Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2012

Summary of projects

Project title

Interteaching: Dissemination and Evaluation across three RMIT Colleges

Project leader

Dr Mandy Kienhuis

Project team

  • Dr Paul Myers
  • Ms Kathy Henschke
  • Dr Richard Guy
  • Dr Bruce Byrne
  • Associate Professor Anthony Bedford
  • Mr Minh Huh
  • Dr Jennifer Elsden-Clifton
  • Associate Professor Andrea Chester

Project summary

Based on the success of Interteaching within Developmental Psychology in the School of Health Sciences in 2010 and 2011, the aim of this project was to disseminate and evaluate Interteaching across the three Colleges at RMIT University.

Interteaching is an innovative teaching model designed to support student engagement and greater depth of learning. It includes guided independent learning, student-paced small group tutorial discussion, and brief lectures that are developed in response to student feedback. A distinctive feature of the model is that tutorials precede lectures as a way of consolidating the concepts that students need most direction on (Boyce & Hineline 2002).

The dissemination project began in semester 1, 2012 with a consultation process to adapt the model, evaluation methods, and teaching resources to fit with the needs of each course involved in the project. This involved consultation between the project leader and team members who coordinated courses in each College. To support coordinators, lecturers, and sessional staff, a dissemination model was designed, implemented, and evaluated. Student outcomes were also evaluated. The dissemination project was a success, with the Interteaching model implemented and evaluated in in 5 courses across SEH, DSC, and Business in semester 2, 2012. The Interteaching model was positively received by students in 4 of the 5 courses and improvements were also observed in student engagement, self-efficacy, and learning. Overall, outcomes from the evaluation were very positive and support further dissemination of the Interteaching model across RMIT. Important interdisciplinary linkages emerged as a result of the project, increasing the likelihood of sustaining the model in future. Further dissemination of the teaching model is planned for 2013, and results of the evaluation will be presented at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Outcomes

  • Dissemination of the Interteaching model within five disciplines across the three Colleges at RMIT University in 2012.
  • Development of sustainable tools for learning within the target courses involved in the project, including ‘podules’ (online podcast modules) of content typically delivered during face-to-face lectures.
  • Report on the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of a teaching model that can be used to enhance the teaching of large classes across the university.
  • Increases in student satisfaction, engagement, and learning in courses involved in the project.
  • Increased understanding of the needs of students based on feedback, which is likely to result in continued improvements across courses in future.
  • An evaluative research study, with sufficient data to be developed into at least one research paper and submitted to a peer-reviewed L&T journal in 2013.
  • Plans to present the findings at the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference in April, 2013
  • Plans for further dissemination of the Interteaching model to the Accounting Department, RMIT University Vietnam campus in 2013.

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