Innovative perspectives and approaches for enhancing the student experience

Project abstract

This project builds capacity of higher education institutions by developing new perspectives and approaches for enhancing the student experience. To effectively manage the student experience, institutions must understand who students are and what they expect from higher education. Students have changed in the 21st century and institutions need to understand and do different things to enhance their experience. Much current work has conceptual and technical limitations and is failing to deliver.

This project steps ahead in both substantive and methodological ways. Through literature/context reviews and fieldwork it builds new conceptualisations of Australia's undergraduate students which go beyond stereotypes, generalities and dated assumptions. Through a scan of institutional practices it identifies new and under-utilised empirical options for understanding and enhancing the 21st century student experience. It brings these developments together into a model and enhancement framework.

Further engagement activities are deployed to seed sustainable institutional adoption.

Project objective

To effectively manage the student experience, institutions must understand who students are and what they expect from higher education. Much current work has conceptual and technical limitations and is failing to yield useful information on how students experience higher education. Drawing together consultations with hundreds of experts in recent years, we will create a major new line of work into the undergraduate experience. This project will yield improved perspectives and approaches for institutions to understand students and enhance their experience.
This project aims to bring about sustainable strategic change through improving institutional capacity to enhance the 21st century student experience by:

  • building new concepts for understanding Australia's higher education students;
  • identifying new data sources and approaches for measuring the student experience; and
  • engaging institutions in enhancement work and new conversations about students.

The 2014 OLT Strategic Priority project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Indiana University, Janet Clarke Hall, Macquarie University, Navitas, University of Queensland, and University of Western Australia.

Project documents

Project brief

Draft background research report 'New Anthropology for Higher Education' (PDF)

Draft interim report 'New perspectives on the Student Experience' (PDF)

Acknowledgement

Support for the project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.



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Workshops

The project team is hosting workshops in relation to this project. Due to the high number of interest and limited venue capacity, registrations have now closed except for the Canberra workshop.

Workshop (location)DateTimesVenueRegistration
Melbourne14 June 20169am - 1pmGryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, The University of Melbourne. **Note: this is a new venue as of 7 June 2016**Now closed
Sydney15 June 20169am - 1pmABS Seminar Room, Room 1080, Abercrombie Building, The University of Sydney Business SchoolNow closed
Brisbane16 June 20169am - 1pmRoom 343, Building 78 (General Purpose South), The University of QueenslandNow closed
Perth21 June 20169am - 1pmSeminar Room, University Hall, The University of Western AustraliaNow closed
Canberra26 July 20169am - 1pmSeminar Room, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, Building 188, Fellows Lane, Australian National UniversityNow closed

More information

For more information, please contact the project team.