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  • Blog Post: Education is still Australia’s biggest services export

    According to the latest data on international trade from the Australian Bureau of Statistics , education services are still Australia’s largest services export, with a $15bn revenue in 2012. Whilst this is $3bn ahead of the next largest export (personal travel services), it’s still a big drop from the...
  • Blog Post: Social media and student recruitment–why is it so important?

    Remember Shift Happens , from five years ago? Of course, it spawned a lot of similar style presentations, and they're still rolling on today - many with the same soundtracks. Here's an interesting one that would wake up the start of a conference or meeting, from Erik Qualman (author of socialnomics)...
  • Blog Post: Analytics and Business Intelligence in US education–what are the lessons for Australian universities?

    Nearly two thirds of universities in the US reported in June 2012 that analytics (or business intelligence*) was a major priority for their institution, or some departments within their institution. And 84% reported that it was more important to them than two years ago. As a single fact, that doesn't...
  • Blog Post: International student numbers continue to fall in Australia

    Last July, I wrote about the decline in international students in Australian universities . A Deloitte analysis showed a decline in 2010 and 2011, because of tighter visa rules, the strength of the Australian dollar and more international competition for students. And they were forecasting 2012 to be...
  • Blog Post: Tracking prospective students from clicks to campus–student recruitment online

    I was chatting with a university recruiter, who's a user of Microsoft Dynamics CRM in education in Australia, recently about the way that they are tracking student recruitment through their system. They were showing me the way that they can track campaigns to recruit students. Their goal is to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Total spend on ICT in education in Australia to reach $3.2 billion by 2015

    IDC have released a report on the Australian Education ICT market ( you can buy it here, if you’ve got a spare $4,500 ), and a matching press release ( which is free fortunately ). The headline numbers are: The Australian Education ICT market size is $2.8bn this year, expecting to grow to reach $3.2bn...
  • Blog Post: Schools Workforce in Australia - Productivity Commission Report

    In November the Australian Productivity Commission produced a draft report on the Schools Workforce in Australia. It’s a draft because they are looking for comments and feedback by the middle of February. I’ve only recently had time to read it, and I thought I’d share a quick summary, because it’s (a...
  • Blog Post: The looming teacher shortage in Australia - what does it mean for ICT?

    If you’re looking for long-term trends in education in Australia, that will strongly influence decisions that schools, TAFEs and universities take on their future strategy, then one strong driver of behaviour for leaders (at an institution and state level) is going to be the availability of teaching...
  • Blog Post: What are the PISA tests?

    Every now and then you’ll read that Australia has done well/badly/averagely in the “PISA tests” - and there’s often an assumption about what that means ( Variously: schools are doing well/badly/averagely; teachers need more help/money/inspiration; learners can/can’t read...
  • Blog Post: Are education leaders more optimistic about online education than the public?

    The Pew Research Centre are a respected American organisation that shares research on issues, attitudes and trends shaping modern life. Although they tend to be US-centric, much of their research is unique and provides a helpful indicator to issues elsewhere in the world. ( I like their description of...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Four

    This is part four of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … What are the top concerns of University CIOs At the conference I only briefly covered the top three issues...
  • Blog Post: The Australian Government’s ICT strategy for Education

    There are all kinds of interesting documents that describe the Australian Government’s ICT strategy for Education, so here’s a summary of some of the key resources you can use to research the market. If you’re from outside of Australia, it’s important to know that there is a Federal strategy - which...
  • Blog Post: The 5 factors which affect school performance

    As I mentioned on Friday , I’m currently reading “ School performance in Australia: results from analyses of school effectiveness ”, a research report published in 2004. When the report starts to take a look at the comparisons between secondary schools, using the main data sets that they have available...
  • Blog Post: What would happen if your students and researchers had access to the world’s data?

    Did you know that there is a Windows Azure Marketplace for data? You can use it to get big datasets (some free, some paid for) to work with and integrate into your own analysis. You don’t have to be a Windows Azure user - you could just use it a source for data for a spreadsheet. It’s good for researchers...
  • Blog Post: International students in Higher Education in Australia

    There are three big sources of revenue for Australian universities - Australian students, international students and research. The balance between all of these revenue sources is interdependent: Funding from students typically subsidises research work Universities charge international students up to...
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