Ethics in social media research: do we know what we are doing?

By Michael Henderson, Nicola F. Johnson, Glenn Auld and Phillip Dawson – originally published on the Monash Learning with New Media research group blog   Social media, such as social network sites and blogs, are increasingly being used as core or ancillary components of educational research, from recruitment to observation and interaction with participants. However, the new mediated […]

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Are lectures a good way to learn?

By Phillip Dawson, Monash University Imagine a future where university enrolment paperwork is accompanied by the statement: Warning: lectures may stunt your academic performance and increase risk of failure. Researchers from the United States have just published an exhaustive review and their findings support that warning. They read every available research study comparing traditional lectures […]

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The failure of MOOCs

This article was originally published on the Monash University Education Faculty’s Learning with New Media Faculty Research Group blog. Read the original article. failure, noun: “The fact of failing to effect one’s purpose” (Oxford English Dictionary, failure, n. 3a) Have MOOCs failed us? This depends on their purpose. If their purpose was broadening access to […]

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HERDSA 2013 Wrapup

I’m back from Auckland now after the 2013 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australaisa (HERDSA) conference. I blogged my notes at some sessions here: http://philldawson.com/tag/herdsa13/ . My highlight of the conference was Alison Phipps’ keynote, which was a moving discussion of violence and used poetry. A close second was Ella Henry’s keynote, which introduced me […]

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