Universities are big places, comparable to schools but actually, so different. You can complete an entire degree knowing little else about the campus and its daily activities, I certainly did. You can also complete a degree at a parallel time as another student but fail to ever meet them. The thing that comes to mind for comparison is a train, you can enter one carriage, and have no idea what is happening or who else is travelling on another carriage, before you depart into the world. That’s why Teche blog is great for uncovering the amazing ‘happenings’ at Macquarie.
Program-level design helps to provide students with a coherent learning pathway, and ensures what they experience is more than a ‘collection of individual units’.
One Macquarie program that has successfully implemented program-level design is the Doctor of Physiotherapy. We talked to Associate Professor Mark Hancock about his Department’s experience of maintaining a program-based design over the last 5 years.
Program-based design is the next big thing at Macquarie. What is it? How and why should it be done? Dr Panos Vlachopoulos has been involved in program-based design for many years in universities in the UK, New Zealand and Australia; we asked him to break it down for us. Continue reading (almost) All you need to know about Program-Based design