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How Studiosity keeps data safe

Jan 16, 2018

A few weeks ago, research was revealed that almost every computer chip built in the last 20 years contains fundamental security flaws. They were called Meltdown and Spectre and can steal data which is currently processed on a computer. Here at Studiosity, we ensure all data is kept secure. How? Our DevOps Engineer Lee Webb shares all the technological details in this post.

Image source: spectreattack.com

Christmas holiday reading: Our recommendations

Dec 21, 2017

It's that time of the year again.  Christmas is just around the corner, and most people are finishing up school/uni/TAFE/work and getting ready for their annual summer holiday.

Already a national hero, can Steve Smith help us with NAPLAN, too?

Dec 15, 2017

Steven Smith wasn't always the world's best batsman. Given his current status as possibly the next-best-to-Bradman, it's difficult to believe that he was first selected for Australia as a 21-year-old bowler, batting at number 8. What does this have to do with NAPLAN? Let's look at Smith's improvement streak.

Equal opportunity for regional, rural, and remote students

Dec 14, 2017

It's time to bridge the geographical divide, which still shapes educational privilege in Australia. We are at a point in history where equity of support is entirely possible, at-scale, and the benefits of just-in-time, personal, formative feedback are well documented and proven. Here is Studiosity's response to the National Independent Review into Regional, Rural, and Remote Education.

Everyone complains about the weather but no one does anything about it; the NAPLAN 'wake-up call'

Dec 14, 2017

"The decline in writing scores and the flatlining of reading results should act as a wake-up call that some changes are required," Mr Birmingham said. Of course, it is much easier to draw attention to a problem than solve it. With NAPLAN, policy-makers are still in the former phase. 

What happened when Macquarie put Studiosity to the test

Dec 12, 2017

We might be the opposite of a stressed-out undergrad - we get excited about a test. It's another chance for us to prove student outcomes. So what happened?

See you ATAR

Dec 7, 2017

This article appeared in Issue 8, November 2017, Education Review.

Australian Universities have had it so good for so long. They expect, and have become accustomed to secondary schools doing the University selection testing using Australian tertiary admission rank (ATAR). So what does a world without ATAR scores look like?

Are You Spending or Investing? Choosing the Right Partner for Academic Support.

Nov 2, 2017

The business of running universities has never been as fraught as it is today. Budgets are tight, and economic models are changing as student expectations and the maturation of online course delivery transform the learning experience.

In this environment it’s hardly surprising that many universities are looking to solve budget challenges by looking for what appear to be fast and easy ways to trim budgets. We know something about this, at least from the perspective of our work providing supplemental, online academic support to dozens of university partners.

The pressure to “save money” can lead to short-sighted processes where a “cost per minute” or a “budget expenditure figure” become all-important. “Box-ticking” exercises aside, there are 5 factors that decision makers should be considering that will lead to better outcomes for universities, their students, and their financial bottom line. They are:

Things we’d say to our favourite teachers, now

Oct 27, 2017

Teaching can be a tough and fairly thankless job, so we wanted to take the opportunity today, as National Teachers’ Day, to celebrate and honour teachers everywhere for the work they do (and have done).

Turning Gamers into Writers

Oct 12, 2017

I was having breakfast the other Saturday with my kids, after sport got cancelled. Some of the team, the boys, were all sitting together, and some of these teenage boys began describing how they write a school assignment. It was something of an eye-opener, for me at least. This is an extract from Jack's full presentation at the National Boys Education Conference, hosted at The King's School Parramatta.