Student Engagement

Learning Frontiers is a collaborative initiative created to transform teaching and learning so that every student succeeds in an education worth having. Learning Frontiers is led and sponsored by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in partnership with Innovation Unit.

Why is it innovative?

The project brings together clusters of schools and other interested parties – ‘design hubs’ – to explore professional practices that increase student engagement in learning.

Design hubs are working collaboratively to explore teaching, learning and assessment practices that are built upon four design principles for engaging learning. These principles are:

  • co created – it recognises both adults and students as a powerful resource for the co-creation of community, the design of learning and the success of all students
  • connected – it connects with and uses real-world contexts and contemporary issues; and is permeable to the rich resources available in the community and the wider world 
  • personalised – it builds from student passions and capabilities, and helps students to personalise their learning and assessment in ways that foster engagement and talents 
  • integrated – it emphasises integration of subjects, integration of students and integration of learning contexts.

What impact is it having?

Initiating a large scale collaborative enquiry, drawing on the collective wisdom, experience, ambition and imagination of participants to develop professional practice that increases students’ engagement in learning.Teachers themselves are constructing the new knowledge the education community needs to move the professional practice of every Australian teacher forward.

Facilitating high quality professional learning for participants, as individuals and in groups, will adapt their practice – leadership and pedagogic – iteratively and over time as they observe the benefits of students’ increased engagement in learning.

Changing relationships with schools, through intervention explicitly intended to stimulate the growth of new relationships between schools, and between schools and new partners such as families, communities, for- and non-profit organisations and public services. These new arrangements – design hubs – are geared to and formed for the purpose of increasing students’ engagement in learning, for instance by extending learning environments and opportunities beyond the classroom, and for connecting in-school learning with the outside, ‘real world’, of students’ lives.

How is it having a wider influence?

The wider debate - we see Learning Frontiers as a way to influence the education sector in Australia as well as in the UK, foregrounding the issue of learner engagement and suggesting a cooperative solution for schools.

As a scaling and diffusion program, participants are innovating ‘on behalf’ of the Australian system as a whole. The program is designed to enable professional practice that increases student engagement in learning to spread beyond the design hub where the practice originates, to benefit students in developer schools; students whose schools are not taking part; and even students who don’t go to school at all.

Find out more by watching the below video, 

Where can I connect?

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Email: learningfrontiers@aitsl.edu.au