Issue 05 - 23 February 1999

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Free Net seminars

Monash University is supporting a series of free public seminars on the Internet for Gippsland residents.

The sessions, in February and March, have been organised by Uniting Our Rural Communities Inc, with support from the Federal Government's Networking the Nation fund and Monash.

They are part of the group's Technology and Leadership Project, which aims to help rural families and individuals shape their own and the region's future through electronic communication networks.

Seminars were held recently at Orbost and Omeo and have been organised for Bairnsdale (24 February), Leongatha (26 February), Maffra (2 March) and Yarram (4 March). Feedback from participants will be used to shape the project's direction over the next 18 months.

The seminars are a lead-up to a conference on the same topic to be held at the Gippsland campus on 30 March. The conference will feature the US Under-Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Jill Thompson.

For further information, contact Ms Cate Fitzsimon at the Centre for Electronic Commerce on extn 26508.


New transition website launched

The Monash Transition Program has launched its new website.

The site, at www.adm.monash.edu.au/transition, will act as a clearinghouse for information on transition issues for all categories of students as well as for academics, researchers, teachers, schools and parents.

Featuring information on a range of resources, it will be regularly updated with a monthly newsletter, details on research seminars and contacts for the rapidly expanding Transition Network at Monash.

Launched at the start of O-Week, the site features the annual 'Virtual workshop' series focusing on strategies and ideas for academic teaching of first-year students.

Topics covered include ways to encourage interaction among students, promoting collaborative learning, and use of early assessment tasks and feedback in first-year subjects.

Workshop materials are available on the website and will be emailed directly to Monash staff on the transition distribution list.

For more information or to join the list, contact Ms Jacqueline Dynon on extn 55887 or email jacqueline.dynon@adm.monash.edu.au


Save lives, give blood

Monash staff and students have a chance to help save lives when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service visits Monash's Clayton campus in early March.

The Blood Service will operate between 9.15 am and 3.30 pm from 3 to 5 March at building 60 in the Engineering precinct.

Donors should drink plenty of water and have a healthy meal before donating.

As a bonus, all new donors (and regular donors who bring a new donor) will receive a free movie ticket.

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