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Diversity is a strength – embrace it

To reach their full potential, Australian universities must take advantage of one of their greatest assets. By Jan Thomas There’s no shortage of commentators giving advice to Australian universities these days. This, of course, is not surprising given the importance ...

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Don’t be so rigid

Universities are going to have to be flexible to meet the demands of modern students and get the best out of staff. By John Dewar “The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements ...

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MOOCs and the corporate world

p>Internet-based learning is here to stay; traditional educators in the realm of business need to adjust.  By James Guthrie Technological advances and the rise of online education models, in particular massive open online courses (MOOCs), are changing the higher education landscape. ...

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Tactics shift with the times

p>Higher education is changing more rapidly than ever and marketing needs to adjust just as quickly. By Neil Shewan Over this decade there will be more change in university brands than in any other we have seen. My son – ...

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Researchers under the microscope

Projects face greater scrutiny all around as competition for dollars increases. By Louis White The much publicised drama over Queensland University of Technology scientists who received more than $1 million to produce a now-discredited research paper is one of 52 ...

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Stop worrying and love the MOOC

Free online offerings can be the catalyst for much needed change in campus offerings. By Jo Dane Fear of change versus fear of not changing – this is the bind facing many university academics and administrators at present. The necessity ...

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Swinburne joins the MOOC torrent

Technical university joins growing trend with three announced online courses. By Aileen Macalintal Swinburne University of Technology has joined institutions worldwide in offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), through Open Universities Australia (OUA) free platform, Open2Study, which launched in March ...

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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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