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Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning

In 2018 I joined the Education Portfolio in The University of Sydney’s Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor as a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Education. As part of this team I engaged in curriculum development and project-based teaching for the University of Sydney’s new Industry and Community Project Units.

This program of inquiry-based learning fosters the expression of disciplinary depth while cultivating and consolidating disciplinary skills and interdisciplinary effectiveness. Industry and Community Project Units require students to work within teams from disciplines across the University to identify challenges, recognise opportunities, and make recommendations to industry and community partners to solve real world complex problems.

As a project supervisor in Industry and Community Project Units, I have gained an appreciation of the importance of creating educational opportunities for tertiary students that strengthen and cultivate confidence in their disciplinary education. To date, I have collaborated with Schroders in Hong Kong to provide project-based mobility opportunities for University of Sydney students and have taught a semester-length industry engaged unit of study with ANZ Bank.

Beyond my teaching in Industry and Community Project Units, I have created educational opportunities for science and humanities students in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

If you’d like to discuss what it’s like to teach in this innovative context or how you might make use of project-based learning in your disciplinary context, contact me at laura.kotevska [at] sydney.edu.au