A 360-degree teaching and learning approach for a predominantly international postgraduate public health student cohort: an emphasis on engagement and inclusivity

Clare L Phillips, Selvanaayagam Shanmuganathan, Lisa Casanelia, Fahad Hanna

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Abstract

Background/Introduction: Over the past 20 years there has been a significant increase in international student enrolments in Australia (DoE 2018). At Torrens University Australia over 80% of MPH students fit into this category. This warranted the development of a teaching and learning style that is capable of delivering a quality postgraduate education that places an emphasis on inclusivity and engagement.
Aims: In this presentation we will describe our 360 degree teaching methodology that focusses on ensuring International students are able to adapt to a new educational setting and style; and become successful students even when facing major challenges outside the classroom environment.
Methodology: Our approach focuses on enabling these students to feel valued and gain confidence as they acquire new knowledge and skills that will become vital in preparation for the workforce and real-life scenarios.
In particular we will showcase the following strategies/approaches:
• Small class size and effective student engagement;
• Lecturer engagement and involvement in inclusivity including enhancing student well-being;
• Successful development of academic skills for a predominantly international cohort;
• Delivering a curriculum that considers past, present and future student experiences with a focus on industry and adopting the principle of “teaching with an eye on the future”.
This presentation will be useful to other academics teaching into MPH and similar programs with a large international cohort of students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAPHIA's 2020 Australian Teaching and Learning Forum
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020

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