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Strategy for Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Future directions for learning, teaching and assessment at the University of Adelaide.

The Strategy for Learning Teaching and Assessment (STLA) 2016-2018 placed student engagement and success at centre-stage, and recognised the importance in these of students’ sense belonging to their academic community. It set goals to strengthen employability-related outcomes in programs and courses, and to develop students digital capabilities. We committed to strengthening educational practice for active learning across the institution and focused in particular on forms of group-based and inquiry-based learning through the Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) initiative. We increased our focus on sharing and celebrating undergraduate research as a mode of learning and knowledge-creation and we enhanced our students’ experience of blended learning by improved the MyUni environment through a major Learning Management System renewal project. We made lecture recording standard practice and substantially increased e-submission and e-marking of assessed assignments across the institution and we embarked on building entirely new capability and support at institution level in learning analytics, to help inform support for ‘at risk’ students and to support evidence-based enhancement of courses and programs. We strengthened reward, recognition and development of University teaching through the establishment of the Adelaide Education Academy and updates to our teaching awards scheme, including through the introduction of a student-led teaching award. We developed our engagement with students as partners in learning and teaching in other ways too, including through their participation in curriculum review and development, and in digital innovation activities.

The Future Directions for Learning, Teaching and Assessment paper proposes high-level priorities for development and innovation and distils six core propositions to guide future strategy. These propositions are intended as a springboard for further discussion and do not represent finalised strategy statements. The paper and responses to it will inform the refresh, in due course, of the STLA. This will build on directions set and progress made through the SLTA 2016-18. We will remain committed to ensuring that our students’ learning experiences are of the highest quality and value: engaging, inspiring, and focused on enabling student success. But we envisage that the next SLTA also will re-set some aspects of the SLTA 2016-18 and introduce new directions, in response to changes in the higher education landscape and the new strategic direction of the University.

We invite your comments on the paper and the 6 propositions. Feedback due by January 14, 2019.

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Future Directions Discussion Paper

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