Resource Library

The Resource Library contains a collection of higher education learning and teaching materials flowing from projects funded by the Commonwealth of Australia including those from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

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16 resources found for ‘retention’.

Enabling retention: processes and strategies for improving student retention in university-based enabling programs

Barry Hodges, Tasman Bedford, Jane Hartley, Chris Klinger, Neil Murray, John O'Rouke, Neville Schofield
The University of Newcastle
2013
The University of Newcastle
Edith Cowan University, University of New England, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland
Final report Download Document (2.83 MB)
External evaluation report Download Document (243.7 KB)

Thriving in transition: A model for student support in the transition to Australian higher education

Martin Harris, Tony Barnett
University of Tasmania
2014
University of Tasmania
Final report Download Document (2.76 MB)

The whole of university experience: retention, attrition, learning and personal support interventions during undergraduate business studies

Lesley Willcoxson, Mark Manning, Monte Wynder, Ray Hibbins, Sally Joy, Jan Thomas, Antonia Giradi, Betty Leask, Tristiana Sidoryn, Julie Cotter, Marie Kavanagh, David Troedson, Bernadette Lynch
University of the Sunshine Coast
2011
University of the Sunshine Coast
Griffith University, Monash University, Murdoch University, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland
Final Report Download Document (10.83 MB)

Developing strategies to address critical teacher attraction and retention issues in Australian rural, regional and remote schools

Don Boyd, Emmy Terry, Sue Trinidad
Curtin University
2013
Curtin University
Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia
Final Report Download Document (2.87 MB)

Establishing a framework for transforming student engagement, success and retention in higher education institutions

Karen Nelson, John Clarke, Ian Stoodley, Tracy Creagh
Queensland University of Technology
2014
Queensland University of Technology
Griffith University, The University of Queensland
Final report Download Document (1.23 MB)

Student and staff expectations and experiences

Russell Brinkworth, Ben McCann, Jacqui McCann
The University of Adelaide
2014
The University of Adelaide
Flinders University, University of South Australia
Final report Download Document (800.57 KB)

Diversity: A longitudinal study of how student diversity relates to resilience and successful progression in a new generation university

Associate Professor Adrianne Kinnear
Edith Cowan University
2009
Edith Cowan University
Final report Download Document (2.57 MB)

A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science disciplines

Felicia Zhang
University of Canberra
2011
University of Canberra
The University of Newcastle, University of Tasmania, University of Technology, Sydney
Final Report Download Document (391.13 KB)
Survey Instruments Download Document (1.54 MB)
Learning Resources Download Document (1.28 MB)

Leadership and the impact of academic staff development and leadership development on student learning outcomes in higher education: a review of the literature

Deborah Southwell, Wendy Morgan
Queensland University of Technology
2009
Queensland University of Technology

This report explores the existing evidence of the effect on student learning outcomes in undergraduate higher education study of:
1. Staff/professional development
2. Leadership
3. Leadership development.

 

As the main focus of this report is not on leadership per se but on the impact of leadership on the student learning outcomes of retention, persistence and achievement, we primarily looked at evidence for that impact rather than on leadership generally.

Report Download Document (3.93 MB)

Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: resources for Australian higher education

Marcia Devlin, Sally Kift, Karen Nelson, Liz Smith, Jade McKay
Deakin University
2012
Deakin University
Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology
Final Report Download Document (1.51 MB)
Practice advice for institutions Download Document (708.16 KB)
Practice advice for teachers Download Document (1.15 MB)

Good Practice Report: Student transition into higher education

Trevor Gale, Stephen Parker
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited
2011
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited

This good practice report, commissioned by the ALTC, provides a summative evaluation of useful outcomes and good practices from ALTC projects and fellowships on student transition into higher education. The report contains:

  • a summative evaluation of the good practices and key outcomes for teaching and learning from completed ALTC projects and fellowships
  • a literature review of the good practices and key outcomes for teaching and learning from national and international research
  • the proposed outcomes and resources for teaching and learning which will be produced by current incomplete ALTC projects and fellowships
  • identifies areas in which further work or development are appropriate.
University of South Australia
ALTC Good Practice Report Download Document (976.92 KB)

Good practice for safeguarding student learning engagement in higher education institutions

Karen Nelson, Tracy Creagh
Queensland University of Technology
2012
Queensland University of Technology
Auckland University of Technology (NZ), Charles Sturt University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, RMIT University, University of New England, University of South Australia
Final Report Download Document (764.54 KB)
Good Practice Guide Download Document (3.04 MB)

Get Set for Success: Using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning

Lorelle Burton, David Dowling, Majella Albion
University of Technology, Sydney
2014
University of Technology, Sydney

EngCAT is an online educational resource that enables prospective engineering students to self-test their interest and motivation in engineering and make an informed choice about their career path. The EngCAT website can be used for careers advice – helping prospective students better understand their individual learning approaches, how they work in teams, and whether they have the skills and interest to pursue a career in engineering. This enhanced self-awareness will enable students to seek support where needed and better manage their learning to successfully progress through their program. EngCAT is designed to help the engineering industry attract students who have the required skill sets but may not otherwise have considered a career in engineering

The University of Newcastle, The University of Queensland, University of New England, University of Technology, Sydney
Final report Download Document (1.31 MB)

Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and to enhance the first year student learning experience in Australian higher education

Sally Kift
Queensland University of Technology
2009
Queensland University of Technology

This fellowship focussed on the important role of the curriculum in first year transition, success and retention. A research-based 'transition pedagogy' was articulated framed around the identification of six First Year Curriculum Principles that stand out as supportive of first year learning engagement, success. These principles are Transition, Diversity, Design, Engagement, Assessment and Evaluation and monitoring. Several discipline case studies, an extensive engaged dissemination strategy and other resources are available from the fellowship website.

Final Report Download Document (713.31 KB)

This online resource provides practical ideas and strategies for academic and professional practitioners responsible for designing curricula to support first year university students. It advocates for intentional first year curriculum design using six first year curriculum principles: Transition, Diversity, Design, Engagement, Assessment, Evaluation and Monitoring.  The website features resources including a briefing paper on first year assessment and checklists with useful tips for first year teachers, program coordinators and institutional leaders of learning and teaching. It would be particularly useful for academic staff responsible for designing first year curricula across disciplines. Professional staff who support first year curriculum design and delivery in such areas as blended learning will also find this a very useful site. This resource raises awareness of the multidimensional nature of the first year curriculum, drawing attention to the importance of supporting student diversity through the purposeful design of fit-for-purpose learning activities and assessment tasks. As such it would be useful for academic development staff who provide institution-level support to enhance the quality of first year curricula. The focus on evaluation and monitoring is particularly important for its emphasis on the value of continuous review and improvement of first year curricula. Discipline-based case studies are another feature of the resource. Exemplars are drawn from such fields as Law and the Creative Arts, IT and Biology. Kift has sought the input of Australian and international expert commentators who review the case studies and provide input on key issues. This dimension is particularly useful as it provides an indication of the international relevance and appeal of the resource, as well as the rigour of its approach.  In terms of accessibility, the website does not readily emerge from a quick Google search of the internet, so users may want to bookmark the site. Nevertheless, once you arrive, you will find the site relatively easy to navigate and resources readily downloadable using PDF-reading software. One of the challenges you may encounter is that this resource site is embedded within a larger site. If you navigate away from the ‘Transition Pedagogy’ area and follow some of the hyperlinks, it can be a little difficult to find your way back. It is important to be aware of this if you decide to pursue some of the interesting and informative links on the site.

Production of a prototype online leadership learning tool and system for Australia’s universities

Professor Geoff Scott, Hamish Coates, Michelle Anderson
University of Western Sydney
2010
University of Western Sydney

This project provides a university-specific option for systematically and proactively addressing the leadership succession crisis faced by Australian and international universities. It shows how the active, situated, experiential, 'just-in-time' and 'just-for-me' approaches to learning, development and support (known to optimise university student engagement and retention), can be applied to the selection and support if its leaders. The Online Leadership Learning System (OLLS) allows access to practical strategies which experienced leaders in different roles have found helped them to perform effectively.

Final Report Download Document (231.3 KB)

Curriculum specification and support systems for engineering education that address revised qualification standards

Elizabeth Godfrey, Robin King
University of Technology, Sydney
2011
University of Technology, Sydney

Recommendations are made on reducing attrition in areas of admissions processes, curriculum change, bridging pathways, peer-mentoring, and active learning. Other project themes included the development of workshops to support engineering academics, the revision of Engineers Australia‘s competency standards for the three accredited engineering qualifications, and a review of pathways and access to engineering qualifications. Five leaflets address key issues from the report.

Australian Council of Engineering Deans, CQUniversity, Engineers Australia, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, University of South Australia
Final Report Download Document (5.84 MB)
Access to engineering degrees for non school leavers Download Document (228.65 KB)
Indigenous students recruitment and retention Download Document (346.18 KB)
Maximising bachelor degree completions Download Document (214.34 KB)
Student cohort analysis and decision trees Download Document (233.62 KB)
Women in engineering education Download Document (200.58 KB)