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Why just ticking over is no longer an option

A number of metaphors have been used to describe the momentous change foreshadowed for the higher education sector. ‘Paradigm shift’ is quite conventional, but ‘disruptive innovation’has become quite fashionable as Clayton Christensen’s theory has been applied to higher education. ‘Tsunami’

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Want to eliminate cheating? Ask better questions

There was an excellent piece in The Conversation a week or so ago written by Beverley Oliver (@DVCEdDeakin) entitled, Proving knowledge by degrees: MOOCs and the challenge of assessment. The reference to MOOCs in the title is a useful device

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How business schools should be preparing for MOOCs

I presented at the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) institutional members meeting in Sydney this morning. My key message — in the wake of the Georgia Tech-Udacity tie-up — is that business schools ought to be preparing for

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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 Digitally Connected Worker

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Posted in Exemplary practice, Online learning, Social networking, Theoretical rationale

The embedded biases within the LMS and the impact on learning

After almost a decade away in the corporate world, I don’t think I could have picked a better time to┬áreturn to mainstream academia. Universities are changing — largely because of external pressures it must be said — and I can

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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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Posted in Authentic assessment, Practical advice