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Gipps2Fed Uni to take over Gippsland TAFEs

16 April 2014 |   The Victorian minister for higher education and skills, Nick Wakeling,  has announced  the formation of Advance_tafeFederation Training Institute, which will be a new TAFE Institute in Gippsland, out of the merger of Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, the two existing TAFEs in the region. It is envisaged that Federation Training would be integrated into Federation University Australia from 1 January 2016…..[ MORE ]….

Review recommends extension of demand system

14 April 2014 |    The review of the demand driven funding system report has concluded that the demand-driven funding system, introduced as the keystone of the Rudd government’s “higher education revolution, has been a success and should be extended to non-university providers and sub-degree programs….[ MORE ]….

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Milestones

Noonan goes to VU

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One of Australia’s leading experts on education and training policy, Peter Noonan, has taken up a new policy leadership role as a Mitchell Institute Fellow at Victoria University. …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Peter NoonanNoonan has over 25 years’ experience working as a policy adviser, senior executive and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers, TAFE institutes and training systems and was a member of the  Expert Panel for the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley Review) in 2008.  Noonan will lead the Mitchell Institute’s work on policy challenges and options that support the creation of tertiary education pathways for young people to succeed in the labour market.

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Comment & analysis

The campus is dead: long live the campus?

Virtual communities can provide an alternative to the on-campus experience but, as yet, there is little evidence to suggest that virtual engagement with peers and with content matter experts can provide the same benefits as being immersed in the intellectual culture on campus, writes Jason Lodge of Griffith University.

And do read this related essay by Kate Bowles on the creation of the space – or part of it, anyway – that the University of Wollongong occupies – For Leon Fuller.

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UoW

Much hype and discussion has surrounded the evolution of online higher education over the last few years. Technology has now reached a point where it is conceivable that an education experience on the internet can be comparable to one on a university campus. However, just because it is conceivable does not necessarily make it so.

The learning that occurs differs markedly across disciplines and domains of knowledge. For example, it is relatively easy to comprehend how basic level accounting could be effectively learnt in a virtual environment.

It is not so simple when considering advanced surgical techniques. It would be a brave soul who would trust a surgeon trained using wikis, instructional videos and virtual classrooms.

While these might be extreme examples, there is undoubtedly a large market for flexible delivery of university education, and many universities now offer online degree programs. This is true even for the many institutions not traditionally associated with “distance learning”.

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VET reform workshops

calendarTo complement initial workshops held in Canberra in February, the VET Reform Taskforce will be hosting workshops in each of the other capital cities throughout March 2014. The purpose of the workshops is to discuss the current VET system and listen to ideas for potential future reform. Numbers are limited so reservations are essential.

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Life & stuff
24 March 2014

The science of character

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Can you learn to be braver? Can practice make you more persistent? Is it possible to cultivate your curiosity?
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Can you learn to be braver? Can practice make you more persistent?  Is it possible to cultivate your curiosity?

Aiming to ignite a global conversation on how character strengths can be learned, practiced, and cultivated, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain (CONNECTED, THE FUTURE STARTS HERE) premiered her new film, THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER, online and over 1,500 schools and organizations around the world on Thursday,  20 March..

Challenging the conventional belief that people are stuck with the character attributes they are born with, THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER reveals how it is possible for anyone to build up their core character strengths and use them to achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success and happiness.

The film is the fourth instalment in the Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change  series, in which The Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab use the collaborative power of the Internet’s “cloud” to engage a global audience in creating short films that inspire action around political, cultural, and  social issues.

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