A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention: “Key to the classroom… make it interesting”. “Really?” I thought. “After all these years of innovation and quality teaching frameworks, are we still trying to work out how to engage students?”Read more
In the context of the Harper Competition Policy Review, this paper explores through an economist’s eyes the processes of competition and the impact of government competitive tendering of welfare services on the Community Welfare Sector. The paper suggests that unintended consequences need exploration and management. Relying on the good motives of government and the Sector may not be adequate. Community Welfare organisations are not simply another form of business, nor are they a low cost extension of government.Read more
Access to and affordability of digital technology for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians is an ongoing concern. This talk reports on new research on the access and use of mobile and internet services by people experiencing homelessness and engages with key issues of digital exclusion in the context of a society-wide shift in connectivity and the reform of a wide range of public and commercial services around these changes.Read more
Christian Alvarado of the Post-Crash Economics Society of Manchester University (PCES) will be arguing the case for reform of economics education. The Post-Crash Economics society is one of 65 student organisations, across 30 countries, that comprise The International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics.Read more
Australia has a rich bank of qualitative research that describes the circumstances, personal characteristics, and practices of people who experience homelessness. More recently research has investigated the pathways into and out of homelessness. However, to date there has been little investigation of the structural drivers of homelessness and minimal use of quantitative evidence to inform an understanding of the role that housing and labour market conditions play in shaping whether people are more or less vulnerable to homelessness.Read more
The Swinburne University Open Access week 2014 (20 – 24 October) will involve a series of lunchtime sessions in the Penang Room, Level 3, Hawthorn Library (12.30 – 2.00pm).
Open access is an increasingly important part of the discussion surrounding digital technologies and tertiary education. It touches on a range of important issues for the university including: academic publishing; research funding; data re-use; resources and technologies for online teaching and learning; MOOCs and more.
Digital technologies have radically increased our capacity to produce and disseminate research and information and many organisations including government departments and agencies, academic centres, NGOs, lobby groups and companies are now engaged in the production, use and curation of digital resources (grey literature). The result has been an explosion in online publishing, not just for academic publishers and journals, but for all kinds of documents - reports, discussion papers, data and statistics, reviews and information guides produced by a wide range of organisations.Read more