Integrating connectedness learning into institutional program review processes in an Australian regional university

Hammer, Sara and Ayriss, Peter and Basson, Marita and Batorowicz, Beata and Devine, Jo and Forbes, Melissa and Kist, Alexander and McCredie, Tessa and McCubbin, Amanda and Wade, Bill (2019) Integrating connectedness learning into institutional program review processes in an Australian regional university. In: Higher education and the future of graduate employability: a connectedness learning approach. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 209-229. ISBN 978-1-78897-260-4

Abstract

This chapter describes a pilot initiative in a Creative Arts and an Engineering program in a regional Australian University. We integrated Connectedness Pedagogies into institutional program review and enhancement processes and enabled wider institutional connections by including Careers and Employability staff. We used a qualitative social constructionist approach to review the effectiveness of this process and the experiences of select stakeholders. Findings highlighted the benefits of integrating connectedness learning into existing curriculum review and enhancement processes including the identification of relevant strengths, gaps and opportunities, the foregrounding of teaching and learning approaches, and the potential for conception change related to perceived curriculum and teacher roles. Challenges that emerged as a result of the way the integration process was implemented in each School highlighted the importance of balancing top-down visioning and cohesion with collaborative, inclusive review and design activities. Furthermore, whilst there were tangible benefits on both sides to Careers and Employability staff involvement, more work is needed to formalise their role in the program review and enhancement process.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 01:39
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 00:45
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4337/9781788972611.00022
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36917

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