Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2013 Archive

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The changing face of education

30 October 2013

Join us on October 30 for a CoCo seminar by Manjula Sharma titled “The changing face of education: challenges and opportunities for educators”.

Universities are facing a tumultuous time with external regulation through TEQSA and the rise of MOOCs (massive open online courses).

Disciplines within universities face the challenge of doing research, as well as producing a range of graduates capable of undertaking diverse careers. These are not new challenges. The emergence of MOOCs has raised the question, 'Why go to a university?'. These tumultuous times provide a threat as well as an opportunity. How do we balance our activities? Does teaching and learning need to be re-conceptualised? Is it time to seriously consider the role of education and the 'value-add' provided by a university education?

This talk will provide snapshots of work that demonstrate the value-add universities do provide. Evidence is used to challenge current understandings and to chart a way forward.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where:

    Education Building (A35)

    Room 230

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Patricia Thibaut Paez

    T: 9351 6358


  • More info: Arrive at 10.45 for refreshments.

  • Speaker:

    Associate Professor Manjula Sharma is the director of the University of Sydney Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME), heads the Sydney University Physics Education Research group and leads the Science and Mathematics network of Australian University Educators (SaMnet).

    Dr Sharma has written more than 80 articles for peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters in science and mathematics education, and has received repeated funding. Her work is recognised internationally through research partnerships and service on editorial boards and conference committees.

    She has been awarded the Australian Institute for Physics Education Medal in 2012, ALTC Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2008 and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.? She is currently an OLT National Teaching Fellow.

The changing face of education: challenges and opportunities for educators


Education Building (A35)

Room 230


30 October 2013

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