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Uni teaching grants announced

Universities Australia    |     7 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Office for Teaching and Learning has handed out $4.7 million for grants and fellowships in what is likely to be its last funding round before it is wound up and its  role is transferred a new university-based organisation. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The $4.7 million in grants announced by education minister Christopher Pyne  were: $3.2 million for nine grants supporting leading academics to develop and drive innovation in higher education teaching and learning in key priority areas; and $1.5 million for 11 OLT fellowships which will lead change to improve graduate … [Read more...]

TDA National Conference

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The theme of the 2015 TAFE Directors Australia conference is Inspire. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The conference will explore a range of topics, including fostering industry engagement, market approach to vocational education and training, quality and capability, higher education in TAFE- mission creep?, Internationalising vocational education qualifications, vocational education and training pedagogy and servicing regional communities  A highlight of this year’s TDA Conference will be the Sino-Australian VET Forum, involving a delegation of 80-100 Chinese vocational education and training officials from Eastern China. … [Read more...]

Teaching and learning excellence could be budget loser

Universities Australia    |    11 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Universities Australia (UA)  has expressed dismay at media reports  flagging substantial cuts to the Department of Education and Training including through the possible abolition of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC). …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  UA chief Belinda Robinson says the university sector has not been consulted in relation to any proposed changes and will strongly oppose any moves to downgrade the government's commitment to teaching and learning excellence in … [Read more...]

The first School in the Cloud opens

2 January 2014 ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Students even … [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...]

A quiet revolution in teaching

At a time of some debate about the quality of university education, RMIT vice-chancellor Margaret Gardner says there has been a 'quiet revolution' in university teaching which has seen a steady but significant improvement since the mid-1990s. There has been much recent comment about the quality of university education and it is a topic worthy of more debate.  As we debate, we should recognise that a quiet revolution has occurred in Australian universities beneath the publicity about MOOCS and world rankings. This revolution is seen in the steady but significant improvement in university teaching since the mid-1990s. There have been improvements in various measures, ranging from the … [Read more...]

ANU to review tutorial phase out

Canberra Times    |   6 August 2013 The Australian National University has agreed to review its decision to cancel tutorials in its College of the Arts and Social Sciences CASS), following widespread opposition from undergraduates and postgraduates as well as the National Tertiary Education Union. Students within the college were informed last Wednesday (31 July)  an executive decision had been made to phase out tutorials in favour of large interactive workshops and forums with CASS Associate Dean Royston Gustavson saying: Such a model reconfigures current contact hours in a way that is intended to have a positive educational impact. Such forums/workshops are typically run by the … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 31 July 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. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bosses decry skills quality Andrew Trounson A LEAKED Victorian government-commissioned survey has found that employers are losing faith in the quality of training qualifications. On Coursera to the future Julie Hare TWO more Group of Eight universities will sign up with education technology platform Coursera … [Read more...]

Uni teaching needs to be taken seriously: Grattan

Grattan Institute    |     21 July 2013 The Commonwealth Government should create teaching- focused positions in universities as part of a national effort to raise the quality of teaching in higher education, a new Grattan Institute report proposes.  Taking university teaching seriously argues that as higher education enrolments expand toward 40% of young people, much more attention needs to be given to how students learn. According to the report, student surveys suggest that Australian students rate the quality of university teaching less highly than do their American counterparts.   Australians rarely report being pushed to do their best work, are often not actively participating … [Read more...]

NCVER News #306 — Latest News from NCVER 13 June 2013

NCVER Newsletter    |     13 June 2013 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills) In addition to a number of practical workshops on offer, this year's conference program offers a wide variety of presentations relating to research and practitioner experience in the VET sector. Topics include VET in Schools, literacy and numeracy, social equity, student aspirations, intergenerational mobility, the merits of mentoring, data quality and accessibility, the effectiveness of mid-level qualifications and e-learning's contribution to workforce development. To download a copy of the program,  go HERE. Discussants confirmed for 'Intergenerational mobility: … [Read more...]