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The Scan in 2015

 26 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… On account of other pressing matters in 2015 published editions of The Scan, with a completely refreshed front page heralded to subscribers by an e-newsletter, were down quite a bit – just 21 in 2015 compared to 40 in in 2014. Nevertheless, some 350 items were posted, which is about 8 a week in The Scan’s year, a little down on the 10 items posted a week last year. Traffic to the Scan website remained strong, down about 20% on last year’s figures. The Scan’s now extensive archive of nearly 3000 posts creates “organic” traffic: over one third of all Scan traffic now flows from search engines and referrals. Regular readers will have … [Read more...]

Catch Up

TAFEs claim funding cuts will cost jobs and millions  The Age      |    23 November 2013 Victorian TAFEs expect to lose millions of dollars and the education union is forecasting hundreds of redundancies in response to further Victorian state government changes to course subsidies.  But the government insists it has not cut overall funding and is moving to stop rorting in the training sector.  Kangan Institute chief executive Grant Sutherland told staff in an email the changes would result in an estimated $9.2 million reduction in revenue for next year.  This is clearly a substantial reduction and budgets across the institute are currently being reworked to take into account this … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 4 June 2013

#120 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Polytec network set up 4 June 2013    |   An Australian Polytechnic Network (APN) is being founded by the University of Canberra, Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute and Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.   The formation of the new grouping follows a decision of the now minister for tertiary education, Craig Emerson, to reverse a decision of former minister Chris Evans to now Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for delivery of University of … [Read more...]

New teacher quality centre at UC

University of Canberra Media Centre    |    30 May 2013 The University of Canberra is to receive $26 million to house a new Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning, which will deliver professional skills and applied, practice-led research to support the introduction of Government’s National Plan for School Improvement reforms.  The new centre will collaborate with universities, researchers and teachers to support professional development for ACT teachers to “grow and develop, find new ways for teachers to be more effective and assist in the implementation of systems for continuous teacher performance feedback.” University of Canberra vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Parker says, … [Read more...]

UC joins with TAFEs to create polytec network

University of Canberra Media Centre    |    31 May 2013 A new network of tertiary institutions is seeking to harness the best of vocational and higher education. The Australian Polytechnic Network (APN) is being founded by the University of Canberra, Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute and Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. The formation of the new grouping follows a decision of the now minister for tertiary education, Craig Emerson, to reverse a decision of former minister Chris Evans to now allow Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for delivery of University of Canberra degrees at the network member campuses from … [Read more...]

The Scan Main Edition 8 March 2013

No.109 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The polytech movement gathers pace Encouraged by remarks by the Commonwealth minister that he’s looking afresh at tertiary “inter-connectedness”, five tertiary institutions* are proposing a national network that brings together the strengths of TAFE and higher education traditions, enabling degrees to be studied initially at TAFE institute campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Students would  be able to study degrees in face-to-face, online or blended modes, with extra support depending on their needs and requirements of the course.....[READ MORE].... Teaching … [Read more...]

The polytec movement gathers pace

The Australian    |     6 March 2013 Encouraged by remarks by the Commonwealth minister that he's looking afresh at tertiary "inter-connectedness", five tertiary institutions* are proposing a national network that brings together the strengths of TAFE and higher education traditions, enabling degrees to be studied initially at TAFE institute campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Students would  be able to study degrees in face-to-face, online or blended modes, with extra support depending on their needs and requirements of the course. According to the leaders of the institutions, curriculum will be developed of a kind that is found at polytechnic universities around the world … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 6 March 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. Teach-only roles on the rise Bernard Lane THE number of teaching-only academics is expected to rise markedly because of myriad pressures for change. Coalition looks at options for online Andrew Trounson LOWER entry barriers for foreign universities and other topics will be on the table as the opposition looks into online learning. Article pulled for 'plagiarism' Bernard Lane AN … [Read more...]

The Main Edition 22 February 2013

No. 107 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ANUx ANU joins edX The Australian National University (ANU) has become the only Australian member of edX, the online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that aims to provide education to one billion people worldwide within 10 years.  edX has announced an expansion of its membership to include ANU, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada, and Rice University in the United … [Read more...]

Holmesglen pinged on CSU hook up

The Australian    |    20 February 2013 The Commonwealth government has stepped in again to block a degree-franchising deal involving Holmesglen TAFE, this time a proposed deal with Charles Sturt University to deliver CSU degrees in dental therapy and hygiene. CSU vice-chancellor Andrew Vann said the decision late last year was "extremely disappointing" and he feared the university had been caught up in collateral damage from the inter-government funding fight. Under the agreement, which had been in planning since 2009, Holmesglen was to have taught the first two years of a CSU bachelor degree in oral health in Melbourne, with students to then complete their final year at the … [Read more...]