A Framing of Futures situates Macquarie as a University of service and engagement
We serve and engage our students and staff through transformative learning and life experiences
We serve and engage the world through discovery, dissemination of knowledge and ideas, innovation and deep partnerships
This is followed by statements on our Vision and Values, all of which speak to the highest order thinking for the institution.
The vision declares our aspirations, identifying Macquarie to be a destination of choice; deeply connected with stakeholders; ranked highly in research and known as custodians of the campus.
Building on those foundations, we need to draw out a more specific vision for learning and teaching.
We need to synthesise the declared purpose, vision and values and set out a high level vision for learning and teaching at Macquarie so that we might then develop a framework and strategy. In short, before we work through our strategies and goals, we need to agree on what some call ‘the vision thing.’
We know that a culture of transformative learning in a research enriched environment is a priority, where: ‘Learning and teaching is at the centre of our purpose … ‘ and that experiences that change the lives of our students include PACE, infusing cutting-edge technology, and promoting enquiry-driven learning.
These goals provide us with distinctive projects and help us to formulate a vision for learning and teaching.
But we need to further explore the questions of ‘Why, what, and how do we teach?’ and more particularly ‘How does this distinguish Macquarie?’
The idea of transformative learning is central to those questions and their answers and that idea – and others – demands further examination. In order to provoke that examination, I offer here a suggested Vision for Learning and Teaching – my synthesis of our values and goals, which is designed to provide a starting point for reflection and conversation.
We aspire to be a University that empowers its students with the capacity and desire to change their worlds.
I look forward to receiving your feedback and commentary.