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Learning and teaching

Learning and TeachingThe Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to achieving excellence in all aspects of curriculum, learning and teaching with particular focus on student centred learning, high quality professionally-focused education and excellence in standards of scholarship in teaching.

Initiating staff development schemes

Our commitment to teaching excellence is reflected in our enthusiastic and successful support for University initiatives for encouraging staff development. All casual staff undertake sessional assistant workshops to ensure high standards of tutorial and seminar interaction with students. Early career teachers are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching to enhance their knowledge of curriculum design and delivery. All staff are also encouraged and supported to apply for teaching awards and fellowships, both within the University and nationally. In 2007, staff in the Faculty applied for and were awarded nine of the inaugural Teaching Fellowships from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

We encourage student participation and new learning experiences

We are committed to ensuring that our students have a high quality learning experience whatever their degree program. To support this commitment, we have introduced a career-awareness program, promoting the value of student engagement in the whole educational experience and we have instituted student forums to enhance student participation in their educational environment at both School and Faculty level. The Faculty's commitment to enhancing the student experience is demonstrated by the award in 2007 of three first year Experience Project Grants.

Giving our students hands-on support when they need it

All students enrolled in programs in our Faculty are supported by readily accessible student services and program advice through Student Hubs, and academic advice is always available from lecturers and course coordinators through Blackboard, email contact and personal appointments.

Excellent facilities for communication and learning

Undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research students are all provided with access to computer and library facilities and to extensive support through the University's Learning Skills unit. Postgraduate students, both on campus and online, make frequent use of the always-open channels of communication with teaching staff and program convenors.

Ensuring the best in education

Our Faculty teaches students in 116 programs across three campuses. We are committed to providing a high quality, professionally-focused educational experience across all these areas. Courses and programs are regularly reviewed to ensure that all aspects of curriculum, teaching and learning reflect current best practice.