Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2008

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Building sustainable School infrastructure for Vietnam and offshore partnered programs.

Project Leaders

Assoc. Prof. Peter Horsfield

Funds Approved

$36,015

Summary of the project, outcomes, impacts and dissemination

The project arose from the practical demands of the School offering its Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) degree in Hong Kong (in partnership with the Hong Kong Management Association) and Vietnam (RMIT). The two programs required the provision of course material taught in Melbourne for teaching by local teachers in the two offshore sites. A process for the production of teaching materials, the support of the offshore teachers through liaison and ongoing consultation, and quality assurance processes through moderation of teaching and assessment was established in the School. Course teachers in Melbourne were identified as “regional course moderators” and the work involved in course preparation, renewal and moderation incorporated in their workload. The project also encountered significant unexpected organization and learning and teaching problems, in some cases distinctive to creative and culturally based subjects, that needed to be resolved. These are detailed in the project report and may be of relevance to Schools or Program Coordinators becoming involved in offshore or Vietnam program offering.

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