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This tech fad is not going away

Educational technology and virtual learning are not a passing phase but essential in higher education. For the past two decades in the university sector, those charged with supporting the use of educational technology for face-to-face, online and blended learning have ...

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Young struggle with TAFE cuts

Some students can’t even afford the cost of public transport to college, says an in-depth Victorian report. Does it matter much to students if TAFE programs are dropped, fees for courses are raised, counselling services are scrapped and campuses are ...

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Techs pay for school problems

The redistribution of Level 1 and 2 funding to private providers and Wananga will not solve issues of learning and student transition to tertiary education. The Tertiary Education Commission, which has oversight of all post-school education in New Zealand, has ...

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Tweeting a Greek tragedy

Students have a heavy enough load without adding the wasteful burden of social networking. University students believe themselves to be Sisyphus. Condemned by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, a second-year arts/law undergraduate despairs – after all ...

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Chance for reform slips away

Mergers and rebuilding in the Christchurch school area show the system was broken before the quakes hit. The Christchurch earthquakes and all that has gone with them have placed demands on a city that are alongside the devastation that two ...

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They Said It

We’ve got lots of students wanting to do gaming design and no one wanting to do IT or computing now, but we’ve got thousands of jobs in IT and computing, and about three in game design and lots of graduates.” ...

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Retail sector pays the price

An award-winning training group fears employers will soon not be able to afford to train many staff. Over the past 12 months the national media revealed that “VET reform” opened the door to shonky providers. However, a story that has ...

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Take care in teaching teachers

The signature pedagogies of teacher education are changing but they should not be allowed to be overly affected by political or social forces. While criticism of teachers seems to have waned somewhat, the focus of discontent has shifted to teacher ...

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TAFE cuts ‘worse for women’

Budget cuts to the state’s TAFEs are twice as likely to disadvantage women, a study by the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) has found. The analysis, which examined 20 popular courses impacted by funding cuts, found the changes will affect more ...

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Mental health action pays off

Research indicates that improved programs for struggling students lead to better retention rates. Over the past few decades, there has been growing concern in the university community about the rise of mental illness in the student population. With many institutions ...

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