Teaching and Learning (Strategic Plan 2004-2008)
As the preferred university of the majority of Queensland's most highly-qualified students, whether school leavers, mature-age students or graduates returning for higher-level studies, as well as of outstanding international students, The University of Queensland is committed to excellence of learning experiences and outcomes and will:
- provide rewarding educational experiences that develop in graduates capacities for independence and creativity, critical judgement, effective communication and ethical and social understanding as well as in-depth knowledge of a field of study;
- deliver an enhanced and flexible approach to learning that meets curricula and pedagogic objectives by actively engaging students and providing the benefits of small-group interactions;
- ensure effective, structured evaluation of teaching and learning quality and outcomes, enlightened by feedback from students, scholars, professions, industry and community;
- recognise the relationship between excellence in teaching and learning and research and reinforce a commitment to the distinctiveness of a research-based culture for teaching and learning;
- support ways to build effective learning communities that encourage independent learning and peer interactions;
- review and enhance postgraduate coursework programs to renew and increase postgraduate profile to assist in achieving a student body of which 25 percent is at postgraduate level;
- support improved access by students from disadvantaged backgrounds;
- deliver an international focus through curricula and through exposure of students to educational and cultural experiences at this University and overseas;
- recruit, develop and retain staff who provide high-quality teaching and learning; and
- enhance the teaching and learning environment, particularly in relation to provision of high-quality infrastructure for flexible learning.
- Ensure that mapping of graduate attributes to all undergraduate courses is completed in 2004.
- Increase the use of flexible learning approaches and the appropriate use of information and communications technologies in educational programs, particularly postgraduate programs in the University.
- Gather and use information about the quality of teaching and learning and monitor the provision of curriculum and assessment that encourages and reinforces improvements in the quality of teaching and learning.
- Build opportunities for students to engage with the University's research environment, through learning communities that provide the culture and experiences of research for our students.
- Support a system of curriculum review and development that provides a strong focus to innovative and effective curriculum design.
- Improve guidance and advice to students about program and course selection and maintain ways to seek and respond to student feedback about the teaching and learning environment.
- Develop strategies to improve access and participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Develop strategies to support internationalisation of programs, courses and the student experience.
- Seek opportunities for enhanced collaboration and strategic partnerships in teaching and learning with other institutions in Australia and overseas.
- Ensure that the teaching quality assurance program, the staff promotion process and other incentives reward and promote school and individual achievement in teaching and learning excellence.
- Provide staff development to support best-practice approaches to teaching and learning and to encourage teaching and learning staff to be innovative, effective and reflective.
- Develop a program to enhance infrastructure to support teaching and learning and to extend the development and use of collaborative teaching and learning spaces.