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How kids teach themselves

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 29th, 2009

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, young kids can figure out how to use a PC and then teach other kids.  He asks: what else can children teach themselves?
He quotes Arthur C. Clarke: “A teacher who can be replaced by a machine, should [...]

MQ’s 2009 Innovation awards

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 28th, 2009

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Macquarie University  Innovation Awards!
In particular, the recipients of the Innovation in Teaching and Learning award for:
Termfinder – Jargon-busting and Concept-building an online Learning Tool for Beginners in Science and Social Science

(From Macquarie University) Professor Pam Peters, Dr Claudia Oliveira; LTC’s own Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto; Mr Adam [...]

CFP AARE 2009 Education Research conference (Canberra, Nov/Dec 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 27th, 2009

The deadline for submissions for AARE 2009 International Education Research Conference has been extended to May 29.  That’s this Friday!
AARE 2009 will be held at the National Convention Centre, Canberra from 29 November – 3 December 2009.
Presenters are invited to be involved with the theme Inspiring Innovative Research in Education – Creating Global Networks – [...]

Wondering where your research assistant is?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 27th, 2009

From Wired Campus comes this report of a tracking device:

Any volunteers from MQ?

Graduate Capabilities resources

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 25th, 2009

Check out our new resources around graduate capabilities at MQ!
These include the following PDFs for downloading:

Graduate Capabilities Framework (PDF – 224k)
Graduate Capabilities FAQs (PDF version of this page – 284k)
Graduate Capabilities Policy links (PDF – 172k)
Graduate Capabilities and Learning Outcomes (PDF – 135k)
Graduate Capabilities – how and what we teach (PDF – 100k)

Upcoming LTC workshops – Bradley review, Developing a research program

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 22nd, 2009

Click on the title of the workshop to visit the registration page!
Research Workshops – Developing a research program – Tue 2 June, 10am-12pm
If you are an early career researcher, this workshop is for you! In the competitive international research market, it is not enough to write a single paper a year. To ensure that you [...]

Further responses to Budget 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 21st, 2009

Following the celebrations reported in this blog last week, responses to Budget 2009 have been tempered.
The Australian reports that unis are facing a tough couple of years waiting for the money to start flowing.  Tim Brailsford, president of the Australian Business Deans Council and dean at the University of Queensland, said: “We are reliant both [...]

Second Life for MQ Geography Students

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 20th, 2009

Marco Armati recently gave a lecture on Second Life and its applications to Geography to first year geography students. (GEOS111 Geographies of Global Change).
He created the short video above (which is posted here on YouTube), to supplement his lecture which can be heard here via iLecture.  You can also see the SLTutorial handout_20090309.doc tutorial notes [...]

60% of students find their lectures boring

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 19th, 2009

Research by Sandi Mann, senior lecturer in occupational psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, shows that almost 60% of students find at least half their lectures boring, and about 30% claim that most or all of their lectures are boring.
Bored students spend their time daydreaming (75% of students admitted doing this) – one wonders [...]

MQ Learning and Teaching Grants Closing Soon

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 18th, 2009

Applications for internal Learning and Teaching Grants close 29 May 2009!

Competitive Grants (up to $10,000)
Emerging Technologies Grant Scheme (Stage 1 – up to $5,000; Stage 2 – up to $20,000; Stage 3 – up to $40,000)
L&T Priority Grants (up to $30,000)
Teaching Equipment Scheme (between $10,000 and $50,000)

Guidelines and Application forms can be found on Provost’s [...]