UQ2U blended learning

Why UQ2U?

Delivering on the University’s vision of knowledge leadership for a better world, is an ambitious but incredibly valuable goal. It is also a goal that will evolve over time as new global challenges emerge, and rapid digital disruption continues to impact the way we teach, conduct research, and the way new knowledge is shared with the world. Standing still is not an option. The University must continually look for ways to remain at the forefront of teaching and research and in developing the next generation of thought leaders.

UQ’s mission is to positively influence society by engaging in the pursuit of excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. We will shape the future by bringing together and developing leaders in their fields to inspire the generation and to advance ideas that benefit the world.

A key enabler of this mission is the introduction of UQ2U — a dynamic, engaging and contemporary approach to delivering courses of exceptional educational value to students. UQ2U will provide students with a signature UQ experience that maximises campus-based ‘face time’ with academics and peers, in combination with high-value, flexible online learning.

As a top 50 globally ranked university, UQ is continually looking for new ways to remain at the forefront of both education and research. UQ2U helps maximise both, by supporting our talented academics to bring their research expertise to life for students, in turn helping to foster the next generation of game-changing graduates.

Our approach

UQ2U is being delivered by combining a multi-faceted approach. Course development is undoubtedly a significant part of it; however, its implementation relies on other enabling initiatives.

To deliver on the UQ2U redevelopment of courses, we combine faculty-based subject matter expertise with ITaLI’s learning innovation team in a collaborative project that focuses on student-centred experiences designed to: 

  • Enhance our pedagogies and learning spaces to encourage active and collaborative learning
  • Expand online and digitised delivery to provide students with flexibility to engage with learning in a way that suits their personal needs
  • Transform students into game-changing graduates through authentic assessments and improvement of critical skills for enhanced employability
  • Strengthen partnerships between students, researchers, industry and alumni.

 

UQ2U resources (UQ staff)

The UQ2U team works with you in conceptualising, designing and developing learning assets for your course, both online and on campus.

The following resources have been developed for UQ staff: digital learning sample videos; case studies; edX sample course; UQ2U open courses; recording of the last information session; UQ2U course guidelines and other PDF resources.

"Over the next few years, over 70 courses will be re-imagined and redeveloped to align with the UQ2U approach and progressively rolled out across the University. Initially, our focus is on redeveloping UQ’s largest courses to deliver more flexibility and greater active learning experiences to as many of our students as possible."

Since the beginning of 2018, the UQ2U team have been working with 400 staff and student partners to blend 31 of the largest courses at UQ. What have been their experiences, challenges and benefits? Watch and listen to their stories below.

 

Staff testimonials

Associate Professor Gwen Lawrie
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

  • CHEM1100 Chemistry 1
  • Launched in: Semester 1, 2019

 


Associate Professor Blake McKimmie
School of Psychology

  • PSYC2361 Psychology of Criminal Justice
  • PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour

 


Carl Sherwood
School of Economics

  • ECON1010 Introductory Microeconomics
  • Launched in: Semester 2, 2018

 


Associate Professor Vincent Wheatley
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

  • MECH3200 Advanced Dynamics & Vibrations
  • Launched in: Semester 2, 2018

 


Associate Professor Richard Devetak
School of Political Science and International Studies

  • POLS1201 Introduction to International Relations
  • Launched in: Semester 1, 2020

 

 

 

Student's perspective

Daniel Buzac
Humanities & Social Sciences Student at UQ


 

  1. The UQ2U approach will provide students with a signature UQ experience that maximises campus-based ‘face time’ with academics and peers, in combination with high-value, flexible online learning.
    • The online learning component provides students with the flexibility to learn at their own pace and in ways that suit their personal circumstances. On-line learning is focused on providing critical content without compromising on learning outcomes. Importantly, online modules are designed to be interactive and engaging, enabling both learning and collaboration across the course cohort.
    • Active on-campus learning focuses on maximising face-to-face collaborative learning that is engaging, practical, and provides students with incremental feedback as they progress through the course.
  2. In combination, this approach will provide students with the learning outcomes and transferable skills needed to prepare for their future.
    • The world of work is changing dramatically as artificial intelligence and other technologies impact on all corners of society.
    • Today’s graduates will have multiple careers over their lifetime.
    • An estimated 65% of children entering primary schools today will work in jobs and functions that don’t currently exist*.
    • Demand for deep data and digital expertise will grow exponentially.
    • Foundational skills such as critical thinking will be vital as will other transferable ‘softer’ skills such as communication.
    • By 2020 more than a third of desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today*.
  3. UQ2U builds on the great work already undertaken by academics from across the University who have been at the forefront of multi-faceted learning for many years.
  4. UQ2U formalises their pioneering efforts and allows for this contemporary approach to be implemented more broadly across the University.

* Universities UK: Solving Future Skills Challenges 2018 Report

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UQ2U program team

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)

+61 7 3365 2788