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Peter Twining's LinkedIn profile From standardised testing to living CVs September 8, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

In the Industrial Age schooling was focussed on preparing folk for working on production lines - standardisation was the name of the game and standardised testing was an appropriate way to enhance schooling. Today, in the Automation Age, we need to prepare young people to tackle wicked problems - standardised testing is no longer fit for purpose. We need new ways to assess the knowledge, competences and dispositions that people need to succeed ... (more…)

Pathways taken by Australian 2018 School Leavers in Starting to think about Additional Routes To Success August 24, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion, Policy

Schools tend to focus heavily on end of Year 12 exams (e.g. HSCs and the ATAR in Australia) that will enable students to progress to university. However, most students do NOT go on to university and of those who do many do not rely on an ATAR to get their place. It is time that schools focussed on the success (more…)

F2F to Online From F2F to Online Courses – models of provision June 15, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Opinion, Practice

For over 20 years I worked at the Open University (UK) which is a world leader in online distance education. Over the last few years I have had the privilege of spending time at a number of predominantly face-to-face universities in Australia that were at various stages of developing their online provision, including over the last few months when most courses went online due to COVID19. I have been struck by the vast range of different approaches to online course provision I have seen, and thought it would be useful to try to categorise them. (more…)

Worthless or Valuable? Home schooling or home education? March 26, 2020 by Guest Posted in: Opinion, Practice

By Roger Broadie

Whatever other impacts the COVID-19 virus may have on education systems, there will be a big impact on parents which is likely to change attitudes.

Children going to school has allowed parents to (more…)

COVID-19 and the future of schooling March 23, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

Around the world governments are taking action to contain the spread of COVID-19, often in ways that are quite revealing about the purposes and practices of schooling, and the scope to which unchallengeable norms in education can actually be overthrown. (more…)