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New book examines higher education through the lens of the zombie apocalypse | Inside Higher Ed

New book examines higher education through the lens of the zombie apocalypse | Inside Higher Ed | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
'Zombies in the Academy' - Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/Q7Sc2IM4wh - #Zombies
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If you seek an interesting perspective on higher education this edited volume sounds as though it will meet that need. I've been waiting for what seems like ages for this book. Now this 'interview' of the editors heightens my appetite. Of course I am especially pleased that I know two of the editors!
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A reflection of the way the Academy changes .. And how some respond 

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Socialstructing Higher Education

What does the future hold for higher education? In this short animated film, we consider one set of possibilities based on current signals and trends.
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The soundtrack might sound a little 'cheesey', but the overall message is a good one.
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What Higher Education Should Be For

What Higher Education Should Be For | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
I have been teaching at Swarthmore College, one of the most distinguished liberal arts colleges in the world, for 42 years.
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I think I hear an argument in favour of inter-disciplinary studies here.
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Why well-designed learning spaces pay educational dividends

Why well-designed learning spaces pay educational dividends | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Rethinking classroom design needn’t be expensive, but keeping users in mind is key (Why well-designed learning spaces pay educational dividends | Opinion | Times Higher Education http://t.co/qDIzDFlNkV)...
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I am always happy to find good ways of improving the learning environment - especially those that are relatively cheap.
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What Would the Brady Bunch Do? | Faculty Focus

What Would the Brady Bunch Do? | Faculty Focus | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Undergirding each of our disciplines is a complex web of related ideas. Here's unique way to help students make connections in their learning.
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A version of this idea would act as a great way of helping students to synthesize and to think about their learning.
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Silence as a pedagogical tool

Silence as a pedagogical tool | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Using silence effectively in the university classroom has pedagogical benefits, asserts Helen Lees (Silence as a pedagogical tool | Opinion | Times Higher Education http://t.co/eiVCiZJab7)...
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Lately I've been working with uinversity teachers to find ways of enabling student classroom interaction. I appreciate this reminder about the usefulness of silence.
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Author discusses new book on how professors can evaluate their own teaching | Inside Higher Ed

Author discusses new book on how professors can evaluate their own teaching | Inside Higher Ed | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
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What a great resource for our University Learning & Teaching (ULT) course participants - especially when the are writing their Structured Peer Observation Report. I can also see this as a source of inspiration for people applying for academic probation or promotion or those writing in response to a teaching award nomination.

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New book examines higher education through the lens of the zombie apocalypse | Inside Higher Ed

New book examines higher education through the lens of the zombie apocalypse | Inside Higher Ed | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
'Zombies in the Academy' - Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/Q7Sc2IM4wh - #Zombies
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If you seek an interesting perspective on higher education this edited volume sounds as though it will meet that need. I've been waiting for what seems like ages for this book. Now this 'interview' of the editors heightens my appetite. Of course I am especially pleased that I know two of the editors!
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A reflection of the way the Academy changes .. And how some respond 

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No trouble at essay mill for well-paid cheats for hire

No trouble at essay mill for well-paid cheats for hire | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
How a ‘freelance ghostwriter’ haunts the sector (No trouble at essay mill for well-paid cheats for hire - Times Higher Education: Times Higher EducationNo trou...
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What clues does this article provide us for to 'design out' opportunities for cheating and plagiarism?
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Lost in translation: the meaning of learning outcomes across national and institutional policy contexts

Lost in translation: the meaning of learning outcomes across national and institutional policy contexts | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
(2013). Lost in translation: the meaning of learning outcomes across national and institutional policy contexts. Studies in Higher Education. ???aop.label???.
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This descriptive study speaks to the challenges faced by many Australian universities who are re-visiting the issue of course-level learning outcomes as they work to ensure that each of the qualifications they offer meet the AQF specifications required by the Higher Education Standards. Writing learning outcomes that are meaningful and relevant to students is one challenge; helping to frame them as something other than a bureaucratic activity for teachers is another (but one I think we are equal to).

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Institute for Evidence-Based Change in Partnership with Midwestern Higher ... - PR Web (press release)

Institute for Evidence-Based Change in Partnership with Midwestern Higher ... - PR Web (press release) | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Institute for Evidence-Based Change in Partnership with Midwestern Higher ... PR Web (press release) In Tuning, faculty use learning outcomes as critical reference points to encourage diverse teaching methods and delivery models.
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This will be of interest to those in Higher Education concerned with providing advice and information on a range of curriculum matters including benchmarking and moderation of academic standards.
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Educause 2013: Our recap of higher ed IT's premier gathering

Educause 2013: Our recap of higher ed IT's premier gathering | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Here's a rundown of Education Dive's coverage at the higher ed IT mega-gathering in Anaheim. (Educause 2013: Our recap of higher ed IT's premier gathering: Here's a rundown of Education Dive's coverage at...
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The three examples of course redesign provided at the end of this article are very interesting.
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A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now

A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Mitchell Duneier loved teaching sociology to 40,000 students online. But, fearing that legislators will use MOOCs like his to gut public colleges, he put it on hold.
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A good summary of key issues surrounding MOOCs.
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Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert? What It Means For Your Career

Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert? What It Means For Your Career | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Extroverts are outgoing and introverts are shy right Not exactly. Truly understanding each personality type--and which one you are--can help you... (Something I was even not aware of..do take the assessment, results maybe surprising!
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A diiferent interpretation of what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert.
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Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education...

Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education... | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
International university rankings affect public policy and the choices of students and their families. Rightly or wrongly, they are perceived as a measure of quality and so create intense competition between universities all over the world.
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This looks interesting and worth reading for those at a university which has the achievement of particular rankings as part of its strategic plan.
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3 Rubric Makers That Will Save You Time And Str...

3 Rubric Makers That Will Save You Time And Str... | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
Rubrics can be an incredibly useful tool for your classroom. They can be a bit challenging to build though. These rubric makers should save you some stress.
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With moderation and calibration of assessment becoming hot topics in higher education any tools that might make that easier are worth investigating.
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Exploring constraints on and support for quality teaching at a higher education institution in Malaysia

Abstract This thesis is an exploratory case study of one institution of higher learning in Malaysia. Teachers’ active involvement in a wide variety of quality activities raised concerns about their teaching quality. The literature review suggested that there was no universally accepted definition of quality teaching. There was also lack of a definition in Malaysian research studies and government reports. The aim of this study was to explore teachers’ perceptions of quality teaching at the case institution in order to better support the institution’s quality assurance efforts. The research questions investigated the teachers’ perceptions of quality teaching, the kinds of existing support they found helpful or needed enhancement, and the kinds of existing constraints that needed rectifying. A mixed methods approach was employed comprising teacher and manager interviews, document analysis and a teacher survey to elicit themes relevant to the research questions. The key findings were that many teachers held transmission-based teaching perceptions although some student-centred perceptions were also evident. A major constraint on quality teaching was quality assurance activities that were drawing teachers’ focus away from teaching. Other impediments included class size, poor student quality and inadequate resources. A major support for quality teaching was teaching-related courses that needed to be made more relevant for teachers of various levels of experience and provided in a more structured manner. Other kinds of support that needed enhancement included mechanisms to evaluate teaching, outcomes based education (OBE) curriculum transformation and a quality assurance framework related to OBE. Recommendations were made for institution managers and professional developers including developing and promoting a systems framework that promotes and values quality teaching as of equal importance to quality research, developing a clear articulation of the institution’s teaching philosophy, improving material resources, aligning all systems to support the shift to OBE, and providing professional development support that could expand teachers’ conceptions of teaching. Findings from the case study were discussed against the backdrop of Malaysia’s efforts to cope with global trends in higher education. Critical adaptation of Western concepts and the need to develop the nation’s own idea of quality teaching were also discussed. full text PhD thesis here: http://muir.massey.ac.nz/handle/10179/4686
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Practice-based professional learning important for quality university teaching in this Malaysian case study.
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2nd Edition of e-Learning and Disability in Higher Education out 18th August | Slewth Press

2nd Edition of e-Learning and Disability in Higher Education out 18th August | Slewth Press | uowcurriculum | Scoop.it
RT @slewth: 2nd Edition of e-Learning and Disability in Higher Education out 18th August http://t.co/Khx1wS5MwC #a11y #highered #disabilit…
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I have not read this particular book . . . but I am intrigued. We'll be drawing on the scholarship that exists in this area to inform our curriculum work an teaching practice at the University of Wollongong.

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AQF > Home

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Australian Qualifications Framework
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In order to meet the Higher Education Standards qualifications offered by the University of Wollongong that claim to adhere to the Australian Qualifications Framework requirements derive those requirements (AQF Levels Criteria and AQF Qualification Type Descriptors) from the most recent version of the AQF. That makes this a 'go to' resource for anyone reviewing existing curricula or writing a new curriculum at UOW.

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A Better Way to Teach? - ScienceNOW

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A Better Way to Teach? - ScienceNOW
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The UG Chemistry program at UOW applies some similar ideas.

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