The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement (WCLA) will focus on developing the learning associated with a shift towards new teaching pedagogy for our staff. With the rapid change of the cohort of our students, their learning needs and the pedagogical tools available to teach, the faculty is investing in the development of staff to be ready to adapt to new styles of teaching to suit diverse student needs. This is deeply entrenched not only in the University’s Growing Esteem vision, but also in FBE’s Strategic Plan. In some cases, the traditional lecture will remain, in others; a blended option may better suit the delivery of material. Arming academics with the knowledge to be able to determine the needs of their students is essential.
Inspired by Professor Williams who was a faculty leader at the forefront of change management and teaching advancement: the centre again hopes to steer the Faculty through major pedagogical changes, including the incorporation of information technology in teaching and learning. Our aim is to have the centre be the first point of call for teaching development needs for FBE staff and provided customised solutions when needed. Our long term aim is to improve the learning experience for the staff and students and maximise student learning outcomes. We will support the implementation of the Melbourne and FBE Vision through the establishment of a new team.
WCLA provides one-to-one support to academic staff in the form of feedback. Academics can approach the WCLA to co-develop a feedback framework that best suits their needs.
- Subject Design
Subject design helps to plan for, deliver and reflect upon the curriculum.
Teaching consultations around assessment will focus on examining current assessment practices used in the subjects and the potential of various types of alternative assessments.
- Preparing to Lecture
Preparing to teach should start with you finding out the broader education context of your teaching environment and the context in which your students are learning.
- Teaching Strategies
Using a range of teaching and learning activities can help to better engage students and encourage a deeper learning approach.
- Evaluating Student Learning
The University of Melbourne Assessment Policy states that ‘Assessment and grading in subjects must be criterion-referenced and aligned to specific subject learning outcomes'.
- Student Feedback
It is important to focus on providing students with positive comments and comments on how to do things differently in the future in a constructive manner.
- Documenting Student Effectiveness
It is important to keep a record of what constitutes teaching effectiveness.
- Developing a Teaching Portfolio
The teaching portfolio provides you an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on your teaching practice.
- Teaching Support Readings
A comprehensive reading list.
- Online Course Development
Online Course Development is a process that requires a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to work with an expert in Learning Design to reframe a subject’s offering for the online arena.
- Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom
The use of Internet tools and technology resources as ways of improving the engagement in delivery is a common phenomenon in teaching and learning.
- Case-based Teaching
Case studies are an increasingly important pedagogy in teaching.
Find out about domestic and international awards on offer.
- Melbourne CSHE Resources
Visit the Melbourne CSHE website for further Teaching Resources (including for those new to teaching)
- Business Economics Library
Based in the Giblin Eunson Library, it comprises of five experienced Business and Economics Librarians.
- FBE Academic Women in Leadership
The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement hosts the inaugural FBE Academic Women in Leadership program, with the support of HR.
- Future Academics Support and Training (FAST) Program
The Future Academics Support and Training (FAST) program is a new one-year program offered to doctoral students, early career academics and sessional staff in the Faculty.
- Understanding, Managing and Educating our Chinese Students
These seminars seek to provide academics with a deeper understanding of Chinese names and the culture that influences classroom behaviours and levels of engagement.
- Peer Review Scheme
Peer evaluation of teaching such as in-class observations is increasingly seen as an important tool for improving learning and teaching quality.
- Melbourne CSHE Courses
The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education provides a range of courses for staff.
- Visiting Scholar Program
Each year, the WCLA hosts national and international scholars to provide workshops, seminars and collaboration opportunities with FBE Staff.
- Information for New Academics
New academic staff are invited to a presentation where you will be introduced to the staff in the WCLA and the resources available to inspire your teaching practice.
- Tutoring in Business and Economics Program
A practical and useful program for all tutors, focusing on teaching principles, active engagement, practice, peer observation, targeted workshops and the experiences of senior tutors.
- Tutor Resources
The Centre has produced a series of Tutor Training Guides specifically aimed at new tutors in the Faculty.
- Coaching a Team
A range of resources to assist the coaching of students to build more effective teams and, where necessary, to help them address particular problems.
- First Time Tutors
Important resources for first time tutors.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is strongly committed to improving student learning through assurance of learning, ensuring a sound curriculum development practice.
The Faculty's program learning goals and objectives were developed in light of the Faculty and University Mission statements with which they are aligned. Individual subject objectives have been developed which are business and economics-specific to explicitly reflect anticipated subject learning outcomes.
A curriculum mapping exercise was conducted by the Faculty to ensure that the curriculum offered across all degree programs is congruent with each program's and each subject's learning goals and objectives. As a result, a curriculum mapping database was developed which is used to identify subjects suitable for assurance of learning.
Assurance of learning is an ongoing process in the Faculty that is designed to ensure that student learning outcomes are achieved. The process reflects the commitment of the Faculty to quality student learning and continuous improvement of the curriculum.
The Centre values the support of academic staff and students who have contributed to the assurance of learning process.
What is Assurance of Learning?
Assurance of Learning (AOL) is making sure that our students achieve what we say they should be able to learn and do. We express what we want them to be able to learn and do through our program learning goals and objectives and each subject’s learning objectives. We then ensure that our teaching and learning activities and assessments all contribute towards achieving those learning outcomes.
The following document provides further details: