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International interest up as gates open wider

Has international education in Australia found its way back from the wilderness?  The Knight review of the Student Visa Program, released in March last year, made sweeping recommendations for changes to how Australia dealt with international students, starting with entry ...

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No evidence of improving engagement

Student disengagement is growing and there is no improvement in sight, writes Stuart Middleton. Over the next week or 10 days the great education machine of Australian schools grinds into action again for another year. In about 9,500 schools, 184,000 ...

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Push needed to lure lecturers

Tomorrow’s academic teachers think there aren’t enough jobs for them in Australia, despite an expected workforce shortfall that has been well discussed and documented publicly. That is one of the surprising findings in a new paper by the Australian Council for ...

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Lecturer lost to the Facebook jungle

It’s 4.40pm on a Friday and every student is staring at me attentively. They are not peering at Facebook, they are not tweeting, and there’s complete silence in the classroom. I’d like to say this is because I’m such a great ...

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Opening the indigenous learning track

The “fragile” success story of one Aboriginal woman has inspired new research at Flinders University. Until recently, the story of Rachael Willika’s life was unremarkable. A Jawoyn Aboriginal woman from the remote township of Manyallaluk in the Northern Territory, Willika ...

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ALT Fellows respond to Johns report

The newly formed group Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) has submitted a formal response to the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Review conducted by Alison Johns of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Johns was contracted by DEEWR to ...

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Research into growth of teaching nursing homes

Just as a round of government funding gets underway, new research looks at the growth of teaching nursing homes in Australia. The majority of the teaching nursing homes currently operating in Australia are in metropolitan areas, are large in size ...

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OLT to cut number of teaching awards

The  majority of awards, grants and fellowships provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council will be available through the body that has replaced many of its functions, but some cuts will be  made to the number of awards and ...

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