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The virtual staff room

  Swinburne Online’s teaching staff rarely meet physically, but still maintain their support networks Swinburne University of Technology’s distance-learning arm, Swinburne Online, has staff that are based solely online, like its students. Physically these eLearning Advisors (eLAs) are based around ...

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Why government must support long-term research

  Leaders of the country’s most respected research academies and institutions are banding together to call for non-partisan support for long-term scientific research policy. By Aileen Macalintal When Nobel Laureate professor Brian Schmidt and the president of Association of Australian ...

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Top marks for cyber security course

  A free Australian cyber security course is helping students gain one of the industry’s most respected IT qualifications. More than 6500 students from around the world signed up for Charles Sturt University’s free cyber security course that could otherwise ...

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MOOCs, money and casual staff

  In the ongoing debate about whether massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the ‘game changer’ for universities, the consequences for the academic profession and university jobs are largely overlooked. By Jeannie Rea. The confluence of the massification of higher ...

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Deakin takes a lesson in MOOCs

Deakin University has joined the global movement of education providers offering free online courses to students with the launch of its first massive open online course or ‘MOOC’. By Antonia Maiolo The inaugural 12-week course on humanitarian emergencies will be ...

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Striking the right balance

  Internal collaboration is the key to successfully implementing an internationalised vision. By Phil Honeywood Internationalisation in education has many dimensions. At its best it embraces student mobility, transnational education, internationalisation of the curriculum, academic exchange and extensive collaborative research ...

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UQ to offer free online courses

  Take fast broadband, cheap mobile devices, and digital environment together, and you get the perfect reason to launch MOOCs or massive open online courses. By Aileen Macalintal These free courses have been the universities’ way of adapting to today’s technology ...

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Higher education booming online

The rise of massive open online courses has created wide mainstream interest in online higher education technologies. By Andrew Norton In its October 29, 2012 edition, Time magazine published a cover story on ‘reinventing college’, asking if online technology could ...

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