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Check out writings from our CEO, John Mason

John had his first work published in the 1960's and continues to be very active writing books, magazine articles, newsletters and blogs (including this one).

He has had over 50 printed books and more than 80 eBooks published; has been editor for four different magazines; and today owns and operates a business that runs distance education colleges and publishing businesses in both Australia and the UK.

This blog presents extracts from work he has written both alone, and in collaboration with his staff; both old and new; and musings about what is happening in his world today.

Principal of ACS Distance Education, John Mason, looks at the current changes in education from an Australian perspective.

Whilst many parts of the higher education industry are in turmoil, this does not mean all of the industry is in decline as a whole. Some parts of the industry are experiencing rapid growth.

How then can the industry evolve as a whole to suit learners and employer demands?

 

Virtual and Online Healing. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to a lot of changes, not least, how medical care and healing is carried out. More services have been introduced and developed online as patients have not been able to meet their health professionals face to face. 


 

Is there a skills gap in classroom teachers who are now conducting online training?

Classroom teachers being thrown into online learning have a steep learning curve to deliver effective online content and effective learning. How can they transition to this modality and continue to ensure students are motivated and participating in quality learning? Are traditional educational facilities equipped to deliver online learning?

 

Depression Doubles in Britain

The figures for adults reporting depression in Britain has doubled compared to this time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.  20% of adults are reporting depressive symptoms, compared to 10% before the pandemic.  The study is following up 3,500 adults over a 12 month period.  Only a small number, 3.5%, reported that they felt they had an improvement in their symptoms. 

 
Life used to be simpler, made up of three stages – childhood and adolescence, going to school and living at home, your adult life, working, raising a family, moving into your own home and finally retirement.  This worked socially, psychologically and economically for many people.

All of this has changed. In the past, people may have taken a course or trained in a specific career, such as accountancy or carpentry.  But today, it is common for people to have three or more, retraining several times as they move from one career to another.