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Online learning – there is nothing remote about it December 4, 2020 by Guest Posted in: Opinion

Bob Harrison responds to official comments (in England) about 'remote learning'

As I judged the entries for the Learning Reimagined Awards – which celebrate the most inspirational uses of technology for learning around the world – I could not help reflect on how incredibly quaint and outdated these innovations make the Department for Education’s (DfE's) remote education efforts look. (more…)

Rubric icon The halfbaked academic rubric November 21, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Practice

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of rubrics – preferring non-standardised forms of assessment – and perhaps because most of the rubrics I have come across have been pretty terrible. So I thought I’d have a go at developing a better one. (more…)

Creativity-Different Thinking differently about creativity November 17, 2020 by Guest Posted in: Opinion, Practice

By Dennis Sherwood

We all know that old cliché 'Necessity is the mother of invention', and events over the past nine months have validated its truth: that wretched virus has caused many new things to happen, from enhanced remote teaching at all educational levels to the ever-closer development of a vaccine.

Why has there been such an outburst of the discovery of new ideas, of creativity? (more…)

ARTS Additional Routes To Success Do you need an ATAR to get into Uni? November 13, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Policy

There seems to be a widespread belief that you need an ATAR to get into an Australian university. Indeed, based on their research with students and teachers, O’Shea & Groves (2020) identified that (more…)

Exam hall Characteristics of effective summative assessment November 4, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

We know that summative assessment drives practice in schools. We also know that current forms of summative assessment inhibit both curriculum and pedagogical innovation because of their focus on 'knowledge' (as viewed in a knowledge based curriculum). The challenge is to find new forms of summative assessment which satisfy the criteria against which they will be judged. Those criteria should include: (more…)