Office of the Vice-ChancellorGrowing Esteem

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching, the second strand of Growing Esteem’s triple helix, focuses on supporting students to learn through curriculum and a diverse cosmopolitan environment.

In 2008 the University introduced the Melbourne curriculum, the most significant set of curriculum reforms in the University’s history. The curriculum features six broad, three-year undergraduate degrees, characterised by both disciplinary depth and academic breadth. These Bachelors prepare students for direct employment or further study, whether in a professional graduate program or a research higher degree. This structure is designed to provide students with greater flexibility, both in terms of subject choice and the timing of vocational decisions.

Melbourne graduate programs differ significantly from undergraduate programs in their depth and level of specialisation, preparing students for specific professions or research studies. They need to address an increased diversity in student circumstances and therefore require flexibility in the University’s mode of delivery.

The curriculum caters for students who enter University at undergraduate or graduate level from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of goals: those sure of their chosen path; those who have not yet determined their future vocation; and those who begin on one path then discover another. Since the introduction of the new curriculum, the makeup of the University’s student load has shifted significantly, with close to half of the student body of 2016 projected to be enrolled in a higher degree.

The success of the Melbourne curriculum is dependent on the delivery of a high quality ‘Melbourne Experience’ to all students, combining research, learning and external engagement in a stimulating and advanced setting. Enhancing the student experience is an ongoing endeavour. In 2012, the focus has been on improving capabilities in the arena of eLearning and online education, encompassing both mixed campus-based and digital education as well as the possibility of wholly online courses and degrees.  In September, the University of Melbourne became the first Australian university to join the prestigious eLearning platform Coursera, and from 2013 will offer free, open online courses to anyone with internet connection around the world.

The Provost – with the support of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and in collaboration with the Academic Board, Deans, and senior professional staff – oversees the programs, policies and practices that affect the direction of academic life and the provision of student support services. The body through which this is orchestrated is Melbourne Students & Learning 
. More information about the implementation of the second strand of the University’s strategy can also be found on the Learning and Teaching and the Melbourne Curriculum webpages.

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