High-Quality Learning in Higher Education Post-Pandemic: Hype vs Reality

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread discussion about what high-quality digital mediated learning in higher education could be. The ‘pivot’ online that occurred in response to social distancing and lockdowns is seen as a proof of concept of aspects of digitally-mediated learning. The reality is that the pandemic simply accelerated trends that had already been evident for decades. At a fundamental level, the core aspects of high-quality student learning have not changed as a result of student and teacher experiences in 2020 and 2021. In this session, A/Prof Lodge will describe research carried out as part of the national ARC-funded Science of Learning Research Centre. This work led to the development of the Higher Education Learning Framework (HELF). The HELF provides a foundational understanding of student learning processes from which evidence-informed learning activities, assessment tasks, and student supports can be designed. Jason will also discuss what the HELF contributes to the debates about the post-pandemic university.


Jason Lodge, PhD is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Learning, Instruction, and Technology Lab in the School of Education and Academic Lead, Student Learning in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at The University of Queensland. Jason’s research focusses on the cognitive, metacognitive, social and emotional mechanisms of concept learning and conceptual change. He also conducts research on the translation of the science of learning into practice in educational settings, particularly in digital learning environments and higher education.