Could MOOCs answer the problems of teaching AQF required skills in Australian tertiary programmes?

Fraser, Kym & Ryan, Yoni (2013) Could MOOCs answer the problems of teaching AQF required skills in Australian tertiary programmes? Australian Universities' Review, 55(2), pp. 93-98.

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From 2015, Australian universities will be required to demonstrate that their programmes explicitly teach, and assess achievement of, knowledge and skills and the application of both as specified by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Over the last twenty years, the sector has applied significant effort and resource to embedding the development of skills through tertiary programmes. Despite these national and institutional efforts, employer and industry concerns remain about the quality of graduate skills. The authors propose a ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) approach to teaching and assessing AQF required skills. As an example the paper identifies the skills modules that would need to be developed by experts in each skill area for AQF level 9 master’s by coursework programmes. The proposed MOOC would include assessment tasks and rubrics allowing students to develop and demonstrate achievement of the AQF required skills. The assessment tasks could be used by institutions to provide evidence of attainment of coursework master’s standards.

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ID Code: 65473
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian Qualifications Framework skills, Massive open online courses, graduate attributes, employability skills, generic skills, MOOCs, HERN
ISSN: 0818-8068
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 National Tertiary Education Union
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 11:02

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