This project will produce resources to strengthen the evidence base for English language practices in Australian higher education. Since the introduction of the Higher Education Standards Framework in late 2011, higher education institutions (HEIs) have developed strategic plans for addressing the English language learning needs of all students. However these practices can be fragmented and not considered as core business within learning and teaching practices. The challenge for institutions is in identifying, monitoring and evaluating best practices for English language approaches. There is little publicly available information that can guide institutions towards best practice approaches and effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating those approaches. With this project, we seek to engage with the sector and produce a framework, case studies and practical resources that will guide institutions in strengthening the evidence base for their English language practices. The evidence base is much needed to assist institutions in developing best practices for English language approaches.
To develop a framework for identifying best English language practices in Australian higher education. This framework will provide evidence of the efficacy of the English language practices described. It will also present institutions with structures to monitor and evaluate these practices to gather the evidence needed to understand what is working well and where best to allocate resources. The project resources developed through the project will provide the necessary tools for institutions for this purpose.
This project aims to strengthen the institutional evidence base for monitoring and evaluating best practices for English language by:
- engaging with the sector to identify effective strategies and practices
- producing a thorough and authoritative assessment of best practices
- developing a framework with practical resources
- strengthening institutional teaching and learning practices in relation to English language.
The project has created the Distributed Expertise Model (DEM), a guide to assist universities in developing, assessing and demonstrating graduates' communication skills.
For further queries, please contact the Project Manager, Dr Paula Kelly.
We are hosting workshops targeted at academic program leaders responsible for the development and demonstration of graduate level oral and written communication skills (details below). These workshops are designed to disseminate the findings of the project and stimulate discussion around the demonstration of graduate communication skills for different programs. They will also identify high impact practices that are sustainable and scalable at the program level.
Workshops are led by Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis (University of Melbourne) and Dr Anne Harris (Edith Cowan University) with input from coleagues at participating institutions. Download flyer.
Places are limited to 30 participants only per workshop. Please register below if you would like to attend.
|Perth||Room 545, level 5, Ngoorlark (Building 34), Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup||Wednesday, 5 October 2016||10am-1pm||Now closed.|
|Brisbane||Room K424, QUT, Kelvin Grove campus||Friday, 7 October 2016||10am-1pm||Now closed.|
|Sydney||CB11.04.102, Building 11 (FEIT), UTS||Monday, 10 October||10am-1pm||Now closed.|
|Melbourne||Venue moved to Malaysia Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus||Wednesday, 12 October||1-4pm||Now closed.|