Science denial can be treated like a virus.

Inoculating against science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are […]

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes By Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand […]

Government 2.0 and Web 2.0 in schools

Image via Wikipedia An interesting report Web 2.0 in Schools. Given that yesterday Canberra was engaged with, and streamed live, its Government 2.0 Forum and announced the establishment of the Government 2.0 Taskforce (– this educational focus may also get some legs and coverage. The twitterstream (#publicsphere) and live feed from Parliament ( on Monday […]

Are Textbooks as we know them the bane of education?

Image via Wikipedia edublogs: Seth on why the textbook industry deserves to die Seth on why the textbook industry deserves to die Living The Dream? Seth Godin doesn’t just ‘do’ marketing but he teaches it regularly, too. His latest rant is on the insidious growth of the business of textbook writing and publishing, as a […]

A slant on academic publishing in the Twitter era…

Image by Gideon Burton via Flickr A very peculiar practice 11 June 2009 Such is the pressure to write that academics have no time to read the flood of published work. John Corner ponders a slightly absurd position Academic publishing has always had its own economy and culture, but sector expansion and the intensified push […]

Twitter and that Harvard Study

Image by luc legay via Flickr This post is taken directly from an email interaction with some Instructional Design colleagues: It began when I sent this Twitter post and these questions to my colleagues – What does it also say about how we engage in online contexts?  What does it mean for online course design?  […]

Wolfram|Alpha: another thing to frighten teachers…

Making the world’s knowledge computable Today’s Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.  You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer. Wolfram|Alpha was officially launched yesterday, and although many […]


Image by cogdogblog via Flickr Session 1: Symposium: Personal Learning Environments – What Works for Librarians Lots of exploration of professional PLEs – variations from minimal to those expanding beyond “healthy boundaries” Symposium: ePortfolio strategies for the tertiary sector Policy level approaches to uptake… mobility, lifelong ed&training – RPL is a key concern – […]


Image by petaj via Flickr Session 1: Sustainable Digital Literacy: (Peter Kandlbinder – UTS) Expectations of the institution towards First Year digital literacy. A range of “basic” technology skills are assumed. Developing staff capacity (for quality elearning) (L Rankine – UWS) 90% of units have Bb site. Qualitative statements about elearning Selection of undergrad sites […]

Dean Groom on Social Media in Education

Intro to Social Media In Education View more presentations from pmhs. Dean Groom offers us a quick but insightful look at the possibilities for Social Media.  Not disimilar to Howard Rheingold’s recent assertions… seems there might be some significant impetus to push the slothful education departments around the globe into some meaningful change.