TweetFirst thoughts from Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia on her new appointment as Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education by Julia Gillard I am delighted to join the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) as the new...
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...more thoughts from Julia Gillard on education and equity
The Guardian What I Learned By Flipping The MOOC Forbes MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses A MOOC is a complicated name for a simple idea – an online course accessible to everyone over the web. I created my MOOC by serendipity.
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A well presented discussion on some of the challenges of Flipped classrooms - eg the often heard - They won't do the Flipped content before we get together... and some suggested strategies for managing this.
In the heat of political tensions around school funding, Education Minister Christopher Pyne has been forced to respond to longstanding debates about equity in Australian education. On ABC's Lateline last week, Pyne said ...
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An interesting Fact Check on statments by the Federal Minister for Education on equity in education: '...when the latest PISA data is broken down further, Australia appears far from equitable. For example, OECD data suggest young Australians in the lowest socio-economic quartile perform much worse on PISA than the rest and those in the highest quartile perform significantly better.'
“Chief resigns as TAFE merges Gippsland Times ADVANCE TAFE and GippsTafe merged to become Federation Training last Thursday and yesterday its acting chief executive officer, former Advance TAFE chief Shaun McDonagh, resigned.”
Education unions have warned a tertiary sector amalgamation could impact jobs and course delivery in the local community. (Education unions have warned a @GippsTAFE and @advanceTAFE merger could impact jobs and course delivery.
The AEU has advised that state politicians are reporting TAFE cuts from the recent budget cuts as the biggest single issue they are being asked about in the last decade.
There have been over 677 reports in the media about TAFE cuts since March this year. Sue Mandley from the Gordon has set up a very informative site curating any media coverage of the TAFE cuts. Check it out here: http://www.scoop.it/t/tafe-in-victoria?page=1
Important diary dates:
Monday 02 July: Mornings with Jon Faine on 774 ABC will be dedicating the entire show to the TAFE issue on Monday 2 July (next Monday) This will be broadcast from Cobram. Please make your voice heard by calling the program and letting the listeners know how you feel about the TAFE cuts: http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/programs/melbourne_mornings/
Wednesday 01 August: The TAFE4All rallies are going suburban and on this date there will be a rally staged at NMIT Preston. Encourage your colleagues, students and friends to attend and if you have suggestions for students or teachers who would like to address the rally and share their story - or for ways to make the day as effective as possible please let us know!
Thursday 16 August: TAFE4All Melbourne Metropolitan rally and march from the state library.
TAFE4All promotional materials:
Badges, bumper stickers, posters all help get the message out to the public about our fight to save TAFE. Rachel Wilson and I will be distributing these materials to the various campuses next semester. If you can't wait please email our sub branch president Craig Jones with your name, department, campus and requirements and he will forward material to you via internal mail.
10 ways you can spread the word about TAFE
1. Whack a bumper sticker on your car, letterbox, child's forehead! 2. Email your local politicians via the TAFE4All campaign: http://tafe4all.org.au/ 3. Jam the switchboard of Jon Faine's show next Monday. 4. Read, share and comment on all the news articles about TAFE. http://www.scoop.it/t/tafe-in-victoria?page=1 5. Think of a way to make our NMIT rally effective and newsworthy: organise a band, find an inspiring speaker, ask a celebrity to appear, run nude across St Georges Road*. Wednesday 01 August 6. Rug up warm and march in the Melbourne rally. Thursday 16 August 7. Make an eye catching poster for the rally. 8. Jump onto your AEU NMIT sub branch portal site and add your own comments and discussions. https://staff.nmit.vic.edu.au/departments/AEU/Pages/default.aspx 9. Spread the word, forward this email to all your colleagues who may not be union members...yet. 10. Join the AEU!
Rachel Wilson and I will be spending some time next semester working hard for the sub branch, visiting campuses and spreading the word. Feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help.
Kind regards Caitlin Crowley AEU NMIT sub branch Communications Representative
A thoughtful piece. I don't agree with many of his fears, but agree that we need to ensure that we use different educational startegies because they are sound, not just because thats what we do - in this case he is concerned that we adpot digital technology unthinkingly... worth a look and think.
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Tony Peck's insight:
A great contribution both historically to TAFE over many years and in this article as a thoughtful bookend to her career in TAFE. I like Leesa Wheelahans approach, from a community development viewpoint -
She sayss...'We’ve not had a discussion on what the role of TAFE in society is, and that’s been the problem, and because there’s been no recognition that TAFE plays a role in society and not just in providing skills needed for specific jobs.'
One of the main concepts that leads to successful e-Learning course design is information chunking. But what is chunking? Why is it embedded in the world of instructional design? And what kind of chunking strategies can an ...
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