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Abstract

At ECU, Curriculum Engagement and Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) are key elements in the University’s strategic direction and significant features of many undergraduate courses. There are several forms of Engagement in course design and units that deepen students’ skills and knowledge of practice in realistic workplace and community contexts; develop their employability and generic skills; and contribute to graduate work and career readiness. This partnership project between two academics, one in Centre of Learning Development (CLD) and one teaching in the School of Natural Sciences, aims to increase Curriculum Engagement in the Bachelor of Science (Applied and Analytical Chemistry). Reflecting on current programs and teaching practices while focusing on these strategic priorities reveal potential key actions to embed Engaged teaching and learning. Stories of success from other courses and units serve to illustrate the definitions and practices, providing a snapshot of progress. An overview of enabling and impeding factors in the tactical implementation of Engaged teaching and learning is provided. Discussion will enable audience members to comment on their experiences in developing and measuring effectiveness of sustainable Curriculum Engagement. We expect that this session will generate useful ideas to be applied in other courses, particularly Natural Sciences courses.

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