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New school of the air

Learning takes off Herald Sun    |    6 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Virgin Australia is partnering with Open Universities Australia’s free online platform to give passengers a more productive way to while away their flights, dubbed “edutainment”. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In the latest advancement to its in-flight entertainment system, the airline is adding business and lifestyle-related short courses for international and domestic routes. The pilot program started in December with a project management course and a different topic is to be introduced each month. Passengers will be able to study photography, financial planning, food and … [Read more...]

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...]

OUA: budget empowers student choice

14 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The higher education sector could use a good dose of student focus and greater innovation in order to drive better learning outcomes. Any industry that makes price the issue is giving more power to consumers. In other industry sectors, deregulation of fees has led to better outcomes for consumers. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… On the back of the Federal Government’s 2014/2015 Budget announcements , Open Universities Australia (OUA) has released its breakdown of the budget and its impact on the Higher Education industry, and more importantly its impact on students. "It might seem that this is a bad budget for you … [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...]

Open2Study reaches 100,000 students

Open2Study Media    |     28 October 2013 In just six months,  Open Universities Australia has reached 100,000 enrolments in its free online learning platform with 53,000 students from more than 180 countries undertaking one or more of its massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Open2Study began by offering 10 free subjects in April, with each taking four weeks to complete. The platform currently offers 32 courses with Principles of Project Management, Food, Nutrition & Your Health, Writing for the Web, User Experience for the Web and Strategic Management attracting the highest enrolments. With new subjects added almost every month, the Open2Study team expects to have up to 50 … [Read more...]

University World News – 3 November 2013

Click headlines to see full articles_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ JAPANStepping up research collaboration with Asia, AfricaSuvendrini KakuchiAiming to strengthen Japan’s global influence and soft power through the internationalisation of higher education, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is turning the spotlight on research collaboration – in particular strengthening joint research with developing countries in Africa and Asia.GLOBALWISE – Can universities keep up with the future?Yojana SharmaCan university leaders ensure that their institutions keep up with rapid changes in … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 August 2013

#133 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VCs doing OK An analysis  by the National Tertiary Education Union of the 2012 Annual reports of Australia’s 37 public universities shows that their vice -chancellors (VCs) were well financially rewarded for their efforts. In total the VCs received remuneration packages worth close to $30m.   Only one V-C is paid less that the Prime Minister, with most getting considerably more.... [READ MORE] ..... Employers losing faith in training system A  Victorian government-commissioned survey has found that employers are losing faith in the quality … [Read more...]

Employers verbal unis on work readiness

The Australian    |      August 2013 Employers are blaming universities for their own shortcomings  for not producing work-ready graduates ,according to  Open Universities Australia CEO Paul Wappett . But this “lament” coincides with “an extraordinary decline in the willingness of corporations in particular, but also government and other institutions, to provide their employees with on-the-job training”. Wappett said that when he’d been recruited by an oil company as a graduate “many moons ago”, he’d been required to complete six weeks of induction training before being allowed anywhere near a desk. Company-provided orientation and ongoing development have declined since then, he … [Read more...]

OUA signs up NZ’s Massey Uni

OUA News    |      22 July 2013 Open2Study, Open University Australia’s (OUA) free online education platform. has signed up New Zealand’s Massey University as its first international partner. Open2Study already has a dozen established relationships with Australian institutions and universities such as Griffith, Macquarie and RMIT.   OUA says this recent move is part of Open2Study’s strategy to provide its global student body with access to international educators. With over 50 years in the industry, Massey University is New Zealand's largest university provider of distance and online learning, with about half its 34,000 students studying by distance. Open2Study currently offers … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 9 July 2013

# 126 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Call to scrap tax cap Universities Australia has  hosted a meeting of 20 professional peak bodies who are calling on the Commonwealth government to remove a $2,000 per year cap on tax deductions for self-education, which is due to come into effect next July.  Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia described the cap as “a tax on learning at the very time when we need to encourage continuous up-skilling of the qualifications needed for a productive, diverse, innovative, knowledge based economy.".....[READ … [Read more...]