Evidence Based Effectiveness of Educational Innovation

Unit code: AET6003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Self-Paced


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. This unit is delivered in an intensive mode of study over a four week period.

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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Links to recommended readings for this unit will be provided to students via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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