Academic Plenary: Disrupting the disruption of education

Often, disrupting educating means reducing student to teacher ratios, or replacing teachers entirely. But the most transformative and powerful experiences for students often come from mentoring and working in small groups. Based on nearly 10 years teaching adults and young adults at the graduate and undergraduate level in Canada and Australia combined with a deep understanding of new and emerging technologies, Dr. Kate will provide an overview of how technologies can best assist teachers in supporting students and enhancing educational outcomes. Overall, she will show how the future will indeed be human.Continue reading

Ali Shahsavand

Ali has taught for just over 18 years in Iran, Dubai and Australia. He has also worked as an IELTS Examiner, head teacher and a teacher trainer. He has a particular interest in language learning through technology, in particular smartphone applications and online teaching, in order to enhance communication and collaboration and make learning relevant.Continue reading

ELICOS Across Borders

The Australian Government’s Student Visa Program has been effective in enabling the significant benefits of the international education sector to the nation. The visa program is an integral part of the sector which is one of Australia’s largest export industries and generates substantial benefits.

 International student visa holders are important to Australia’s future as they make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, facilitate the development of trade and commercial links and promote goodwill and understanding of Australia. The enduring links formed between Australia and students also support bilateral ties with key partner countries. The Department of Home Affairs strives to balance the facilitation of the entry of genuine international students whilst maintaining the integrity of Australia’s visa arrangements.

The Department of Home Affairs, as part of a panel session with Austrade and the Department of Education and Training, will discuss the simplified student visa framework (SSVF), student visa requirements including eligibility for a student visa, financial capacity requirements, English language requirements and the genuine temporary entrant requirement.Continue reading

Using technology to augment and enhance personalised instruction

Students are expecting more personalised instruction and feedback than ever to improve their understanding and engagement. With ELT, in particular, many educators struggle to find meaningful ways to use technology to engage students in this way.

This session will cover how, through the use of a wide range of methodologies, teachers can use cloud technologies to engage students and provide a personalised digital curriculum and feedback model in a way that does not sacrifice the quality of instruction but instead enhances it.Continue reading

Darren Brookes

For the past twelve months, Darren Brookes has been working as part of a NEAS team to develop synchronous and asynchronous online courses for NEAS member Centre academic managers. These courses have been created using the Canvas LMS, third party applications and other open source eLearning authoring software.Continue reading