The higher degree by research student as ‘master’: utilising a design thinking approach to improve learner experience in higher degree research supervision

van der Laan, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2275-8974 and Ormsby, Gail and Fergusson, Lee and Pau, Maria (2021) The higher degree by research student as ‘master’: utilising a design thinking approach to improve learner experience in higher degree research supervision. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18 (1):3. pp. 1-20.


Abstract

This article presents a work-based learning and research approach to professional postgraduate education specifically in the case of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs. It highlights a prototype of the Cohort-based Advisory Team (CAT) model as a useful strategy. The authors propose that a design thinking approach that empathises with the student experience as the 'Master' of the design reveals insights that may inform future formal higher education in the professions. An overview of the design thinking process associated with the Professional Studies programs as developed at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is provided. Case accounts of HDR students in the law and engineering disciplines provide exploratory evidence of the student experience. The article concludes that there is a case to be made to professional associations that this form of professional development (work-based learning and research) should be recognised in terms of the contributions it makes to the knowledge, skills and abilities of graduates.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version open-access on journal website.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 02:22
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, postgraduate supervision, work-based learning, design thinking, professional studies
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390115 Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42124

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