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CFPs: Higher education journals

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 31st, 2009

Call for papers – Journal of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

The journal seeks to publish research-based articles on the theory and practice of higher education. This includes comparative reviews and critically reflective case studies as well as empirically-based papers. All articles, of whatever nature, should lead to critical insights into the [...]

OECD’s “education lighthouse”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 30th, 2009

OECD has launched an online exchange for education issues, called the Education Lighthouse.  It aimsto chart a way through the current economic crisis with info and analysis on the impact of the crisis on education, discussion of key issues such as education budgets and stimulus packages, and a social network.  Join here.
While you’re there, worth [...]

Information will breathe in and out of us…

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 29th, 2009

Check out In Bb 2.0! Its a beautiful mix of videos can be played simultaneously based around the spoken word Information by  Daniel Donahoo (the full text is on the YouTube page):
We will process away at nothing and understand everything. We will think of a word and the information will slip in, not through our [...]

New podcast: Chinese students’ transition into uni

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 28th, 2009

Check out the latest addition to the LTC podcast series Engaging Students:
Chinese Students’ Transition into University – Liyun Huang
Liyun Huang, a visiting scholar from China, talks about issues and challenges Chinese international students may face when they make their transition into university life in Australian universities.
The talk starts with a comparison of eastern and western [...]

Video games inspire students

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 27th, 2009

From John Moravec at Education Futures:
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Will Wright, the video-game designer responsible for some of the best-selling titles of all time, says that video games are better at inspiring students to learn than actually teaching them.

Serious play

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 24th, 2009

This blog has previously posted on using lego for teaching.  In this video, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults – and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age:

I post links to a lot [...]

Managing Online Teaching Workload

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 23rd, 2009

This useful and timely post comes from the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) joint campus:
As much fun as teaching on line can be, one would think that being able to avoid driving to campus multiple times weekly to stand in front of a classroom in [...]

Happy birthday

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 22nd, 2009

The LTC blog turns 1 today!  If you can forgive the self-indulgence, here are some highlights from the past year (in chronological order):

What should MQ’s future learning and teaching spaces look like? – These photos make it look like not much has changed since the 70s.
How do students picture Macquarie? – Some fantastic images from [...]

CFP: Educational Intergrity (Sept 09, Wollongong)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 22nd, 2009

Educational Integrity: Creating an Inclusive Approach
4th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity (4APCEI)
28 – 30 September 2009
University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Educational integrity includes topics such as plagiarism, ethics in research and writing, as well the broader cultural context of values in teaching and learning
This conference will be held at the University of Wollongong, Australia on [...]

Tonight on Insight, SBS, 7.30pm: Students at risk

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 21st, 2009

What’s behind the attacks on Indian students? Are the attacks on overseas students racially based?
Watch the preview.
Recent attacks on Indian students in particular has focused attention on the broader experiences of international students who have enrolled in Australian universities, TAFE’s and private colleges.  Stories of exploitation, poor accommodation and sub-standard colleges reveal a disturbing [...]