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Corporate drones?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 30th, 2010

Strong words from AlterNet:

We live in an age of moral nihilism. We have trashed our universities, turning them into vocational factories that produce corporate drones … The humanities, the discipline that forces us to stand back and ask the broad moral questions of meaning and purpose, that challenges the validity of [...]

Learning outcomes workshop: enrol now!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 23rd, 2010

Writing Effective Learning Outcomes
Thursday 15th July 2010, 3:30 to 4:30pm, E6A116

An effective set of learning outcome statements informs and guides both teachers and students. This practical workshop introduces the principle of constructive alignment that ensures outcomes are assessable, explores effective language for writing outcomes and offers examples of learning outcomes [...]

Classrooms of the future

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 23rd, 2010

From Durham University:
Researchers at the University’s Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Group (TEL) are designing new learning environments using interactive multi-touch desks that look and act like a large version of an Apple iPhone.
The team observed how students and teachers interact in classes and how Information Communications technology (ICT) could improve collaboration.  [...]

ABC Podcast: The Digital Classroom

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 22nd, 2010

What impact is digital interactive technology having on education? And what will the classroom of the future look like? These are just some of the questions that were raised at the 2010 Australian Council for Computers in Education conference.
Listen to Radio National’s Future Tense:

Photo – Vancouver Film School ( Creative Commons)

Cross-cultural supervision project

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 17th, 2010

The Cross-Cultural Supervision Project website has been launched!
It’s a beauty, with:

videos and scenarios exploring higher degree research supervision in a cross-cultural context
strategies that offer possible solutions for managing relationships and expectations and supervisor teams
Faculties and Departments checklist and “Participant Voices”
and an annotated bibliography.

Here’s one of the videos on using communication technologies:

Transforming Assessment Webinar Series (23 June)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 15th, 2010

“Assessing learner contributions to online discussions”
Presenter: Bobby Elliott (Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK)
This webinar looks at the assessment of online writing in general and the assessment of online discussion boards in particular. It reports on a review of the current literature relating to the assessment of online discussions, and critically evaluates the rubrics [...]

National Learning and Teaching Forum (Sept 2010, Melbourne)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 10th, 2010

National Learning and Teaching Forum:
Embedding learning and teaching excellence at institutional, individual, program and unit levels
29th & 30th September | Rendezvous Hotel | Melbourne
Excellence in learning and teaching is central to the discussion on tertiary education. The National Learning and Teaching Forum convenes practitioners and academic leaders from across the [...]

Double crisis

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 9th, 2010

Check out the edu-factory collective’s new web journal on the “double crisis” of the university and the global economy.  The “zero issue” responds to the following questions:

What are the connections between the global economic downturn and the ongoing transformations of the university? In mainstream analysis, the current economic situation is referred to [...]

The Cronk of Higher Education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 8th, 2010

From The Cronk of Higher Education, a reading list for the higher education conspiracy theorist:

The Price of Admission
Ethics and College Sports
Faulty Towers: Tenure and the Structure of Higher Education

Creating a Class

How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

What brought you to uni? Love?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 4th, 2010

Inside Higher Ed’s Eliza Wolf asks: What drew you initially to the ivory tower? What, if anything, is keeping you there? For those of you who refuse to leave academe voluntarily, what would be the last straw?
Here’s what she has heard:
“I wanted to achieve the highest level of education possible and was [...]