22 avril 2019

What’s up with universities – Whackademia or just grumpy old academics?

The ConversationWhen a friend showed me the blurb for Whackademia: an insider’s account of the troubled university, I immediately left the office to buy a copy, solely on the promise in the title. More...

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The High Court school chaplains case and what it means for Commonwealth funding

The ConversationToday, the High Court of Australia dramatically altered the previously understood scope of the Commonwealth’s power to spend money and enter into contracts. This decision has immediate repercussions for many Commonwealth funding agreements, many of which will require quick restructuring to be saved. More...

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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning

The ConversationUniversities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all. More...

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A lecture on the art of lecturing: A how-to guide to teaching young people

The ConversationNarcissistic, lazy, and overly confident – this is the way some see the new generation of young people starting to go to our universities. More...

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How education can help Burma on the fragile road to democracy

The ConversationThis is not the first time that the leader of the National League for Democracy has pointed to education as a transformational force. In 1997, still under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi was asked what values of Burmese society she wished most to preserve. Her answer was “the Buddhist values of loving-kindness and compassion, a respect for education”. More...

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School chaplaincy case: a missed opportunity for secular education

The ConversationThe historic majority Australian High Court ruling that the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is “invalid” is a gift to the argument for secular public education. More...

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Australian census: schools will struggle with religion changes

The ConversationYes, the number of Australians nominating “no religion” on their census form has increased substantially, to become the number two option nationally and the number one option in five of eight states and capital cities. More...

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Time for change: a new role for religion in education

The ConversationThe role of religion in Australian schools has been vigorously debated for more than a century. Recent events including the landmark High Court case, the pending Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) case outcome in Victoria, the decision to review Special Religious Education programs in NSW, and the move towards a National Curriculum all highlight the need to examine the role of religion in Australia’s schools. More...

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Indigenous education report misses the big picture

The ConversationAs someone who has spent years teaching literacy and numeracy in remote communities and researching Indigenous education issues, I find their analysis of Indigenous education in Australia worrying. More...

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Virtual campus: online universities are the future of higher education

The ConversationIn higher education, we’ve been talking about “e-learning” for years. But, in practice, we have mostly been teaching in the same way just through different mediums; that is, delivering one-way lectures online, posting digital lecture notes and occasionally “innovating” with quizzes. More...

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