Australia's University for the Tropics Project - Resources

Australia's University for the Tropics Project - Resources

Throughout the Australia's University for the Tropics Project, our academic staff focused on a range of themes as part of developing a distinctive curriculum. A comprehensive list of resources relating to these themes has been complied here.

Background documents informing the Curriculum Refresh project

Curriculum reviews in other universities:

Curriculum Development - Design and Assessment

  • OLT - Office of Learning and Teaching – Assessment links.
  • Assessment 2020 paper - UTS Assessment Futures
  • AQF - JCU implementation plan 2013
  • AUTC - Australian Universities Teaching Committee – Assessment good practice directory.
  • Biggs, J. 2003 - Aligning teaching for constructing learning
  • Biggs, J. 2002 - Aligning the curriculum to promote good learning
  • Bovill et al - Curriculum Design for the First Year (UK)
  • Brown, Sally - Fit for purpose assessment presentation
  • Enhancement themes website - For publications including Curriculum Directions and latest news in the field
  • Griffith University - Good practice and curriculum alignment, a case study.
  • Hicks, O. 2007 - Curriculum Design in Higher Education in Australia
  • HEA (Higher Education Academy UK ) - General assessment resources
  • Krause, 2009 – First Year Engagement, What role does curriculum play? ALTC Curriculum Design Symposium
  • PASS project – UK Program assessment strategies
  • Race, P – Downloads of assessment workshops
  • Reaburn et al 2009 - Blended spaces, work based learning and constructive alignment: Impacts on student engagement
  • Scenario-based Learning – JCU resource

First Year Experience

A selection of Sally Kift’s work can be found below:

Other reports and papers:


  • First Year: Engagement and Empowerment – Part of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK, the page links to papers on first year engagement and empowerment
  • First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) – a virtual centre for researchers and practitioners that bring together the FYHE Conference, the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education and a suite of FYHE resources. The website includes information on transition pedagogy and provides case studies and good practice guides.

Other authors in the field:

  • Kerri-Lee Krause list of publications – Professor Kerri-Lee Krause is nationally and internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings.
  • Keithia Wilson list of publications – Professor Keithia Wilson is the GIHE Senior Fellow of the First Year Experience and the Health IDEAS Program Director of the First Year Experience. She works with academic, professional and administrative staff to further develop practice in first year orientation, engagement and retention at Griffith.

Flexible Learning

Online resources:

  • Article: Influence of Learning Styles on Graphical User Interface Preferences for e-Learners by Velimir Dedić, Suzana Marković
  • Indicator Tool: A learning readiness measure for students to determine their online vs F2F readiness by Columbus State Community College
  • A free online textbook: "Pebblegogy" that helps educators utilise Pebblepad for maximised personal learning spaces
  • Some useful mobile learning examples, tied to considered pedagogical approaches via the Merlot Pedagogy Portal
  • AFLF (Australian Flexible Learning Framework) – resource centre
  • OLT (ALTC) resource – Peer review of online learning and teaching
  • E-learning Journals – links to international publications and case studies
  • Higher Education Academy (UK) – flexible learning resources
  • JISC network (UK)
  • UNSW – learning to teach online

JCU staff awards for flexible learning 2012:

  • Galloway, Kate - For outstanding leadership in developing a flexible learning environment in teaching Law, based on critical reflection and in response to evidence of student needs.
  • Fleischmann, Katja - For the implementation of a new learning and teaching model for digital media design students in order to enhance real-world learning and graduate employability.
  • Sorin, Reesa - For the design and implementation of pedagogies that personalise and humanise the online learning environment.
    Zeldenryk, Lynne – T and L Academy Fellowship

Graduate Attributes

Indigenous Perspectives

  • ACER – Indigenous Education, links to policies and reports
  • ACER Indigenous Education – Pathways to Success Conference 2011 (links to each day of the conference and then to each paper presented)
  • Butler, K and Young, A - Indigenisation of Curricula – Intent, Initiatives and Implementation.
  • Cupitt, C - Indigenising the unit ‘Engaging in the Humanities’
  • DETA – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014
  • DETA - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy
  • DETA – Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in schools
  • Everett, K - Affecting change through assessment: improving indigenous studies programs using engaging assessment
  • Federal Government - Indigenous Education Portal
  • Fijn, N. ANU E-Press - Indigenous participation in Australian economies, II: historical engagements and current enterprises.
  • Goldfinch et al, 2010 - Encouraging cultural awareness in engineering students
  • QIECC - Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (government departments, journals, universities)
  • Loban, H. (2011) Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in Business Law. e-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship of Teaching Vol. 5, No. 2, 2011, pp: 11 - 21.
    Mabo Lecture 2012 (video)
  • McLaughlin, J and Whatman, S - Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in University Teaching and Learning: Lessons learnt and Possibilities of reforming/decolonising curriculum. Links to other publications by Susan Whatman.
  • Nakata, M – Professor Martin Nakata is a member of JCU’s Curriculum Refresh Reference Group. He is widely published in the area of Indigenous education.
  • Nakata et al - Decolonial goals and pedagogies for Indigenous Studies
  • National Best Practice Framework


Sustainability and the tropics

Sustainability online resources:

Tropics online resources:

Work integrated learning and capstones

Work integrated learning resources

Capstones online resources:

  • Flinders University – Teaching students in their final year using capstone topics.
  • Holdsworth et al - Developing capstone experiences, University of Melbourne and CSHE
  • McNamara et al (2010) – WIL as a component of the capstone experience in undergraduate law.
  • McNamara et al – Capstones: Transitions and professional identity – discussion paper.
  • Outduction – UK resource – enhancing the final year experience
  • Programme Assessment Strategies PASS
  • University of Gloucestershire in the UK - Rethinking the final year projects and dissertations
  • Sargent et al (US) – Developing leadership skills through a capstone subject.
  • Watty and Holdsworth (2010) – Assessing capstone experiences.

Resources for course coordinators

Publications and presentations arising from our projects

A majority of these papers are available through ResearchOnline@JCU, a repository of publicly funded research that is freely available to the community. It enables access to JCU’s research publications, including those with full-text where copyright and confidentiality conditions permit. Consult the author(s) and publisher for current information on reproduction of these papers/parts of these papers.

Balatti, J. & Belward, S. 2012, Working through the practice architectures of first year university mathematics teaching. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the MERGA. Mathematics education: expanding horizons (MERGA 2012), 2–6 July 2012, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , pp. 827-830.

Bandaranaike, S & Willison J. 2010, Work Skill Development Framework (WSD) an innovative assessment for WIL. ACEN conference October 2010.

Bandaranaike, S & Willison J. 2011, Engaging Students in Work Integrated Learning: Drives and Outcomes, WACE 17th World Conference on Cooperative and Work Integrated Education, Philadelphia, 14-17 2011. Also presented at Academic Salon.

Belward, S et al 2011, Study of the Australian tertiary sector’s portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science, AAMT-MERGA 2011 23rd biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 3-7 July 2011, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

Belward, S. 2011, Building the quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: exploring the educational resources. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne.

Belward, S. & Balatti, J. 2012, Doing it differently: the ups and downs of peer group learning. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the MERGA. Mathematics education: expanding horizons (MERGA 2012), 2–6 July 2012, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, pp. 839-842.

Boon, H. & Wilson, K. 2011, Pre-service teachers' preparedness for sustainability education - a case study. Proceedings of Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, 4-7 July 2010, Townsville, Qld, Australia.

Craven, A. & Forbes, A. 2012, Rounding the edge(s) of a (torrid) region: Designing Arts capstone curriculum at JCU. Conference proceedings from the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN Inc.), Melbourne, 2012.

Daniel, R. 2010, Careers and creative arts students: an investigation into the effectiveness of career theory and WIL experiences on practice. Australian Journal of Career Development, 19:2, pp. 14-22.

Daniel, R. & Shircore, M. 2012, Transitioning undergraduate students from Law, Business, and Creative Arts towards Work Integrated Learning Capstone Experiences. Conference proceedings from the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN Inc.), Melbourne, 2012.

Forbes, A. 2010, Reflecting, Blogging and Learning in Journalism: Are Journalists Born or Made? in Campbell, M. (Ed.) Work Integrated Learning – Responding to Challenges: Proceedings of the 2010 ACEN National Conference, (pp. 156-164). Perth, September 29 – October 1, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9805706-1-8.

Forbes A. 2009, Utilising mentoring feedback in Journalism work placements: producing work-ready graduates for the 21st century newsroom in R.K. Coll & K.E. Zegwaard (Eds.) Conference Proceedings: New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education Annual Conference, Waiheke Island, 23-24 April 2009 (ISBN: 978-0-473-12401-4).

Galloway K. 2011, Refreshed in the Tropics: Designing Curriculum using a Thematic Lens. Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Brisbane, 3-6 July 2011. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 4 (1-2). pp. 119-128.

Galloway, K. & Jones, P. 2012, The unsustainability of legal practice: The case for transformation of legal education and legal educators. 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning: A Future for the Earth – Reimagining learning for a transforming world. Meridian University, San Francisco, Nov 1-4, 2012.

Galloway, K. & Jones, P. 2012, Improving Learning in Higher Education: Engaging Academics in Teaching and Learning Through a Transformative Fusion Epistemology. Global Education Conference: GEC ’12, Cyprus, 24-26 September 2012.

Galloway, K. & Jones, P. (2012). The transition of identity from discipline scholar to scholar of teaching and learning: Tensions and reflections on the path to a fusion epistemology. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Academic Identities: Academic identities: Thinking researching and living otherwise. University of Auckland, Auckland NZ, June 25-27, 2012.

Gyuris E. & Everingham Y. 2011, Maths anxiety over two campuses in a first year introductory quantitative skills subject at a regional Australian university – establishing a baseline, Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011.

Higgins, P. & Read, W. 2012, Monitoring and analysing attendance in first year university mathematics tutorials. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the MERGA. Mathematics education: expanding horizons (MERGA 2012), 2–6 July 2012, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , pp. 831-834.

Hooper H. & Bartlett, K. 2011, Collaborative Communities: embedding academic and information literacy skills into the first year of a refreshed BA program. First Year in Higher Education Conference, Fremantle, 28-30 June 2011.

Jones, P. & Galloway, K. 2012, Professional transitions in the academy: A conversation. Journal of Transformative Education, 10(2), 90-107.

Jones P. & & Galloway K. 2011, Curriculum Scholars: Embedding Learning and Teaching Scholarship in First Year Academics, First Year in Higher Education Conference, Fremantle, 28-30 June 2011. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education.

Jones, P. & Galloway, K. (2012), Sustainability and Curriculum Design: Exploring Issues of Ecology in Law and Social Work Education. Paper presented at the Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, Canada, 10-12 January, 2012.

Jones, P. & Galloway, K. (2012), Curriculum design through an ecological lens: a case study in law and social work education. The International Journal of Sustainability Education (In Press).

Jones, P. (2012), Transforming the curriculum: Social work education and ecological consciousness. In M Gray, J Coates & T Hetherington (Eds.), Environmental Social Work. (pp .213-230)Milton Park, England: Routledge.

Jones, P. & Miles, D. (2012), Reaching out to the region: Developing a blended pedagogy for social work education at a distance. In J Peterson, O Lee, T Islam & M Piscioneri (Eds.) (pp247-264) Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Hauppauge, N.Y: Nova Publishers.

Kuttainen V, Lundberg A, Wight L & Chan N. 2010, Honest reflections: big ideas and real life experiences of a new first year BA. Conference proceedings.

Lasen et al, 2011 Roundtable discussion - Embedding education for sustainability into primary pre-service teacher education, World Environmental Congress, Brisbane, July 2011

Naylor S, Bhati A & Kidd P. 2010, Multi- campus operation – Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing Work Integrated Learning. Conference proceedings. Australian Collaborative Education Network National Conference, Perth, 2010

Read, W ad Higgins, P. 2012, Are online quizzes an effective tool for mastering basic algebra? Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the MERGA. Mathematics education: expanding horizons (MERGA 2012), 2–6 July 2012, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, pp. 835-838.

Sheehan M & Schneider P. 2011, Embedding sustainability skills and theory across engineering disciplines in higher education, 7th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand Jan 5-7.and

Sheehan M & Schneider P. 2011, Embedding sustainability skills and theory across engineering disciplines in higher education, UQLD seminar, February 2011.

Tanner, B & Yau, M. 2010, Using Anticipatory Action Learning to Re(e)form the Curriculum in Occupational Therapy Education, ANZME conference presentation.

Tomas, L., & Mills, R. 2011, Pre-service teachers’ understanding and concern for sustainability issues: Implications for teacher education. Refereed paper presented at the ATEA Annual Conference, July 2011, Melbourne.