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Page: 3552 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2016.1799

Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain


T. Griffin, F. Webber, L. Armitage

Western Sydney University (AUSTRALIA)
The widening participation agenda of many Australian universities lifts the imperative to implement effective, evidence-based transition curricula. Transition pedagogy includes the purposeful integration of all curriculum design elements, including opportunities for students’ academic and social engagement, calibrated assessments and continuous evaluation and monitoring. Students’ initial experiences of university can be perplexing, not least because they have to navigate assessment requirements across all of their subjects that determine whether they become ‘successful’ students. Many students, due to competing demands of work and family (Universities Australia, 2013), are instrumental learners in that assessments drive their learning. Therefore the notion of assessment designed for learning (rather than of learning) and ensuring that students are afforded a range of ways to develop their capacity for academic thinking and writing are vital elements of transition design (Gill, 2015).

This paper reports on the outcomes of ongoing curriculum and assessment redesign informed by best practice guidelines for ‘transition pedagogy’ (Kift, 2009; Kift, Nelson & Clark, 2010) in a large enrolment, multi-campus, case study subject. The case study subject has moved in the timetable to first semester and has been reworked to better engage commencing students in their studies and maximize their chances for success. The transition to transition pedagogies in the subject has required a strong focus on embedded assessment scaffolds and supports that foster both students’ academic and social learning. Innovations to support students in their assessment for learning include a technology-enriched learning environment and a considered blended learning model including on-campus ‘team-based learning’ tutorials (Freeman, 2006), wrap-around learning resources, and an online tutor. These and other enhancements are discussed through a defined framework of best practices from the literature. In the context of continuous, iterative improvement, the evaluative voices of sessional tutors and students, and assessment outcomes and usage data will also be presented.

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author = {Griffin, T. and Webber, F. and Armitage, L.},
series = {8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN16 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-8860-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2016.1799},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2016.1799},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {4-6 July, 2016},
year = {2016},
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AU - T. Griffin AU - F. Webber AU - L. Armitage
SN - 978-84-608-8860-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2016.1799
PY - 2016
Y1 - 4-6 July, 2016
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN16 Proceedings
SP - 3552
EP - 3552
ER -
T. Griffin, F. Webber, L. Armitage (2016) TRANSITION TO TRANSITION PEDAGOGY, EDULEARN16 Proceedings, p. 3552.