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How to promote digital literacies among faculty

In the recently published NMC Horizon Project Regional Analysis, Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2013-18, it stated (p.3) that (shock, horror) there is a need for more faculty training to improve digital media literacy ‘before being asked to teach,

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The Five Minute University

This classic clip from a Father Guido Sarducci stand up routine was shown a couple of times as a conference I attended recently. Unfortunately, this caricature of the extent and depth of learning at university is not too far from

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The new price of online textbooks is free

[ Thanks to Francois Therin for the reference to Flat World Knowledge. I certainly expect other online startups to follow their lead given the demographics of the target market. The majority of these individuals would probably prefer access the

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The linguistic genius of babies

Compelling evidence for bilingual language immersion. More interesting, from my point of view, is how bilingual learners fair in later life given their brains will develop differently to monolingual learners. Does exposure to different language before the age of 7

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India’s chalk and talk problem

Image source: There was an interesting piece in the The Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this month entitled India’s Company Classrooms Challenge ‘Chalk and Talk’ Colleges. The reason it is interesting, is that I’m not entirely sure the corporate

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Education needs pull not push

A very persuasive presentation from Charles Leadbeater on how social entrepreneurs are setting up schools in slum areas around the world that have pulling power because there is some extrinsic motivation to attend, namely an immediate pay-off in terms of

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Ban textbook torture

Image source: ‘Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn human beings’, so said Heinrich Heine.  Mike Elgan, writing in Computerworld last week, would likely disagree. In a provocative piece that clearly rattled a few readers,

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