Grades have improved dramatically under the block model, with the highest rate of increase seen in distinctions and high distinctions, from 35% in 2017 to over 48.9% in 2018.
The overall pass rate for first years has jumped 7.9 percentage points to 83.9% in 2018, with the same assessments.
Consistently achieving high distinctions, Osteopathy student Ethan Ellul knows he’ll continue to get results tahnks to the block model:
“The block model’s more-manageable workload has made it easier to keep up. I’m proud of my results so far, and I’m confident I’ll be able to continue my success with the block model,” he says.
Student satisfaction & retention
Strong student retention rates (88%) combined with high satisfaction rates (82%) demonstrate students’ love of the First Year Model experience.
Along with the single-unit study mode, the First Year Model features smaller classes – meaning more opportunity to make friends and increased one-on-one time with lecturers. The timetable of three-hour workshops, three times a week is critical for students to achieve balance, and continue working while pursuing outside interests.
Student support leads to extension of block model
Following an overwhelming show of support, VU will continue reinventing tertiary education in Australia by extending the block mode of teaching across all undergraduate and postgraduate courses by 2020. In a survey of over 1000 First Year Model students, nearly three-quarters expressed their support for extending the block model.
The block mode of teaching will be extended to second-year subjects in 2019, and third- and fourth-year subjects in 2020.
Results that get attention
We have earned significant recognition for our transformative teaching methods, including two higher-education awards:
The Australian media continues to praise VU for the successful implementation of our huge transformation.
"Every university should be looking to Victoria University’s ambitious, and so far very successful, shift to block-mode teaching as an instructive case study in how to carry out reform in higher education."
Tim Dodd, The Australian.