October 9

Face-To-Face Support Offers A Lifeline Uni Students

Face-To-Face Support Offers A Lifeline Uni Students

The growing number of Regional University Centres has proven to be an invaluable resource for university students who live far from a campus or are studying online. Early evaluations have shown that these centres are very effective in supporting students from remote and regional Australia who are historically underrepresented at university and at high risk of dropping out. One student stated: I would have probably stopped the course if it wasn’t for [their learning skills adviser] that I saw.

The number of centres is now 26 and is managed locally by not-for profit boards that are independent from the community. These centres work in partnership with universities to provide face-to-face learning opportunities for students from remote and regional areas. Each centre offers quiet study areas, computers, internet, study support, and peer company.

These Centres Are Students Necessary For What?

About half of Australians living in remote areas are more likely to hold a university degree than those who live in cities. The educational gap begins early. High school students in these areas are about 30% less likely to complete year 12 than those from cities.

Research shows that this isn’t because these young people don’t want to go university. Students and their families face major obstacles due to the high cost of tuition and the emotional and physical disruption that comes with moving away from home.

Online learning has been embraced and expanded by the pandemic. Online learning has allowed more students from remote areas to study in their own communities. Regional study is more likely to lead you to work in the region, which can boost your local economy.

Online Education’s Challenges Students

Online learning has brought online education’s challenges into the limelight. These challenges were only experienced by a small number of people until recently. There is now a greater awareness about the need for better support for online students from all over the world, even those who live outside of major cities.

Online learning presents challenges in the form of technology and connectivity issues. These problems are more common in remote and regional Australia. Another barrier is isolation from other students and teachers. These challenges are being addressed by students at regional university centres. Students can learn, connect with other students, access high-speed internet, information technology, and receive help with their studies at each centre.

13 of the 26 centres in Australia are part of the Country Universities Centre network. One student from one of these centres stated: It is difficult to get reliable internet because I live 20km away from the town. Access to CUC has been a huge help. Because I love it there, I feel more motivated to keep going with my studies.

Early Evaluations Have Shown That Centres Are Efficient

Since 2018, the number of Regional University Centres in the country has been steadily increasing. Since 2018, the number of Regional University Centres has steadily increased across the country. This growth was fueled by community willpower, and funded by both local government and local industry. CUC evaluations are beginning to show a positive effect on student.

The Learning Skills Advisor (LSA), a program that provides general academic skills sessions throughout the CUC network, is one example. This is the first in-house evaluation. It provides a fascinating snapshot of students who attended LSA sessions between March 2020 and July 2021. Also, it shows the overall impact of the program.

Strong representation was seen among students from government equity groups. These included students from low socioeconomic (SES) and Indigenous (9%) backgrounds. 53% of them were among the first to go to university. 65.5% of them were 25-years-old or older, while 46% were part-time students.

Historically Underrepresented Students

Research shows that online, Indigenous, and part-time students are historically underrepresent at universities. They are more likely not to graduate if they manage to get into university.

  • Recent snapshots show that the centres reach students who are most at-risk.
  • Very positive feedback from students
  • It is evident that the LSA program has had positive effects. This evaluation revealed:
  • 93% of participants reported feeling more confident in their studies
  • 96% of respondents were more motivated
  • Higher grades achieve by 97.5%
  • 95% of respondents were more likely continue their studies.
  • Students found the practical information useful.
  • I was able to learn about various ways to search for information. Able to get ideas on how to organize information and structure essays better.
  • I learned how to reference as I went, adding the reference to my bibliography when I found the source.
  • Students’ confidence and motivation to succeed increased as did their grades. This is evident in their responses:
  • Managed an HD/D average. This is due to the support I received from [LSA].
  • Gave me the edge for exam day.
  • My confidence is high and my marks follow suit.
  • They valued the ability to study in a place that provided all of the necessary facilities.
  • Perfect study space away from distractions, with everything you need right in one place.

Preliminary Evaluation

These preliminary evaluation results are very encouraging. These preliminary evaluations show that local support can motivate and encourage remote students. They can persevere and succeed by building their confidence and skills. CUC students are currently undergoing a more formal evaluation. These results will be publish in the early part of 2022.

Early results show that Regional University Centres complement the online education provided by universities. These centres are making a significant impact with their technology, physical space and face-to–face support. This is a win for all, not just students and universities but also regional, rural, and remote communities.

October 9

End Is Nigh For Windows XP

End Is Nigh For Windows XP

Microsoft’s Windows XP finally sets the sun almost 13 years after it was release in October 2001. This is despite the fact that the world remains in shock following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Although the operating system is use in many PCs at home and at work, it has also use by many users. However, XP can be dangerous for those who still use it.

Windows XP’s service life is like all operating systems. XP is short for extended user experience. It is still being use by hundreds of millions of computer users worldwide. In February 2014, less than 30% of all PCs worldwide still run XP despite the availability of three newer versions of Windows (Vista and Windows 7), Windows 8 and its tweak version 8.1.

There Are Risks To Soldiering On Windows

Some XP enthusiasts will be moving to Windows 7 or 8 while others will continue using XP after April 8. Despite numerous updates and patches, XP has been a reliable operating system for many years. People who continue to use (internet connected) XP after support ends are facing a growing number security holes that won’t be fixed by Microsoft hot-fixes and periodic updates. Users will not be able access technical support for any problems with XP.

Microsoft Admits Windows

Your computer may not stop working if you use Windows XP beyond support. However, it could become more susceptible to security threats and viruses if it continues to run Windows XP.

All Are Welcome To Attack Windows

As with any ongoing war, hackers and attackers take advantage of the moment that defenders leave battle. They’ve almost certainly been planning for the day that millions of XP computers will be more vulnerable. This day is April 8, 2014.

Tim Rains, Microsoft’s director for trustworthy computing, made a statement in August warning that security patches on later versions of Windows might give cyber-criminals all the information they need in order to launch a successful attack against unsupported versions.

This is possible because there are many program codes that are shared between different versions of Windows. You can fix the code for Windows 7 or 8, and then you will see a flaw in XP. Although XP is still capable of surviving attacks, it can be hacked and anti-virus software and malware detection software are available. However, hackers are more likely to attack older internet browsers. For those who are interested, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides more detail.

What Can XP Users Do To Help?

Users can choose to update to the latest version of Windows at any time (and Microsoft provides some guidance here), or to switch to another operating system. There are many options. The growing number of online sellers selling computers at wholesale prices makes it affordable to buy new or almost new equipment.

However, for larger organisations, the task can take months if not years to complete. Not the days and weeks they have before they turn their attention to XP support. These people need to given timely advice on how to stay safe.

Course In Cyber-Intrusion Management Windows

The Information Security Manual is a publication by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). It provides useful advice to anyone who wants to be safe from cyber-attacks. White-listing of applications. A list of trust, verified programs for the PC is create base on the job it is need to perform. These programs must be the only ones allow to be install on your computer. Otherwise, potentially dangerous programs (such as scripts and DLLs), cannot be execute.

Installing patches. Install updates and fixes as soon as they are available for white-listed apps, such Java, PDF viewer and web browser. Older internet browsers are especially vulnerable. Security patches and hot-fixes for operating systems. Install the most recent security patches and hot-fixes automatically as soon as they are available. ASD recommends that Windows XP be avoid due to its inherent risk

Restrict administrator privileges. Administrator access should be restrict to only those who are require to modify or install operating systems and applications. These four security measures are very effective if they are implement. XP users can protect their computer by performing three of the four steps, as well as using the most up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software.

For more information, please see the complete list of 35 Strategies for Mitigating Targeted Cyber Intrusions (and make sure to read all the fine print).

End Of An Era

It is a good time to reflect on an era in which a single operating system controlled the market, as the sun sets on the venerable XP. These days are rapidly disappearing as new paradigms of computing (Android and iOS, cloud computing wireless mobile, open-source) take a growing share. Microsoft employees must be worry.

October 9

World Even More Connected In The Internet Of Things

World Even More Connected In The Internet Of Things

Imagine a world connected to technology that is more advanced than the one we have today. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has provided a timely paper on the Internet of Things (IoT) this week. The paper identifies issues that are of immediate concern to ACMA and also provides an overview of technology and its capabilities.

The IoT allows for the interconnection of large numbers of devices, data, and computing power via the internet. At the moment, the internet usually has at least one human on either end of the communication. Most communications in the IoT will use sensors, actuators or cloud-based computing processes at one end.

The IoT is interesting because it allows data to be link from many devices to the immense computing power of cloud computing. Although sensor networks and machine to machine communication have around for a while, it has mostly done over the cellular telephone network or short-range mesh networks like ZigBee.

The processing of these data, such as device tracking or pollution monitoring, is generally quite straightforward. The internet allows for many new possibilities thanks to the connection of these devices. The large-scale deployment of sensor networks will result in huge amounts of data that can be transfer via the internet to be process with the vast resources of cloud computing.

There Are Many Applications Connected

Potential applications include health, aged care and infrastructure. The terms smart city and smart infrastructure refer to the ability to combine large-scale sensor networks with cloud computing.

For example, smoke alarms could be integrate with fire departments. An explosion in a factory may be indicate by a rapid rise in alarms. The data from alarms, along with the pattern and sequence of alarms, might be use to provide information about the nature, location, and extent of an explosion.

ACMA’s paper contains some discussion about projections for technology adoption. These projections seem incredible. A McKinsey report from recent years estimates that productivity gains worldwide will reach US$11.1 trillion per year by 2025. Chair of Telstra Catherine Livingstone believes that IoT will bring about changes comparable to those experienced with fixed-line internet in mid-1990s, and mobile internet in mid 2000s.

More Connections Billions Connected

Even more remarkable is the speed at which these technologies will be adopt. Cisco predicts that 50-billion devices will be connect to the internet in 2020, compared with the 15 billion currently connected. This area is definitely booming. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a regulatory framework in place. This is the subject of this paper.

ACMA invites interested parties to comment about its plans in the area. The paper’s most important part is the description of ACMA’s current, long-term and medium-term IoT focus. The availability of spectrum, mobile numbers, and information exchange are all current concerns. Spectrum refers to the frequency bands that are available for wireless communication between the IoT’s sensors and actuators.

Machine to Machine Communications (M2M) is the precursor to IoT. The mobile telephone network has been the mainstay of this system. ACMA released a new range of mobile numbers (05) in 2012 to complement the (04) range. Additional number ranges may be need if there is an increase in devices.

Unlicensed Spectrum

Unlicensed spectrum is used in short range sensor networks, such as Wi-Fi. This paper examines the suitability and possibility of new spectrum being made available in the 6GHz band. It also discusses the possibility of long-range communications, such as LoRa, using unlicensed spectrum.

Another area concerns how to address harms. This refers to privacy and security breaches, as well as other issues that may be difficult to understand. Management of “harms” requires information exchange between parties. To help a computer infected with malware, cooperation may be required between several parties. What will it look like in the IoT environment?

The paper identifies longer-term concerns such as network security and reliability, as well as the ability of consumers and businesses to manage their information and devices. The paper, in general, is a welcome addition for discussion on a growing area