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    Saga Briggs is Managing Editor of InformED. You can follow her on Twitter@sagamilena or read more of her writing here.

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • How to Staff Your Courses for Inclusive Teaching

    April 6th, 2021 No Comments Features

    Student engagement is more important now than ever, and that means staffing your courses with the right instructors. In their new paper, Staffing the Higher Education Classroom, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, two Northwestern University scholars found a few ways to measure teacher effectiveness that go beyond the standard survey. Above all, their… Read More

  • Women In Data Science: Who’s Leading the Way?

    April 6th, 2021 No Comments Features

    According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, a mere 22 percent of the workforce in Artificial Intelligence is comprised of women. In Australia, that figure is even lower. There’s a gap, even, in the qualified versus employed: 55 percent of STEM graduates are women; they’re just not moving into the field at… Read More

  • What Is Mastery Learning?

    March 5th, 2021 No Comments Features

    In the 1970s, educator Benjamin Bloom found that students fared better when they were allowed to master each course topic before moving on to the next. This is called mastery learning, and it stands in stark contrast to the traditional method of forcing students to move on whether they’ve mastered a course topic or not…. Read More

  • What Are Flexible Industry Pathways?

    March 4th, 2021 No Comments Features

    In what will be the biggest overhaul of VET schools in a generation, the South Australian government is now introducing Flexible Industry Pathways, a program aimed at placing a bigger emphasis on VET in secondary schools in order to lead to more meaningful job outcomes. The idea is to provide a pool of skilled professionals… Read More

  • Why Is Immersive Learning So Effective?

    February 9th, 2021 No Comments Features

    Immersive learning is becoming a bigger part of both in-person and online education across the globe. Why is it so effective at improving learning outcomes, beyond the obvious appeal of being virtually transported to another place or time? Research suggests the answer lies in presence, autonomy, and feedback. What Is Immersive Learning? Immersive learning is… Read More

  • Working As a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

    According to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness, alcohol was the most common drug of concern for which clients sought treatment in 2018-2019. In 2020, wastewater data analysis revealed that alcohol was not only one of the most commonly detected substances but that there was a higher consumption of it in… Read More