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A curriculum of the 21st Century for Victoria University students

Victoria University will release its new agenda for curriculum reform as part of the distinctive VU Model on 20 November at the Footscray Park campus.

From 2013 VU students will be offered major and minor streams of study, multiple entry and exit points, and in addition to existing generic Bachelor Degrees in Arts and Sciences, there will be a small set of Career Start Bachelor Degrees and a number of Professional Bachelor degrees. The new model for VU education will involve innovative approaches to teaching as well as learning.

Victoria University's Curriculum Commission is driving the reform. Chair, Professor Anne Jones said, "Curriculum is the organising idea for education, and the Commission, working with key University stakeholders, sought to define what this meant for our students.

The Curriculum Commission's key findings to be released in The VU Agenda and Blueprint for Curriculum Reform: Capabilities for the Future include two major advances in curriculum reform.

The first is about providing experiences that prepare graduates for a changing workplace. The second is the increase in opportunity and choice so that people can take their skills to the next level, no matter where they are on their educational journey.

Professor Anne Jones said, "We know from employers and our research that graduates in the future will need to be even more adaptable and able to communicate effectively, work collaboratively and solve complex problems. The VU curriculum reforms address this need by innovating what happens in the learning environment.

"Victoria University's students are both younger and older, and more educationally, culturally, linguistically and economically diverse than is the case for other universities in Australia."￾

Professor Jones explained, "It will be easier for people to continue their education or re-skill through integrated pathways. VU has always been known for its expertise in providing pathways and supportive learning environments.

"We know from what we have learned over many years that we can help students to succeed. These changes take these concepts to the next level and include Victoria University's distinctive opportunities for blended learning. Only a few universities in Australia can do this because they are dual sector."￾

Respected commentators on the new ideas for delivering tertiary education will respond on two major initiatives outlined in the paper.

Associate Professor Rufus Black, Master of Ormond College and Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Melbourne University will explore 'Capabilities of the 21st Century'; in light of the recent focus on the Asian century and the development of global citizens.

Hon. Lindsay Tanner, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University will respond on the blended learning strategy.

 

Media are welcome to attend.

 

Where: Room P228, Building P. Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Rd, Footscray

When: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 5.30 - 7.30pm

 

Media contact

Christine White

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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