Learning2014: An Institution-wide Strategy to Encourage Innovation in Teaching and Learning

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Dr Peter Kandlbinder & Ms Janet Cheliah

Keywords: Institutional Strategy, Higher Education, Open Education, Active Learning, Student Participation, Student Centred Curriculum

This case study investigates the aspects of the Learning2014 strategy that lead to a greater preparedness for subject coordinators to use OERs. It demonstrates how an institution can take advantage of systemic changes to influence transformations that will have a positive impact on student learning. It has long been recognised that changes to university infrastructure has an impact on teaching but changing the buildings alone does not necessarily lead academics to design different learning experiences. Introduction of the Learning2014 strategy provided an opportunity to work with a committed group of university teachers to explore ways of making more effective use of new teaching spaces to improve learning outcomes1. The goal was to encourage a more collaborative model of learning that improves the overall student experience of studying at UTS, and combines the best of face-to-face and online learning opportunities.