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The Centre for Learning and Teaching supports staff and students to engage in lifelong and life wide learning by hosting various events throughout the year.

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Public Lecture - Associate Professor Andrew Harvey, 5 November 2018

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey La Trobe University

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) at La Trobe University. Andrew has published widely in areas of higher education policy, including issues of access, retention, regionality, comparative international admissions frameworks, employability, and the experience of foster care students. In 2016 he led a national report on student equity and employability in higher education funded by the Department of Education and Training. Andrew recently co-edited a scholarly book on student equity, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, 2016).

Abstract: Equity at the end of the student life cycle: strategies for success, completions and graduate outcomes

Universities are increasingly accountable for student outcomes. Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning include graduate outcome data designed to drive enrolment decisions of prospective students. Performance-based funding has been introduced within the Indigenous Student Support Program, requiring universities to focus on success rates and student completions. The Australian Government is proposing to expand this model to mainstream funding, rewarding universities that record high completion rates and strong graduate outcomes. There is a rising focus on the far end of the student lifecycle – completion, graduate employment, and postgraduate transitions. For universities, new trends and policies raise new institutional questions. How can attrition be prevented, and how can students labelled as ‘drop-outs’ be re-engaged and re-recruited? How might employability strategies support all students, including those who lack time, connections, or money to undertake work-integrated learning or extra-curricular activities? Which groups are at risk of poor outcomes, and what tailored strategies are required to support their employability and postgraduate prospects? The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion addressing these questions with reference to recently conducted research around retention, performance-based funding, employability, and postgraduate equity.

Location: Joondalup campus, Edith Cowan University

Date: Monday 5th November 2018

Time: 9:00am to 10:45am (AWST) Joondalup Campus, Building 32, Room 101

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey La Trobe University

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) at La Trobe University. Andrew has published widely in areas of higher education policy, including issues of access, retention, regionality, comparative international admissions frameworks, employability, and the experience of foster care students. In 2016 he led a national report on student equity and employability in higher education funded by the Department of Education and Training. Andrew recently co-edited a scholarly book on student equity, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, 2016).

Abstract: Equity at the end of the student life cycle: strategies for success, completions and graduate outcomes

Universities are increasingly accountable for student outcomes. Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning include graduate outcome data designed to drive enrolment decisions of prospective students. Performance-based funding has been introduced within the Indigenous Student Support Program, requiring universities to focus on success rates and student completions. The Australian Government is proposing to expand this model to mainstream funding, rewarding universities that record high completion rates and strong graduate outcomes. There is a rising focus on the far end of the student lifecycle – completion, graduate employment, and postgraduate transitions. For universities, new trends and policies raise new institutional questions. How can attrition be prevented, and how can students labelled as ‘drop-outs’ be re-engaged and re-recruited? How might employability strategies support all students, including those who lack time, connections, or money to undertake work-integrated learning or extra-curricular activities? Which groups are at risk of poor outcomes, and what tailored strategies are required to support their employability and postgraduate prospects? The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion addressing these questions with reference to recently conducted research around retention, performance-based funding, employability, and postgraduate equity.

Location: Joondalup campus, Edith Cowan University

Date: Monday 5th November 2018

Time: 9:00am to 10:45am (AWST) Joondalup Campus, Building 32, Room 101

Morning tea provided

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The ECUlture conference provides staff and students with the opportunity to showcase innovation in the field of learning and teaching. It encourages scholarship in teaching and the demonstration of best practice, and facilitates the exchange of ideas.

Theme: Meaningful student success: A focus on what works for retention and employability.
Date: Monday 5th November 2018
Time: 08.30am to 5.00pm
Location: ECU Joondalup campus, Building 32. Find map

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Keynote: Associate Professor Andrew Harvey

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) at La Trobe University. Andrew has published widely in areas of higher education policy, including issues of access, retention, regionality, comparative international admissions frameworks, employability, and the experience of foster care students. In 2016 he led a national report on student equity and employability in higher education funded by the Department of Education and Training. Andrew recently co-edited a scholarly book on student equity, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, 2016).

Abstract: Equity at the end of the student life cycle: strategies for success, completions and graduate outcomes

Universities are increasingly accountable for student outcomes. Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning include graduate outcome data designed to drive enrolment decisions of prospective students. Performance-based funding has been introduced within the Indigenous Student Support Program, requiring universities to focus on success rates and student completions. The Australian Government is proposing to expand this model to mainstream funding, rewarding universities that record high completion rates and strong graduate outcomes.

There is a rising focus on the far end of the student lifecycle – completion, graduate employment, and postgraduate transitions. For universities, new trends and policies raise new institutional questions. How can attrition be prevented, and how can students labelled as ‘drop-outs’ be re-engaged and re-recruited? How might employability strategies support all students, including those who lack time, connections, or money to undertake work-integrated learning or extra-curricular activities? Which groups are at risk of poor outcomes, and what tailored strategies are required to support their employability and postgraduate prospects?

The presentation will address these questions with reference to recently conducted research around retention, performance-based funding, employability, and postgraduate equity.

Professor Linda Crane will lead discussion of perspectives on the earlier sessions. Particular focus will be on themes that are common across sessions – with an emphasis on their relationships to student transitions and employability.

At the end of the session participants will be able to recognise issues relevant to transition and employability in their context and think about effective strategies to improve student experience in both domains.

Location: ECU, Joondalup Campus, Building 32, Room 101
Time:  3:30pm to 4:00pm (AWST)

How universities can improve [coursework] postgraduate students’ transition to study

An important aspect of supporting postgraduate student success is supporting their ability to transition into university study at a postgraduate level and support their employability goals. The focus of this workshop is to expand the knowledge, skills and resources academics can use to address student transition particularly in the context of post-graduate students. The content and resources are developed from two Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching strategic priority projects on graduate employability and postgraduate student experience. The workshop will summarise the projects’ key findings relevant to postgraduate student experience of transition. The key points of transition into study and exiting study into employability will be included. Participants will engage in interactive activities to explore how postgraduate students perceive their student experience and strategies we can build into the everyday curriculum to support them.

The workshop will be of interest to Associate Deans Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Course and Unit Coordinators, and professional staff who support academic staff and Postgraduate Coursework students. Working together, the participants will:

(i) identify which of the student experiences are true in the ECU contexts – and add others identified through discussion

(ii) share strategies that they currently use to support postgraduate students including those targeted to enhance students’ transitions

(iii) consider additional strategies to bolster student experience through transitions and for employability within the ECU context

Date & Time: Tuesday 6 November, 09.30am to 12.00pm
Location: ECU JO34.545

How universities can improve higher degree by research students’ experience, transition to study and employability

Undertaking a postgraduate research degree can be a daunting prospect and seem like a long and lonely road. Based on insights from an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching strategic priority project on postgraduate student experience this workshop will engage participants in activities to strengthen understanding of research students’ experience including those affecting their transitions – at the commencement of their journey as students and as they look to their next phase of post-study employability.

Participants will engage in interactive activities to explore how research students perceive their student experience and strategies we can build into their experience to support them.

The workshop will be of interest to Associate Deans Research, HDR Supervisors, Graduate Research School staff, and professional staff who support postgraduate research students. Working together, the participants will:

(i) identify which of the research student experiences are true in the ECU contexts – and add others identified through discussion

(ii) share strategies that they currently use to support postgraduate research students including those targeted to enhance students’ transitions

(iii) consider additional strategies to bolster student research experience through transitions and for employability within the ECU context

Date & Time: Tuesday 6 November, 12.30pm to 3.00pm
Location: ECU JO34.545


Contact us

Email: clt@ecu.edu.au

Location: ECU Joondalup Campus, Building 34, Level 5

Phone: (61 8) 6304 2554

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