What does my list of top 10 Education blog posts of 2013 tell me?

I’ve just finished looking at the statistics for this blog to compile a summary of the top Education blog posts you read during 2013, and thought it might be useful for people if I shared it. And then, at risk of making this a little ‘inside baseball’, I wanted to share what I learnt from…


Baumol’s Cost Disease and Education

I normally avoid controversial subjects here, but today I thought I’d dive in with both feet with a question, and see what happens! This morning in Sydney we’re hosting the Australia Education Partner Summit, and I’ll be talking at 10 o’clock about where things are going in the future. I thought you might be interested…


How to win the global Microsoft 2013 Education Partner of the Year Awards

Every year thousands of worldwide partners get together with Microsoft at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. In 2013 it’s being held back in the USA in Houston (hint: great week to spend in the northern hemisphere summer rather than the southern hemisphere winter!). And some businesses walk away with the accolade “Microsoft Partner of the…


What Bill Gates’ Saturday Essay made me wonder about university MOOCs

Bill Gates is no longer involved with the day-to-day business of Microsoft (even though my children still think that’s who I work for), and instead spends almost his entire time on the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on global development and health. And last week he wrote an essay for…


You can’t just airdrop technology

A principal recently confessed that he’d ordered a bunch of tablets for a whole year group of his students…and hadn’t yet told the teachers. I was reminded about the comment when watching Anthony Salcito (Microsoft’s global Vice President for Education) talking at the TEDx event in Paris in November. He described ‘air drop technology’ where…


Impacting student retention–the hundred million dollar question

Across Australia, tens of thousands of students start courses in universities that they never finish. Sometimes it’s because they find their course isn’t quite what they expected, and switch to a more suitable course. And sometimes they find that the university or course doesn’t meet their needs, and they switch university. Other times they end…


The biggest factor affecting student retention happens before the student arrives

I’ve been in a lot of discussions about CRM for student recruitment and student retention systems in the last month, and today I’m spending the day in a planning workshop, so I thought I’d share a controversial thought bouncing around my brain about higher education student attrition: There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the…


Can education IT keep up with the speed of innovation?

Last week the annual EDUCAUSE 2012 conference, for Higher Education IT people, took place in Denver. As usual, there was a buzz of stories that appeared on HE news websites like The Chronicle of Higher Education. What struck me, following the news and discussions, was that there’s a real focus on the pace of change…


Selling your things to schools–advice on how to get it right in the long-term

Doug Woods, an education blogger, trainer and consultant from the UK, recently offered some great advice to ICT companies in his blog post “Selling your things to schools”. Although Doug’s advice was specifically for the UK, a large portion of it is directly relevant to Australia. So here’s Doug’s top ten bits of advice for…


Will the university business model get turned upside down in five years?

I’ve often wondered whether the Twittering classes represent the majority. To be honest, I don’t think they do – in the same way that the blogging community don’t, or those speakers that enthral us at conferences and TeachMeets. They’re more likely to be the innovators with skins thick enough to take it when people disagree….