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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Student experiences of threshold capability development with Intensive Mode Teaching

 

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In 2014, the University of Western Australia, RMIT University and University of Tasmania received a strategic priority grant from the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching to promote and support improved student experiences of threshold capability development in units that involve Intensive Mode Teaching (IMT).

IMT involves students engaging in facilitated learning activities or classes intensively over longer than a few hours in a day, and over fewer days than in a traditional course. In the 21st century, universities are increasingly offering IMT, as flexibility is becoming more important for students. 

The possibilities for universities to offer IMT have expanded due to advances in technology. IMT has appeal to educators, and IMT is used by Australian universities in many onshore and offshore programmes. With the rapid interest and adoption of IMT, it is important to ensure that the student experience is optimal.

Threshold capabilities are capabilities that are transformative for students. They are critical to further learning or practice in the discipline. The theory of threshold capabilities is adapted from threshold concept theory. This project will promote and support improved student experiences of threshold capability development in units that involve IMT.

This project builds on the project ‘Engineering thresholds: an approach to curriculum renewal'.