When designing for postgraduate units in the Block, start with a holistic course-level approach to design. This involves applying a backward design approach with a close eye on the AQF. Keep in mind that you are preparing learners for professional practice, so the learning design should enable them to:
- make independent judgements in a range of technical and management functions
- initiate, plan and evaluate
- act with responsibility, autonomy and accountability
- demonstrate creativity and initiative in new situations in professional practice (AQF 2013).
Learners at post-graduate level need to think critically and communicate effectively, be self-directed learners and process and transfer learning to their professional practice/work. The key is focused and meaningful interaction, and increased self-learning and responsibility for the learner.