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Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program

Posted by Jayde Cahir on November 29th, 2010

The origins of the term ‘mentor’ are often traced back to ‘the Homeric poem, The Odyssey‘. Mentor, an Ithican noble, was the man entrusted to act as a guardian to Ulysses’ son Telemachus, while he was fighting the Trojan War. While this is considered to be the origins of the term ‘mentor’ the undergraduate students [...]

Science and Maths: Managing Teaching for Diversity

Posted by maparry on November 26th, 2010

Curriculum change and renewal is a hot topic in many Australian universities…

QR Codes in Education

Posted by Elaine Huber on November 20th, 2010

Have you seen these matrices popping up around the place? They look a little like a barcode on steroids. This post gives an overview of QR codes and their uses for education. There are video clips abound on what QR codes are and what they can do for you, see  here, and here for examples. Basically [...]

Time to learn, think and then teach

Posted by Martin Parisio on November 19th, 2010

Higher education learners are frequently using new technologies as part of their everyday activity.  This increasing trend is reflected in the learners’ educational experiences as outlined by peak educational technology bodies around the world (CAUDIT, EDUCAUSE, JISC, & SURF, 2010, pp. 8-9).  As a result, Universities (including Macquarie) are consistently planning, designing and developing infrastructure [...]

International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Posted by Jayde Cahir on November 9th, 2010

The International Technology, Education and Development Conference  (INTED2011) has issued a call for abstracts.  
This conference will be held in Valencia, Spain from 7th-9th March 2011.
INTED2011 is an International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and innovations in the field of Education and Research. The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration [...]

Neuroplasticity and addressing learning disabilities

Posted by malakandadai on November 9th, 2010

Usually when a child or young adult is diagnosed with a learning disability they are compensated for their handicap. Compensation solutions include extra time on tests or access to skilled writers for dyslexics.
Advances in teaching slow readers/learners  to read, focus and retain information  by the Scientific Learning Corporation have proved that perhaps compensation may not [...]

Music and Mind

Posted by tomkerr on November 9th, 2010

In a courtroom case earlier this year, the iconic 80s rock group Men at Work were found to have violated the ownership rights of Larrikin Music to a song familiar to most schoolchildren about a kookaburra in a gum tree (”Kookaburra”) by including a two-bar riff from it in their hit “Down Under”.  Read song [...]

iPads in Education: changing the way we teach and learn?

Posted by leemowbray on November 5th, 2010

Like other educational institutions, Macquarie is keen to integrate current and emerging technologies to enable and enhance the student experience. With the release of the iPad, Educational Developers could see a number of possible uses in Higher Education, and were keen to evaluate whether iPads were a major ‘game-changer’ or a passing fad?
We sought the [...]

OZeWAI Web Adaptability Conference (1–3 December, La Trobe Uni)

Posted by Tony Dwyer on November 3rd, 2010

OZeWAI, Australia’s only web adaptability conference is just around the corner, and you can register now. The conference will be held at La Trobe University, Bundoora (near Melbourne), Victoria.

Jacqui Begbie and Raven Calais from AGIMO will be talking about the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy and the WCAG 2.0 Community of Expertise. There will also [...]

Learning Excellence and Development (LEAD) Symposium 2010

Posted by Tony Dwyer on November 3rd, 2010

LEAD is a collaborative group (funded by the Faculty of Business and Economics) whose members engage in projects concerned with promoting and researching university teaching. Members meet regularly over an eighteen-month cycle to support, advise and pace each other through the various stages of projects that are usually focused on issues in business education.
Who should [...]