In 2018 Victoria University revolutionised tertiary education in Australia. And it’s clear things will never be the same.

In fact, Tim Dodd from The Australian has called VU's Block Model:

"The most radical and comprehensive change any university in Australia has made in living memory to the way it teaches students."

But has it all been worth it? The results speak for themselves.

What are the results?

Improved grades

Grades have improved dramatically under the VU 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 thanks 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 Block Model experience.

Along with the single-unit study mode, the Block 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 VU Block Model students, nearly three-quarters expressed their support for extending it.

The block mode of teaching has been extended to second-year subjects in 2019, and will continue to 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.

Osteopathy student Ethan is one of the many students achieving high distinctions and distinctions with the VU Block Model.

The VU Block Model has received great support from students, and has been extended to other years.

Want to know more about VU's new way of learning?

Under the Block Model, VU students complete their course via block delivery: one unit at a time over four weeks as opposed to four units at once over a 16-week semester. And with a focus on hands-on learning and gaining skills for the workforce, this learning experience sets VU students apart by graduating them with the practical, real-world skills they need.

While it is an Australian-first exclusive to VU, the block mode of teaching has been proven internationally in progressive educational institutions in places such as Sweden, Canada and the US.

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