Earlier this week Rick Bennett from the School of Communication and Design at RMIT Vietnam spoke to an engaged gathering about the successes and challenges of their recent pilot of block mode teaching in the Bachelor of Design Studies. Students take one course at a time, attending seminars/workshops for three hours a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for four weeks. Much of the assessment is marked in class, incorporating peer feedback.
Hot on the heels of Rick’s presentation VU announced its decision to extend its block mode First Year Model across the year levels of all UG and PG programs, citing positive student outcomes compared to the same courses taught the previous year in the more traditional mode.
Source: The Australian
I know many SoE staff and students already enjoy intensive mode teaching. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about block mode and how you read the evidence in this area.
For more details see:
VU website: Innovative approach to tertiary education
The Australian: Victoria Uni’s big reform bet pays off
Campus Morning Mail: Victoria U extends transformative first-year model to all students