Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Early Career Academics and e-Learning at ANU

Greetings from the Commonwealth Solar Observatory at Mount Stromlo in Canberra. I am taking part in Early Career Academic Retreat for the, with new staff from the Australian National University (ANU). Day one was on research and  today on teaching. I talked to the group tomorrow about "Learning to Teach Using e-Learning for Early Career Academics". This afternoon the ECAs are discussing eduction policy with Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

One issue which came up in the morning discussion the ANU  plan for the used of e-learning. The ANU by 2020: Education Portfolio Operational Plan has a section on "Online education" (page 12). This states "Online education will be focused on graduate coursework", with 5 online masters programs offered by 2014 and 20 by 2017. Also 5 double online masters will be offered by 2014.

In addition ANU joined the edX  Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) consortium and is working on two courses for 2014, in Astrophysics and Engaging India.

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