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Learning links with the wider world

Working with schools and the community is a core part of PACE’s work.The Centre for Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) is encouraging academic and project staff from across all Divisions to use its community and industry links, when developing their STEP 2010 plans.

STEP 2010 is the University’s $6 million project to implement a revised Teaching and Learning Framework. The new framework is designed to improve the quality and quantity of student engagement through experiential learning and to ensure that around one-third of all learning experiences are active experiences for students.

Director of PACE, Karen Grogan, said the Centre has a strong presence in the northern area and is now expanding out to the western areas of Adelaide.

“Our focus is to connect the needs of primary and high schools and community groups to the aims of the various STEP 2010 projects,” Grogan said.

“We are currently working with the School of Psychology to connect their ideas to our existing community partners and with the School of Health Sciences looking at how we can help to roll out their mobile community clinic.

“We also have some exciting developments on the go with the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Management.

“I know that some areas within the University already have well established experiential learning programs. However, STEP 2010 gives all areas an opportunity to expand the experiential learning they are already undertaking and go outside the essential criteria of the program.”

The Centre for Participation and Community Engagement was established late in 2009 to coordinate the University’s aim of increasing opportunities for participation and inclusion in education and lifelong learning.

“We are focusing on developing students’ aspirations and the pathways to access higher education, as well making sure they have all the support they need to become successful university students,” Grogan said.

The Centre brings together a range of existing programs including the Northern Adelaide Partnerships and liaison work, University Orientation Programs and the Student Employability Skills and Community Service.

For more information about the Centre visit www.unisa.edu.au/pace or call Karen on 8302 3654.