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Happy New Year

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 23rd, 2009

This is extraordinarily silly.  Consider yourself warned.
Dr Alan Cann of Science of the Invisible looks towards the future of education…

This is the final post for 2009.  LTC blog will be on holiday until January 20.  See you in 2010!

Report from CELDA conference

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 21st, 2009

LTC’s Margot McNeill reports on the highlights of the Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) Conference, held in Rome from 20-22 November.
The conference  aimed to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing [...]

Welcome to the crisis

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 18th, 2009

Tammi Jonas (previously mentioned in this blog in relation to 10 things postgrads want) has written this article in New Matilda: The Crisis in Education Isn’t Looming, It’s Here.
As a generation of the academic workforce approaches retirement and the emerging workforce is disenfranchised, speculation about a “looming crisis” belies the crisis that is already upon [...]

Gillard’s University Reforms

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 17th, 2009

Here’s a podcast from Radio National’s Background Briefing: Gillard’s University Reforms.
It provides a great overview of the outcomes of the Bradley Review and Budget 2009.  Looking to the future, it asks: What will be the mix of regulation and deregulation of universities?
Here’s an extract:
The fact is that no-one really knows what Australia’s higher education landscape [...]

Highlights of 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 16th, 2009

In a celebration of self-indulgence, here are some Learning and Teaching Centre blog posts from 2009 that are worth revisiting as the year wraps up:
January 2009: Lots of frivolity to start the year (remember Miss University London?), but Dance Your PhD was inspirational.  Check out Vince LiCata’s dance version of Resolving Pathways of Functional Coupling [...]

Report from EBL-A Conference

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 15th, 2009

Phil Voysey, Executive Officer PACE, and members from the LTC recently presented at the Experience-Based Learning Association (E-BLA) Australasia conference held at UTS from December 7-9.   The theme of the conference was Traversing the marshes: bridging theory and practice in experience-based learning: “Where has your learning and teaching journey taken you, across the highlands, in [...]

Digital technologies and research

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 14th, 2009

Here’s an interesting video from the JISC (a UK body that promotes the use of digital technologies in higher education) on using digital technologies in research.
It is part of a Research 3.0 campaign that is asking these questions:
Research is now increasingly carried out by large teams, which are often interdisciplinary and global. How can digital [...]

Funding “excellence in teaching”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 11th, 2009

From The Australian on Wedneday 9 December 2009:
Education Minister Julia Gillard has warned universities that she will be looking for results as the government ties new performance funding to teaching outcomes from 2012 …
Ms Gillard said universities in Canada, the UK and the US have been outperforming Australian universities in terms of graduate satisfaction. And [...]


Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 10th, 2009

What will Australian universities look like in 20 years?

Marcia Devlin, chair of higher education research at Deakin University, suggests three likely developments:
1. improved access to university and, as a result, a very diverse student body;
2. better university teaching;
3. greater institutional differentiation between universities.
Read the full article in University World News, including a response from Maree [...]

CFP: Beneath the university (April 2010, Minnesota)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 9th, 2009

Beneath the University, the Commons -  a conference at the University of Minnesota, April 8-11, 2010
“Beneath the University, the Commons” builds on the work accomplished by activists, organizers, artists, and academics at the “Re-thinking” and “Re-working” the University Conferences of 2008 and 2009 …
Our questions include but are not limited to:

How do we enact and [...]