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Universities, rites of passage and youth today

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 30th, 2009

Does this statement ring true for you?
The real purpose of universities is not to flatter the tastes of those who arrive there, but to present them with a rite of passage into something better.
How about when it is placed in its context – an article in The American Spectator [...]

Macquarie then and now

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 29th, 2009

Check out these photos of Macquarie in the 1970s:

Check out a more recent picture and photos from the 60s.  Also worth a look is this series of PDFs on the history of Macquarie.

Report from ALTC assessment forum

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 26th, 2009

Margot McNeill reports on a recent  ALTC-funded invited forum on assessment held at UTS on Friday 5 June, Changing assessment to focus on learning – implications for universities.

Professor Dai Hounsell – Assessment futures and high quality learning
Professor Hounsell began by presenting the opportunities that universities have in moving [...]

Next generation learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 25th, 2009

Thanks to Steve Wheeler for the link.

Baby boomers, gen x and gen y

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 24th, 2009

This blog has previously expressed some scepticism about the claims for digital natives, millenials, gen y, the i-gen.
In this podcast and slideshow from the Engaging Students series, LTC’s Margot McNeill gives a run-down on the differences between baby boomers, gen x and gen y and their experiences of learning and teaching.
Note Margot’s words of caution [...]

Academics as celebrities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 23rd, 2009

“Professors are rock stars and they love it.”
The blend of old and new school in this video is wonderful.  And it seems that there is hope for the rise of the public intellectual (even if academics are not yet as popular as cats singing Christmas carols – there’s the link to save you the search [...]

Shift happens

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 22nd, 2009

Some interesting stats and  a bit of fuel for the digital generation sceptics:

More on the Educause challenges for 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 19th, 2009

Back in February, this blog listed the Educause top 5 learning and teaching challenges for 2009:

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

Laptop exams?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 17th, 2009

In this BBC article, Bill Thompson argues that school exams do “nothing to assess ability in a world where access to computers, the internet and the tools they offer are so embedded in daily life that not being online is unimaginable.”  Using laptops in exams would test how students research, “how they use available resources [...]

Left-wing bias returns…

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 16th, 2009

Remember the Senate Inquiry into Academic Freedom?
The writer of this letter to the Sydney Morning Herald doesn’t!  James Rowe, a first year Master of Nursing student at Sydney, writes:
The nursing faculty has opened itself to the charge of academic left-wing bias that is constantly made by conservative commentators.
In fact, this charge has already been made [...]