RMIT University currently works with 16 partners to offer programs and courses in seven countries outside of Australia.
RMIT's Strategic Goals 2011-2015 specify the University's aspiration to international excellence in curriculum and pedagogy through the delivery of high quality and high impact programs across our campuses and international partnerships programs.
To ensure that teaching operations are consistent between Australia–based and offshore deliveries, various professional development activities operate throughout RMIT – including informal mechanisms, mentoring and briefings from experienced colleagues.
However, there is a need to develop a more systematic approach to addressing the professional development needs of transnational teaching staff.
Transnational teaching – quick guides
The College of Business Academic Development Group has produced twenty-two quick guides to transnational teaching, which provide introductory-level information across four themes:
- Finding direction
- Teaching practice
- Assessment and feedback
- Scholarship of teaching
The guides consolidate the broad experiences of the College of Business in transnational education, and are intended to support academic and teaching staff engaged in the design, delivery and evaluation of RMIT courses and programs in onshore and offshore locations.
Finding common ground: Enhancing interaction between domestic and international students
This ALTC-funded research project investigated local and international student interaction within teaching and learning contexts. The project team included representatives from RMIT, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne.
A key outcome from the project was the development of a six-dimension conceptual framework, the Interaction for Learning Framework.