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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 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...]

Australia’s super computer

ANU Media    |   31 July 2013 Australia’s most powerful computer has been officially launched at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University (ANU). Named after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms, Raijin can perform the same number of calculations in one hour that would take seven billion people armed with calculators 20 years. The supercomputer is the largest in Australia, and reputedly the 27th  largest in the world, and will enable researchers to process vast volumes of data that would otherwise take years to complete, and simply not be possible using desktop … [Read more...]

Inventing life: patent law & synthetic biology

The Conversation 27 February 2012 With promises of improved medical treatments, greener energy and even artificial life, the field of synthetic biology has attracted both attention and significant government and commercial investment.  There are however a range of ethical and legal issues in this emerging area. Civil society groups and technology activists have raised concerns about the risks synthetic biology may pose to security, public health and the environment. The ETC Group, for instance, is concerned that organisms made with synthetic biology (such as engineered bacteria) could be released into the environment, with unknown effects. They’re also concerned about potential … [Read more...]