Learning and teaching
The University of the Sunshine Coast values and supports outstanding teaching, and works hard to create a learning environment in which students have every opportunity to flourish.
A plan for learning and teaching
The Learning and Teaching Plan 2011-2013 articulates key objectives and strategies for learning and teaching. It was developed by Learning and Teaching Committee and it provides a framework for the University’s developments in learning and teaching.
Programs are designed to allow students ample opportunities to engage with their discipline, profession and community. These include work integrated learning, entrepreneurship, opportunities to study overseas and a strong emphasis on face-to-face teaching and personalised support for students and their learning.
Academic and support staff at USC are nationally recognised for their commitment to student learning. Since 2006, University staff members have received 17 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
The University was the only public institution in Queensland to earn 5 stars for teaching quality in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the Good Universities Guide. *
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Staff at USC are encouraged and supported to research aspects of student learning; and to adopt evidence-based improvements to curriculum, pedagogy and student support.
An internal teaching grant scheme and extensive support for Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant, award and fellowship applicants, sets staff up to conduct engaged and relevant research and development projects related to student learning.
Expanding program offerings
In recent years, the range of program offerings at USC has increased dramatically, in response to regional demand, national skills shortages and identified opportunities for social and economic contributions to the Sunshine Coast region.
New programs have included Nutrition and Dietetics, Sustainability, Nursing, Commerce, Engineering, Computer-based Design, Paramedic Science, Regional and Urban Planning, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, and an Executive MBA program.
The University boasts a highly engaged Learning and Teaching Committee, and an active and responsive Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching.
Staff are supported by way of an expanding professional development program, targeted academic development support, an annual Learning and Teaching Week, extensive support for grants and awards applicants, and a range of strategic projects to enhance learning and teaching.
Learning and teaching is within the portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor supported by the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching.
* The ratings awarded by the Good Universities Guide utilise information obtained from the Department of Education, Science and Training, the University, and results from the national Graduate Destination Survey.