Trish McCluskey: Director of Connected Learning at Victoria University
Trish McCluskey is the Director of Connected Learning at Victoria University where she works with a talented team of learning designers to create innovative curriculum resources and support academic staff to develop contemporary learning and teaching practices.
Trish is an award winning teacher and educational leader and has worked across the full spectrum of tertiary education.
She was instrumental in the design and development of the VU Block Model, a radical re-conceptualization of the traditional university curriculum.
Like many Australian Universities, Victoria University (VU) struggled with student retention and success. The old adage “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always got” was ringing true, therefore, drastic steps were required to disrupt the patterns of the past and enable VU to achieve their strategic aims “to ensure the highest levels of student satisfaction among first-year students of any university in Victoria by 2020”.
This presentation will highlight how VU set out to redesign the first year experience for both students and staff. This Australian-first innovation, known as the VU Way has revolutionised how first year at university is experienced by students. The radical and innovative approach to a whole of university change strategy, enables students to undertake their units individually and sequentially in four-week blocks, rather than juggling four units at once across a 12 or 16-week semester. It also connects students to peers and teachers through smaller class sizes where they have the opportunity to know and be known by peers and teachers. Multifaceted teams of academic and professional staff worked together to support the re-design, development and evaluation of curriculum, using a blended learning approach.
The outcomes of this innovative and student centered project will be shared and possible reasons for its phenomenal success will be explored.
Date: 24 September
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Toowoomba Studio Y103 and Zoom
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