Margaret McDonough-Glenn


Margaret McDonough-Glenn has a B.A. (Hons) from University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from Hawkesbury Community College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She has taught at university, community college and TAFE in Australia. In the pursuit of her doctoral dissertation she researched in many famous institutions such as Bodleian Library, Oxford, Cambridge, London, London School of Economics, Institute of Historical Research, Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Keele universities, United Kingdom, Harvard, Texas, Stanford, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Columbia, Chicago and UCLA, universities, United States of America, University of Waterloo, Canada, Australian research institutions and universities in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. She also gave numerous international research papers for example at: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Sydney, Australia and International Congress of Historical Sciences, Oslo, Norway. She has interviewed the professors of Australian historiography venturing beyond Australia to access their papers. In 2017 she attended and presented a paper at an international education conference about education for older persons.

Over the last eight years Margaret has been teaching lifelong learning; the many topics she has covered include civic education, women’s human rights: ideas, issues and history, indigenous issues and human rights, same sex marriage and human rights and in particular third phase education. Recent courses that she has taught include: Social Justice Course: Issues for Australians, Can Women Have It All: Family, Career and Power, Book Club, Hot Topics for 2016 Federal Election and State of Education in Australia. With regard to the last course for the first time a vice chancellor addressed the class, Professor Caroline McMillen of the University of Newcastle.

In 2012 she adopted Skype video that opened the world to her Sydney classes, originally Skyping beyond the borders of New South Wales to South Australia and Victoria. Since then she has gone on to Skype the world securing guest speakers from Russia, United States of America and United Kingdom, to Harvard University, MIT, London University, University of Kentucky, University of Toronto.

In 2017 Margaret began teaching at UON, Sydney campus. In the last semester 2017, Margaret’s courses ventured into the new pioneering field of transnational education and university to university video conferencing. Working with Professor Andrew White of University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, UNNC, we pioneered university to university video conferencing transnational education, ‘Ideas from Australia and China’ course between University of Newcastle, Sydney campus and University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.

In first semester 2018 University of Newcastle, Sydney campus course, Issues and Insights for South Africa was offered to Sydney students and for the first time via video link to those in international or regional locations.

Margaret strives to advance further the new pioneering field of transnational education and video conferencing; Margaret passionately believes that all students should have access to the latest topics, leading academics, professors, intellectuals, public figures, politicians, ideas and resources regardless of their background or location.

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