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Unexpected philosophers

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 29th, 2009

From Inside Higher Ed:
When you think of successful university careers, you might think of presidents, provosts and deans; when you think of the wisdom to be found on campus, you’re likely to think of professors sharing the fruits of their decades of research on chemistry, classics, or quantum mechanics … You almost certainly won’t think [...]

The Onion’s guide to Facebook and Twitter

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 28th, 2009

Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids

Write your own obituary

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 25th, 2009

How do you want to be remembered?
Anyone looking at the obituaries in the national press can easily find examples of half-hearted or formulaic praise from former colleagues. The description of one recently deceased academic told us that “he was always interested in the resistance to flow in pipes and open channels, which is important for [...]

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 24th, 2009

Check out this booklet recently published by the LTC:
Sustainability in the Curriculum [PDF - 775k]
Part 1 of the booklet sets the scene for considering sustainability in a curriculum context.
Part 2 presents essays by Macquarie staff, including:

Peter Petocz from the Faculty of Science suggests that sustainability is  marginalised in the curriculum, and argues for an integrated [...]

Continue the morality debate

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 23rd, 2009

Many of you will have enjoyed the lively discussion following the Vice-Chancellor’s debate Re-moralising the university.
Macquarie’s framework for graduate capabilities emphasises engagement, ethical practice, sustainability and scholarship:

If you would like to continue the debate in your department, contact us to arrange a workshop.  Download the PDF invitation [95k].

Online survey: Using Web 2.0 technologies in assessment

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 22nd, 2009

Are you using web 2.0 / social web technologies and tools in subject teaching in an Australian university?  Are you setting assignments where your students use these tools to do work for which they earn marks in this subject?

If your students are using web 2.0 tools for this purpose, please take 15 minutes to complete [...]

It’s Learning and Teaching Week!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 21st, 2009

This week (21st – 25th of September 2009) is Learning and Teaching Week!
It’s not too late to register for the following events:

Tues 22 Sept 12-2 Symposium on Learning Outcomes and the Value Add of Higher Education

Wed 23 Sept 9-4 Enhancing Undergraduate Engagement through Research and Inquiry

Thu 24 Sept 10-4 ePortfolios – Our life [...]

Re-hedonising higher education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 18th, 2009

Happy 40th anniversary Conception Day!

Note on the title of this post:  If you are interested in discussing the place of morality in higher education, register for Learning and Teaching Week (21 – 25 September).  Highlights include informal discussions over coffee from 9am each day, an exciting Unconference on Friday, and a symposium on learning [...]

Don’t forget Learning and Teaching Week!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 17th, 2009

Learning and Teaching week is the 21st–25th of September 2009

Put faces to names at the drop-in sessions with academic and educational developers (daily, 9am, U@MQ)

Listen to students’ views on life at MQ (Mon 21, 2-3pm)

Plan the library of the future (Wed 23, 2-4pm)

Find out how to win a teaching award (Fri 25, all day)

Check out [...]

Want a sixth sense?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 17th, 2009

Look at this!  Pattie Maes wondered whether it was possible to develop a sixth sense that would give us seamless access to meta-information.  The answer is yes.  Now you can “live out your fantasy of being Tom Cruise in Minority Report”: