We need to do more to ensure teaching is an attractive profession.
Low pay and status are the main factors turning potentially good teachers away from teaching. We need to work on making teaching an attractive profession.
Security at university isn’t just about what happens on campus.
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Preventing crime on campus is crucial, but so is pastoral care of students.
Paying for expensive textbooks could become a thing of the past.
An open access textbook model is gaining traction in the US and Australia and shaking up the publishing industry.
How do innovators acquire their skills?
Researchers surveyed college students to find out what was influencing student motivation. They found good relationships with faculty make a big difference, but not good grades.
We should care about who is on a university council.
Councils matter to the character and success of a university. But do their members truly represent staff and students?
What difference will the time of the test make?
Our memory and attention are at their peak only at certain times during the day. Why would the timing of test not affect students' performance?
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, conflicts between parents and teachers can arise.
As the new school year begins, here's some advice for how parents and teachers can get off on the right foot.
Could MOOCs transform higher ed?
A scholar who has taught 250,000 students worldwide through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) reflects on the changes that these courses are bringing. Should all those in higher ed be worried?
Some students struggle with reading and need to be taught in different ways.
Around a fifth of children aged five to 16 will experience reading difficulties. Schools need clear guidelines on how to choose the best literacy programs for their students.
Make students think, not copy.
More handwritten tasks could force students to avoid the dreaded cut and paste.
A mentoring program can provide crucial support to students.
January is National Mentoring Month. A retired professor at UC San Diego has paired emeriti professors with first-generation students to great effect.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
Thousands of students are being signed up to courses that they have little or no chance of completing.
Tightening regulation will contain the damage but this alone will not address the deeper problems in vocational education.
More than a third of school principals have suffered physical violence from parents and students.
School principals are experiencing increasing levels of violence and threats from students and parents. What needs to change?
It’s no longer acceptable to upload chapters from a textbook onto a website and call it a course.
It’s no longer acceptable to upload video lectures to a website and call it a course. We need to start redesigning courses from scratch to find new ways to engage students.
Where in the UK do students get the most support for going to university?
Welsh and Scottish students get more support than English and Northern Irish ones.
What are the alternative options for higher education to flourish in Australia?
A crisis of sustainability is building up as universities continue to drift towards a more privatised system. It's time we started looking at alternative options.
Why are archaic tests being used today?
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When your kids (or colleagues) misbehave, does anyone give you five options, one of which is uniquely correct, to solve the problem? So, why do we continue to test students in this way?
Should students know more about how their tuition fees are being spent?
Being up front about what public investment goes towards in higher education is an important step for providing greater clarity for students.
Why the racist incidents at Mizzou are not surprising.
I taught at Mizzou from 1996 to 2008. Here's why the events don't surprise me.