The US has the Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.), and in the UK it’s the Russell Group (Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, etc.). In Australia we have the yawningly-titled Group of Eight, deemed as the top research universities.
So it was that the medical faculty of one of these esteemed institutions invited my daughter to give a lecture on aspects of her medical specialty, oncology. Continue reading
Charles L. Brewer, Professor of Psychology in Furman University, is a celebrated teacher. So celebrated is he that the American Psychological Foundation offers the annual Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. I found recent mention of him while browsing the blog of Ferdinand von Prondzynski. No, he’s not a Russian aristocrat (as far as I know), but is the newish Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University, having spent a decade as President of Dublin City University. Continue reading
Now I don’t often write to the newspaper (you know, the whole ‘Angry of Mayfair’ thing), but I couldn’t help myself when I read the opinion piece ‘Death by e-learning’ in the Higher Education section of ‘The Australian’ newspaper. Writtten by one Gerry O. Nolan, ‘an e-learning technical consultant at a university in Sydney’, the article made a number of what I consider to be unsupported claims related to e-learning, universities, distance education and academics. Continue reading