Find out more about the current initiatives of the Belonging Project, as well as future and past initiatives.
Phase 4 (2014): Global at home – At home in the global
The concept of an internationalised or global curriculum is not new. While study tours and exchange programs will continue to remain the peak global experience for a limited number of students, The Belonging Project seeks to scaffold an inclusive, universal ‘globalised’ experience ‘at home’ to benefit all students.
In this phase, The Belonging Project seeks to design interventions to help students develop their intercultural skills, knowledge and awareness through a series of phased experiences situated in local contexts.
The project team aims to develop an integrated model for targeted interventions in curriculum design and pedagogy that can:
- recognise and celebrate our ‘already global’ student and staff cohorts
- scaffold the further development of global literacies throughout the experience of an RMIT program
- provide peak ‘global’ experiences based from the student’s home campus as an alternative or adjunct to overseas exchange and study tours options.
Phase 3 (2013): Focus on the Interdisciplinary Experience
In this phase, The Belonging Project team’s focus shifted from key first-year transition experiences to the interdisciplinary student experience, while building on research findings from Phases 1 and 2 (2011–2012). Specifically, the project investigated in greater depth preliminary student focus groups findings that provided valuable insights into the perceived value of and need for interdisciplinary student experiences within an undergraduate context, and where these are best timed.
In 2013, a typology of interdisciplinary student experiences was developed in collaboration with the School’s staff and students, as well as colleagues from the RMIT Study and Learning Centre and RMIT Libraries. The project team aim to mobilise this typology into action through the School’s undergraduate program renewal project, the MC2015 Review.
Phase 2 (2012): Focus on the First Year Experience
The project team aimed to test and refine The Belonging Project Narrative Model of Student Engagement(The Belonging Model) by rolling out a number of pilot initiatives, both formal and informal, across all three years of each undergraduate program in the School of Media and Communication.
The Belonging Model is intended to be flexible and agile, thus a further aim of piloting these activities and interventions was to prove the model’s efficacy as having measurable benefit across the School, beyond the School, across the University and across the tertiary sector more generally.
For more information, download the 2012 Report, Phase 2: Focus on the First Year Experience (PDF 1.7 MB).
Phase 1 (2011): Planting the Seeds
During this initial six month phase, The Belonging Project team worked to develop The Belonging Project Narrative Model of Student Engagement (The Belonging Model), which proposed a three-tier student experience.
The Belonging Model was progressed from theory to concrete plans for its implementation in the School of Media and Communication by conducting focus groups with students and iterative workshops with staff. This work culminated in a number of recommended pilot activities for an improved first-year experience, which were trialled within the School in 2012.
For more information, download the 2011 Report: Phase 1: Planting the Seeds (PDF 2.8 MB).