Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, L&T Update

Want to boost student engagement in your classes?

See this strategy from William DeJean to increase student engagement, with a nod to Bob Dylan.


Early Warning Signs – improving retention

As part of the Belonging Focus Area, an Early Warning Signs Model (EWS) is being piloted in semester 2. The model will provide information for program teams on students who have been identified as displaying “Early Warning Signs” of attrition to inform proactive decision making and potential interventions.

The model is designed to:

  • Reduce effort for teaching staff to access data around students (pushing data to staff proactively rather than manual extracts)
  • Enrich information which is provided (e.g. current data doesn’t provide some demographic and enrolment attributes)
  • Develop lead indicators to identify students who are more likely to attrite, rather than lagging indicators.

Pilot Programs

The following DSC programs have volunteered to be part of the pilot:

Program  School
Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles
Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design Architecture & Urban Design
Master of International Development GUSS
Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) Architecture & Urban Design
Master of Disaster, Design and Development Architecture & Urban Design
Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) Education
B. Education Education
Bachelor of Criminal Justice GUSS
Master of Public Policy GUSS
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) GUSS

We look forward to the evaluation of the pilot and thank the program teams for their engagement

For more information on the project please contact Raian Isaac. For more specific information on the model please contact the Analytics & Insights team

What happened at June EdIQ?

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The June 2018 meeting of Education Innovation and Quality Committee included the following discussion items and actions:

  • The Committee approved the English Language Requirements Framework

The Committee received briefings on:

  • Progress of the Credit Precedent System Project
  • 2018 Free TAFE: State Budget Announcement
  • The VE Quality and Compliance Taskforce
  • The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education
  • 2018 RUSU Priorities

The Committee received presentations and held discussion on:

  • Building RMIT’s Education Environment to Deliver Sustainable Change
  • The report on the Australian Government ‘Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools’ (Gonski 2.0 Report)


Voting open for VE Pitch Tank ideas

The VE Pitch Tank received 42 ideas. It’s your turn to vote on them. There’s a wide range of ideas on offer from those focused on specific programs and cohorts of students through to large scale projects with impact across all of VE. DSC College contributed a hefty number of great ideas. No shortage of innovation and inspiration!

Voting is your say on which of the ideas you think are most important and will have the most impact. Staff votes will be taken into account when the panel makes their final decisions.

Voter registration is now open until midday Monday 2 July – register now. Just be aware that registration applications can take 24 hours to process. You will have two votes, so good luck choosing!


2017 SES data now available

The 2017 Student Experience Survey reports are now available on the Survey Services Centre website at;ID=c6jfw5vwy5yq1 (login required).

Please note: 

  1. The reports aggregate data from 2017 QILT SES and the RMIT SES. The QILT SES is a Federal Government mandated survey of HE undergraduate onshore commencing and completing students, administered by Social Research Centre. RMIT administered the QILT SES to all middle year HE undergraduate students, postgraduate coursework and international offshore students.
  2. The CEQ questions apply to all middle year students and a small number of first and final year students.
  3. The Social Research Centre (SRC) uses a new method to evaluate scales such as the Good Teaching Scale (GTS). The original method simply added the number of responses which were “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” for all 6 GTS questions and divided this by the number of actual responses. This is the Percent Agree value for the scale. The new method counts students rather than responses. Firstly, students who did not answer at least 4 of the 6 questions are excluded from the calculation. Responses for the remaining students are then converted to a value between 0 and 100 (Strongly Disagree=0, Disagree=25, Neither=50, Agree=75, Strongly Agree=100) with an average below 55 are regarded as “Not In Agreement”. The Percent Agree value is then the number of students In Agreement expressed as a percentage of all students that were not excluded. If you are bamboozled, don’t worry – the new calculations result in higher scores!
  4. The Reliability measure is a function of the number of responses and the survey population. Three levels may be reported: Good, Sufficient and Insufficient.

Juanita Custance joins the SALT team

Screen Shot 2018-06-28 at 5.54.11 am.pngI am pleased to welcome Juanita Custance to the role of Senior Advisor, L&T in SoEd, replacing Thembi while she is Associate Dean, Education.

Juanita is an experienced academic developer, who has worked most recently at Deakin and VU. She has experience across both VE and HE and has taught in VE – Multimedia, Professional Writing, and Project Management. Juanita has a Cert IV TAE, a Post Grad Dip of Teaching (Secondary) (English, TESOL, Literacy & Numeracy intervention) and a Masters of Teaching. She is currently completing her PhD at MGSE.

Please join me in welcoming Juanita to the DSC Academic Development Group.

Program and Course Policy information

Please find attached Program and Course Policy Update handouts. The P&C Policy Suite Mapping document shows the alignment of old and new program and course policies. The FLOW document outlines the forms required for program amendment and new program applications.

P&C Policy Suite Mapping_with links
FLOW Program Approval – HE Coursework 2018-April-v03



Heidi Macklin | Senior Coordinator Program Quality and Approval

Academic Registrar Appointment

Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 7.53.06 pmConnie Merlino has been appointed as RMIT’s Academic Registrar. As Academic Registrar, Connie is responsible for administration of the student lifecycle as well as student integrity.

Over the past six months Connie has been working in the role of Associate Registrar. Before joining the ARG, Connie led the Compliance and Privacy Advisory team where she managed the policy framework and was the University’s Privacy and Freedom of Information Officer. She has also worked in Strategy and Governance, University Secretariat, where she led the Academic Governance review project with the Chair of Academic Board and in Planning and Resources in the College of Business.

Connie is a trained lawyer and has a background in education and public sector administration with an emphasis on governance and compliance.

Call for ‘Big Idea’ Teams

For the fourth year in a row RMIT is participating in The Big Idea – a social enterprise planning competition in partnership with the Big Issue that involves university students from around the country. The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan that might become the next ‘Big Idea,’ potentially going on to change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people. 

If you are interested in exploring how you and your students can participate in the Big Idea initiative, contact the DSC Innovation Leads, Stephanie Holt or Yannick Thoraval


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