First published in Campus Morning Mail 28th Feb, 2023
Online reading lists: a mixed-method analysis of the academic perspective from International Journal on Digital Libraries
As semester kicks into gear, the perennial cry of students about the high price of textbooks can once again be heard throughout the land. Happily, institutional librarians are at least able to reduce the overall burden of supplementary readings through the use of digital reading list systems. This article from Kumara et al. explores current attitudes toward these platforms, notes different levels of use based on discipline area and the need to improve ease of use.
What’s behind the growth and interest in learning design? From Neil Mosley
Good teaching has always been challenging for individual practitioners and as technology and pedagogy grow more sophisticated, this is evermore the case. Neil Mosley discusses the growth of specialist advisors in Learning Design needed to support the evolution of teaching as a design process. Entry paths into this field are still poorly defined, with a smattering of post-grad qualifications emerging but nothing at the undergraduate level yet.
Jenny Pesina reflects on the nature of working relationships between learning designers (and peers) and educators in Higher Education, considering some of the organisational structures that influence how these people can contribute to better learning and teaching. The way that relationships vary based on central vs faculty units and what might be done to strengthen bonds is noteworthy.
Education Dept. Shocks Ed-Tech Experts and Colleges With Expansion of Oversight from the Chronicle of Higher Education
This is American news, but these broad policy changes do seem to tend to flow on eventually. In a nutshell it sees third party providers of services to universities that are tied to recruitment and delivery of online programs facing great accountability in their activities. In Australia, this would include Online Program Managers (OPMs) like OES and Keypath, who operate online only programs in many Australian universities.
ChatGPT – how should educators respond? Webinar Wed 1st March 2-4 pm AEDT from CRADLE/TEQSA and Student-staff forum on generative artificial intelligence at Sydney Wed 1st March 1-2 pm from USyd
Two very interesting looking AI webinars on Wednesday this week, with CRADLE/TEQSA continuing their great series of deep dives with Margaret Bearman, Rola Ajjawi, Lucinda McKnight (Deakin), Simon Buckingham Shum (UTS), and Sarah Howard (UoW) considering educator responses and the Education Innovation team at USyd creating much needed space for the student voice in this discussion. (The recording of last week’s TELedvisors Webinar – the Two AIs – is now available on YouTube as well)