Friday, July 19, 2013

On-line Tertiary Teaching for Research-Led Education

Tom Worthington receiving a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Professor Gareth Evans, Chancellor of the Australian National University, 19 July 2013.
Greetings from the conferring ceremony at Lewellyn Hall, the Australian National University in Canberra, where I am to receive a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, from the Chancellor, the Hon Professor Gareth Evans AC QC. It was July 2011 when I started looking at postgraduate education qualifications and August when I selected the ANU, for Learning On-line Tertiary Teaching for Research-Led Education. The courses I selected in consultation with my education adviser, were: Assessment, Evaluation and Learning EDU5713 and Online Pedagogy in Practice EDU8114, online at USQ, followed by "Research Supervision" and a capstone course at ANU. The intention was to develop a form of e-learning which suits a research oriented university, like ANU. I believe I have achieved that (you can read my postings about "" along the way, but in the process re-learned an appreciation for how much hard work it is to be a student.

The graduation ceremony is a little bit Hogwarts, with the participants dressed in an assortment of academic gowns and hats (mine is giving me a headache). We all had to have our colored sashes carefully positioned.

ps:  In a 1993 fictional future history "Canberra 2020: World Information Capital" I made Mr. Evans the UN Secretary General, which caused him some amusement.

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