Teaching at Deakin

Deakin strives to create courses that are industry-relevant, so students can graduate ready to leap into their careers. This is achieved through continual assessment, alongside strong teaching and research capabilities that create courses aligned with related industries.

Approach

Through our teaching and research capabilities, Deakin creates strong relationships with the community that it serves. We design courses that are industry-relevant for graduates.

Designing for learning

We design courses from the top down: course first, then the units that fit into it.

This top-down, holistic design approach keeps our broader curriculum (all our courses) aligned and focused on the ultimate goal, our learning outcomes. It's these learning outcomes that employers ultimately value.

Deakin courses are offered in three modes: at Cloud Campus (online), at one of our physical campuses, and converged (cloud and campus). Deakin courses emphasise digital literacy, and incorporate digital learning into all course offerings.

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Graduate learning outcomes

Graduate learning outcomes ensure that Deakin provides courses designed to create careers and ground-breaking research by embedding discipline-specific knowledge into its curriculum.

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Study support

At Deakin, students have access to support programs that help them succeed in a university environment. 

Students can seek help sharpening their academic literacies and understand the conventions of academic integrity. Teaching and learning staff collaborate with other Deakin services to advise and assist students with specific issues.

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Learning support

Academic literacies
Academic skills and literacies involve more than basic reading and writing skills.

In the university context, academic skills and literacies include research and referencing skills; effective reading and note taking; critical analysis and synthesis; and communicating for a range of purposes and audiences.

Academic integrity
Academic integrity addresses issues of plagiarism, collusion and copyright. Students must recognise and avoid these issues in their work, and there are teaching and learning strategies to support students.

Supporting students to learn
Deakin has a longstanding record of using cutting-edge information technology while providing highly personalised experiences. This is true whether learning in the cloud, on Deakin's media-rich campuses or through a combination of cloud and campus. Deakin has many services dedicated to supporting students.

Methods

Deakin constantly enhances its courses so graduates can get great jobs. To do this, we continually create, re-assess and realign our courses to the industry and the real world.

Deakin’s curriculum framework

Designing for learning

Deakin's courses remain relevant to the real world. That's because Deakin designs courses with graduate learning outcomes in mind. We focus on course enhancements that align with the industry first and foremost. Work-integrated learning is embedded in most of Deakin's courses, so hands-on, real-world training gives both education and experience. It is the learning outcomes we've aligned with the industry that, ultimately, employers value.

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Online and offline learning

Deakin's Cloud Campus lets students juggle life and study flexibly. Students learning at Cloud Campus get access to the same teachers as those students who study at our physical campuses.

Reflective practice

The aim of reflective practice is to have an effect upon practice – to change it somehow. 

This assumes several things of the teacher: that they know about their practice; that they can choose an experience/incident upon which to reflect; that they know how to reflect in a way that will make a change; and that they know how to implement and evaluate the change. 

It's best to take a whole-of-course approach to reflective practice. This allows the course to know why there is reflective practice, what it's assessing, what skills are required and how to support students to develop these skills.

Enhancing courses

Enhancing courses involves a systematic process that renews the curriculum. It helps ensure students become highly employable graduates. 

Deakin also enhances its courses by striving to improve teaching practice. Teaching and learning staff can develop their practice through self-directed learning; workshops and peer collaboration; or through scholarships in teaching and learning.

Assessment

Assessment provides the evidence of learning achievement. It helps in the development of courses, to make them meaningful and relevant to students and future employers alike.

What is authentic assessment?

Authentic assessment expects student work that mirrors the intended professional life for which the course is designed.

Self- and peer-assessment

At Deakin, students incorporate evidence of their learning in portfolios, performances and presentations, and in other authentic substantiations of course learning outcomes that mirror real-life situations.

Assessment as evidence

Assessment provides evidence of capability and achievement. Any assessment at Deakin must align with the course learning outcomes in reflecting authentic practice in the discipline. Assessment tasks can create diverse forms of evidence, which can then be collected and curated in portfolios.