Engaging postgraduate students and supporting higher education to enhance the 21st century student experience.
Linda Crane, Shelley Kinash, Madelaine Judd, Gary Hamlin, Ashley Stark, Ken Udas, Helen Partridge, Bill Eckersley, Sarah Richardson, and Harry Rolf
- Undertake a comprehensive analysis of the broad experiences of Australian postgraduate coursework students.
- Establish evidence-based recommendations that can be used to impact and enhance Australia’s postgraduate students’ broad experiences
Learning through teaching: Building a mentoring community around PhD students as academic apprentices
Teresa de Fazio and Fiona Henderson
- PhD students – as sessionals are marginalised from academ-ia yet often are face of uni for 1st year students - contradicts recommendations from retention and transition research.
- PhD students aspiring to an academic career require targeted professional learning support.
- Mentoring model resulted in effective outcomes for all partici-pants
- LTTP pilot— a model for quality improvement of teaching & learning practice.
- Academic and intercultural literacies fundamental to under-standings of good practice in teaching and research practices
- Holistic university approach to quality improvement
- Implementation of socio-cultural approaches to transforming professional practice (ZPD and MKO (Vygotsky) in action!)
- Ongoing initiative
NATSIPA is a national network of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students, non-Indigenous student supporters and Indigenous Elders/Alumni.
Nothing about us without us: Protecting Indigenous knowledges through oral histories and culturally safe research practices
Sadie Heckenberg, Andrew Gunstone, Sue Anderson, and Karen L. Hughes
The research is addressing the continuing need to find new ways to protect Indigenous spoken cultural knowledge. With Indigenous people globally being the most researched it is essential to impart upon researchers more culturally meaningful longer term beneficence. It is imperative that researchers work within Indigenous methodology and culturally safe protocols. Within a holistic framework the research focuses on best practice for Indigenous Peoples globally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally and the Wiradjuri people (NSW), my people, at the heart. A strong research foundation forms from this personal contentedness. The research journey is not merely for a few years but is a lifelong kinship. In being so the research fully explores my standpoint as an Indigenist researcher and affirms support from other experienced Indigenous researchers who have worked extensively within this paradigm or framework.
Improving sport science students’ practical skills and employment prospects: Is the answer in your smartphone?
Justin W. Keogh
In 2015, I was interviewed by Gretchen Reynolds from the New York Times about whether smart phone apps may allow us to improve our golf swing and other motor skills. This got me thinking about how my postgraduate sports science students may benefit from using their smart phone and the multitude of apps (such as MyJump) that are now currently available.
Sally Male, Stuart Crispin, Phil Hancock, Jeremy Leggoe, Caroline Baillie, Cara MacNish, Dev Ranmuthugala, and Firoz Alam
With intensive mode teaching (IMT) students participate in classes on fewer days and longer on each day than traditionally in the discipline.
People teaching or supporting postgraduate students with IMT should:
- Support students to develop a learning community including learning from peers and asking questions
- Focus on thresholds to plan set reading and/or preparation, assessments, and feedback
- Expose students to practice
- Support students to manage their time and studies
Exploring the difficulties of teaching programming to non-native English speakers at an Australian Regional University
Ibrahim Nnass, Michael Cowling, and Roger Hadgraft
- Twenty one participating students without any prior experience.
- Four participating students are redoing this course and they did not indicate any understanding issues or face any difficulties related to programming concepts.
- Thirty two participating students study this course first time.
- The syntax is the biggest issue for novice students at CQUniversity. Syntax should have the highest priority for addressing.
- This survey did not include question about English issue. However, the next survey will target non-native English speakers. Please, review research question 1.1
- This survey conducted to obtain a better understanding of the challenges of teaching computer programming to novice programming students.
Marisa Parker, Joan McGilvray, Melena Harper, Mark Emmerson, Lester Norris, Doug Eacersall, and Peter Terry
The Researcher Development and Training (ReDTrain) initiative offers all USQ staff and HDR students opportunities to build their research skills and capability through a comprehensive program of researcher training and development.
Sally Varnham; Bronwyn Olliffe,; Katrina Waite; and Ann Cahill
- There is a strong culture of student engagement in decision making in universities in other countries.
- That culture is emerging in Australia but more work is needed to make it systemic. Under-represented student groups, such as post graduate students, need to be better engaged.
- Training, support and incentives are important dimensions to improving engagement.
- A culture of partnership is borne out of institutional commitment to, and respect for, student voice.
Teacher behaviour can be as important as student behaviour in the dialectic of teaching and learning. Students liking their teaching has been proven to be part of creating a positive teaching and learning environment. Research shows that when students like the teacher, they enjoy being at school and more dedicated to the learning that is offered as they feel valued by a mentor or teacher (Erlauer, 2003). Is it possible to identify a personality profile that makes a good teacher?
Shawn Walker, Joe Linnestad, and Mark Young
Responding to the identified drivers of postgraduate advocacy will positively impact on NPS scores and pursue improvements to student satisfaction. Through understanding the declining experiences during middle and later stages of study, the concierge at city staff will coordinate a series of interventions designed to support their experience. Whilst this research and proposed action attends to the current needs of students, it also translates to a bottom line net benefit of $1.1m per annum, reflecting an attainable 3% increase in student retention.
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