Extensive review of learning activities
The majority of learning for JMP students in their first three years is delivered in small groups in a problem-based learning environment, which is supported by lecture style and interactive presentations to help students meet particular aspects of their learning targets. Interactive presentations are referred to as Fixed Resource Sessions (FRSs), and are intended to be highly interactive. The styles used often depend on the complexity of content covered, and the preference of the presenter.
The resources used to prepare and deliver FRS's are undergoing an extensive review by Dr Clare Huppatz. According to Dr Ben Walker who is managing the review for the JMP, the two key features assessed are the relevance to course outcomes and the quantity of content. An audit is being conducted, with all the learning activities considered to inform any recommendations made. To date the focus has been on sessions delivered in Years 1 and 2, with a roll out planned for the whole program.
"Each FRS is being evaluated for how well it addresses the learning targets or core competencies for its relevant working problem, in the context of other learning activities currently scheduled" said Dr Walker.
"This process has enabled the review team to recommend removing excessive repetition of basic concepts. This is achieved by combining or removing specific FRSs each week."
"It is a consultative process with recommendations circulated to relevant staff and committees for input and approval."
An additional product of the review process is the Presentation Content Guide (PCG) to be prepared for each FRS. The PCG is a short document that aims to assist lecturers by including information such as; learning targets to be addressed, minimum content to be discussed, associated learning activities in that week, and related content covered elsewhere in the program.