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Uzhegova, Dina; Croucher, Gwilym; Marangell, Samantha; Arkoudis, Sophie; Baik, Chi; Law, Siew Fang; Locke, William – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to Australian international higher education. By some estimates the number of international students commencing at Australian universities dropped by 23.3 per cent in 2020 due to the closure of borders. The impact on universities has been dramatic, with many making significant cuts to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, International Education, Higher Education
Marangell, Samantha – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2021
Asking students questions is a ubiquitous but often underestimated aspect of teaching within higher education. Questions can be used to engage students in discussion, to check their understanding, and to encourage participation or sharing of ideas. However, while it is a useful strategy to prepare a few key questions before class, many questions…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Small Group Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Classroom Environment
Croucher, Gwilym; Locke, William – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
This paper summarises factors and emerging trends for higher education following from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the responses of providers and governments. It is framed as a provocation to stimulate discussion about futures for higher education in Australia and beyond following the immediate COVID-19 disruption. While…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
Law, Siew Fang – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
As University communities are increasingly affected by the global pandemic, University engagement will and should 'look different' in 2020. There is a risk that academic engagement may be pushed to the sidelines during the time of global pandemic. This report offers eight recommendations of small actions that a University community could take to…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Pandemics, COVID-19, Foreign Countries
Locke, William, Ed.; French, Sarah, Ed. – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
This collection emerged from a series of three public policy discussions organised by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne from June to August in 2019. The initial idea for the series was conceived prior to the 2019 Federal Election and motivated by the opportunity to engage in a full and frank…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Higher Education, Educational Objectives, Access to Education
Ryan, Tracii – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
Feedback is known to be one of the most important factors influencing learning and achievement (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). However, ensuring that feedback positively influences student learning requires careful curriculum and assessment design by academic staff. This can be challenging in higher education when subjects are delivered in digital…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Student Centered Learning
Kennedy, Gregor – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
The term 'engagement' is much researched but tricky to define in the field of educational technology and online learning. In this short paper I will offer three perspectives on what 'engagement' means in online learning environments and provide some advice to educators on how student engagement in online learning might be promoted. The…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2018
This study of the financial circumstances of students at Australian Universities is being undertaken by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE) at the University of Melbourne for Universities Australia, which has funded the study. Universities Australia is the peak body for Australia's universities. The purpose of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Educational Finance, National Surveys
James, Richard, Ed.; French, Sarah, Ed.; Kelly, Paula, Ed. – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2017
The future of Australia's tertiary education sector is the subject of a new collection of essays by some of the country's leading education researchers. Produced by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, "Visions for Australian Tertiary Education" presents a progressive and provocative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
French, Sarah; Kennedy, Gregor – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2016
Over the past few years the question of whether the lecture is an effective teaching method has been one of the most heatedly debated topics in the field of higher education. While research on the effectiveness of lectures has been carried out since at least the 1960s, the value of the lecture has been increasingly questioned recently for a number…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Relevance (Education), Educational Quality, Instructional Effectiveness
Baik, Chi; Naylor, Ryan; Arkoudis, Sophie – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2015
This report provides an analysis of trends over a twenty year period in the attitudes and experiences of first year students in Australian universities. It is based on the national survey of first year students undertaken by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at five-yearly intervals since 1994. Dramatic changes have taken…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Student Experience, Student Attitudes
French, Sarah – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2015
Over the past twenty years, universities have increasingly employed credit-­based modular curriculum structures in an attempt to cater to the needs of more diverse student groups and to allow students greater flexibility and choice in managing their studies. With the increasing pressures placed on Australian universities to better support teaching…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Curriculum Design, Student Needs, Student Diversity
French, Sarah; Kennedy, Gregor – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2015
The idea of "going to university" is integrally tied to the concept of the university campus as a physical place. The campus is both the location in which learning occurs and a place that gives meaning to the learning experience. It is a setting that provides the opportunity for social and intellectual engagement with a scholarly…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Educational Environment, Educational History
Arkoudis, Sophie; Baik, Chi; Bexley, Emmaline; Doughney, Lachlan – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2014
This report presents the "English Language Proficiency" (ELP) and Employability Framework", which has been designed to inform and support higher education institutions' (HEIs) policies and practices on ELP and graduate employability. The "Framework" was developed through a review of the national and international…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Employment Potential
Naylor, Ryan; Baik, Chi; Asmar, Christine; Watty, Kim – Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2014
Feedback is an essential part of learning in any context. Timely, detailed feedback, whether delivered formally or informally, helps people learn more effectively by providing a clear sense of where they are and what they have to do to improve. In the university context, feedback assists students in developing mastery of their disciplines and more…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Prompting, Guidelines, Foreign Countries
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