Curtin University is entering a period of great change with a vision for transformation of the educational landscape. I am very keen to ensure that all University staff have access to information about work occurring in this exciting area as we work towards Transforming Learning @ Curtin
This paper documents the approach taken by an Australian University to enhance student study skills, development of academic language, and writing skills. The Curtin Business School (CBS) has the only fully faculty-based student learning support centre at Curtin University in Western Australia. Called the CBS Communication Skills Centre (CSC) it has seven academic staff charged with enhancing learning outcomes, intercultural communication and study proficiency for a diverse student cohort having a large proportion of international students. Described here is the CSC approach to using a suite of targeted services and collaborative practices in multiple academic disciplines to assist transnational learning. Challenges faced by international students using learning support services, and by staff designing and delivering those services in an Australian University form part of this discussion.
CurtinTeaching and Learning provides leadership and support for teaching and learning through its activities in academic professional development, curriculum design, courses management, elearning, and flexible learning support.
Students vary greatly in what they get out of lectures. Largely, it’s a question of ‘what you get out depends on what you put in’. The more actively you listen, the better. There are some practical techniques, such as preparing for the lecture ahead of time, taking notes and following up on your notes after the lecture which can help you to get much the most out of your lectures. But first it’s a good idea to consider why universities continue the tradition of giving lectures.
AMID growing concern that universities are enrolling too many ill-prepared students, 30,000 nationally are about to take their first steps towards becoming school teachers in one of the 272 undergraduate and 145 postgraduate courses on offer.
Curtin Converged is a new model of teaching and learning for Curtin. It encompasses four key elements, of which one or more will be incorporated into all of Curtin’s courses. Transforming Learning @ Curtin includes combinations of synchronous and asynchronous, campus-based, online, distributed, simulation and massive open online course (MOOC).
With new funding laws meaning more competition, the Australian student marketing war to attract students is waging on both home ground and overseas.
In WA, Curtin’s brand is all about the future. The Curtin line, Make Tomorrow Better, promotes it as a future thinker. The campaign launch included a TVC featuring students with light bulbs instead of heads, and the line ‘you can always spot the brightest minds’.
“It positioned Curtin as innovative, and we needed to relate that back to what it means for students,” says Carriero. “Its message is about making your future, your career and your community better.”
Yole, whose agency The Brand Agency was behind Make Tomorrow Better, says the brand campaign “reflects the philosophy of Curtin – they are looking for people who can bring ideas into reality”.
Australian universities need to be able to choose where they wish to place themselves on the continuum between teaching and research, between transmitting known knowledge and discovering the unknown, between short-term applied and long-term basic research, between cultivating students’ character and deepening their specific expertise, as well as between building international scholarly reputation and building national identity, between serving the professions as they exist and changing their social shape, between partnering with the community and standing apart as its independent critic.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s regulatory and quality agency for higher education. TEQSA’s primary aim is to ensure that students receive a high quality education at any Australian higher education provider.
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