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War on kids

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 30th, 2009

How do you think of school?  “A place where your thoughts and actions are controlled all day”?  “A mechanism to drive people insane”?  “The antithesis to democracy”?
All of the above?  Then here’s the trailer for a documentary The War on Kids:

What do you think?
Thanks to Alexander Russo for the link.

Teaching with twitter: the digital peanut gallery

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 27th, 2009

AUQA on graduate capabilities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 26th, 2009

Here’s a link to a video was presented at the National Graduate Attributes Project Symposium back in July.  In it, Jeanette Baird, an Audit Director from AUQA discusses the role of graduate attributes in emerging institutional quality assurance processes.  It is worth watching for what one National GAP audience member described as its “air of [...]

“Why academia is no longer a smart choice”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 25th, 2009

Why Academia is No Longer a Smart Choice – this article in New Matilda by Melissa Gregg is a thought-provoking read that has stimulated a lot of discussion.  Here’s an extract:
The past 10 years has seen an escalation of requirements for entry-level jobs so great that starting positions aren’t even advertised … A book, multiple [...]

Do you have a PLN?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 23rd, 2009

Do you have a PLN?  That’s a Personal Learning Network.
This is why you need one.
Here’s a great presentation (with videos) from  Mark Woolley (via Judy O’Connell).
Powerful Personal Learning Networks PLN

View more documents from Mark Woolley.

And here’s another view by Bethany Smith (via Richard Byrne):
Creating an Online Personal Learning Network

View more presentations from Bethany Smith.

Education in the future

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 20th, 2009

Check out these gems from the Paleo-Future blog which offers a collection of visions of a mythical future.

Above,  1910 French Prints Show the Year 2000 .  Other highlights from the future of education include a 1937 prediction that 21st century children will start school at the age of 10 and a 1958’s model for push [...]

CFP: HERDSA Conference (July 2010, Melbourne)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 19th, 2009

HERDSA  are inviting contributions for the Reshaping Higher Education conference to be held in Melbourne from 6-9 July.  Key themes include:

Policy – Where to next with higher education policy?
Academic practice – How are the changing contexts of higher education redefining effective academic practice?
Research – What research into higher education is needed and how is [...]

Forum Network – Lost in Learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 18th, 2009

Here’s another contender in open education.  This blog has previously posted about Academic Earth, DiscoverEd, Connexions, WikiEducator, ITunesU, Ebay Uni,  P2P and University of the People.
Now there is Forum Network, a trove of interviews and videos of lectures by academics.
One highlight is a lecture from Eva Timothy on her photography project Lost in Learning:
[Lost in [...]

Libraries of the future

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 17th, 2009

Check out this Libraries of the Future 10-minute documentary, from JISC (a UK ed-tech body):

And a vision of Macquarie’s library of the future:

Education in 2025?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 16th, 2009

2025 -  will there be classrooms?  Will there be libraries?  Will there be teachers?
This video reminds me of the Barnes and Tynan (2007) paper The adventures of Miranda in the brave new world, in which  Miranda, a university student in 2012 Britain, demonstrates the potential of instant messages, podcasts, e-books, email, skype, wikipedia and social [...]