ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young is so happy with how his interview this morning on the ABC went that he’s posted the transcript by way of explanation:
What you start to do is to combine the lecture and the tutorial into a single workshop. So, the lecturer comes along, they actually deliver a broad overview of the material, and then the students break up into small groups. They interact in those small groups with the lecturer present, with a number of tutors present, and then they come together again. They share the material that they’ve been talking about, they interact with the lecturer again.
So actually – rather than taking the lecture and the tutorial and splitting them in two, things which are not connected together at all – you try and bring all these together so that you get a real environment where our students actually get to interact with the research leader. And that’s what we’re trying to do.
This has been trialled in a number of places within our College of Arts and Social Sciences and now the College is starting to talk to students about rolling this out in a larger way in some of our second and third year courses. Not all the courses. Not in first year courses. It’s really about trying to find new educational ways to engage with our students.