Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and Events › Public lecture/debate/seminar
The poster addresses three teaching and learning challenges relevant to higher education (HE) pre-service teacher training namely, the tendency for fragmented, ‘silo’ style unit development in HE; the tendency of practitioners to focus on ‘content’ (the what) as opposed to ‘better’ ways of creating innovative teaching, learning and assessment opportunities (the how); and a highly competitive marketplace where graduates are competing for scarce job opportunities. In the context of course design these challenges are also unique opportunities to transform curriculum from the inside out. The changes required to transform curriculum include engaging with methods of unit design, content choice, teaching and learning strategies and assessment that are fit-for-purpose, innovative and forward thinking. This is exemplified by sharing a process for breaking down and then re-invigorating ‘the how’ in 4 units in the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) degree at Monash university as part of a staged approach to course implementation aligned with Australian Curriculum imperatives and the Monash Better Teaching Better Learning Framework (BTBL). It is argued that using the BTBL Framework to reflect upon thinking, actions and outcomes during the unit design process offers a unit production tool and pedagogical device to create a rich and varied educational environment filled with transferable skills and underpinned by curiosity and discovery.
Australian College of Educators National Conference 2016