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Call for Ideas: Reworking the University (USA, April 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 23rd, 2008

Reworking the University: Visions, Strategies, Demands
Call for Ideas
April 24-26, 2009, University of Minnesota
Submissions due February 10, 2009. Send your submissions (of up to 500 words) to Committee on Revolutionizing the Academy (ComRAD).
The current “financial meltdown” has exacerbated the ongoing crises within the university, resulting in even greater budget cuts, tuition hikes, hiring freezes [...]

No left-wing bias in Australian universities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 22nd, 2008

When this blog posted Are leftie teachers failing students?, we promised a follow-up on the outcomes of the Senate Inquiry into Academic Freedom.  At the risk of posting something unnewsworthy, the Inquiry dismissed allegations of systemic left-wing bias in universities and schools, stating that the evidence was anecdotal and unrepresentative.  Nevertheless, the report makes for [...]

Opinions on online learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 19th, 2008

A recent exchange of letters in The Sydney Morning Herald raised some interesting questions about online teaching and learning, student attendance, student services fees and innovative teaching practices.
This letter was published on November 6, 2008:
The return of compulsory student union fees might improve services and recreation that “round out the university experience” (”Putting life back [...]

One for mum, one for dad and one for uni?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 18th, 2008

The Guardian reports on calls for a rise in middle-class birth rates to save UK universities:
The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) suggests that when middle-class children, who are more likely to go on to higher education, make up a larger proportion of the student-age population, university enrolments will swell.
The news will be welcome to universities [...]

Bradley report released

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 17th, 2008

The Review of Higher Education report has been released.

Read commentary from The Australian:

Steven Schwartz – You Say You Want a Revolution
Luke Slattery – Bradley drops bomb
Gavin Moodie – Off to market, equity in hand
Vin Massaro – Failure to deliver a road map

Links to latest commentary on the Bradley Review

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 16th, 2008

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Check out the lack of contention around the question ‘Should every student who wants a place at university get one?’

Sweeping reforms to fix universities

Australia needs to spend billions more on universities, offer students larger allowances and expose higher education to market forces or it will suffer chronic shortfalls in graduate numbers

Overseas [...]

Universities Australia Higher Education Conference (Canberra, March 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 15th, 2008

The Universities Australia Higher Education Conference will be held in Canberra on March 4-6, 2009. The conference will provide a forum to discuss the policy agenda for higher education in Australia and internationally, and focus on important issues for higher education in the national interest.  Themes include:

Bradley Review of Australian Higher Education
National Innovation [...]

While waiting for the Bradley report…

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 11th, 2008

With the Bradley review report to be released very soon – the official line is the end of 2008, but The Australian reports “sources” suggesting this Friday – it is perhaps timely to revisit the discussion paper released in July.  Here are some highlights:

In the last decade, enrolments at Australian universities have doubled to a [...]

Seven trends to watch in digital learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 10th, 2008

The IMS Global Learning Consortium, an international not-for-profit organisation that develops standards for the uses of learning technologies, has written a list of seven trends to watch in digital learning.  The list includes questions to prompt discussion and reflection, which are thought-provoking if you can get past the weasel words:
1. The age of digital [...]

ALTC National Assessment Forum

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 9th, 2008

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council held a National Assessment Forum in Adelaide on the 19th November.   LTC’s Marina Harvey attended and offers her highlights of the assessment strategies discussed:
1. We (academics) should be designing assessment tasks that we will love to read!
2. Rather than provide generalised feedback, we can ask student to identify the [...]