and aspects of assessment. This will also give external students the chance to ask questions, etc.
All students will need to download the free zoom app.
Zoom Web Conferencing Guidelines
How to use Zoom
Web conferencing facilitates real-time online communication and collaboration. Zoom is Macquarie’s web conferencing tool, it provides video and voice communication, text chat, interactive whiteboard, screen sharing and annotation. Through Zoom you can include an external guest speaker in your lecture and offer real-time online tutorials and virtual consultations for students. To use Zoom, login using your MQ OneID. You will be prompted to download the Zoom software, this will only take a minute. You will have access to a Zoom Basic account where you can hold online meetings for 40 minutes at a time with up to 50 participants. If you would like to use Zoom with more than 50 participants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative solutions.
External students are required to use Zoom to collaborate with their debating team members to develop and formulate their debate.
You are required to:
- throughout the session you need to meet with each other using Zoom on a regular basis
- please record each Zoom meeting so that you can refer to what has been said
- please use shared google docs to record the minutes of the meeting, formulation of the debate and actions that required
Please note: External students (only) will use Zoom to deliver their debate. You will be advised of the date and time that you all must be available to deliver the debate.
Resources for using Zoom
Internal students have the opportunity to use Zoom to collaborate with their debating team members to develop and formulate their debate. If you choose to collaborate in this manner then please use the resources below:
- How to use shared Google docs
- Link to Zoom guides:
- Hold an Online meeting
- Record an Online meeting
- Check and update Zoom
- Guide your students/participants
- NB These guidelines are reproduced in iLearn along with some handy instructional videos for further clarification.