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AQFC should merge with national regulator: Withers

As the new qualifications framework is launched, Universities Australia says it may be best for the AQF Council to be incorporated into a national regulator. Universities Australia has suggested that the Australian Qualifications Framework Council may need to fold into ...

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IPad program increases textbook use

University of Adelaide science needed a device for seamless access and the exchange of information so students could learn to educate themselves so they chose the iPad. The introduction of Apple iPads for all science undergraduates at the University of ...

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Demise of the sage on the stage

Louise Williams asks whether universities will still matter in the future The way Bill Gates sees it, the university, as we know it, is an endangered species. “Five years from now – on the web for free – you’ll be ...

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Graduate computing skills lag behind business needs

Universities are teaching methodologies five to ten years old, Beverley Head finds University computing schools aren’t turning out IT graduates with Agile computing skills as fast as businesses would like, leaving companies using the Agile approach to systems development with ...

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The sociotechnology of survival

The older the habit, the harder it is to break, and in higher education, some habits go back 1000 years, writes Mark Ellis. When technology creates the capacity for everyone to be a learner at all times, rendering lecture theatres ...

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Researchers prefer high performance computer clusters

The demand for supercomputing power within universities keeps growing writes Beverley Head Commodity graphics processor chips used in games machines and mobile phones are revolutionising high performance processing and making significant inroads into university computing. While there will likely always ...

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Arts programs forgotten in funding review

These are disciplines which have many unique costs. These costs are difficult to minimise, particularly when professional pedagogy dictates that unique spaces and facilities are essential writes David Battersby. Admist the frenetic activity and debate about the Lomax-Smith base funding ...

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