Engaging Our Overseas Graduate IT Coursework Community: Developing Communication and Critical Thinking Skills

Sultana Lubna Alam, Penny Collings

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    It is evident, both in the literature and our experience in teaching, that many overseas students
    need assistance and guidance to accommodate cultural and academic expectations of
    Australian universities in their first year of graduate studies. This paper discusses the design of
    an entry-level subject, Professional Practice in IT, for our graduate IT coursework students, to
    meet their needs. The paper extends our previous work to support students in adapting to the
    Australian teaching and learning environment and minimise plagiarism. The aim of the subject
    is to institutionalise appropriate support for overseas students (and mature students who
    return to study after a long break) at the entry point to our graduate coursework to support
    their learning. The subject incorporates critical thinking, effective group work and
    communication and time management skills. The skills are reinforced in later subjects as part
    of our quality assurance approach to ensure that students become more actively engaged in
    their own learning and that the requirements of potential employers are met
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ASCILITE Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationBalance, Fidelity, Mobility: maintaining the momentum?
    EditorsHalima Goss
    Place of PublicationBrisbane
    PublisherQueensland University of Technology
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)0975709313
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventASCILITE 2005 - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 4 Dec 20057 Dec 2005


    ConferenceASCILITE 2005


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