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Partnerships in outcomes based education

Tania Dalziell
English, Communication and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
Susan Gourvenec
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Outcomes based education (OBE) promises to initiate new partnerships in learning that span the micro- and macro-structures of university education. This is part of a global, national and statewide movement. However, for many tertiary sector educators OBE is an uncertain proposition. For this reason, we aim to present a paper on the topic that will generate productive discussion and debate among its future practitioners.

At its most essential, OBE is a teaching and learning strategy that makes explicit to every student the goals or objectives of their education. Our interest in this presentation lies in the constructive opportunities OBE presents for student learning. What partnerships does this model of learning encourage? Why are they important? How might we, as facilitators of learning, initiate and meet them? What challenges might we face? What are our responsibilities, as teachers, in these new OBE partnerships? What responsibilities might students, the Faculty and the University be expected to assume?

This paper will address what OBE means and the effects of its incorporation into course curricula for teachers and students in the tertiary environment across disciplines. We also want to explore how we might be empowered to make these new partnerships productive for everyone involved in the process.

Please cite as: Dalziell, T. and Gourvenec, S. (2003). Partnerships in outcomes based education. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/dalziell-abs.html

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