The ACU Curriculum is the primary touch point in student engagement and learning. It is the largest single investment the university makes and is dependent on the professional knowledge, skills, interests and energies of the ACU community. Our curriculum must be connected to work and life, fit for purpose, dynamic and technologically enabled. It must equip our students for professional placements, their graduate careers, and also provide a basis for lifelong learning.
Good education assists people find meaning in life. Catholic Intellectual Tradition calls for us to give attention to the dignity of the person and service to each other. This is a useful framework for classroom interactions too.
The Graduate destinations survey, just released, shows ACU’s graduates’ success in gaining employment. It also shows that five years out of university our graduates are somewhat less satisfied with their degrees than students in the sector more generally. We need to consider what this means:
In a shifting economy which offers less stable employment and greater personal responsibility in career management.
In an aging population where our graduates may be quickly promoted to leadership and management roles.
In a workforce where career change is normal and generic skills need to be clearly transferable.
Our curriculum needs ongoing development and improvement so that:
The assessment burden is not too great and is aligned to learning outcomes.
The use of simple and expected technologies such as lecture capture, online submission and marking is not lagging behind student expectations and our competitors.
We have the appropriate technological support to distribute and use data analysis for continuous improvement.
The Learning for Life Project is working on solutions for all these issues. In collaboration with the faculties, the Learning for Life Project Office is holding a series of Learning for Life Campus Briefing Meetings. The North Sydney meeting has already taken place. The details of the other campus meetings are as follows:
Thursday 5 May
Thursday 12 May
11:00 – 1:00pm
Friday 13 May
Ballarat & Adelaide
11:00am – 1:00pm
Mon 23 May
2:00 – 4:00pm
Friday 27 May
11:00am – 1:00pm
The objectives of the Learning for Life Campus Briefing meetings are to:
Update ACU staff on the progress of the Learning for Life Program
Seek future engagement and contribution from the academic community and all ACU staff
Showcase selected Learning for Life projects
Communicate and socialise project outcomes to date