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Upcoming LTC workshops – enrol now!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 30th, 2010

Learning Management System Review – Focus Groups
Multiple sessions and times – 29 April, 3 may
Venue: E6A 116
Facilitators: Maree Gosper
The University’s Learning Management System, Blackboard CE6, is currently under review.  As part of the university-wide consultation process, you are invited to attend a focus group to provide feedback on the learning and [...]

CFP: ePortfolios Conference (Nov 2010, Melbourne)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 29th, 2010

The ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010, being held in Melbourne from 3-4 November, will bring together national and international educators and thought leaders to showcase current e-portfolio practices and the ways e-portfolios support learners to transition between education and training, employment and industry areas.
Themed Widening participation – [...]

Who will grade your work?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 28th, 2010

From Luke Dicken, a montage of comics from PhDComics, with soundtrack from their song “Who Will Grade Your Work?”:

Thanks to David Comp for the link.

Graduation Barbie 1964 versus 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 27th, 2010

Take a look at how Barbie’s academic gown has changed between 1964 and 2009.  Sadly, not for the better:

This was inspired by Susan O’Doherty’s Barbie PhD? blogpost on Mama PhD.

The Big Lie

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 22nd, 2010

In a follow-up to Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go – you can read the LTC blog response – Thomas H. Benton takes aim at the belief that education brings opportunity in The Big Lie About the Life of the Mind:
Graduate school in the humanities is about the implicit promise of [...]

Unhappy graduates

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 21st, 2010

From today’s Sydney Morning Herald:
UNIVERSITY graduates are an ungrateful lot. Despite privileged backgrounds and higher earnings, new research shows 20-somethings with degrees are no happier than young adults who dropped out of high school in year 10.
The study tracked an initial group of 13,600 year 9 students over 11 years until [...]

University of Wollongong teaching spaces

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 20th, 2010

From the LTC’s Margot McNeill comes this report:
On Friday 9th April, a group from Macquarie visited the University of Wollongong’s newly refurbished theatre and tutorial spaces.  Organised by John Robertson from the Office of Facilities Management (Department of Major Projects), the group consisted of: Ray Leong (AVTS); David Morgan [...]

Internationalisation or westernisation?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 14th, 2010

Here’s a thought-provoking question from University World News:
Is internationalisation just a euphemism for the ‘westernisation’ of higher education?
Read the full article.  Tell us what you think!
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Failure and imagination

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 13th, 2010

In honour of the 5000+ Macquarie students graduating this month, listen to J. K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, giving a commencement address to Harvard students:

Thanks to Tom Kerr for these videos.

Student success and marshmallows

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 12th, 2010

Apparently, the key to educational success is delayed gratification:

Read more in The New Yorker.  Watch a related TED talk by Joachim de Posada.
Thanks to Liz Stockwell for reminding me to eat the marshmallow sometimes!