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CFP: SRHE conference (December 2010, UK)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 28th, 2010

SRHE Annual Research Conference
“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?”: Exploring Meaning Identities and Transformation in Higher Education
14 to 16 December 2010
Wales, United Kingdom
Higher education is gradually undergoing a series of changes in its identities, purposes and roles in society. What are the emerging new roles of the university in a global context? [...]

Economics vs knowledge

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 27th, 2010

Check out this thought-provoking New Matilda opinion piece: Why Unis Shouldn’t Play the Economics Card.
It’s a response to the Universities Australia call for increased funding of higher ed in light of the report Economic Modelling of Improved Funding and Reform Arrangements for Universities. The short version of the report is: giving [...]

Personalised learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 26th, 2010

Ken Robinson heralds the education revolution:

Do you love what you do?  Is school obsessed with getting people to university?  Is education built on the model of fast food?  Does education feed your spirit?
The comments – both positive and negative – are also worth a read.


Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 25th, 2010

Cake Wrecks, one of the funniest blogs out there, celebrates graduation season:

For those who graduated from Macquarie on Saturday: congraduations!

Fusty academics, dusty spaces

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 19th, 2010

Times Higher Ed asks whether academic offices are a thing of the past:
A fusty old academic; a dusty study lined with well-thumbed books; piles of papers, essays and journals everywhere – on the desk, the coffee table and the old leather settee.
The dust motes floating as the sunlight streams through the small [...]

CFP: ICET 2010 (September, China)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 18th, 2010

2010 International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2010)
17 to 19 September 2010
Chongqing, China
2010 International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2010) is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Educational and Information Technology. The [...]

Mike Wesch: Almost…

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 13th, 2010

Here’s a great TEDx video from Mike Wesch (the man behind A Vision of Students Today).  He’s a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he [...]

“Gen X” Academic Careers

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 12th, 2010

Worth checking out (if you can get past the annoying focus on Gen X, born 1964-1980, rather than early career academics) – this recently published American report: New Challenges, New Priorities: the Experience of Generation X Faculty.
The report discusses mentoring, interdisciplinarity, work/life balance, and the quest to be part of an academic community.  [...]

Unhappy days

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 11th, 2010

From Judith Ireland on ABC The Drum Unleashed:
Researchers have found that higher education does not make you happy …
According to the report, university days are “glory days”.  Real life, with its career pressures and mundane responsibilities, simply doesn’t seem as sweet in comparison …
[But] the idea that university days are carefree …  is [...]

What makes a great teacher?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 7th, 2010

Watch online -  SBS Insight asked ‘What makes a great teacher?’ in Top of the Class.
Here’s a taster from the transcript:
JENNY BROCKIE:  Tonight, we are talking about what makes a great teacher … This year eight class at Macquarie Fields High is about to test two teachers. One has never faced a class [...]