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MQ 2009 Innovation awards – entries close March 11

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 27th, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to win one of nine awards which recognise and reward outstanding performance and excellence in innovation.  Open to all staff and postgraduate research students at Macquarie, you have the chance to win cash prizes up to the value of $3,000.
Entries close Wednesday 11 March, 2009.
Visit the Innovation Awards website for more [...]

Monsters and higher education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 26th, 2009

A recent call for papers for Monsters and the Monstrous – from, a network for the exploration, development and publication of work that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries – got me thinking about connections, convergences and lines of flight in the scholarship of learning and teaching.  By that I mean the way that learning and [...]

Bradley’s “wish list”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 25th, 2009

In an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald, entitled “The dust settles – now for the verdict,” Denise Bradley is described as “the punching bag for higher education pundits” whose recommendations have been “savaged” and “attacked,” and who has been denied any “words of support” from Julia Gillard!  Despite the hyperbole, the article offers [...]

Farewell to Cottage C4C

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 24th, 2009

Farewell to the cottage  – Macquarie building C4C – which is being demolished to make way for Macquarie’s new library.
The cottage dated from the 1950s and formed part of a market garden (its olive tree and grapevine were a reminder of this history).  With the establishment of the uni, it became the Architect Planner’s Office.  [...]

7 things you should know about Second Life

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 23rd, 2009

Assuming you are now popping into LTC in Second Life, you might want to check out the Educause brief 7 Things You Should Know About SL:
What is it?  Who’s doing it? How does it work?  Why is it significant?  What are the downsides?  Where is it going? What are the implications for teaching and learning?
Here [...]

Academic Earth vs Open Education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 20th, 2009

Wired Campus reports that a new group calling itself Academic Earth is offering free online videos of lectures from leading universities.  AE describe themselves as “an organisation founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.”  Read the fine print (Mission Statement) and you will find that “everyone on earth” [...]

CFP: Learning in Virtual Worlds (March 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 19th, 2009

Papers are invited for a special issue of Learning, Media and Technology with the theme Learning in Virtual Worlds.
There is substantial evidence that people learn in virtual worlds. While most learning in these spaces is informal, existing outside the school curriculum, formalised learning environments have also been developed in textual worlds, MOOs, MUSHes, MUDs [...]

More commentary on the Bradley Review

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 18th, 2009

Here are some links to the latest news and commentary on the Bradley Review:

The Opposition is arguing that the government has rejected the advice of the Bradley Review and is “shopping around” for alternatives through a series of round-table discussions. Julia Gillard’s media release (more widely reported than that of Christopher Pyne) says that [...]

Top 5 teaching and learning challenges for 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 17th, 2009

Educause have used a wiki to identify the top teaching and learning challenges for 2009.  The final list, ranked by popularity, includes:

Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation.
Developing 21st-century literacies among students and faculty (information, digital, and visual).
Reaching and engaging today’s learner.
Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in [...]

“But now I see!”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 16th, 2009

LTC is running a trial of video iLecture in Semester One.  It captures all the images that come through the lectern PC and the visualiser.  This means that not only can students see the PowerPoint slides being synchronised to your explanations; they can also see your demonstration of websites or software on screen.  What’s more, [...]