In this thesis I argue that there is inertia in the higher education system in Australia that works against change and then identify through literature the pressures that arguably contribute to, or are responsible for, this inertia. I make the case for employing visual design and design thinking to promote improvement and change in the system. This approach is documented through a relevant section of my educational innovations and interventions implemented over a ten-year period. The examples focus on criteria-based assessment and the development of graduate attributes and include the design, development and commercialisation of an award-winning online assessment system.
Table of ContentsChapetr 1. Introduction & methodology -- Chapter 2. The literature : an overview of the Australian higher education context -- Chapter 3. Rationales & focus decisions -- Chapter 4. Learning designs : case studies -- Chapter 5. Education projects : government funded -- Chapter 6. Review software : development & published journal article -- Chapter 7. Review software : development & published journal article -- Chapter 8. Reflections and contributions.
NotesBibliography: leaves 197-212
"Macquarie University, Australian Centre for Educational Study" -- title page.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, School of Education
Department, Centre or SchoolSchool of Education
Year of Award2015
Principal SupervisorIan Solomonides
Additional Supervisor 1Peter Petocz
RightsCopyright Darrall Thompson 2015.
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JurisdictionNew South Wales
Extent1 online resource ( 221 leaves ) colour illustrations