Each semester, you are invited to attend and observe a class from a selection of courses that are made 'open' to UQ staff.

This semester, the scheme will focus on teaching via Zoom.

  1. Search for courses using the filter below (e.g. type in the search bar: 'UQ2U' or 'blended learning' or 'active learning'). 
  2. Book your place through the following links. Check our FAQs if you have any questions, or contact us.

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ARCA1000 Discovering Archaeology

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: Recorded lecture up to 2-hours total; 1-hour tutorial presented both on campus and online
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Size: Approx. 100 students

ARCA1000 introduces students to the fundamental concepts, principles and themes of the broad and multi-faceted discipline of Archaeology. In doing so, it considers how archaeologists understand past human cultures and explores major milestones in the human past, such as human evolution and dispersal, the origins of agriculture and origins of complex societies.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – authentic scenario-based activities

This course teaches students about the concepts and theories that underlie archaeology and the interpretation of archaeological sites at an introductory level. The challenge is to explain these in a way that is not confronting and ultimately leads to the students' understanding of foundational learning that will be built upon in future years. In order to keep students engaged and thinking, multiple case studies are used to illustrate important concepts, and these are reinforced by authentic scenario-based activities in tutorials. The use of humour and popular culture analogies also helps to convey key concepts.

Lecturer's short bio

Glenys McGowan is a teaching-focused academic who spends approximately 300 hours in the classroom each year. She teaches first and second-year undergraduate courses and honours coursework in archaeology. In 2016, she received the HASS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Glenys employs object-based learning and authentic learning scenarios, and maintains student interest through the use of humour and popular culture references.

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Tutorial

  • Days and times: Thu 10–11am, 11am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
  • Zoom link: email g.mcgowan@uq.edu.au after you have booked to request the Zoom link.
  • Note: lecture presented as recorded segments online through Blackboard. Tutorial content is delivered on-campus or Zoom in alternating weeks.

EDUC4607 Assessment for Learning and Teaching

A/Prof Ian Hardy
School of Education

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture, 2-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Size: Approx. 150 students

The subject is designed to introduce students to the nature of assessment practices in Queensland secondary schools. There is a particular emphasis upon understanding the context in which assessment occurs in the lectures, and practical assessment of assessment tools and student feedback in tutorials.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – engaging lectures (some elements of flipped classrooms in lectures as well) – student-led workshops/tutorials

I actively encourage student participation/feedback during lectures. Zoom enables text responses, as well as face-to-face (synchronous). The lecture component will be delivered in seminar-style via Zoom. Most tutorials will be delivered as workshops on Zoom while some will be classroom-based.

Lecturer's short bio

Assoc Prof Ian Hardy researches and teaches educational policy and practice at the School of Education. Recent research has focused on datafication processes in schools and schooling systems more broadly.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue 8–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: O-Week plus Weeks 1, 2, 8, 9–11

English for Academic Communication (EAC)

Susan Gollagher
Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research
  • Size: Small group tutorials (up to 20 students)

EAC develops the academic language and communication skills of UQ students who have English as an additional language. Courses are delivered for both discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary groups.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – interactive – language development – academic communication – formative feedback – educational technologies

EAL students may arrive at UQ having met the minimum language requirements for entry but with limited experience of Australian academic language or culture. ICTE collaborates with UQ academics to create EAC programs that support their students. You're welcome to observe how ICTE's educators help students develop their academic language and communication skills. ICTE educators are adept at delivering engaging interactive workshops via Zoom using the full range of Zoom functions.

Lecturer's short bio

Susan Gollagher is Academic Manager for Concurrent Support at ICTE. She is a HEA Fellow who has been teaching academic English to diverse groups of university students around the world since 1992. Her committed team of language educators at ICTE have an average of 21 years of teaching experience and are passionate about helping EAL students achieve their best at UQ.

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Tutorial

  • Days and times: various
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–8
  • Zoom link: email Susan Gollagher at s.gollagher@icte.uq.edu.au to arrange an observation and receive the Zoom link.
  • Notes: up to 20 different EAC programs (multi-disciplinary or discipline-specific) are offered at different times and locations.

ERTH2002 Palaeobiology

Dr Gilbert Price
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 4 contact hours per week and one half-day field trip
  • Level: Undergraduate, 2nd year
  • Size: Between 40 and 50 students

The course explores the history of Earth's life, from the dawn of the planet to the present. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the application of the fossil record to contemporary problems in the Earth and Biological Sciences.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – flipped classroom – blended learning – practical approach

The course was previously very hands-on, blending theory and practice with real physical objects for study in every class. In Semester 2, we will shift to online and continue that approach to teaching but substitute the physical for digital 3D models we produce on the basis of existing specimens. We’ll also develop an external WordPress-based website for learning, integrate augmented reality, in-class interactive and live informal quizzes and surveys, and maintain a semester-specific Facebook group. The class will be taught live via Zoom.

Lecturer's short bio

Gilbert Price is a Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology. He has no formal teaching training, hates pedagogical buzzwords, and delivers the course is a way that he thinks the undergrad Gilbert would have liked (who was particularly lazy and disengaged most of the time, and with a very poor GPA). The course has maintained an average SECaT score of around 4.8 for the past several years.

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Contact

  • Days and times:
    • Mon 11am –1pm
    • Tue 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1, 2, 9–12

LAWS2000 Real Estate Law

Dr Maria Dolhare
TC Beirne School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour seminar
  • Level: Undergraduate & Postgraduate
  • Size: Approx. 70 students

The course introduces non-law students to basic conceptual building blocks of real estate law in Australia with particular emphasis in Queensland.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – blended learning – problem-based case scenarios

In the Zoom session, students are encouraged to participate by using signs, chat or orally. Small break-out rooms are also used. PowerPoints are used as visual aids and feedback on seminar exercises is provided and discussed during the session. Zoom drop-in consultations are also available.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Dolhare is a qualified legal practitioner in Queensland teaching and researching mainly in the areas of property law, particularly real estate law or land law. As a teaching-focused academic, she has committed to adopting teaching practices that are student-centred, helping students to develop their own agency and sense of ownership regarding their professional and personal growth as lifelong learners.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue 12pm–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–5, 7–12.
  • Zoom link: You can access the weekly Zoom link from the course Blackboard site or email m.dolhare@law.uq.edu.au to request the link after you have booked.

LAWS3101 Income Tax Law

Dr Thea Voogt
TC Beirne School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: Online pre-recorded: 2-hour weekly lecture; 1-hour weekly workshop. Online live: 1-hour weekly tutorials
  • Level: Undergraduate, final year commerce students
  • Size: Large class (~350 students)

Tax law course, accredited by CA ANZ and CPA AU. Covers basics of Income Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax, Goods and Services Tax. Takes commerce students outside their comfort zone to solve legal problems.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active self-directed learning – interactive – law in practice

Supporting commerce students to 'think the law, not numbers'. Adaptations: pause points and student activities in online lectures; workshops to explore alternative approaches to solving legal problems; intensive live tutorials that provide feedback which are student-led weekly Q&A sessions. Purpose: to motivate and keep students working every week in 'bite-size bits' to cope with the heavy course workload in this accredited course, facilitating the human connections in the course.

Lecturer's short bio

Thea Voogt has won three UQ teaching awards. She teaches income tax law in large undergraduate groups, and corporate governance law intensively in small post-graduate groups. Thea is an inspiring, engaged teacher in LAWS3101. She brings complex Australian-specific legal content to life, proving that tax is never dull.

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Tutorial

  • Days and times:
    • Wed 10–11am, 11am–12pm, 12–1pm
    • Thu 9–10am, 11am–12pm 
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–6; 8–11
  • Zoom link: email t.voogt@law.uq.edu.au after you have booked to request the Zoom link.
  • Note: Thea is happy to facilitate access to the workshops (released on Mondays at 2pm in Weeks 2–6, 9–12)

GEOM3001/7001 Advanced Earth Observation Sciences

Prof Stuart Phinn
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour online lecture; 2-hour practical every week
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year and postgraduate coursework
  • Size: 40–60 students

This course emphasises digital image processing for analysis of remotely sensed imagery, including airborne and satellite multi-spectral, hyper-spectral and synthetic aperture radar data.

Teaching tools and techniques

This course provides training in advanced methods used to transform satellite images into validated products and services for use in science and management applications.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart Phinn's research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation (EO) data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data. He is a professor of Geography who teaches remote sensing and directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre, which includes programs to support government agencies across Australia and enabling coordination across all government, industry and research groups collecting and using EO data.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–10, 12
  • Zoom link: email s.phinn@uq.edu.au after you have booked to request the Zoom link

MATH1040 Basic Mathematics

Mr Michael Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour lecture, 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Size: Medium size class (~250 students)

An introductory course which covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas. It is the University's equivalent of Queensland high school Mathematics B.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – daily recaps

Maths is learnt by doing. In this course, we use UniDoodle, an audience response system which lets students write equations and sketch graphs. This instantaneous feedback allows us to tailor the course appropriately.

Lecturer's short bio

Michael Jennings is an inspirational and dedicated teacher of mathematics at UQ. He teaches large first-year courses and uses his experiences in both secondary and tertiary systems to engage and inspire students. Michael has won five UQ teaching awards as well as two national awards. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the UQ College of Peer Observers.

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Lecture

  • Days and times:
    • Mon 1–2pm
    • Wed 9–10am
    • Thu 9–10 am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12

MGTS3301 Business Policy and Strategy

Dr Stuart Middleton
UQ School of Business

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour seminar, scheduled five times per week
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Large class (~100 students in each seminar)

MGTS3301 is the capstone unit in the Bachelor of Business (Management). Students learn to apply strategic management frameworks by participating in teams to make decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: flipped classroom – team-based learning – outdoor teaching space pilot

You'll see our flipped classroom approach where students make strategic decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation. In Weeks 4 and 5, the course will pilot an outdoor teaching experience at UQ. In these weeks, you'll see a genuinely blended approach to learning, where students will integrate activities available to them online through Soundcloud files with team-based activities they undertake around whiteboards. If you are interested in teaching outdoors at UQ, then this will give you some insights on how it can be done.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart uses a range of teaching approaches and techniques to create an interactive learning environment for his students, and also one which provides support and camaraderie for everyone who enters, including his extremely valuable teaching team.

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Seminar

  • Days and times:
    • Tue 10am–12pm
    • Tue 2–4pm
    • Wed 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 4, 5
  • Location: Forgan Smith Forecourt. The outdoor teaching space will be next to the new modular teaching space behind the UQ Art Museum.

POLS3512 Global Media, War and Peace

Dr Sebastian Kaempf
School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lectures, 1-hour tutorials, 3-hour practical MediaLabs
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Medium size class (~100 students)

The course explores the transforming intersection between infotech/media and violent conflict.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: practical workshops – interactive tutorials – experiential learning – online pre-recorded lectures

Each topic of the course undergoes a particular learning cycle: lecture opens the new topic, students then read up on the topic in preparation for the tutorial, tutorial deepens the discussion and then students engage in a self-driven practical experiential learning activity outside contact hours. Finally, the entire course cohort meets for a 3-hour practical MediaLab where we engage in practically 'taking the lid off' the technologies and info tech that has been at the centre of the particular topic.

Lecturer's short bio

Seb has been at UQ for 13 years. He has won UQ/national/international awards for teaching excellence and he is the convener of the UQx MOOC 'Global Media, War and Technology' which addresses similar issues as the on-campus course POLS3512. He also co-convenes the podcast series 'HigherEd Heroes' which focuses on sharing best teaching practices.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Thu 8–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2–8, 9–12
  • Zoom link: email s.kaempf@uq.edu.au after you have booked to request the Zoom link.

Tutorial

  • Days and times: Wed 9–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2–8, 9–12
  • Zoom link: email s.kaempf@uq.edu.au after you have booked to request the Zoom link.

PSYC3020 Measurement in Psychology

Prof Mark Horswill
School of Psychology

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture workshop; 2-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Large class (~500 students)

PSYC3020 is a UQ2U course, which is the capstone course for psychology majors. It is a mandatory core course, covering measurement theory and practice in psychology.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: UQ2U blended learning – active learning – question-focussed – participation points – weekly quizzes – interactive demonstrations

My approach includes a number of innovations designed to both reduce fail rates to zero and increase student performance and employability. It has resulted in higher grades, high SECaTS, near-capacity attendance, as well as excellent student engagement. In 2020, I am introducing a number of new strategies due to the move to online teaching and assessment.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor Mark Horswill won the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award 2019 and the international edX MOOC of the Year 2018 for the UQx course, Crime101x (both awards with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser). This course also won the Reimagine Education Star Awards 2018 (Bronze, Social Sciences) and the 2016 Merlot Classics Award. Professor Horswill was voted 3rd and 5th in the UQ lecturer of the year contest run by Unijobs.com.au in 2009 and 2008. He has won the UQ award for teaching excellence (individual 2009; group 2016). He is a HEA Fellow.

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Lecture workshop

  • Days and times: Mon 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 10–12
  • Note: you are welcome to join in the interactive activities if you wish.

PSYC4191 Improving Human Performance

Prof Mark Horswill
School of Psychology

Course overview

  • Delivery: 4-hour weekly workshop (for 10 weeks)
  • Level: 4th-year undergraduate (Honours)
  • Size: Medium size class (81 students)

PSYC4191 is a 4th year elective in psychology, covering strategies for improving human performance both via training/education and via system design.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – active learning – question-focussed – participation points – weekly quizzes – interactive demonstrations

My approach includes a number of innovations designed to both reduce fail rates to zero and increase student performance and employability. It has resulted in higher grades, high SECaTS, near-capacity attendance, as well as excellent student engagement. In 2020, I am introducing a number of new strategies due to the move to online teaching and assessment.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor Mark Horswill won the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award 2019 and the international edX MOOC of the Year 2018 for the UQx course, Crime101x (both awards with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser). This course also won the Reimagine Education Star Awards 2018 (Bronze, Social Sciences) and the 2016 Merlot Classics Award. Professor Horswill was voted 3rd and 5th in the UQ lecturer of the year contest run by Unijobs.com.au in 2009 and 2008. He has won the UQ award for teaching excellence (individual 2009; group 2016). He is a HEA Fellow.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Tue 9am–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 11, 12
  • Note: the first 30 minutes will be a weekly quizz in most weeks.