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2014 NMC Technology Outlook

26 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education: A Horizon Project Regional Report is a collaborative research effort between the New Media Consortium and Open Universities Australia to help inform Australian education leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in tertiary education. Following is the executive summary describing the project. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… This report was produced to explore emerging technologies and forecast their potential impact expressly in a tertiary education context. In the effort that took place … [Read more...]

The Scan # 148 13 March 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Shake up for rental scheme 13 March 2014   |    The government has flagged a shake-up of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) in the wake of revelations the program has been manipulated to build student housing that is being let to wealthy foreign students. Two developers behind an 823-bed NRAS development in Sydney  tapped more than $80 million in subsidies to construct a building to be filled largely by international students. Universities have also snapped up thousands of NRAS incentives to build large blocks of studio accommodation that is often taken up by fee-paying international … [Read more...]

The campus is dead: long live the campus?

The Conversation     |      7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Much hype and discussion has surrounded the evolution of online … [Read more...]

Campus Review 10 March 2014

10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… This is Campus Review's own summary of lead items in its online edition. As Campus Review is a subscription service, you or your organisation need to have a subscription to Campus Review to view the full article. All non subscribers to Campus Review  have access to a free online trial offer for 28 days. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Preparation and inspiration The long, hard road to a PhD can be navigated a little more easily through good planning and a little mateship amongst peers. By Hamza Bendemra. Completing a PhD is no Read More A celebration of management excellence By … [Read more...]

MOOCs as a form of furtive learning

The Scan has tended to  ignore MOOCs apart from "big" developments - Australian universities joining up with MOOC platforms (Coursera, edX) or Australian universities setting up their own platforms (Deakin, UNE, OUA). One of our most visited posts ever (from 2012) is UNSW launches a MOOC program. A search of our posts still reveals a lot of posts - dozens???? We posted something for The Summer Edition from the Christian Science Monitor - Are MOOCs making education a monoculture? - which has attracted an interesting amount of interest. We hope the CSM benefits - it's a quality media outlet. We'll  do somewhat more on MOOCs in future - there's a lot of interest ...a little bit more than we … [Read more...]

Bob Smith’s secret

2 January 2014 ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Online classes see cheating go high-tech.  Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.   ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... "Bob … [Read more...]

Are MOOCs making education a monoculture?

2 January 2014 .......................................................................................................................................................................................... The rise of Massive Open Online Courses is presenting higher education with a powerful challenge. Access to great teachers will help millions. But will MOOCs cause a massive institutional shakeout as well, asks John Yemma of The Christian Science Monitor? .......................................................................................................................................................................................... A tree farm produces a monoculture you can count … [Read more...]

What’s our vision for the future of learning?

Mindshift    |    30 December 2013 The following is an excerpt from Open: How We’ll Live, Work, and Learn in the Future written by British learning Futurist David Price. For 150 years, formal education has adopted an ‘inside-out’ mindset – schools and colleges have usually been organised around the needs of the educators, not the learners. In areas such as research, this is nothing to be embarrassed about. Ground-breaking inventions and pioneering new thinking often arise from the selfishness that informs so-called ‘blue-sky’ research. Defending such freedoms from the external drive for practical and commercial implementation has often encouraged a necessary … [Read more...]

The Scan’s most viewed posts 2013

15 December 2013 In 2013, over 700 items were posted on The Scan (down from about 900 in 2012).   There were some surprises.   The short obituary on Peter Redlich attracted a surprising number of views because he died suddenly (although he'd been ill for some time), being Jewish, he was buried within 24 hours and a full obituary wasn't published for some weeks, so as word spread, people ended up at The Scan via search engines.  An increasing amount of traffic comes to The Scan by way of search engines:  The Scan "archive" of items is now approaching 2000 (it totals more than posts of over 1600 because a post may contain several items).   The Scan of 22 March 2012  is a perennial … [Read more...]

The Scan | #143 | 11 November 2013

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Typhoon Haiyan slams the PhilippinesSuper Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead. Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies, such as food, water and … [Read more...]