11 novembre 2015

The innovation imperative and the design of learning systems

By David Istance. Education has become increasingly important worldwide, including politically. Probably the key driver for this is economic – the fundamental role of knowledge and skills in underpinning and maintaining prosperity. No argument has more political purchase today regarding education’s value than that it enhances competitiveness. More...

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Distance Education in Europe: Higher Education Examined

For most people seeking to participate in distance education in Europe, increasing attainment levels, improving career prospects and learning for self-fulfilment continue to be the top driving forces. This is the main finding of a new report written as part of the Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning (IDEAL) project. The report, the third in a series of three, also pinpoints financial and time constraints as the most common barriers for potential distance education students. More...

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Recognizing environmentally friendly practices

The recognition of environmentally friendly practices in the formal and informal economic sectors is a critical factor in accomplishing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015. More...

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The Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities

The 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities, which was held from 28 to 30 September 2015 in Mexico City, culminated in the adoption of the Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities. This statement will shape the development of learning cities in the coming years. More...

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Singing the Innovation Revolution blues (Advocate 22 03)

By Jen T. Kwok. At a Geelong product launch on 7 October, Christopher Pyne professed that the new Prime Minister had asked him to release his ‘inner-revolutionary’. Turnbull had said, ‘Let me worry about the money, you get on with the ideas.’ This insight signals that the new PM wants a shift on national innovation policy, something Labor has sought to own since Bill Shorten’s Budget reply speech in May. More...

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New Liberal ascendancy (Advocate 22 03)

By Grahame McCulloch. The new Prime Minister and his ministry are economically dry and have much more socially liberal views than those of the paleo-Liberals associated with the former Prime Minister.  Many have backgrounds with merchant banks and traders, resource and energy companies and international corporate, legal and accounting services.  By and large they are a well- educated, cosmopolitan and cultured group.  They are independently wealthy and some are a little detached from reality. More...

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The case against the deregulation of tertiary education (Advocate 22 03)

By Paul Kniest. The ability of deregulated markets to efficiently and equitably allocate vocational education and training (VET) places in Australia has been on trial since the Brumby Labor Government in Victoria introduced its Securing Jobs for the Future policy in 2008. The policy entitled most students to government support (entitlement or demand driven system) and made all registered VET providers (public and private) eligible for government subsidies (fully contestable funding model). More...

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University deregulation: Delayed, not ditched (Advocate 22 03)

By Paul Kniest. It was 3.30pm on Monday 14 September 2015 when Jeannie Rea, Rachael Bahl and Paul Kniest, representing NTEU, sat down for a meeting with Senator Glenn Lazarus in his Parliament office to discuss higher education policy. Reflecting on what were generally considered little more than rumours we jokingly asked whether Tony Abbott was still Prime Minister and were assured by a jocular response that nothing was likely to happen on that front anytime soon. More...

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Workplace Gender Equity Reports reveal true levels of casualisation (Advocate 22 03)

By Terri Macdonald. It is something that everyone working in the higher education sector has known about for years – that the levels of insecure employment have been increasing. More...

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NTEU Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the Economic Security of Women

By Terri Macdonald. While the NTEU has long held concerns around the gender pay gap and the impact on women, the greatest issue for women working in higher education is insecure employment and its impact on superannuation.  While our universities are highly casualised already, the levels are in an upwards trend, and staff employed in non secure modes of employment are not entitled to the same levels of employer paid superannuation as their permanent colleagues. This has a profound impact on their capacity for savings, particularly when many who are employed either as casual or contract staff are long term employees. More...

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