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Twitter education – bite-sized learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 30th, 2009

You may well be sick of hearing about Twitter, but have you thought about it in the context of learning and teaching?  Here’s a brief run-down of how it can work:

Wired campus reports on a Professor from Pennsylvania State University who uses two screens when he is lecturing – one to project his slides, and [...]

Assessing for learning “a load of opaque gruel”?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 30th, 2009

The Guardian recently published an interesting article on a school teacher struggling to make sense of assessment policy after a two year break from the classroom.
Phil Beadle thought he was already “assessing for learning” which he thought meant “mark their books, see what they don’t know and teach it”:
“What are we learning today, sir?”
“The possessive [...]

EDUCAUSE Australasia 2009 (May 09, Perth)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 29th, 2009

EDUCAUSE Australasia 2009, 3-6 May 2009, Perth WA
With the theme Innovate, Collaborate & Sustain, this conference will explore the challenges in areas such as how to innovate in the knowledge economy, collaboration with virtual teams and the ever present green agenda and action.
The program includes sessions on leadership, simulations, data management, IT, social networking, online [...]

Poetry, song and academia

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 28th, 2009

Following previous LTC blog posts about academia on film and in novels, this question caught me eye – Which poems best sum up teaching and learning? It was raised in the Mortarboard blog last year with a school focus, but what about university?
Apparently this poem – “Randall Jarrell, Office Hours 10-11″ – was written by [...]

2009 Australian University Teaching Awards – closing dates

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 24th, 2009

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) has five award programs that recognise teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning:

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Closes 1 May 2009.
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning. Closes 10 July 2009.
Awards for Teaching Excellence. Closes 10 July 2009.
Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of [...]

Global faces and networked places

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 23rd, 2009

Market research group Nielsen reports on social networking’s new global footprint.  Some interesting stats emerge:

Social networks and blogs are now 4th most popular online category – ahead of personal e-mail.  These sites account for one in every 11 minutes online.
Facebook, which started as a service for university students, has the highest average time per visitor [...]

Call for Manuscripts: work-based mobile learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 22nd, 2009

Call for Manuscripts: work-based mobile learning: concepts and cases
Mobile phones were identified in the Horizon Report (2009) as the technologies with the highest likelihood of entry into the mainstream learning … Issues surrounding mobile learning in work-based contexts have only been marginally covered to date despite the potentially huge impact of mobile technologies on supporting [...]

Student Declaration for the World Conference on Higher Education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 21st, 2009

The Global University Network for Innovation reports that representatives from student organisations across the world met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in January this year.  Together they issued a Global Student Statement.
The statement is addressed to the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education to be held from 5 to 8 July 2009 at UNESCO. The [...]

Youtube Edu

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 20th, 2009

Following the news that you can now download lectures from Youtube comes the creation of a new section to highlight higher education content.  In the past, users categorised videos as educational (or not) with haphazard results.  The new YouTube EDU page includes only material submitted by colleges and universities.
Among the most viewed videos for this [...]

Emerging Technology Grant Scheme – Applications Open

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 17th, 2009

Applications for MQ’s Emerging Technology Grant Scheme are now open!
Emerging Technologies for the purpose of the scheme are defined as those technologies that are currently not widely used for learning and teaching at Macquarie. This can include new technologies as well as the creative extension, modification or customisation of existing technologies.
Click on the link [...]