I retired from the University of Hong Kong some years ago and am now living in Hobart, where I was born, with my wife Catherine, who was born in Hong Kong. The result of the 2022 election was like a heavy weight being lifted from Australia’s shoulders. The new government however has found that 9 years of Coalition governments had created enormous damage to Australians with their utterly mean and nasty put downs particularly of the underprivileged, and rank corruption. We can now be optimistic about many things. But under Labor it’s still money first, people second, despite what Albanese says. Labor’s intransigence over 43% emissions reduction by 2030 is driven by the fact that Labor receives as much from the fossil fuel industry as does the Coalition. Also you’d think that the rate of corona virus infections would alert politicians to the fact that there needs to be mandatory mask wearing, they are cheap and they work, but instead they are pretending the pandemic doesn’t exist (tourism and hospitality industries like to believe that myth). The worse the spread of the virus the more protective measures are relaxed. The pandemic spelled the end of cruise ships for us. More in ABOUT ME.
On 8 September 2017, I was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the fields of curriculum development and assessment.” That’s basically about constructive alignment and the SOLO Taxonomy. In my citation they also mention my nonacademic writing.
Then in February 2022, I was awarded the Career Achievement Award in the 2021 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) for an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. In announcing the award AAUT Chair Professor John Dewar said: “Professor Biggs has had a profound impact on approaches to the design of curriculum, assessment and learning in higher education in Australia and overseas. …His SOLO taxonomy and notably his model of constructive alignment have shaped the practice of an entire generation of tertiary educators in Australia and beyond. His book Teaching for quality learning at university has garnered over 21,000 citations since its publication in 1999 and his achievements have left an enduring legacy in Australia and across the world.”
The 4th Edition of : TEACHING FOR QUALITY LEARNING AT UNIVERSITY (with Catherine Tang); the 5th edition with Gregor Kennedy to help us with updated ed tech will be out late 2022. .
THE FJORDS OF ALASKA and “ROCK AND ROLL, BIG WHEEL!” through W Canada are latest TRAVELOGUES. Many more on that site. Covid has put paid to further travelogues any time soon.
My latest book: Waves of Unreason: Australian Prime Ministers in the 21st Century, Ginninderra Press, 2020.
Australians have seen seven prime ministers in 12 years. But what’s more worrying is that out of the last nine elections, seven have been won not only by the Coalition, but by a hard right minority faction, whereas Labor has won only two elections, one of those in minority. Yet the country is split roughly down middle between Coalition and Labor voters. Many recent governments have therefore not been representative of the Australian people. Clearly there are flaws in the system that may be only too readily exploited by the ruthlessly ambitious, as we have seen particularly in the 2019 election campaign. I review recent electoral history and discuss how we may return to a more democratic system. I then predicted that Scott Morrison’s aggressive and mendacious personality would cause him to self destruct, as happened in his previous jobs in tourism. We’ll see. Free PDF: https://www.johnbiggs.com.au/waves-of-unreason/
Neoliberalism and its sordid rider managerialism have betrayed the mission of our universities; Universities in Society describes the phases of development of Australian universities, their present state, and their proposed future.
ACADEMIC is the story of my academic journey as an educational psychologist. CHANGING UNIVERSITES (2013) is an academic memoir covering over 50 years. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free PDF version.
WRITER describes my non-academic writing: fiction details my six novels and short stories, nonfiction is about memoirs and Tasmanian social history. TASMANIA OVER FIVE GENERATIONS: Return to Van Diemen’s Land? is a socio-political history of Tasmania Now only $20 to cover packing and post. Email me at email@example.com
FROM ASHES TO ASHES The career of NSW secondary school teacher, Peter Morrison. Unlike most of us, Peter marched to the beat of two different drummers: one led him to follow in his schoolteacher father’s respectable footsteps, the other led him into a whole heap of trouble. $12 for P&P contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
DISGUISES, published first in 2007, is now an e-book with me as author, not the non-existent Sally Leigh (I found that using a nom de plume was not a good idea). The middle section of this book, set in 60s Hong Kong, is ‘the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read’, as Liz Winfield, Hobart poet, put it. $12 P&P or Free PDF version. Contact email@example.com .
TIN DRAGONS is my most commercially successful novel: so successful it sold out. It is a story based on the Chinese pioneer tin miners who worked in NE Tasmania in the late 19th Century in order to earn their 100 sovereigns before returning to China. Fortunately many didn’t return to the great benefit of Australian cricket as it turned out, The mines attracted fortune hunters of all kinds: refugees from the dreadful Tai Ping Revolution, crooks, Master Mou in search of spiritual riches, and our Terry and Lizzie in search of a better life. PDF Free at firstname.lastname@example.org
All my books now available free as PDF