Change is difficult: Making it happen and making it stick

Josephine Hook, Barbara Macfarlan, Tammy Smith

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Monash University is transforming its educational offering with a focus on students actively engaging in their learning experiences with educators changing their teaching practice so as to make that happen. The disruption to traditional approaches to education through innovative curricula, multi-faceted modes of delivery and purposeful learning spaces is challenging our educators to think about how students learn, and how to provide students with a quality educational experience. The University has employed a group of Educational Designers (EDs) and embedded these in each of the ten faculties to lead the change. The EDs interpret and implement the University education agenda within their faculties, partnering with academics to innovate teaching and learning across the University. This paper draws on case study methodology utilising two case studies, from the Arts and Science Faculties, to demonstrate how the EDs have enabled sustainable educational transformation. Despite working across ten faculties with various foci for enhancement, the EDs have coordinated their efforts to build staff capacity and resilience through a range of practical support strategies and programs. The strength of this support is grounded in the relationships that they are able to develop with our academic partners over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2018 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationOpen Oceans: Learning without Borders
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018 - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2018
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  • Change
  • Educational Designers
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher professional learning and development

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