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Learning, Novelty and Change

Posted by tomkerr on August 30th, 2010

The links between learning, theories of communication and information theory have been the subject of discussion in a number of learning and teaching forums recently. In fact the development of many educational technologies relies on an understanding of how these theories impact on each other to some degree or other.
oldberg (2001) says: “unlike instinctive [...]

Supporting new academics through blended delivery

Posted by Elaine Huber on August 27th, 2010

An innovative Teaching Induction Program (TIP) aimed at enhancing the student experience has been running in the Faculty of Business and Economics for the past two years. TIP introduces new staff to the principles of tertiary learning and teaching via a blended mode of delivery (both face-to-face and online sessions) and provides ongoing support on a faculty basis. The [...]

CFP:IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education (Perth, Dec 2010)

Posted by Elaine Huber on August 27th, 2010

This conference aims at the scientific, pragmatic and policy awareness among scholars who face the direct need to make their curricula more culturally fair. European exchange programs like the Erasmus Mundus, the U.S. Council on International Educational Student Exchange, and the Euro-American “Atlantis” program, they all envisage an urgent agenda on how to balance local [...]

Robyn Dowling

Posted by Jayde Cahir on August 25th, 2010

Robyn Dowling has been seconded to the LTC from the Department of Environment and Geography, where she has taught urban and cultural geography, managed the Bachelor of Planning and been Higher Degree Research Coordinator.
Robyn is an urban geographer, whose research has focused on the cultures and patterns of everyday life in cities, with a focus [...]

The MQAS story ‘Living Black’

Posted by Jayde Cahir on August 19th, 2010

The Macquarie University Accessibility Services, (MQAS) story Living Black will screen this Sunday 4.30pm on SBS.
Living Black is a story based on the experience of Emmaleen, one of the Indigenous students from the Pilbara, that MQAS has been assisting. Emmaleen did not realise that she had a disability until a special education teacher came to [...]

Our Learning Technologies Debate

Posted by Lyn Collins on August 18th, 2010

A young Salesman was disappointed about losing a big sale, and as he talked with his Sales Manager he lamented, “I guess it just proves you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” The Manager replied, “Son, your job isn’t to make him drink. It’s to make him thirsty.” The [...]

And the winner is…

Posted by Jayde Cahir on August 18th, 2010

Margot McNeill and MingMing Diao won best qualitative research paper at the IADIS e-Learning conference in Freiburg, Germany in July. Their paper entitled ‘Students uses of technologies for learning: a photo ethnography’ was selected from 50 conference papers and will be published later this year in IADIS conference proceedings.
The aim of this research study was [...]

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

Posted by leemowbray on August 13th, 2010

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is launching a new initiative intended to bring the teaching and learning community into a collective discussion about ways of gathering evidence of the impact of our innovations and current practices. What are the current effective practices that would enable us to collect that evidence?
With the advent of Web 2.0, [...]

The countdown begins!

Posted by Jayde Cahir on August 12th, 2010

It is only 5 weeks to go until our celebration of learning and teaching!
One of the many highlights will be two keynote sessions by Professor Mick Healey exploring issues essential to the transitions that students make into the culture of the university. He will be working in an interactive fashion, using examples from both his [...]

Future of Education Ning

Posted by leemowbray on August 3rd, 2010

Steve Hargadon has created a Ning dedicated to discussions about the Future of Education. In his introduction he states: “This community is devoted to providing an opportunity for those who care about education to share their voices and ideas with others. It’s a place for thoughtful discussion on an incredibly important topic.”
The Future of Education [...]