Our teaching methods

The learning experience

Conventional teaching methods have been replaced by a suite of traditional and digital techniques comprising on-campus and online lectures, flipped classes, real world problem solving and game-based challenges, as well as remote learning through CurtinX (Massive Open Online Courses), available on the edX platform.

Students are able to join face-to-face workshops and tutorials through high-end video and web technologies; explore concepts, theories and alternative viewpoints through social media think tanks; and participate in game-based challenges to practice skills and test their knowledge.

Opportunities to study at partner universities, undertake work-integrated learning, acquire leadership experience and gain Indigenous cultural awareness are available within Australia and overseas, both as part of the curriculum and as extracurricular activities. Our unique Curtin Extra Certificate formally lists and recognises leadership and work-integrated learning experiences that students can undertake alongside their courses.

While the expansion of the global economy means our student base will extend far beyond Australia’s borders, the learning experience at Curtin will become increasingly personalised.

The future of learning

We are unbundling our courses to offer short, flexible credentials, giving students the opportunity to gain university-level certifications in the specific skills and topics that are most aligned with their personal and professional aspirations, without having to study a full degree.

Students will have options to ‘stack’ credentials from different courses, MOOCs and professional development workshops to create a customised university degree that is highly relevant to their industry and individual career path.

We are also strengthening our digital environment and aim to deliver a seamless, vibrant and engaging learning experience to students across the globe. More flexible assessment processes will mean students will have the opportunity to work at their pace, and remote participation in assessments and exams will be possible from any location and on any device using invigilation technology.

Initiatives such as Curtin’s student relationship management system and learning analytics programs will give staff insight into the challenges and achievements of each individual student. We will be able to proactively engage with our students, making recommendations to promote and enhance their personal and professional development.