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ACDS Receives $150,000 grant for Work Integrated Learning

The Office of the Chief Scientist has provided a $150,000 grant to the ACDS to establish a national network supporting work integrated learning in science faculties and schools.

A call for co-funded lighthouse projects will go out in late August and a national forum will be held on December 11th at the Park Royal Hotel at Melbourne Airport.

The grant was announced on July 16th at the ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference in Brisbane . More information about the proposed program can be found here.

 

Government announces Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda

The announcement amounts to six measures including industry growth centres and a package promoting STEM skills in schools. How it will impact the CRC program is canvassed in this CRC Association response.

Government Announces Commonwealth Science Committee

This committee replaces PMSEIC. The announcement details membership and includes a $12m STEM education package. Read press commentary from The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald

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Consumer rights and deregulation

Are softer alternatives to hard prerequisites in danger of contravening consumer rights?

A recent presentation from a deputy commissioner of the ACCC to UA makes some interesting observations about the legal obligation to represent fairly what a consumer (student?) can expect from a product (course?).

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ACDS paper: Evidence-based practice in T&L

The ACDS has launched its first occasional paper Evidence-based practice in learning and teaching for STEM disciplines from Tina Overton and Liz Johnson. The paper uses the published evidence on how learners learn to make the case for active learning, scaffolding and flipped classroom, authentic assessment. The authors translate the research to direct advice for teachers and teaching teams for STEM. Use this as a springboard for discussion in your Faculty.