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22 OPINION WEDNESDAY JULY 15 2015 SUBE01Z01MA - V1 TERTIARY education is increasingly under the spotlight. There are three key issues that impact on modernday university education: Should universities be considered as educational institutions or operate as businesses? Which university function is the more important, teaching or research? Should academic qualifications or workplace preparation be uppermost? Universities have to operate within these parameters. Without doubt, business practices drive universities. With greater and greater self-funding responsibility, universities have been inclined to extend enrolment opportunities for full feepaying students. This can mean prerequisite entry qualifications are relaxed, with or without bridging courses being provided. Research recognition earns immediate kudos for universities. Research outcomes based on empirical study, particularly when published, earns accolades for researchers and their institutions. Print and online publishing opportunities are drivers for university staff. Tertiary institutions and their staff want to be known, making the research field one of high priority. This emphasis means teaching can become of secondary importance. That can be a let-down. Anecdotal evidence suggests students value quality lecturing and are disappointed when teaching is not emphasised. Students in all university faculties are increasingly opting for external studies. This means they can live and work at home, with occasional residential requirements. Distance study has advantages, but can result in students working in isolation. Recently, the Adelaide University proposed courses without lectures. This approach would allow all students, both internal and external, to download prerecorded material. They would then complete required tasks before moving onto the next module. Charles Darwin University is a leader in distance education, with many students engaged in diploma and degree study through online learning. This approach works well for students who have good time management and organising skills. Discussion boards and the opportunity for peer posting enables students separated by distance to keep in touch with each other and discuss unit topics. Online communication with lecturers and tutors also enhances learning opportunities for online enrollees. Universities fill an important role in both research and education. Both functions are important and neither should be neglected. Technology is making learning more accessible. What Are You Doing Tonight? Adult Night Classes - leading the way in adult education Whether you are a first timer or a life-long learner looking to update your skills or broaden your horizons, an Adult Night Class can get you started! Our classes are second to none providing the community with a range of high quality recreational courses, generally with no pre-requisites, assessment or exams, and are delivered in a friendly atmosphere with hundreds of likeminded adults learning at their own pace. If you are interested in learning a new skill, having fun or creating your own social catchup, why not do something tonight and enrol in one of our diverse range of courses: Arts & Crafts Computing Cooking Health & Fitness Outdoors Home & Lifestyle Languages Music & Dance New special interest classes each term Term 3 starts 4 August 2015 Term 4 starts 12 October 2015 08 8983 7400 | www.adultnightclasses.com.au | BERRY SPRINGS CLINIC BULK BILLING NEW PATIENTS ARE MOST WELCOME Berry Springs Shopping Village, B5/10 Doris Road, Berry Springs NT 0838 Phone 8988 7500 www.arafuramedical.com.au Open Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm Saturday 9am to 4pm Book your First Aid Course now First Aid Course options Two day face to face Online learning and 3 hour assessment workshop Customised courses for workplace and community Become First Aid qualifed For more information contact Royal Life Saving Northern Territory P 8927 0400 E email@example.com W https://nt.training.royallifesaving.com.au Nationally accredited training from HLT package RTO #0859 Education and research must top list at unis ABOUT HENRY A Territorian since 1975, Henry has worked in remote, town and urban communities. He was principal at Leanyer School from 1992 until he retired in 2012.