Why create shared frameworks?
As a global education provider, Navitas has developed considerable expertise in a range of specialisations to support delivery of high quality education. Learning and Teaching Services leads the development of frameworks to identify examples of this good practice and connect it with evidence from the research as well as our own discipline expertise in learning and teaching. These frameworks can be used to provide principles for good practice, guide enhancement and innovation, ensure consistency and inform policy.
Learning and teaching as our core business
Learning and teaching are the most important activities we undertake, so it’s essential we have a clear and shared vision around what excellent learning and teaching looks like. The process of creating a set of guiding principles is valuable in itself, prompting institutions to form their own vision about what best practice looks like in their context, taking into account who its learners are and what they really need to succeed.
Who are our learners?
Our 80,000 students are learning in campuses throughout Australasia, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. From diverse backgrounds and with many travelling from across the globe to study at colleges with unique offerings, the stories of Navitas learners are often those of ‘non-traditional students’. They may be the first in their family to attend post-secondary study, or be juggling work, study and family commitments.
Many Navitas students are international and leave behind the support networks of family and friends. Their engagement with the college community and their sense of belonging are closely linked with success in their studies.
What are our prevailing pedagogies?
A commitment to meeting the needs of such diverse groups of students has led to a distinct set of ‘prevailing pedagogies’, principles underpin our practice:
Inspiration for everyday work
The above principles are designed as springboards to promote excellence in learning and teaching practices. They’re used to inform and underpin many strategic projects, including:
- The design of campus spaces in the recent relocation of Navitas’ largest Sydney campus to Hyde Park.
- College staff reflecting on their own context and collaboratively writing their own set of learning and teaching principles. For example, 45 people from across SIBT and Navitas Learning & Teaching Services collaborated to write a new set of SIBT Learning and Teaching Principles. These principles became the foundation that informed the choices and priorities of the highly effective,SIBT curriculum transformation project.
You can read more examples of learning and teaching principles in practice in many of the examples on this website. Alternatively, please get in touch to share your own examples of integrating principles such as these into your projects and practices!