What is the Melbourne Practice and Partnership Framework?
The Melbourne Practice and Partnership Framework (Melbourne PPF) is proposed as a guide for the development and delivery of experiential learning opportunities within curricula at the University of Melbourne. The framework identifies four domains of activity that support students to apply their knowledge in authentic settings. Many of the domains provide opportunities for students and academics to partner with external organisations in teaching and learning activities.
The discussion paper presents the Melbourne PPF, including concrete examples of how each domain of activity could be manifest in curricula and lists of common teaching and learning activities aligned with each domain. The framework will hopefully help staff to identify ways in which they can create teaching, learning and assessment opportunities that allow students to:
- Apply deep disciplinary knowledge;
- Develop employability skills, such as planning, problem-solving and team-work;
- Have multi- and interdisciplinary learning experiences; and
- Work on authentic projects and activities that are both inspired and posed by industry and community partners.
The discussion paper also outlines a number of pedagogical, administrative and practical challenges associated with a whole-of-University adoption of the PPF.
Aims of the Melbourne Practice and Partnership Framework
The aims of the framework are to:
- Provide a consistent nomenclature for experiential learning opportunities for staff, students and external partners;
- Draw on both the educational literature associated with experiential learning, and the exemplary experiential learning models in use at world-class, comprehensive and research-intensive institutions;
- Provide some clarity about framing a whole-of-University approach to experiential learning that reflects best practice principles for experiential learning;
- Be inclusive of year levels, undergraduate and graduate programs, and disciplines; and
- Show how partner organisations can draw on the diverse expertise of our students to develop sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Staff involved in the provision of experiential and work-integrated learning are invited to a forum scheduled for April 12, 2019. Join Professor Gregor Kennedy (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning) and other staff from Academic Divisions, University Services and Chancellery in this interactive discussion about the future of experiential learning at the University of Melbourne.
If you have any queries about the forum or the Melbourne Practice and Partnership Framework, please contact Jacqui Williams, Project Lead (Curriculum and Credentialing).