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New Learning and Teaching model from 2022

17 Sep 2021

USC has been an institution of predominantly face to face on-campus learning that has been supported by a digital learning environment. Following sustained and very positive responses from students to the changes the University has made over the past year to its teaching delivery, USC has built on this experience to develop a new learning and teaching model. This new model offers enhanced flexibility and quality of teaching across all our study sites and a better experience for both students and staff. While USC has been transitioning towards this model since 2020, it will come into full effect from Semester 1, 2022.

This approach involves increased ways of learning that include:

  • on-campus and in-person learning
  • online face-to-face learning
  • study with learning materials in your own time.

Face-to-face teaching retains a firm place in USC’s ethos, and as always we will ensure that learning modes are appropriate and also as specified by any professional body relevant to your study.

As an additional step to help guide USC’s future decisions and to better understand your study needs, please complete the ‘Have your say about how you study at USC’ survey. This is an important opportunity to contribute to shaping the way we learn and telling Senior staff what works for you and what doesn’t, and how you would like to see your courses delivered that best suit your needs and lifestyle into the future. 

What's changing?

Face-to-face or pre-recorded lectures are being replaced with learning materials. These learning materials will consist of a range of different materials, such as formative quizzes, podcasts, interviews, simulations, screencasts and recorded discussions, that are equivalent to an hour of traditional lecture. By delivering this material through the digital learning environment, tutorials and laboratories can then focus on developing an enhanced understanding of the learning materials that allows you to apply your knowledge. In addition, practical classes, practicums, and internships remain important for learning outcomes. 

Where appropriate, we will also provide periodic seminars to bring the entire course cohort together for interactive engagement at strategic points during the teaching period. 

The traditional style lectures have been demonstrated to have poor learning outcomes whether they are conducted face to face in a lecture theatre or recorded from a desktop. The new delivery model will help ensure that USC provides equitable access to learning materials.  

What about Tutorials/Workshops, Seminars and Practical Classes?

All tutorials and practical classes (from Moot courts to fieldwork) are synchronous by nature and are highly interactive experiences for students. Tutorials will be conducted either physically on campus or by using a video conferencing platform such as Zoom. Tutorials will not be recorded at this time as this does not allow crucial interaction and active learning to occur. We are exploring how the recording of tutorials might be implemented and if a solution is found, we will implement it. This attendance at a tutorial also allows international students to ensure they meet attendance requirements. 

Practical classes will be on campus unless specifically designed to be online. We understand that students appreciate the in-person interaction and learning, and it is great to see our campuses thriving again.