Designing the Future of Higher Education Through Partnerships with Industry and Students

Visiting Scholar

Online via Zoom

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One of the challenges for higher education is to clearly identify valuable transferable skills that industry and society need and to develop courses that enable students to acquire and demonstrate these skills through their degrees. Universities need to offer quality university courses that equip students with the confidence to articulate the acquisition of these transferable skills when seeking employment or future studies following graduation. The focus of this presentation will be the process and lessons learnt from revamping one of the largest degrees at Macquarie University, the Bachelor of Arts, which recently won the Australian Financial Review Award 2020 for the Employability category. Panos will showcase the employability strategy which underpins the degree and share examples of activities and student feedback to date.

Bio: Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos is Associate Dean, Quality and Standards, Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University.  Panos is an academic educator with 15 years of international experience in the area of Higher Education Development. He has led large-scale curriculum development projects in the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Greece and Australia. He developed a learning design methodology for team-based curriculum design, a framework for reflection in professional learning and has taught for numerous years in areas of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Panos is a member of numerous professional organisations and a reviewer for journals in technology-enhanced learning and higher education studies.