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L&T Week – 21-25 September – Register now!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 28th, 2009

The Learning and Teaching Week draft programme is now online!
Join us for these great events:
Symposium on Learning Outcomes and the Value Add of Higher Education:

The Hon Maxine McKew, M.P. Member for Bennelong, speaking on the Federal Government’s policy for transforming Australia’s Higher Education System
Professor Stephen Schwartz, Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University, speaking on broadening [...]

Check out DiscoverEd

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 27th, 2009

DiscoverEd is an experimental project from Creative Commons ccLearn – a search engine for  educational resources  on the web.
To find out more read the FAQs or the white paper that describes the rationale for and design of DiscoverEd, as well as thoughts on possible future enhancements that could make the tool, or other search tools [...]

Innovating e-Learning Conference (Nov 09, online)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 26th, 2009

Innovating e-Learning Online Conference
24-27 November 2009 (online)
The themes of this online conference, organised by JISC, reflect the challenges facing further and higher education in the 21st century and explore the increased options offered by technology for meeting those challenges.
Theme 1: Finding the way

How can we ensure that adoption of technology will enhance learning and transform [...]

Should copyright of academic work be abolished?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 24th, 2009

A discussion paper on Australian Policy Online: Should copyright of academic works be abolished?
Steven Shavell of the Harvard Law School argues that the benefits of copyright are limited for academics, and proposes changes in law for its abolition:
In a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way [...]

Improbable research

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 21st, 2009

Macquarie University has rated a mention in one of my favourite newspaper columns – The Guardian’s Improbable Research.
Australians are peculiarly fascinated by car crashes, contends Catherine Simpson of Macquarie University in Sydney.
Simpson explains in her monograph Antipodean Automobility and Crash: Treachery, Trespass and Transformation of the Open Road, published in the Australian Humanities Review: “I [...]

Government 2.0 – a singular experience?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 20th, 2009

The Government 2.0 Taskforce has two aspects to its work:
The first relates to increasing the openness of government through making public sector information more widely available to promote transparency, innovation and value adding to government information.
The second stream is concerned with encouraging online engagement with the aim of drawing in the information, knowledge, perspectives, resources [...]

Graduate Capabilities workshops

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 19th, 2009

Mapping graduate capabilities: where do you start?

LTC is offering workshops to assist departments embed and map graduate capabilities within the curriculum.
Workshops can help with:

discipline-specific translation of Macquarie’s graduate capabilities,
mapping graduate capabilities at the program level,
identification of gaps that occur across the program, and
documentation of graduate capabilities in program descriptions.

For more details, download the PDF flyer[95k].

Need help with your next paper or grant application?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 17th, 2009

Here you go: the Educational Jargon Generator.
You’ll never be lost for words again.  Amaze your colleagues!  This fine academic tool helps you craft phrases such as:

deliver discipline-based decision-making

leverage strategic critical thinking

extend real-world experiences

innovate shared learning models

utilise mission-critical education

Now try using them in a sentence!
If you like this, you might also enjoy previous blogposts on weasel [...]

Try teaching naked!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 14th, 2009

Jose Bowen from  Southern Methodist University claims that “most of the lectures on campus are terrible”.  His solution?  Get rid of computers and lose the Powerpoint presentations.  That way, all of the “boring stuff” can be dealt with outside the classroom in podcasts.
Check out The Chronicle of Higher Education article.  It reads: “The biggest resistance [...]

CFP: Second Life – Jokaydia Unconference (September 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 13th, 2009

jokaydia’s Annual Unconference Weekend will be happening from Friday 25th September – Sunday 27th September 2009 on the Islands of jokaydia in Second Life.  You are invited to participate – propose a presentation, workshop, role play, game or panel session.
Read more here – including draft schedule, ideas for sessions, and latest updates.
You can also visit [...]