Refocusing academic literacies


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Presenter:  Dr Nicola Rolls

Date: Apr 24, 2015

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact person:  Alice Manning
T: (08) 8946 6043
E: alice.manning@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Casuarina Blue 2A.1.01 and via Collaborate

Target audience:  CDU staff only

Innovative Teaching Seminar Series 2015

Refocusing academic literacies

Friday 24th April, 12 – 2pm (CST):  12pm lunch, 12:15pm start

Casuarina Blue 2A.1.01 and via Collaborate (details provided below)

RSVP no later than C.O.B. Wednesday 22nd April.

Please state if you will be attending in person or via Collaborate.

The common unit program principle aim is “To be responsive to individual student backgrounds and needs as they make the transition into successful study at university and to help provide a level playing field for all beginning students.”  In this way this compulsory first year program represents the university’s commitment to supporting and enabling diversity and improving retention.

Students are required to complete one of the Academic Literacies units CUC100 or CUC106 and the Cultural Literacy unit CUC107. By building students’ cultural and academic skill capabilities through a supportive and developmental approach in the first year of study, their chances of success and retention are improved. Research into the efficacy of the program confirms its success in improving outcomes, however, two common units at the beginning of students’ learning journey are not enough. Ongoing support to help them to continue to build their literacy and become acculturated to the requirements of academia is essential. How well are we achieving this at CDU and how might we do this better?

This session will be facilitated by Dr Nicola Rolls, Common Units Theme Leader.

Lunch will be provided for those attending in person.

The Seminar Series will continue every Friday during Semesters One and Two from 12 – 2pm and the full Semester One program can be viewed on the Student Retention Project – Innovative Teaching Seminar series website:

RSVP no later than COB Wednesday 22nd of April 2015.

Please state if you will be attending in person or via Collaborate. Lunch will be provided for those who are able to attend in person.

The Seminar series is a University learning and teaching professional development initiative that brings our focus to a range of topics related to supporting CDU’s first year students to become successful learners. Our intent is to initiate University wide conversations around strategies that will help first year students develop independent learning skills and establish a solid foundation for higher education study.

Professional development strategies for this initiative include a seminar series of guest external and internal lecturers, follow up workshops that are participatory and outcomes focussed, opportunities for sharing practice, and resource development to support just-in-time and ongoing learning and teaching and skills development.

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