Teaching and Learning
Since 1993, the University has used a framework to guide the development
of teaching and learning priorities and emphases. A new framework which
builds on earlier commitments but accommodates the changing context of
higher education and seeks to position the University as dynamic,
progressive and responsive to the range of stakeholders who have
legitimate interests in higher education and its graduates, was approved
by Academic Board in June 2007. The framework will shape teaching and
learning planning at UniSA for 2008 and beyond.
The new framework’s principal function is to indicate the key elements of our teaching and learning activity and the relationships between them. It indicates a coherent process linking intentions, implementation activity, outcomes and reflections on improvements. In this, it is not unlike a quality assurance process.
The Learning and Teaching Unit provides a range of services and resources designed to help students succeed. Services include language and learning development, counselling, career services, disability and international student services. For staff, the Learning and Teaching Unit is a comprehensive resource designed to support academics in their teaching roles. The Unit's Learning Advisers won a 2002 Australian Award for University Teaching.
UniSA has a commitment to graduate qualities which reflect a world-wide movement within educational institutions such as universities. There is a deliberate focus on the development of particular student outcomes through educational programs. A number of different terms are used to refer to these outcomes including graduate qualities, graduate outcomes, graduate attributes, generic qualities and transferable or key skills.