The ANU has announced they never had a plan to cease offering tutorials as part of the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
A review of teaching forums in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) has found there was no proposal to abolish tutorials across the College or compel schools or staff to adopt forum-style teaching, but has identified need for the College to improve internal communication and reduce red tape related to education.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Hughes-Warrington, who led the review panel, said she was pleased that staff and students had participated fully in the review.
“The panel witnessed a real passion for education amongst the staff and students in the College,” said Professor Hughes-Warrington.
“We found no evidence that the College intended to abolish tutorials or compel staff to adopt forum-style teaching. But we did find a case of grassroots innovation and an issue being ‘lost-in-translation’.
“The College offers some 2000 courses. Forum-style teaching, often combined with other styles of teaching including tutorials, has been introduced on educational grounds by academic staff in nine courses, and the College Education Committee has approved proposals to adopt forum-style teaching in 12 courses. The reality is that there are a very small number of courses that would even be candidates for forum-style teaching, with over 70% of courses having fewer than 15 students.