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5 avril 2014

Innovation in higher education funding View University announces the reinvention of how students and their families finance their college degrees. The university is piloting “whole-degree financing” to help students and their families make their college education more affordable and predictable – and reduce student debt -- by planning for the entire four-year degree, rather than a year or semester at a time. Grand View’s Financial Empowerment Plan (FEP) enables families to know what their degree will cost and to plan for the long term. More...

5 avril 2014

Excavate to innovate: ‘unearthing’ students’ and tutors’ perceptions of employability to energise work based pedagogy 30 Apr 2014
Location/venue: Room C101 Cottesbrooke Building Park Campus The University of Northampton, England
The Pathways to Employability team at the University of Northampton’s Business School is exploring ‘what lies beneath’ tutors’ and students’ engagement with work based learning. Three separate studies explore 1) learners’ perspectives of employability training, 2) tutors’ conceptions of employability and 3) students’ conceptions of reflection. Attendees are invited to consider these findings and share ideas for innovating work based pedagogy. More...

18 mars 2014

Canada Said to Announce Business Innovation Vouchers

By Theophilos Argitis. Canada unveiled a C$20 million ($18.1 million) funding program today to help businesses create partnerships with universities and research institutes to bolster the country’s lagging innovation record.
Greg Rickford, Canada’s science and technology minister, announced the voucher-based pilot program named the Business Innovation Access Program at an event in Brampton, Ontario. The program is designed for small- and medium-sized businesses and will run over two years, according to a statement. More...

18 mars 2014

Research - Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Seminar Series
This new series of seminars will have a strong focus on teaching and learning research and evaluation including case studies and empirical investigations of innovation in practice. Topics will cover a broad range of teaching and learning innovations often focusing on the use of technology in higher education, but not exclusively so. The seminars will be presented by a range of academics from both within the University and from other Australian and international universities. These seminars are open to any member of the University and public. They are designed to stimulate discussion and reflection around teaching and learning innovation in higher education. The seminar format will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. Seminars will run fortnightly on Wednesdays between 1pm – 2pm.
On-line registration is now available (see below seminar list).
Information on past seminars is here (lecture captures are available for some of these seminars).
For queries regarding the Innovations in teaching & learning seminars, please contact Linda Corrin tel: 9035 9685 email:
The schedule for our 2014 seminar series is below. Semester 2 will be advised later in the year.

26 March

Professor Peter Reimann
CoCo Research Centre
Faculty of Education and Social Work
University of Sydney

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Capturing and analyzing learning data across multiple applications: The end of the monolithic learning management system
While the technology-rich university makes it comparatively easy to gather, store and access data on students’ activities, turning those into information on learning that can inform pedagogical decision-making is still hard to achieve. We are data rich, but comparatively information poor. Based on developments in learning analytics and computer-based knowledge diagnosis, it will be illustrated how learning activities from multiple sources, such as Moodle, Mahara and Google Apps, can be traced across platforms and how these activity data can be turned into information on changes in students’ knowledge and skills. Drawing on experiences made in the context of the European Commission funded Next-Tell project (, it will be shown how modelling of the teaching/learning process is a key enabler for the automatic interpretation of learning data, and how teachers can be supported in this modelling process. Based on experiences in K-12 classrooms, it will be illustrated how learning can be visualised as to be easily interpretable by teachers, and how these visualisations can inform pedagogical decision making.

Wednesday 9 April, 1-2pm

Dr Wally Smith
Dora Constantinidis
Computing and Information Systems
University of Melbourne

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



The 3D challenges of adapting mobile devices for fieldwork teaching and learning
Fundamental to active learning is the requirement for students to engage with activities that facilitate deeper learning. Fieldwork exercises that are based on active learning principles are essential to a range of discipline learning from Architecture to Zoology. This presentation will provide some insights from 3 case studies that investigated issues surrounding the use of mobile devices for student fieldwork exercises in the Built Environment (Architecture). The main challenges for appropriate adaptation and application of mobile devices are based on the 3D aspects of: Design, Development and Deployment. These three dimensions have the potential to impact how successfully mobile devices are applied for teaching and learning purposes. We will present some of the outcomes of a project: “New Tools and Techniques for Learning in the Field: Studying the Built Environment” that is supported by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). This OLT funded project aims to improve the overall application of mobile devices for fieldwork teaching and learning exercises. The seminar will discuss the challenges and benefits of mobile device deployment in higher education and present an overview of principles that need to be considered when designing and developing fieldwork exercises that use mobile devices.

30 April

Panel - to be confirmed.

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Learning Analytics @ Melbourne – A Panel Discussion
This panel session will explore current use and research of learning analytics at the University of Melbourne. Learning analytics refers to the analysis of data about learners and their activities to inform the enhancement of teaching and learning practices and environments. An expert panel will discuss some the current and potential uses of learning analytics at the University. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience about how learning analytics can be used to support teaching and learning in higher education.

Wednesday 14 May, 1-2pm

Dr Michael Lew & Dr Rosa McCarty
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
University of Melbourne

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Process and perceptions of summative peer assessment of a large cohort
Peer assessment offers potential advantages in staff workload and in student engagement and learning outcomes. In this seminar the findings of a study of a peer assessment activity undertaken in a third-year biomedical science capstone subject will be presented. Students in this subject were required to assess the work of five of their peers as well as their own. The activity made use of several tools including Turnitin and custom software written to enable the curation of the student marks and to rapidly scan the patterns of the marks to detect any obvious anomalies and outliers. This seminar will examine the processes and tools used to facilitate the peer assessment activity as well as student feedback and outcomes.

28 May

Mr Glen Jennings, Associate Dean (Academic Operations)
Trinity College Pathways School

Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Elearning Coordinator Trinity College Pathways School

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education


Academic Development and Student Outcomes in the Trinity College iPad Project
Success of the Trinity College iPad Project has been achieved through teaching innovations, higher student results and student numbers, as well as more intentional and systematic professional development for all academic staff. Quantitative analysis of student results over four years reveals statistically significant improvement. This presentation will firstly outline steps taken to equip academics with the necessary skills to exploit the iPad’s capabilities in program delivery. Secondly, a brief report of longitudinal student outcomes before and following the introduction of the iPad will be provided.


15 mars 2014

University innovation fund will not be increased, says government

By . The government will not increase the value of the higher education innovation fund, it announced today. Sir Andrew Witty called for the boost in innovation funding in his review of universities and growth issued last year.
He argued that increasing the fund to £250 million a year would incentivise universities to work with small and medium-sized businesses. It is currently worth £160 million. More...

15 mars 2014

Barcelona is the European Capital of Innovation

Barcelona (Spain) has won the 2014 “iCapital” prize for the European Capital of Innovation, the European Commission announced yesterday.

The Barcelona Open Data portal opens up all public sector information in standardized digital formats so that anyone can reuse the data however they want.

The Factory of the Sun is an environmental education facility that integrates and showcases a number of services relating to renewable energy, urban environment, and sustainability.

Barcelona Activa is a municipal company that promotes quality and future-oriented employment and businesses. It hosts 115 companies in its Business Incubator and Technology Park, introduces people to new technologies in its Cybernarium, and offers training and coaching to job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Open Education Europa is making its own contribution to innovation in Barcelona through our partnership with the Open Education Challenge. The Open Education Challenge aims to develop, strengthen and fund innovative education startups. 

The iCapital prize is worth 500 000 Euros, which will go towards scaling up and expand Barcelona’s innovation efforts.
Website: European Comission Press Release.

15 mars 2014

EUA at the Innovation Convention: The ERA partnership and university-business collaborations

LogoEUA was involved in two sessions at the European Commission’s Innovation Convention this week in Brussels (10-11 March). As part of the EU’s Innovation Union flagship initiative, the Innovation Convention aims to provide a platform for different stakeholders to debate and inform policies that will contribute towards the building of a research and innovation eco-system in Europe that can support this objective.
EUA contributed to two of the fringe sessions held in parallel to the main programme organised by the EC. Professor Maria Helena Nazaré, EUA President, took part in a session on “The European Research Area (ERA) Partnership as backbone of the European innovation eco-system(s)” which included presentations from all of the research stakeholder organisations (SHOs) involved in the ERA stakeholder platform with the European Commission. More...

7 mars 2014

Innovation > Le tableau de bord 2014

Logo Amue

La Commission européenne met à disposition le « Tableau de bord de l'innovation 2014 ». Il montre que la France se place dans le groupe des « suiveurs de l'innovation » et reste le seul pays de ce groupe à se situer « sous la moyenne européenne ». Pour conclure, la Commission relève que « l'Europe est en train de combler son retard en matière d'innovation par rapport aux États-Unis et au Japon », mais « les écarts de performance entre les États membres de l'UE restent très importants et ne se réduisent que lentement ».

En savoir + > Le tableau de bord de l’innovation 2014.

3 mars 2014

Le brevet unitaire européen, nouvel outil de protection de l’innovation

Nouveau titre légal, le brevet unitaire européen va faciliter les démarches et réduire le coût de la propriété industrielle. Les précisions de Sylvie Caligara, adjointe à la déléguée régionale de l'INPI Lorraine.
Eureka.Lorraine : Quels avantages offrira le brevet unitaire européen ?
Sylvie Caligara : Il ouvre une nouvelle voie pour la protection de l'innovation. Dans ce domaine, rien d'aussi important n'a été mis en œuvre depuis plus de vingt ans. Le brevet unitaire va simplifier les procédures pour les déposants européens et réduire le coût de la protection. Auparavant, pour bénéficier d'une protection dans plusieurs pays européens, l'inventeur devait obtenir une validation dans chacun des pays visés. Cela impliquait des frais, notamment de traduction. Le brevet unitaire représente désormais un seul enregistrement, une seule annuité et aucun frais de traduction. Il assure une protection automatique et uniforme dans 25 des 28 Etats membres de l'UE. Ce nouvel outil va faciliter l'accès des PME à une protection à moindre coût. Son entrée en vigueur devrait avoir lieu en 2015. Suite...

26 février 2014

Making Canada an innovation powerhouse

By Amit Chakma. Contrary to some of the predictable commentary before and after the latest federal budget was brought down earlier this month, it was hardly a “do-nothing” plan. Indeed, only after the initial coverage had faded did it become clear that Budget 2014 had taken some very important steps that were overlooked at the time: Canada is finally getting serious about innovation.
With its $1.5-billion commitment to establish a Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the government — and university leaders who advocated for it — is signaling that our country’s brightest minds will be more strongly supported to excel at knowledge creation. More...

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