In this highly student-focused unit, participants identify a researchable critical issue related to a teaching innovation. Based on this, participants develop a proposal to undertake an evidence-based investigation to improve their own teaching practice. Participants will examine evidence-based pedagogic literature that evaluate teaching innovations. They will propose how the data will be collected and analysed and accordingly design ethically appropriate data collection instruments. The assessments will be drawn from participants own practice, ensuring that they are authentic. The unit's social-constructivist approach is technology moderated to support peer-to-peer collaboration. The unit provides an entry into further scholarship in teaching and learning.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply evidence-based and scholarly strategies to independently identify a researchable critical issue in innovative teaching practice;  
  2. Design a detailed, evidence-based educational investigation based on a systematic review of the literature, informed by ethical principles;  
  3. Develop appropriate data collection instruments in relation to a proposed investigation; and  
  4. Critique proposals and provide professional, improvement-oriented feedback.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Proposal to investigate a question related to a teaching innovation 15%
Exercise Peer-review 15%
Project Plan to conduct research into a teaching innovation 55%
Review Review and reflection of limitations of proposed research and Ethics 15%

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