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“Ipsa scientia potestas est. Knowledge itself is power.” Attributed to Sir Francis Bacon

In The Advancement of Learning (1605), lawyer, statesman, philosopher, and lord chancellor of England, Sir Francis Bacon, charted the map of knowledge: history (memory), poetry (imagination) and philosophy (reason). To this he famously introduced the scientific method during the Scientific Revolution.

Four centuries later, learning is again facing a crisis and a renaissance – with widespread debate on art versus science, private versus public, face-to-face and online learning.

This month we look at pedagogy, the art, science, and business of how we teach and learn in a new world of advancing technology, wicked world problems, changing job markets and shifting economies.

In THOUGHT, Georgina Safe studies how our current social and political developments are transforming not only the ways we learn, but the subject matter itself.

In CASE, Claudia Osborne examines the changing face of Australia’s education system, looking back at the historic 2011 Gonski Report and 2017 review and to the current plight of Australian universities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In PROFILE, Naomi Tosic sits down with the incomparable Dr Gene Sherman to chart a history of how education, learning and teaching have been central to her extraordinary life.

GUIDE takes a tour of a new school of thought honouring the importance of design in the alchemy of learning.

SPOTLIGHT catches up with with the “Willy Wonka” of design experiences, Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, who founded the University of the Underground – a free, transnational university based in the basement of nightclubs across the world.

PULSE canvases the stay-at-home educational opportunities available from your laptop, including short-courses, superstar lectures, educational apps and online tutorials.

INSIGHT brings together a 4-strong power panel who are all top of their class when it comes to grappling with the big and small matters of education – from systems and policy, through to people and place. 

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