Contextualising learning for a real-world university: how an inverted curriculum in the first year can help better student retention

Edwards, Sylvia L., O'Shea, Peter J., & Thomas, Richard Neil (2011) Contextualising learning for a real-world university: how an inverted curriculum in the first year can help better student retention. In Thomas, Jason (Ed.) Proceedings of the 14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2011: Designing for Student Success, Colourwise Reproductions, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, WA, pp. 1-5.

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An identified issue within higher education is the high rates of student attrition after the first year, especially in the STEM disciplines. To address this issue, it is essential to reexamine and redesign the first year curriculum to engage and retain the students' interests while also scaffolding their learning experience. This session reports on an initiative based on the principles of the “inverted curriculum” within the Bachelor of Technology (BIT) course at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) that began in 2009 and has resulted in a reduction in first-year attrition rates from 18% in 2008 to 10% in 2009 and 2010 despite a growth in student intake of 15% to 40% in the past two years. We present the process and methods that helped achieve this and initiate a discussion on the innovations that are possible within this concept of inverted curriculum and how it can be implemented.

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ID Code: 52900
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: inverted curriculum, retention, attrition, first year experience, IT, HERN
ISBN: 978-1-921897-04-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 22:42
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2012 07:00

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