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Live-stream: Future of Higher Education symposium

Five of our authors will today present their ideas on the future of higher education in a conversation with Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans. And you’re invited to take part. For two weeks our authors…

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Five of our authors will today present their ideas on the future of higher education in a conversation with Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans. And you’re invited to take part.

For two weeks our authors have been putting forward their ideas on how the university sector can respond to the online revolution underway in higher education. Today these ideas will be debated in a two-hour symposium with the Minister.

We hope the discussion will inform future policy decisions on this important issue.

These 5 panelists have been selected from the 15 articles which themselves were drawn from 120 submissions on the topic of predicted change ahead in higher education. Series authors were asked to consider the implications of the rise in online and blended learning on teaching, learning, the student experience and the physical infrastructure of campuses.

You’ve been submitting your comments via the articles, Twitter and Facebook. Today some of those questions will be put to the Minister and panel. And we’d love to hear from you today.

We’re tweeting under #FutureHigherEd and look forward to your comments here, on

If you haven’t had a chance to catch up on the series, you can read all of our author’s contributions here:

Part one: Online opportunities: digital innovation or death through regulation?, Jane Den Hollander

Part two: MOOCs and exercise bikes – more in common than you’d think, Phillip Dawson & Robert Nelson

Part three: How Australian universities can play in the MOOCs market, David Sadler

Part four: MOOC and you’re out of a job: uni business models in danger, Mark Gregory

Part five: Radical rethink: how to design university courses in the online, Paul Wappett

Part six: Online education: can we bridge the digital divide?, Tim Pitman

Part seven: Online learning will change universities by degrees, Margaret Gardner

Part eight: The university campus of the future: what will it look like?, David Lamond

Part nine: Deadset? MOOCs and Australian education in a globalised world, Ruth Morgan

Part ten: Research online: why universities need to be knowledge brokers, Justin O'Brien

Part eleven: Online education at the coalface: what academics need to know, Rod Lamberts & Will Grant

Part twelve: A little bit more conversation: the limits of online education, Shirley Alexander

Part thirteen: What students want and how universities are getting it wrong, Alasdair McAndrew

Part fourteen: The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home?, Thomas Birtchnell

Part fifteeen: Deeper learning by design: what online education platforms can do, Gavin Melles

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  1. Nick Preston

    logged in via Facebook

    Will the video be available for viewing after the live stream has finished?

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  3. Misha Ketchell

    Managing Editor at The Conversation

    Hi Nick, Yes we will edit it and make it available. I'm not sure if it's going to be the whole thing or a highlights package though.

    1. Margaret Spencer

      logged in via Facebook

      In reply to Misha Ketchell

      Any chance we can have a copy of the transcript posted? So much of this has either dropped out or I can't pick it up properly because it is repeating.

  4. Kirsti Abbott

    Lecturer, Scientific Practice & Communication

    Any chance of increasing the volume on the live stream? I can hear it, but only just. It doesn't seem to be my computer..

    Anyone else having this problem?

    1. Helen Forbes

      Director of Teaching and Learning

      In reply to Kirsti Abbott

      Agree volume is set too low - having difficulty hearing

  5. Margaret Spencer

    logged in via Facebook

    is anyone else geting an echo on this...I am hearing everything repeated

  6. Helen Forbes

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Would be great if we could see the slides so that we can participate more fully

  7. Lorraine Muller

    PhD - eternal student

    If the problems I am encountering with drop outs etc, are what are encountered for online learners, this is will mean that only those who have access to high level internet access will be able to access it.

    This will mean a return to education for the elite only.

  8. Lorraine Muller

    PhD - eternal student

    Good to hear the NTEU raise the issue of precarious employment being raised.
    This issue is particularly relevant to the many Indigenous academics. In the pecking order the under-representation of Indigenous PhD holders in employment in the tertiary sector stands out alarmingly.

    What are universities doing, besides the rhetoric and fancy statements of intent, to address this apparent undervaluing of the 200 to 250 Indigenous academics who have believed the claim that education is the key to employment, a better life standard etc, and gained a PhD.