Good Practice Guides for Agriculture – Call for Case Studies.

Following on from the AgLTAS statement, we are preparing case studies that demonstrate good assessment practice for each overarching Threshold Learning Outcome (TLO).

The case studies will be included in a Good Practice Guide that will provide teachers with actual examples of assessment and student learning outcomes that embed each TLO in the curriculum.

We are seeking contributions from all Australian universities that offer degrees in agriculture or related disciplines. This includes a short description of the assessment task and how it aligns with one of the TLOs, intended learning outcomes and any helpful advice for others wanting to use your example in their teaching. Download the template and further information here.

Case studies are to be submitted to Tina.Acuna@utas.edu.au (ph. 03 6226 7507) by 21 December 2015. The Good Practice Guide is intended to be published in the second half of 2016 and contributions will be appropriately attributed.

Background
The national Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Agriculture (AgLTAS Statement) was developed through an extensive consultation process involving academics, students and industry across Australia. It will facilitate the implementation of academic standards by the agriculture discipline community and inform curriculum design.

Threshold Learning Outcomes
The Statement includes five key TLOs for bachelor degrees in agriculture: Understanding Agriculture; Knowledge of Agriculture; Inquiry and Problem Solving; Communication; and; Personal and Professional Responsibility. The agriculture TLOs describe what a pass-level graduate in agriculture or a related discipline will know, understand and be able to do upon graduation.

The Australian Council for Deans of Agriculture endorsed the standards as a high-level statement of bachelor-level Threshold Learning Outcomes for the discipline.

A copy of the standards and explanatory notes is available at http://www.agltas.edu.au/resources/ 

Project Team
The writing team includes academics from the University of Tasmania, The University of Adelaide, Charles Sturt University, Curtin University and The University of Queensland.

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