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Petty’s Education Contraption

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 30th, 2009

In 2002, Bruce Petty asked: When it comes to the education system, have accounting and information replaced wonder and imagination?  His Contraption animation is worth watching (and that question worth asking) again!  Watch it on the ABC or at Screen Austalia.

CFP ‘Assessment for a Creative World’ (Brisbane, Sept 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 29th, 2009

The 35th International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Annual Conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from 13–18 September 2009.
The theme for the conference is Assessment for a Creative World:
Creative endeavour pervades all aspects of life and work. Repetitive work is being replaced by machines. Workers are expected increasingly to devise solutions to problems that [...]

Down the Rabbit Hole Day

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 27th, 2009

Many happy returns.  Today is Down the Rabbit Hole Day, the anniversary of the birth of Lewis Carroll, when bloggers are invited to write about something upside down, inside out and back-to-front.

‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I [...]

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 [...]

CFP: First Year Conference (Townsville, June/July 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 23rd, 2009

Quality proposals are invited for the 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference which is being held in Townsville from 29 June – 1 July 2009.  The theme is ‘Preparing for tomorrow today: the first year experience as foundation’.
The submission deadline is 13 March 2009.
The conference is designed to disseminate research and practice [...]

Student emails to professors

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 21st, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education hosts a discussion forum that includes a thread on “Favorite” student e-mails.  Of the 400+ posts so far, some are amusing (although others, it might be argued, reflect poor teaching rather than poor student communication).  Here’s a selection:

Here’s one I received from an internet student the day AFTER an essay [...]

Australian Higher Education Congress (Sydney, March 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 20th, 2009

Registrations are open for the Australian Higher Education Congress 2009.
It will be held on March 24-26 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The theme is ‘Transforming Education’ with a key focus on the Bradley review:
Hear first hand from Sir Roderick Floud (Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation) and Macquarie’s [...]

Confused about Web 2.0 and intellectual property?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 19th, 2009

Following the post on YouTube and copyright, here’s a six-minute animation that neatly summarises intellectual property rights in Web 2.0.  More interesting than it sounds – I promise!  It gives three case studies – a researcher, a lecturer and a student.  Definitely worth a look if you use material from the web in your teaching [...]

Australian e-portfolio symposium (Brisbane, Feb 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 16th, 2009

Details have been updated on the Australian E-portfolio Symposium, which will be held at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus on 9 – 10 February 2009.  The theme is establishing an ePortfolio community of practice.
Findings from the research undertaken as part of the Australian ePortfolio Project [previously reported in this blog] [...]

Contribute to E-learning Insights Vox Pops

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 15th, 2009

Edna – Education Network Australia – have issued  an invitation to contribute to E-learning Insights, a cross-sectoral podcast that aims to provide academics, teachers and trainers with interviews on leading tools, technologies and issues in e-learning.  The topic for the [...]