The main themes explored during this conference, held in Canberra at the end of February, were around funding, for research and developing R & E partnerships in Asia; the rise of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online and blended learning models; and the changing role of academics as a result of these trends.
Highlights included the keynotes by the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, and the Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, Liberal Party of Australia.
Interesting perspectives were also presented by Dr Diana Oblinger, CEO EDUCAUSE and Dr Ellen Junn, San Jose State University at the plenary session, Higher education and the digital economy – where to from here?
In his opening keynote address, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP spoke about:
In his keynote address, the Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, spoke about:
At the plenary session Higher education and the digital economy – where to from here? , Dr Diana Oblinger, CEO EDUCAUSE, presented (via video) an optimistic view of where the best of breed IT solutions for education are heading:
Dr Ellen Junn from San Jose State University (SJSU) then spoke about threats to tradition coming from MOOCS:
www.pollev.com (Interesting use of the free web based app for Interactive technology – allows attendee to text responses as codes in real time)