Demonstration project on course redesign and academic productivity

Project Information

Year Funded:2011
Grant (ex GST):$150,000
Project Status:Completed
Project Reference:SI11-1895
Program:Special Initiatives Reserve
Project Discipline:(X) Not disciplinary based

Lead Institution

The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne

Partner Institutions

Australian Catholic University, James Cook University

Project Team

Associate Professor Leo Goedegebuure (Project Leader), Russell Smith

Abstract

The demonstration project will assess improvements to academic productivity and student learning outcomes by employing activity based costing and course redesign in six selected subjects (courses) in two participating universities. For each selected course (subject), the first step is to use activity based costing techniques to get a sound understanding of cost drivers at the academic program level.  The next step will involve course redesign, which in principle relates to disaggregation of academics' roles in terms of curriculum development, pedagogy, course delivery and assessment activities and limiting staff activities to those that can only be done by academics, replacing all other activities with technology and lower cost staff.  The success of the project will be determined by improvements to academic productivity and student learning outcomes.  The LH Martin Institute is primarily interested in the use of activity based cost modelling techniques for understanding cost drivers. The activity based costing exercise will be assisted by Stanford Emeritus Professor Bill Massy. The universities will be assisted in course redesign by Dr Carol Twigg, CEO of the National Center for Academic Transformation, USA.

Resources

Demonstration project on course redesign and academic productivity

Peter Bentley, Hamish Coates, Leo Goedegebuure
The University of Melbourne
2012
The University of Melbourne
Australian Catholic University, James Cook University
Final Report Phase 1 Download Document (5.88 MB)

The information on this project's page was updated 19 December, 2013.

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