Improving Student Success

Collaborative approach to the research, design and dissemination of scalable innovations to support student and graduate success.

The Fellowship

Vision

By focusing on the core themes of employability and data driven success the fellowship provides an opportunity to impact student and graduate success from the transition to university through to graduation and beyond. This work showcases existing best practice across the IRU and provides a framework for collaborative innovation never before developed in the Australian higher education context.

Data Driven Success

Working in partnership with students to harness the power of learning analytics for the development of student-facing dashboards that support progression and success.

Employability

Supporting students to meet the challenges of the new world of work through the development of scaffolded, authentic, industry relevant learning opportunities across the student lifecycle.

IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow

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Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

Jessica is a passionate academic committed to the development and implementation of practice-based curriculum that supports student success and graduate employability.

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Recently

18 August 2017

Annual Report Infographic

It has been a busy establishing year. Captured in this infographic, the IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow Annual report 2016-2017 shows at a glance the range of activities and accomplishments of the past 12 months. From 450 staff and student interviews across the IRU, international scoping across 24 universities in the USA, UK and Europe, four priority projects have been established with communities of practice to support and initiatives already underway, it is amazing what can be achieved in one year – download the IRU Vice Chancellors Fellow Annual Report 2016-2017 infographic .

Contact jessica.vanderlelie@iru.edu.au for more details.

Innovative Practice in Action

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Employability - Flinders Horizon Award

A Professional Development Award empowering students to access a range of experiences, participate fully in the University community and understand and experience the value of enhancing their employability.

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Learning analytics - Griffith Subject Level analytics

Customised Blackboard Analytics developed to suit specific institutional context and purpose that utilised a systematic process of incorporating cognitive science and user evaluation and feedback, in the design and development process.

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Student Support - Murdoch K-Track

An Indigenous enabling program, for students seeking entry into university that draws upon the principles of transformative education, to embed emotional intelligence, mindfulness and general well-being.

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Data Driven Success

Learning Analytics affords the opportunity to encourage student metacognition and reflection, however for this to occur, learners must have access to information about their learning and be equipped with the skills to understand its meaning and the supports required to seek assistance. Our work will build upon the strong analytic foundations in existence across the IRU, and offer opportunities to collaboratively develop and scale tools that support students and produce quality educational experiences.

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Student-Facing Dashboards

By partnering with students we aim to develop student-facing analytics that are relevant for student needs and displayed in a manner that ensures they are easily understood and empowers students to utilise the information to refine their learning.

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Communities of Practice

Two online communities of practice have been developed to facilitate the ongoing process of information and practice sharing across the IRU. We welcome your participation.

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Employability

Supporting graduate employability goes far beyond preparation for a single graduate job, to encompass the skills and capabilities required for success in the changing industrial landscape. Our work is to develop authentic, employability curricula and opportunities that encourage students to broaden their skills and reflect on their capabilities across the student lifecycle. By creatively, aligning our efforts we will ensure the work readiness of our graduates, whilst maximising opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing across the IRU.

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Employability Achievement Records

Encouraging active participation in employability experiences across the student lifecycle that assist students to develop relevant transferable skills, collate evidence of achievement and reflect upon their career development.

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University-Wide Experience Subjects

Credit-bearing opportunities for all students to engage in diverse experiences to support their employability including: exchange and international tours, volunteer activities, social entrepreneurship and cross-disciplinary industry challenges/internships.

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Empowering Employability Pedagogy

Program of activities supporting staff to work in partnership with Career Services and industry to design and deliver high-quality, evidenced based, employability curricula across the student lifecycle.

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Events

Across the year the IRU will partner with member institutions to coordinate a series of symposia to showcase best practice, foster collaboration and support the continuing professional development of staff in the areas of employability and learning analytics.

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Developing Future Ready Graduates

A collaborative IRU-Griffith University employability symposium that presented cutting edge understandings from National Teaching Fellows, key insights from industry, and showcased employability in action at Griffith University

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Upcoming Symposia

Our exciting symposia program is free to access and open to participants from all institutions. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Media

Developing Future Ready Graduates a collaborative IRU-Griffith University Employability Symposium
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20 June 2017

Student Success Blog

The National Innovation Case Study Collection is now live. This publically available resource showcases over 100 examples of innovative practices in support of student and graduate success. Read the latest from Associate Professor Vanderlelie’s Blog.

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21 June 2017

Podcast: Interview on The National Innovation Case Study Collection

Listen to Campus Review interview with Associate Professor Vanderlelie as she describes the National Innovation Case Study Collection. Listen here.

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