Faculty of Arts and Education

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units.

ACC213 Media Law and Ethics

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Enjoyable assignments based on real-life media events.
  • Clearly organised online materials.
  • Teachers who are/have been media professionals.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, so this is what we have done:

  • Reduced the content of the Study Guide to include fewer examples and more concise content.
  • Changed from set text book to electronic reading base.
  • Simplified the assignments and increased focus on media practice.

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ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • "For the assignments there was a clear outline or briefing paper on what we had to do, and it was clear where we were going to get the marks and how to make our assignments the best we could. The organisation of the subject made it easy to learn the material and made it interesting."
  • "I thought the real-world examples chosen to explain the theories covered were all very interesting and thought provoking. I also thought the assessment tasks were very suitable and achieved the learning objectives they were linked to."
  • "The resources provided assisted me in learning throughout the unit. Directions and expectations for learning outcomes were clearly provided. Questions were readily answered on the discussion boards and during tutorials".

The following changes have been made for this trimester, as a result of feedback from previous students:

  • Contemporary examples and case studies have been included in the course to provide relevant and direct links between theoretical concepts and key aspects of practice.
  • Increased emphasis on key concepts in lectures.
  • Refreshed assessment tasks which are closely linked to reading and lectures materials.
  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction with more emphasis on student-driven debate and increased student responsibility within teaching spaces, in both on and off campus teaching environments.
  • Development of criminology specific on-line tools to assist with your ability to conduct high quality research in the  discipline.

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AIP230 Understanding Public Policy

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Students valued learning vocational skills, including preparing a Policy Briefing, and Policy Analysis.
  • Students felt their broad understanding of a wide range of policy areas, including instruments, actors and institutions, gained in this unit set them up well for future employment.
  • Students relished the opportunity to publish their research in Publicus Consilium: Deakin Public Policy Review, and to be part of the editorial team.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • We have introduced a second Policy Briefing assessment task, so that students can learn from, and apply, the feedback they receive from the first attempt, thus developing their skills over the trimester.

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ALW396 Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The opportunity to produce experimental writing to a theme.
  • The chance to work in a simulated publishing team, developing real-world skills in publication.
  • The production of a complete e-book as a contribution to their professional portfolio.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Increased the class time available from 3 to 4 hours per week, with 2 hours in computer labs, so that groups have the opportunity to work together in class.
  • Brought forward the due date of the first assignment to allow more time to complete the anthology, and to provide sufficient time to proofread the anthology prior to publication, to ensure higher quality production values.

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ASS101 Peoples of the World

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Students love the flexibility of being able to choose to participate in an online discussion group instead of a face-to-face seminar, especially if this spares them an extra journey to the campus.
  • Students love the enthusiasm with which this unit is taught.
  • The combination of lectures and study guide makes for a complementary set of materials.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • To introduce the set text earlier in the trimester ahead of the main essay being due, we have dropped one of the early topics on evolution to create more space and time.
  • To give a better weight to the two final quizzes covering course content, we have increased their value each by 5%.
  • We have introduced a more systematic set of class and online exercises for the seminars in order to provide better feedback on participation and more structure to these seminars and online discussions.

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ECL210 Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments

This unit has changed substantially as a result of student feedback.

  • This feedback led to changes in course content and the introduction of rubrics to accompany assignment guideline documents to assist with clarity, planning and marking.
  • Changes to the unit have also led to direct PST engagement with early year’s learners and schools which resulted in a high degree of satisfaction with the unit.
  • Refinements have been made to improve the clarity of the assessment tasks and the timing of the self-initiated experiential learning experiences has been revised. We have also made changes to assignment 3 to provide more support throughout the trimester, to make more effective use of seminars, and to enable students to complete the task predominantly in seminar time.

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ECP712 Social, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Responsiveness with Cloud learning from teaching team including online forum engagement, good learning community and strong assessment support.
  • "The weekly reading were well set out and the discussion questions helped focus my reading. This enabled me to think about how to apply the learning in the classroom".
  • Blackboard Collaborate Assignment support sessions and recordings of these sessions has been very helpful to students especially those studying via Cloud (Online) mode.
  • "I appreciated the level of thought that went into the feedback on the discussion posts".

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Adjustments have been made with better resource access, assessment support and more optimised user friendly CloudDeakin provisions. This includes reorganising the structure of the unit on CloudDeakin.
  • Students have requested more embedded connections between assessment tasks and the Practical content exploring health, well being and physical education teaching offered in classes and on CloudDeakin. One of the major assessment tasks has been adjusted to reflect these connections more congruently.
  • Further detailed scaffolding with assessment tasks has been offered for both campus based and Cloud (online) students with narrated assessment guides and BB Collaborate assessment support sessions.
  • Students suggested the requirements of the second assessment task exceeded the word limit. The second assessment task criteria have been consolidated and the weighting of the "Additional elements" component of the task has been increased to more realistically acknowledge the level of work required to complete it.

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EEA411 Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The overwhelming majority of students have commented on the value of participatory workshops in all the arts disciplines of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art which are designed introduce them to new artistic practices and engagement with the aesthetics of artistic experience.
  • They have indicated the importance of these practical and professional experiences to enable them to engage with developing arts curriculum for implementation in Primary school settings.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Students have requested field trips, to engage with arts resources located in the community including art galleries or performing arts centres and visits to schools to view locations of best practice. Where possible, this has been built into the learning experiences for students enrolled in the unit on all campuses.
  • We have ensured that assignments are directly relevant to your teaching and many students have been able to use curriculum designed for their assignments to teach the arts while on placements.

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EES245 Primary Science Education 1

The unit is informed by experiences and feedback from previous units. In previous versions, students have told us that these aspects of the unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The authentic assessment based on teaching science in school is reported by students to be one of the best aspects of the unit.
  • Students report that the weekly seminars provide an opportunity to undertake science activities and learn about teaching science.

Students have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • The seminars have been extended to three hours each week, in place of a weekly one hour lecture plus 2 hour seminar in previous years.
  • Assessed collaborative learning tasks will completed during the seminar sessions.

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ESM310 Teachers and Mathematics: Creating an Effective Classroom

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Linking mathematics to children's literature.
  • The hands-on aspects of our tutorials.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Updated the assessment requirements to further links with your professional role as a teacher.
  • Added tasks in the seminars that build skills towards becoming a reflective practitioner.

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