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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 [...]


Posted by Elaine Huber on December 1st, 2010

Academic Literacy Skills are a must for any budding student who wishes to do well in their studies, not to mention those who wish to continue on in academia. Referencing, and citation skills are what come to mind in terms of attributing papers and other reading materials, but how about multimedia artefacts? Do you insist [...]

Learning Auslan

Posted by maparry on October 19th, 2010

Auslan is the language of the deaf community in Australia. A group of participants from several units across the Macquarie campus recently completed a 14 hour introductory course to better understand Auslan. The course was organised by The Equity & Diversity Unit and run by instructors from the Deaf Society of NSW. The first few lessons [...]

Need help with your next paper or grant application?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 17th, 2009

Here you go: the Educational Jargon Generator.
You’ll never be lost for words again.  Amaze your colleagues!  This fine academic tool helps you craft phrases such as:

deliver discipline-based decision-making

leverage strategic critical thinking

extend real-world experiences

innovate shared learning models

utilise mission-critical education

Now try using them in a sentence!
If you like this, you might also enjoy previous blogposts on weasel [...]

Citations as Limericks

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 6th, 2009

The Annals of Improbable Research, most likely familiar to you as the organisers of the Ig Noble Prizes, has a Limerick laureate.  Martin Eiger takes off-putting scholarly citations, and explain them in limerick form.  Here are some examples recently published in The Guardian:
An early Eiger limerick summarised a Japanese study called Pharmacological Aspects of [...]

Lifelong learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 2nd, 2009

Bruce Petty’s vision of ‘lifelong learning’ :

Petty describes his work as “simply a way of pointing out bits of information that [I] suspect someone has got wrong …  I think that my professional life is basically finding niches and gaps.”

Weasel words in education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 27th, 2009

Following the 10 most annoying phrases in academic technology, here are some breathtaking examples of weasel words from Australian universities.  You know you are in danger if these make perfect sense to you!

A number of leading international universities have been reconceptualising their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities … I wish to propose the [...]

Ten most annoying phrases in academic technology

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 14th, 2009

From the blog Accidental Pedagogy comes one of the best posts of 2008: the ten most annoying phrases in academic technology.  Inspired by this article where Oxford researchers from  identified the ten most annoying phrases currently in the English language (”at the end of the day” and “fairly unique” and “I personally” receive top billing), [...]

Do university students know what a noun is?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on October 15th, 2008

According to Baden Eunson, lecturer in English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, no, they don’t.
The Australian reports Eunson as saying that 90 per cent of his first-year students could not identify a noun!  And “the majority” of Caron Dann’s communication students are “strangers” to English grammar.  Not only that – random spelling, a [...]