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Improving opportunities for student learning: We hear their voices but do we listen to their messages?

Eileen Thompson
The University of Western Australia
The importance of addressing student needs is not a new issue for universities and suggestions for addressing student concerns are continually emerging. What makes this issue so difficult to address however is the ongoing and changing nature of the pressures on students in universities, and the struggle teachers and administrators have to give student needs the priority desirable in times of varying states of turmoil in the tertiary sector. University teaching and learning is being affected by factors such as financial constraints, increasing workloads and infrastructure change but many staff continue to make improving opportunities for student learning their focus. This paper considers aspects of course design and delivery pertinent to recent changes in student profiles, particularly in relation to the increasing number of hours of work undergraduates students are combining with full-time study. Some of the initiatives occurring at The University of Western Australia aimed at promoting flexible teaching practices and improving opportunities student learning are discussed.
Author: Eileen Thompson, Instructional Designer, Economics & Commerce, Education & Law, The University of Western Australia. Email: eileen.thompson@uwa.edu.au

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Thompson, E. (2002). Improving opportunities for student learning: We hear their voices but do we listen to their messages? In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/thompson-abs.html


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