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Education factories

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 26th, 2010

Fightin’ words!  Seth Godin describes the failure of an educational model that creates compliant factory workers and encourages mass consumption:

What do you think?
Thanks to Shelly Terrell for posting this on Teacher Reboot Camp.

CFP: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (March 8, 2010)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 25th, 2010

Academic Exchange Quarterly, Summer 2010, Volume 14, Issue 2:  The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The focus of this issue is on the process of learning. Submitted topics may address questions such as those presented below:

What does it mean “to learn”?
What kinds of teaching strategies maximize student learning?
How do affective factors such as feelings and emotions [...]

First in the family

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 24th, 2010

Listen to Radio National on being the first one to go to university.
Guests include comedian Anthony Ackroyd, who was the first in his family and his neighbourhood to go to university.

Play it here:

AARE workshop: utility of theory (May, Bathurst)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 23rd, 2010

“The utility of  theory in educational research” is a residential workshop for research students and early career researchers.  It will be held from 13-15 May, 2010  at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

The aims of the workshop are to provide:

A broad understanding of how theory(ies) might be used in the research process, [...]

Quid pro quo

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 22nd, 2010

Here’s an excerpt from a speech by Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research for the recent ATN conference, outlining government priorities for universities in 2010 (TEQSA, ERA, and Compacts):
Every university in the country should be asking itself how the results of ERA will make it look internationally.  If the answer is “not [...]

CFP: Australian Quality Forum (June, Gold Coast)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 19th, 2010

The Australian Quality Forum is to be held on the Gold Coast from 30 June – 2 July 2010.
The theme is ‘Quality in Uncertain Times’ with five sub-themes: Diversity; Pathways; Academic Standards; Creativity & Innovation; and Leadership.
The AuQF is the premier national annual event for the discussion of quality assurance and quality enhancement in the [...]

OECD Assessment of Higher Ed Learning Outcomes

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 18th, 2010

The OECD have announced a project to develop international measures of learning outcomes: Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO):
AHELO is a ground-breaking initiative to assess learning outcomes on an international scale by creating measures that would be valid for all cultures and languages.  Between ten and thirty-thousand higher education students in over ten different [...]

Vote for Sparky People’s Choice

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 17th, 2010

The Sparky Awards, organised by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), challenge entrants to illustrate in a short video presentation what they see as the value of sharing information. Examples include: access to research, digital technologies, information equity, and knowledge as public good.
VOTE NOW for the Sparky People’s Choice Award (Deadline is March [...]

Higher Ed Summit 2010

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 16th, 2010

Registrations are open for the 8th Annual Higher Education Summit -  from 29-30 April 2010 in Adelaide.
The conference will be about questioning Australian higher education policy and planning in the 21st century.  This years key themes include:

Competition v Collaboration in the global environment
Greening Universities
The Student Demand Driven Model
The evolving structure of Australias tertiary education sector
Increasing [...]

The Class

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 15th, 2010

Think The Office in a university setting…

From Lynn Schofield Clark’s Innovation in Mass Communications class at the University of Denver via Michael Wesch of  Digital Ethnography.