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A brand new ballgame: Students, software and startups

This summer, four software technology and engineering students completed internships at an ambitious Sydney startup, moneyball.com.au. The students developed vital professional skills in an environment that is impossible to replicate outside industry, while representing Macquarie’s programs and technologies to a new audience – and two were subsequently offered roles at the company.

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

All across campus, departments and offices offer a wealth of material to help Macquarie staff and their students to engage with areas such as academic, digital and information literacy, indigenous perspectives, sustainability and employability. But would you know where to find it all? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could access everything in one place?

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Can we reimagine the economics of higher education?

In Australia, with a proposed future privatised higher education market place, we will need to be thinking ahead.  There are so many overlapping interests to reimagine the economics of higher education to enable accessible education, that a portfolio of solutions will be required to allow students to overcome barriers and find a solution for their needs as lifelong learners.  Continue reading Can we reimagine the economics of higher education?

Evaluation, Internships and Community Partners 

Our undergraduate students enrolled in the PACE unit “Internships in Social Research” frequently conduct evaluation studies for different community partners. However, we noticed that the time-frame of a single semester is too short for developing a sophisticated evaluation plan, as well as implementing it…

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Enquiry-Based Learning and Student Research

My previous Teche post discusses how student engagement with research can be facilitated by building enquiry-based learning activities into the curriculum, as these enable students to develop an orientation and many of the skills needed for research tasks.  These include analysing requirements, investigating source materials, identifying critical information and ideas, constructing a resolution and working in teams.

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Employability and beyond

Andrew McAfee, the Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, gave a very inspiring TED talk on the future of jobs. He described a future in which many of the ‘lower-level administrative tasks’ of our society may well be performed by machines. Other traditionally ‘highly respected’ jobs (doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc.) may well be at risk – unless we can re-invent them in light of the new technologically advanced society.

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