The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement (CLA) 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
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- Tutoring in Higher Education 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 Workshops
Targeted workshops covering essentials of successful tutorials.
- 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.
- Case-based Teaching
Specific resources and video clips designed to assist with case based teaching.
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.
Williams Centre for Learning Advancement (WCLA) Launch
The first day of September saw the launch of the new Williams Centre for Learning Advancement at University House @ Woodward. The launch signified the important direction of the Faculty to provide ongoing support for academic staff. The Faculty reminisced the Centre’s humble beginnings 18 years ago. Professors Paul Kofman and Nilss Olekalns’ recognised the Centre’s changing role, and its value and contribution to the overall strategic direction of the Faculty. The Centre’s Director, Professor Angela Paladino, introduced the team and the many current and future services specifically designed to meet the challenging roles of academics. This was focused on professional development, improving the quality of teaching and enhancing the student experience in the FBE. Lastly, it was a walk down memory lane with Professor Ross Williams, whom the Centre is named after. He entertained the audience with stories from the early beginnings of what was then known as the Teaching and Learning Unit. Professor Williams reviewed the journey of the unit and its evolving role in the faculty, which was dedicated primarily to the provision of student support.
The Williams Centre wishes to acknowledge the presence of all those who joined us in celebrating the launch at the Woodward on the 1st September. This day marks a new chapter in the Centre’s continuing growth to provide even more targeted support for FBE academics to further improve the student experience.