Professor Andrew Norton has criticized the level of funding, as it assumes a 25% attrition rate per year. He points out this is higher than is typical. This may reflect the demand for skills in industry. Universities may have difficulty keeping students in the program, when they could be earning in industry after only completing part of the program, especially those in the AUKUS courses who will be required to meet security vetting requirements. One approach would be to have nested work integrated programs, where students study while working on AUKUS, with their work being submitted for assessment. Students could complete the first part of the program, and be awarded a qualification to get them an entry level job. They would be then study while working for a promotion.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
|Professor Andrew Norton|
It is common to specify course content for a vocational program. These are standardized nationally between TAFEs and non-government vocational education institutions. In theory universities each decide what to teach, but for vocational courses they must all follow the requirements of external accreditation bodies. Academics serve on these bodies, accredit each others programs, and swap note on what and how to teach it. As a result there is not that much difference between universities.
Monday, November 27, 2023
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2023 Conference starts next week at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. I have to make difficult choice as to which of the parallel sessions to attend, and the luxury of not having to present (although I expect I will have to chair something).
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre,
Photo by Klajban, CC BY-SA 4.0,
via Wikimedia Commons
MONDAY 4 DECEMBER
0845 - 1000 Plenary - Rakaia Room
0930 -1030 Keynote address: Being effective isn’t authentic: Building digital education culture David White
1030-1100 Morning Tea + Poster Viewing
11:00 AM Conway 4, Assoc Prof Dawn Gilmore, Academic Director, RMIT Online
Qualifications, Interpersonal Skills, and Career Pathways: Building a Competency-Based Tool for the Recruitment and Career Development of Learning Designers
1:30 PM Rakaia Room Dr Shannon Rios, Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
Authorship Verification in Software Engineering Education: Forget ChatGPT and Focus on Students' Academic Writing Profiles
3:40 PM Conway 4 Dr Kashmira Dave, Lecturer, Academic Development, University of New England
Beyond Appearances: Unveiling the Hidden Biases in Hiring Academics in Australian Universities
ps: I will be in and around the 3 to 6 December. Happy to catch up with people, and give a talk, if someone has an audience and venue.
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Greetings from the launch of Bandalang Studio at the Australian National University in Canberra. The Bandalang Studio at the ANU School of Engineering will explore indigenous knowledge systems in innovation, design, research and teaching. I tried the VR headset with Lynette Wallworth's 'Collisions', a 3d immersive film.The Visitors", by Jane Harrison. The point of this is that Bandalang Studio can teach non-indigenous people about how to live with country.
Indigenous engineering design demonstrates a highly sophisticated transdisciplinary systems thinking approach towards solving problems. ...
Bandalang is a Wiradyuri language name which means ‘joining’ or ‘junction’. The name Bandalang was gifted to the studio by Ngambri (Walgalu), Wallaballooa (Ngunnawal), Wiradyuri (Erambie) custodian, Paul Girrawah House. The name symbolises the spirit of collaboration which is integral to the mission of the ANU Bandalang Studio. The Bandalang Studio is a place in which Indigenous Knowledge and traditional Western practice can collaborate to find sustainable solutions to our future in engineering. ...
The Bandalang Studio is founded on four principles which guide our strategic priorities.
- Principle of Bandalang (Collaboration) bandalang = joining, junction (noun)
- Principle of Wudhagarbinya (Listening ) wudhagarbinya = listen or winhangarra = listen, hear, think or ngattai = listen
- Principle of Dhurinya (Equality) dhurinya = being, continuing to being
- Principle of Gurray (Change) gurray = change or refreshment
The above languages include Walgalu, Wiradyuri, Dhurga and Ngunnawal/Gundungarra.
- platforming Indigenous Knowledge Systems in engineering nationally and internationally
- building Indigenous ways of thinking, being and doing into the ANU School of Engineering course structure, curriculum development and delivery
- fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships that support Indigenous projects and enterprises
- create life-long learning support pathways for Indigenous students, practitioners and researchers in engineering
- to critically address existing traditions, norms and values in engineering and technology"
From About Bandalang Studio Indigenous Engineering Design, ANU, 2023
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
|Craig Davis, Andrew McCallum, |
Mandy Snashall, & Petr Adamek