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Ebay University?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 28th, 2008

Welcome to the School of Everything.  This site claims to help students find local tutors and independent classes in all subjects, worldwide.
An article in The Guardian reports on SoE’s conception:

“A friend and I were chatting about how hard it was to find opportunities to learn non-traditional subjects,” says Paul Miller, one of the site’s five [...]

Education data from the Bureau of Statistics

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 27th, 2008

Today, the Bureau of Statistics released an Education and Work report.
The figures show that qualifications such as Bachelor Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates are being undertaken by more Australians.  More than 2.5 million people (19% of all Australians aged 15–64) were enrolled in a course of study as at May 2008.  The proportion of people attaining [...]

Congratulations to Marnie!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 26th, 2008

Marnie Hughes-Warrington has been awarded the Prime Minister’s award for university teaching!
Read more about Marnie’s teaching in a previous blog post.  Find out how she plans to spend her prize money here.

Teaching Resources from EFS

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 26th, 2008

The Learning and Teaching unit of Economic and Financial Studies, in collaboration with the LTC, is bringing out a series of guides to various aspects of university teaching and pedagogical research.
The first two guides are hot off the press!
HOW TO LEAD DISCUSSIONS – Learning Through Engagament is a guide to some of the best techniques [...]

Is Second Life the future of academic conferences?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 24th, 2008

Donald MacLeod from The Mortarboard blog asks: is Second Life the future of academic conferences?  Having recently attended his first SL conference (as a woman) he is uncertain about its potential for replacing the traditional conference, describing the experience as awkward, a mixture of the bizarre and familiar.
In Small World, David Lodge describes academic [...]

Using iLecture Symposium – 4 Dec at MQ

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 20th, 2008

A special symposium ‘Making the Most of Lectures using iLecture’ will be held on Thursday 4th December 2008 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in E7B 264.
Register here.
Web-based lecture technologies (WBLT) including iLecture are widely used across Macquarie to help meet the changing needs and expectations of students. While students appreciate the flexibility and learning [...]

Higher Ed Recruitment and Retention (Feb 09, Sydney)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 19th, 2008

‘Australian universities face many challenges over the next decade, but that presented by academic staffing must rank as one of the greatest…universities are likely to lose between a fifth and a third of their staff in the next decade.’
(Graeme Hugo, June 2008, University Professorial Research Fellow, Professor of Geography, University of Adelaide)

The Higher Education Recruitment [...]

Lecturers as game show hosts?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 18th, 2008

Following on from the previous post about clickers (otherwise known as the TurningPoint Student Response System), lecturers can now take even more of a game show host turn.

The Mortarboard blog reports on the usefulness of television quiz-show formats for teaching:
Tuning into the format of a popular television quiz show adds a bit of extra [...]

Student vs staff views on assessment and marking criteria

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 17th, 2008

This 30-minute video from The UK’s Higher Ed Academy has some interesting insights into student and staff perspectives on assessment and marking criteria.

L&T Lunchbox 3: Student Engagement

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 14th, 2008

Into learning and teaching? Want to meet others with the same
interest? Want help engaging?  Want to know what the ALTC are doing?
Then the informal L&T Lunchbox is for you.
In the third Lunchbox you will not only get to chat and network with
other great teachers, but also hear how other are engaging their
When: Thursday 20th of [...]