Getting the Context Right for Quality Teaching and Learning

Lynne Hunt (University of Southern Queensland, Australia & University of Western Australia, Australia) and Michael Sankey (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 279
EISBN13: 9781466644151|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3661-3.ch016
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Abstract

This is the story of top-down, middle-out, and bottom-up change to promote learning and teaching at a regional university in Australia. The case study documents a whole-of-university change process designed to get the context right to enhance university learning and teaching. It describes the baseline for action, the planning processes, and implementation strategies that adapted a project management approach. The chapter explores contestable issues associated with centralised university change processes versus devolved, faculty initiatives, and it shows how these might be combined. It also outlines the guiding principles of the change process, which was informed by a concern to develop coherent student learning journeys, cross-institutional planning, and a community development approach to engage the hearts and minds of staff. It also featured a systems approach designed to make it difficult for staff to get things wrong.
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