22 avril 2019

How the NBN will change education: Australia’s “Last Spike” moment

The ConversationWhat pedal-powered short-wave radio was to remote stations of the 1950s - a direct link to the world of learning - the NBN will be to the children of the next decade. But the difference is profound. It will be multipoint and immersive, “many way” instead of two-way. It will make a baseline of high-quality learning available to every individual, every class - while teachers will be able to collaborate with each other across state and territory boundaries as never before. More...

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Beat-ups aside, Australian history has a future

The ConversationBuried away in the correspondence columns of last week’s Sunday Age, a former history teacher’s letter “Where’s our history?” started an intense and confused debate about a “threat” by the national curriculum to Australian history in schools. More...

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Sick of paying for textbooks? Get them now, free and online

The ConversationIn the same way that free open online courseware is threatening to disrupt traditional universities, open textbook initiatives such as OpenStax College from Rice University threaten to do the same to the traditional textbook market. More...

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When courses are free online, what’s left for universities to sell?

The ConversationWhen some of the world’s most prestigious universities – including Harvard and MIT in their edX venture or Stanford and Princeton through Coursera – start putting courses online for free, it tells you one thing for sure – whatever they are selling, it is not their course content. More...

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Creating university places is easy, motivating students to take them is hard

The ConversationIn 1973, the Whitlam Labor government abolished university tuition fees. In 1987, the Hawke Government radically created thousands of extra university places by creating a national system, financing it via HECS. More...

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Musical brains delay cognitive ageing

The ConversationA range of cognitive benefits, including memory retention, was found to be sustained for people between the ages of 60 and 80 if they had played music for at least ten years throughout their life. More...

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Falling for future-porn: the demise of art history and the rise of university marketing

The ConversationThe impending closure of art history at La Trobe University has drawn sharp criticism from academics. They have pointed out that students enjoy art history: it is economical, has enduring value and demonstrably excellent outcomes. More...

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Building a profession: teacher performance reviews not just about ‘bad teachers’

The ConversationFinally, perhaps the time has come. The Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework, both signed off by state and federal education ministers on Friday, have the potential to support a significant rethink of teacher development and learning in Australia – a rethink that is well overdue. More...

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Why we’re never satisfied with teachers

The ConversationConcern about teacher competence has been around for several decades. Recently, there has been a concerted push by state and federal governments to enact policies to improve “teacher quality”. Meeting last week, state and federal education ministers agreed that all teachers will have to undergo annual performance reviews. More...

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Are all ideas equal? Not in the classroom

The ConversationThere is a widespread belief amongst teachers that it is part of their duty of care, even a defining aspect of their of professionalism, that all views expressed in the classroom are to be treated equally. More...

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