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The battle for the brains

The battle for the brains | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
With new funding laws meaning more competition, the Australian student marketing war to attract students is waging on both home ground and overseas.

 

In WA, Curtin’s brand is all about the future. The Curtin line, Make Tomorrow Better, promotes it as a future thinker. The campaign launch included a TVC featuring students with light bulbs instead of heads, and the line ‘you can always spot the brightest minds’.

 

“It positioned Curtin as innovative, and we needed to relate that back to what it means for students,” says Carriero. “Its message is about making your future, your career and your community better.”

 

Yole, whose agency The Brand Agency was behind Make Tomorrow Better, says the brand campaign “reflects the philosophy of Curtin – they are looking for people who can bring ideas into reality”.

 

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The impact of student evaluations on teaching behaviour - Ako Aotearoa

The impact of student evaluations on teaching behaviour - Ako Aotearoa | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This National Project Fund project examined the extent to which teaching practices are informed by learner feedback in New Zealand tertiary institutions.

 

This project investigated tertiary teachers’ views of, and engagement with, feedback gathered through student evaluations. The study drew on a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques; in all, 1,065 staff from 3 institutions (1 polytechnic and 2 universities) participated in a questionnaire and 60 volunteers were interviewed.

This study highlights the need for greater use of student evaluation as an integral part of professional development. Closing the loop is introduced as a principle to encourage individual teachers, departments and organisations to:

provide evidence to demonstrate the quality of teaching to government, to staff, to colleagues, to students and other stakeholders enable planning for ongoing personal, professional, course/programme and institutional development enable students to be involved in development activities and give them a voice in the quality aspects of their tertiary experience.

Two outputs are available from this project: a research report and a summary guide.

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Targeted, timely, learning support for international students: One Australian university’s approach | Baird | Journal of Learning Design

Targeted, timely, learning support for international students: One Australian university’s approach | Baird | Journal of Learning Design | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

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This paper documents the approach taken by an Australian University to enhance student study skills, development of academic language, and writing skills. The Curtin Business School (CBS) has the only fully faculty-based student learning support centre at Curtin University in Western Australia. Called the CBS Communication Skills Centre (CSC) it has seven academic staff charged with enhancing learning outcomes, intercultural communication and study proficiency for a diverse student cohort having a large proportion of international students. Described here is the CSC approach to using a suite of targeted services and collaborative practices in multiple academic disciplines to assist transnational learning. Challenges faced by international students using learning support services, and by staff designing and delivering those services in an Australian University form part of this discussion.

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Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for tertiary learners - Ako Aotearoa

Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for tertiary learners - Ako Aotearoa | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A publication which assists project teams with planning and implementation of tertiary teaching and learning projects.
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OceanBrowser

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OB3 is a learning environment for medical education. It helps educators and students create, manage, collaborate and learn online.

OB3 wraps the latest web technologies into an easy-to-use application designed for complex content and busy people.

 

OB3 beta 4 released

We're excited to announce the release of OB3 beta 4, the web application for online study. OB3 is the result of over 3 years of research and development, we're committed to improving the way graduate and professional education is delivered online.

 

KF:  An online learning environment that's been in development for a few years - has garnered a little interest globally and currently pulling focus in some large Australian universities.  Worth getting familiar with its approach as it might be what you're asked to use next.

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Made to measure? Why university rankings are flawed

Made to measure? Why university rankings are flawed | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
An unwritten law has emerged in both the sciences and social sciences – that it is better to measure than not to measure.
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