Teaching and Learning Network updates
Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project
The ABDC is leading the academic standards agenda for Australian business graduates. Learning standards (aka threshold learning outcomes) for both bachelors and coursework masters degrees were developed in 2010 for Accounting. Marketing learning standards were developed over 2011-2012 and released in September. Economics learning standards were developed over in 2013 in collaboration with the Economics Society of Australia under the leadership of Professor Ross Guest from Griffith University. The ABDC is leading a follow-on project, in collaboration with professional accounting bodies, that benchmarks achieved learning from outcomes against the accounting threshold standards.
Economics Learning Standards
Labour market demand for qualified economists in Australia is projected to almost double for the period up until 2017, so it is important to ensure our economics students are graduating with a qualified standard of skills. Economics is the third business discipline after accounting and marketing to develop threshold learning standards and the next is finance. After a broad consultation process with the economics academic and practitioner communities in Australia, the resulting standards provide a valuable benchmarking resource for economists, economics researchers and economics educators - especially when designing economics degrees or evaluating performance or intended learning outcomes, as required under the Higher Education Standards Framework. More Information
Finance Learning Standards
In July 2013, ABDC confirmed members of the Finance Learning Standards Working Party with Associate Professor Kevin Tant from Monash University as Chair. This working party, under the guidance of the Finance Learning Standards Expert Advisory Group (Chaired by Professor Iain Watson, The University of Queensland) and assisted by ABDC Scholar Associate Mark Freeman will develop the learning standards for Australian finance bachelor and coursework masters degrees.
Tourism, Hospitality & Events Learning Standards
The Office for Learning and Teaching recently confirmed $193,000 in funding for developing nationally agreed threshold learning outcomes for tourism, hospitality and events higher education and VET pathways for undergraduate and masters coursework qualifications. The project will be led by Victoria University. More information
Final Learning Standards
Business Deans Appoint Collaborative Scholar
The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) has appointed Associate Professor Mark Freeman as its inaugural ABDC Scholar. To read more click the link below.
International Visiting Scholar Program
Previous scholars who have undertaken a state-based workshop series include: Professor Larry Michaelsen (team-based learning), Professor Chris Rust (assessment); Professor Margaret Price (assessment); Professor Bill Becker (educational research and academic standards), Professor Chris Bartlett (case-based learning) and Jude Carroll (internationalisation and student plagiarism). Forthcoming sessions (November 2012) on integrative business experience and team-based learning by Professor Larry Michaelsen.