Past events

Vice-Chancellor’s forums

Over March and April 2015 a series of forums for staff and students were held by the Vice-Chancellor who provided an update on the current state of play and progress towards our 2020 goals, and discussed the core challenges facing the University. A copy of the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation can be downloaded here.

The future of education in an online world

26 February 2014

At this event panelists Professor Anant Agarwal President of edX and social entrepreneur, Professor Brian Schmidt AC Astrophysicist, Nobel Laureate and co-leader of the first ANU edX course along with panel chair Julie Hare, Editor of the Higher Education section for The Australian discussed the future of learning. Asking questions like ‘Is it time to reimagine how we learn?’ and ‘Should we be moving from lecture halls to e-spaces – from books to tablets?’

Technology is opening up new ways to teach and learn. It is also opening up new ways to understand how we learn. Australian universities are increasingly rethinking the delivery of their educational programs by making the foray into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are a growing phenomenon in the higher education sector – complementing existing face-to-face courses and opening doors to students who might not have had the means to pursue tertiary-level education. The panelists discussed if edX and other MOOCs providers will change the face of education forever?

Watch the panel conversation examining these questions and more.


Blow up the lecture

26 February 2014

Is the traditional lecture on the way out? What will the classroom of the future look like? Will the digital world transform the physical world of learning? Will edX and other Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers change the face of education forever? Technology is opening up new ways to teach and learn. It is also opening up new ways to understand how we learn.

Panelists at this event discussed these questions and more.

Featured panelists:

  • Professor Anant Agarwal, President of edX and social entrepreneur
  • Dr Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer), Director of Research Training at ANU
  • Dr Paul Francis, Astrophysicist and co-leader of the first ANU edX course
  • Professor Andrew Walker, Deputy Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr Cam Wilson, ANUSA President
  • Chaired by Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Listen to the discussion.

The future of ANU and its role in Canberra

24 October 2013

ANU was established in 1946 as a national university. With a mission focussed on research, its role and funding models were fundamentally different to the nation’s existing universities. Despite this formula, rapidly creating Australia’s most distinguished university as evidenced by, for example, national measures, world rankings, and numbers of Nobel Prizes, the 21st century finds ANU is fundamentally different from other universities both in terms of mission and funding model.

In the Order of Australia Association-ANU lecture given on 24 October 2013, Professor Brian Schmidt discussed his vision of how ANU can differentiate itself and make itself a corner-stone for future activities in government and non-government sectors.

Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt AC is an astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University.

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