Tag Archives: Universities

How do we teach creativity?

This semester at my university, the University of Western Sydney, I have been responsible for the introduction of three new subjects: Creativity, Innovation and Design, Introduction to Critical Thinking; and Research Stories.   Along with a fourth subject, Leadership in … Continue reading

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Re-defining literacy: Internationalisation as a form of literacy…

One focus of my research areas has been to consider the skills that, as educators, we should be teaching our students. It is a project which includes a collaboration with Dr David Hornsby (from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa) – who … Continue reading

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What skills should we be teaching Higher Education students?

 Recently I did a presentation for the Careers Advisers Association (NSW/ACT)  – CAA – at my university and the program I run – The Academy at the University of Western Sydney. The CAA is an important organisation that, according to their … Continue reading

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Education 3.0: Exploring Innovation in Higher Education

Over the last decade I have met, consulted and advised hundreds (perhaps thousands) of students and their parents about which courses to study at University. As we sit and talk about the choices of degrees, one question always emerges: ‘What … Continue reading

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How do we ‘future proof’ education?

There are two issues that relate to the future of universities that are on my mind at the moment that I think we, as academics and administrators, must address.   The first is the issue of educating students in a … Continue reading

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On Cultural Humility

One of my favourite things about living in a multicultural society is the opportunity to work with people from many cultures. Diverse and multicultural societies are fulfilling, from the sharing of food, music and traditions, to an appreciation of the … Continue reading

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Seven tips for good teaching…

One of the disclaimers I always make when invited to speak about my teaching is that I am not someone who has been trained in pedagogical theory. Rather, my journey into teaching has been about figuring out what I loved … Continue reading

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Eight things I learnt this year…

It has been an amazing year for me both professionally and personally. Professionally, the highlights are almost too numerous to mention but include being promoted to full professor, delivering 21 keynote presentations, giving five conference papers, publishing a new book … Continue reading

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‘I am out of the office’: Answering queries from first year students!

As established university-based lecturers, it is easy to forget how unnerving attending your first weeks at uni can be.   This is particularly the case if, like me, a student is the first member of their family to make it … Continue reading

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On being an activist academic

Long before I become an academic, I described myself as ‘an activist’. Though it is a vague term, most people associate it with left wing protest movements. While I would say that I have an affiliation with these movements, I … Continue reading

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