• Speaker: Dr Manju Sharma, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, The University of Sydney
  • Title: The changing face of education: Challenges and opportunities for educators
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 20th Aug 2013
  • Abstract:

    Universities are facing a tumultuous time with external regulation through TEQSA and the rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Disciplines within universities face the challenge of doing research, as well as producing a range of graduates capable of undertaking diverse careers. These are not new challenges. The emergence of MOOCs has raised the question, 'Why go to a University?' These tumultuous times provide a threat as well as an opportunity. How do we balance our activities? Does teaching and learning need to be re-conceptuliased? Is it time to seriously consider the role of education and the 'value-add' university education provides? This talk will provide snapshots of work that demonstrate the value-add universities do provide. Evidence is used to challenge current understandings and to chart a way forward.

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