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Policy options for UK universities and private colleges

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 6th, 2011

The report, Private Providers in UK Higher Education: Some Policy Options, by Professor Robin Middlehurst, Kingston University, and John Fielden, CHEMS Consulting, was release yesterday. According to Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, it suggests that in return for more public funding, private colleges should be subject to a more uniform and transparent regulatory regime. However, [...]

Kindle DX Study

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 4th, 2011

A study of student use of the Kindle DX at the University of Washington gave the device decidedly mixed reviews. According to Inside Higher Ed article released today, ‘the study involved first-year graduate students in computer science and engineering — students who are presumably comfortable with digital information. But seven months into the study, 60 percent [...]

Writing Groups

Posted by Jayde Cahir on April 12th, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article called ‘The Rules of Writing Group’ by Claire P. Curtis. In this article Associate Professor Curtis outlines how their writing group was formed and her experience over the last five years. From this experience she explains ‘the rules’ that have made the writing group so successful. [...]

Using Wikis for group work tasks

Posted by Lyn Collins on March 16th, 2011

Teaching evaluation feedback often indicates that students want more opportunities for group work.   There are several technological solutions that Educational Developers can suggest, but they all lay outside the current LMS (that may change when Moodle arrives). Some Academics requiring a collaborative technology to facilitate group work take advantage of wiki functionality because they [...]

Designing and MAKING (my) World Wide Web for learning

Posted by Martin Parisio on March 7th, 2011

With the arrival of web-based systems such as iLearn, university teachers more than ever before are offered avenues to customise their digital learning environment for students.  Embedding videos on webpages along with instruction and other learning resources is one such way to customise.  There is strong pedagogical reasoning that underpins the use of video as [...]

Register now

Posted by Jayde Cahir on February 14th, 2011

Register now for CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia, 3-6 April 2011 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour for more than three days of networking with your colleagues and sharing ideas about information technology in higher education.   The conference is organised by CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE. 
Early Bird Registration closes on 3rd March.
With six keynote speakers and [...]

Virtual Archaeology and Learning by Design

Posted by tomkerr on January 31st, 2011

Virtual archaeology is a relatively recent discipline where 3D graphic software is used to construct a representation of an archaeological site, usually for educational purposes. Until the advent of easily accessible and cheap 3D software, the field was mainly the domain of
Hollywood, where CGI experts were employed to create accurate representations of historical scenes [...]

Time to learn, think and then teach

Posted by Martin Parisio on November 19th, 2010

Higher education learners are frequently using new technologies as part of their everyday activity.  This increasing trend is reflected in the learners’ educational experiences as outlined by peak educational technology bodies around the world (CAUDIT, EDUCAUSE, JISC, & SURF, 2010, pp. 8-9).  As a result, Universities (including Macquarie) are consistently planning, designing and developing infrastructure [...]

International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Posted by Jayde Cahir on November 9th, 2010

The International Technology, Education and Development Conference  (INTED2011) has issued a call for abstracts.  
This conference will be held in Valencia, Spain from 7th-9th March 2011.
INTED2011 is an International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and innovations in the field of Education and Research. The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration [...]

Music and Mind

Posted by tomkerr on November 9th, 2010

In a courtroom case earlier this year, the iconic 80s rock group Men at Work were found to have violated the ownership rights of Larrikin Music to a song familiar to most schoolchildren about a kookaburra in a gum tree (”Kookaburra”) by including a two-bar riff from it in their hit “Down Under”.  Read song [...]