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03 NOVEMBER 2012

MOOCs will drive students away from degrees

"Massive Open Online Courses are likely to drive part of the student market away from 'long haul' degree programs as students instead build a set of skills–focused credentials from different providers, according to Richard James, pro–vice chancellor of engagement and participation at Melbourne University.

'My guess is that the big change in the long run is going to be some sections of the community moving away from long haul, costly credentials,' Professor James told a student engagement conference in Melbourne this week."

(Andrew Trounson, 02 November 2012, The Australian)

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ACER (acronym) • Australian Council for Educational Research • costly credentials • course-delivery modeldegree programmesdegree qualification • different providers • engagement and participationformal degree • long haul • Massive Open Online CoursesMelbourneMOOCs • National Student Engagement Conference • open coursewarequalifications • Richard James • set of skills-focused credentials • student engagement conference • student market • supplemental learningtechnology transforming learninguniversity degreeUniversity of Melbourne

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Simon Perkins
03 NOVEMBER 2012

Australia: people flock online for free university education

"THE NUMBER of people enrolled in free online subjects at Melbourne University has overtaken enrolments at its campuses in less than two months.

The university became the first Australian institute to join online education provider Coursera in September.

Since then more than 52,000 students have enrolled in the university's free massive open online courses, which will begin next year."

(Benjamin Preiss, 3 November 2012, The Age)

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2012 • academic credit • AustraliaBerkeley (University of California) • certificate of completion • challenges and changesCoursera (provider)coursewaredegree qualification • extend learning out • formal degree • free online education • free online university courses • generate interest • Harvard Universityhigher educationiTunes U • La Trobe University • Margaret Sheil • market regulationmarketizationMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassive Open Online CoursesmonitiseMOOCs • MyUniversity (site) • online courseonline education provideropen courseware • outlearning • outreach technology • paid online university courses • qualificationstechnology transforming learningUC Berkeleyuniversity degreeUniversity of Melbourne

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Simon Perkins
22 DECEMBER 2010

Individual learning plans: a route map for success

"Individual learning plans form a 'route map' of how a learner will get from their starting point on a learning journey to the desired end point. They may be for one course and include the acquisition of qualifications and skills, or may link several courses that give progression to different levels (from level 1 to 3, or from level 2 to Higher Education). They should be individual for each learner to reflect aspirations, aptitude and needs.

Although there may be common learning goals and methods of delivery for all learners on a particular course, it is unlikely that all learners have exactly the same learning styles, abilities, support needs, access to assessment in the workplace (if applicable), previous qualifications or experience. Too many vocationally–based courses have identical individual learning plans where only the names of learners are different. Some will struggle to achieve them while others will find them too easy and lose interest by not being sufficiently challenged.

Individual learning plans should start from a common format, listing general outcomes, and then develop as initial assessment and circumstances impact. They should be live documents that are useful to the learner, delivery staff and possibly employers and parents/guardians."

(Learning and Skills Improvement Service, UK)

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andragogyassessmentcoursehigher educationindividualindividual learning planslearnerlearning • learning and skills • Learning and Skills Improvement Service • learning goalslearning journey • learning plan • learning styleslifelong learning • LSIS • pedagogypersonal knowledge mappingplanningpost-16professional developmentqualifications • road map • route mapskillsstrategytailored curriculumtailoring curriculumUKvocationworkplace

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2009

UK National Statistics Publication Hub

"The Publication Hub remains the first port of call for all those seeking the latest statistics from government departments in the UK. It is the central website for hosting all first releases of National Statistics.

The term 'National Statistics' is an accreditation kitemark which stands for a range of qualities such as relevance, integrity, quality, accessibility, value for money and freedom from political influence. Data classed as National Statistics provide an up–to–date, comprehensive and meaningful description of the UK's economy and society.

The Publication Hub delivers updates and provides statistical news releases for all new National Statistics. You can access these when they are available directly from this website or by subscribing to the RSS news feed.

The Publication Hub also provides links to statistical products and publications that are not classed as National Statistics. It is the only website where you can access past and present statistical releases. In addition, you can find information about when future statistical releases are going to be available.

All statistical releases will continue to be held on departmental websites, along with underlying sources and datasets. As the producers of these statistics, the departments are responsible for their content and accuracy. Further contact details are provided with each statistical release."

(UK Statistics Authority)

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accidents • agricultureanalysisbusinesscasualtieschartcrimeculturedatadefence • earnings • economic change • economic inactivity • economyemploymentenergyenterpriseenvironmentfood • freight • healthhigher education • hours of work • housinginformationjustice • kitemark • labour disputes • national statistics • populationproductivityqualifications • redundancies • roads • rural affairs • skills • social care • societysportstatisticstourismtraffictransportUK • UK National Statistics • UK Statistics Authority • UKSA • unemployment • vehicles • Wales • Welsh Assembly Government

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Simon Perkins
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