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March 3rd 2014 at 12:00pm, By Dave Guerin
This week I’m at the SXSWedu conference with about 3,000 other people in Austin, Texas. It’s an enormous event with up to 19 parallel sessions running at any one time. That excludes the start-up competition, the film festival, the makerspace/ playground, and the education expo. It’s as big as, well, Texas…
I’m attending the conference because I wanted something that would blow my mind, in a good way. There is an equal mix on innovation and technology in education at the event (including more MOOC providers than you could shake a stick at), and I’m looking forward to what ideas might spark. The technology behind the conference organisation is also superb, so I’m hoping for as good an experience on the ground.
Of course, not everything will be new. I was checking out live music listings for while I’m in Austin and the first night of conference Lorde is playing in town!
FYI SXSWedu is related to the much more famous SXSW music, film and interactive event that starts the day after I leave Austen. Twitter got its first big boost at SXSW 2007 and more bands, apps and films will be seeking the limelight in 2014. SXSW gets around 16,000 people (and is a bit cooler to be fair).
If you follow ED on Twitter or Facebook, I’ll be sharing some thoughts there on SXSWedu during the week. ED Blog and ED Insider content will continue as per normal, mainly due to delegation and pre-scheduling.
Cheers, Dave Guerin
March 3rd 2014 at 7:54am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- Tertiary Partnership Waiariki has joined TWOA, BOP Poly, and Waikato in the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership.
- Wellington Hostel Sale Wellington student accommodation properties Cumberland House, Education House, and the McKenzies Apartments are being sold by tender.
- Student Discipline The number of Otago Uni students caught cheating increased from 46 to 72 in 2013, but the number dealt with for serious non-school related incidents dropped from 25 to 13.
- Extras: the TEU’s Lesley Francey on tertiary governance; building work continues on Otago Uni’s Toroa College; Lincoln’s Roy Montgomery on volunteering as a firefighter; last-minute negotiations could avert Tuesday’s planned UCOL strike; education is Waikato’s first ever top 50 subject in the latest QS rankings; the number of students receiving the allowance in Dunedin dropped by 23.8 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
Research & Innovation
- Invermay… is “the Mecca” for deer biological research, says Otago Uni’s Prof Frank Griffin.
- Sun Protection Otago Uni’s Louise Signal on sun protection policies at ECE centres (TVNZ).
- Disgust Auckland’s Nathan Consedine is studying the significance of disgust in people avoiding healthcare.
- Extras: Otago Uni student studying the travel behaviour of young people; Otago Uni nicotine replacement therapy trial to be extended; Otago Uni’s Fiona Gordon on monitoring Orokonui’s robin population; Canterbury’s Prof Peter Newman has produced a documentary film about Christchurch’s rebuild; Auckland’s Kerry Gibson on the side effects of antidepressants.
- Mojo Mathers Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis has defended Green MP Mojo Mathers’ taxpayer-funded travel.
- Diet Drinks Otago Uni’s Murray Thomson and Auckland’s Prof Boyd Swinburn on diet soda drinks.
- Chinese Exports Lincoln’s Prof Keith Woodford and Victoria’s Jason Young on the 45% increase in NZ’s exports to China in 2013.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd argues against oil drilling in Otago; Otago Uni’s Prof Robert Patman on Russia’s influence in Ukraine; Waikato’s Ruth Walker and Liezl Van Zyl on compensating surrogate mothers; Otago Uni’s Martin Pollock on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; Otago Uni’s Mary McIntyre on dengue fever in NZ; Otago Uni’s Penny Field on healthy food policies; Otago Uni’s Prof Elaine Reese on children using computer-based gadgets; Massey’s Prof Christoph Schumacher on the minimum wage; an Auckland student on the Google tax case; Waikato’s Leonie Pihama on child poverty.
- Chinese Singer An Auckland student wants to become a successful singer in China.
- Couch Burning Students who set furniture on fire could face bills seeking recovery of costs from police.
- Flat Names A Dunedin librarian is researching the stories behind flat names in Dunedin.
- Extras: Canterbury’s orientation week finished on Saturday; two Waikato students started a popular Facebook page ‘Two Kids at University’; MAWSA wants money redistributed to save student magazine Massive; WelTec welcomed a large cohort of international students last week.
- Roleplaying Society The ODT profiles the Otago Uni Roleplaying Society.
- Wanganui Opportunities Wanganui High School principal Garry Olver says there aren’t enough job or education opportunities in Wanganui.
- Cycling Panel Otago Uni’s Alexandra Macmillan, Auckland’s Prof Alistair Woodward, and Canterbury’s Glen Koorey named on NZTA’s safer cycling panel.
- Extras: AUT running a public survey on the Hauraki Gulf (Newstalk ZB); Archbishop of York John Sentamu to be based at Otago Uni for visit to NZ; Bill English spoke at the opening of SIT’s new Queenstown accommodation complex; Massey’s Summer Shakespeare series to feature As You Like It; Victoria to confer honorary doctorate on Prof Roger Clark;
Teaching & Learning
- Economics Award Massey’s Vicky Yang was invited to Finance 2014 as Massey’s top first-year economics student.
- Formula Car Canterbury students planning for design, build and race car competition in Melbourne.
- Extras: NZ Herald on the various secondary school qualifications frameworks; Massey’s Dennis Slade delivered master classes in European institutions.