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An AI in higher education update

Innovative tertiary education providers are using artificial intelligence to attract and retain more students. In today’s always-on, always-connected world, people expect to be able to access all kinds of information and services with a few taps on their mobile device. ...

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New study pokes holes in learning online

For an unflattering portrayal of online learning, read A study exploring the impact of lecture capture availability and lecture capture usage on student attendance and attainment. It shows both of these measures drop in this context; attendance by double. The researchers, from ...

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New medical guidelines for transgender youth

They may constitute only approximately 1.2 per cent of the population, but until recently, transgender individuals have been excluded from society. In a 2015 speech, former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson said that of LGBTQI people, “…the lingering and most extensive discrimination ...

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Female PhD holders become proudly immodest

A doctor of history has sparked the latest academic Twitter spat. Dr Fern Riddell, a Research Associate at English university Royal Holloway, changed her Twitter name, adding the ‘Dr’ prefix, with the following explanation: My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not ...

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Full-time work a struggle for 25-year-olds

The “quarter-life crisis” is becoming more common as young people struggle to find full-time work. A new report has revealed only half of Australia’s 25-year-olds are in full-time work, despite 60 per cent of them having post-school qualifications. This represents a ...

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Medical journals, research under scrutiny

Everyone makes mistakes, but when scientists do, the remedy goes far beyond saying you’re sorry. Two fresh examples show how some journals and universities react when the need arises to set the record straight. On Wednesday, the New England Journal ...

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Unis to be free from foreign influence laws

The government has watered down its proposed anti-foreign spy legislation after universities claimed overreach. The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill initially arguably hampered the ability of researchers to collaborate with overseas counterparts by requiring registration of these partnerships. If Australian researchers failed ...

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Over $3 billion for skills done and dusted

There are still butchers and bakers a plenty. Vehicle painters, however, have mostly replaced candlestick makers. And there will likely soon be more of them, thanks to a new agreement. The government’s $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund, which will deliver 300,000 new apprenticeships over ...

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