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Gen-Zs not mini Gen-Ys: lessons from #UAConf18

Ben Pilkington wants you to know that although Z follows Y alphabetically, these human generations are vastly different. Generally, while Y values education, Z prefers experience. Y is optimistic, whereas Z prefers to be pragmatic. Y is rebellious, collaborative and searches ...

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A philosopher’s post-Barnaby guide to apologies

Before #Barnabye, there were two apologies from the man himself. In the first one, delivered in mid-February after his affair went public, Barnaby Joyce took “full responsibility” for the dissolution of his marriage. “I’d like to say to Natalie how deeply ...

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The silent epidemic in Australia’s universities

Unhealthy behaviour among university students, leading to poor mental health, shortens their life span and increases their chance of an untimely death. Of particular concern, during this period, is that data indicates university students are five times more likely to ...

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RMIT joins the blockchain ‘revolution’

‘Blockchain’ is the word on every technologist, investor and academic’s lips. Hence, RMIT has just introduced an eight-week, online short course on the digital technology – the first university in Australia to do so. But first, block what? Exactly; that’s why ...

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‘Diet genes’ not a thing: Stanford University

In 2007 (not 1986, as the cover would have you believe), Pamela McDonald and Wayne Dyer’s book, The Gene Diet, was first published. Despite its sensational-sounding subtitle – Use Your Body’s Own APO E Gene to Treat High Cholesterol, Weight Problems, ...

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VET sector failing disadvantaged students

NSW VET isn’t doing right by Aboriginal students, and those experiencing disabilities, mental health issues and homelessness. Youth Action, Uniting and Mission Australia came to this conclusion after surveying disadvantaged young people, as well as 50 individuals from organisations that assist them. Their ...

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How universities stifle learning

In 2016, after three decades of teaching, Brian Martin hung up his tutor boots. But he wasn’t nearly done with thinking – or research. Having had time to reflect on his experience, the erstwhile Professor of Social Sciences at the University of ...

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