In 2004, ABDC established the Learning and Teaching Network. Network membership comprises associate deans, deputy deans and coordinators from ABDC member business schools and faculties who have primary responsibility for learning and teaching. The Network provides opportunities for professional development and resource/idea sharing built around embedding good practice learning and teaching in business higher education through networking functions, presentations and interactive sessions. The Network meets twice each year in an Australian capital city, where members focus on current issues of importance in the learning and teaching environment. Recent focus topics include academic standards, benchmarking, quality assurance, accreditation, and strategies for encouraging, measuring and rewarding good teaching. See events for more details.
Given that ABDC business schools account for over one-third of Australia’s higher education graduates, the Network seeks to play a strategic role by facilitating a national, collaborative approach to systemic change that will improve learning and teaching in business higher education across Australia. The Network leads ABDC responses in relation to any major learning and teaching pronouncements issued by the major higher education regulatory bodies such as the Higher Education Standards Panel, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the Office for Learning and Teaching. Network members frequently collaborate on projects and have been particularly successful in receiving national grants and engaging professional employer bodies to assist such work.
Through grants from the Office for Learning and Teaching (and its predecessor the Australian Learning and Teaching Council) the Network has been able to support many initiatives including a distinguished visiting scholars program and the development of academic standards across many business disciplines.
Professor Kim Watty