Our learning and teaching is designed to provide the best learning experience for our students, whether they study a course on-campus or online.
Our highly experienced educators adopt a collaborative approach to designing our courses with industry input. They explore innovative and technology-based teaching practices that benefit the student learning experience and advance the scholarship in Learning and teaching.
With nationally recognised educators supported by state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities, the College offers exceptional study opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduate students. We are committed to the quality of education and support the professional development of our academic staff recognising and awarding teaching excellence and innovations in higher education.
RMIT is leading in program and course design innovations, the STEM college is the first to develop its Future Technology Skills Platform courses.
The STEM Future Technology Skills platform courses seek to implement a common cross-discipline learning platform covering key skills for the future for all our students. These stackable courses include:
They offer discipline-specific experiences across critical STEM issues. By collaborating across the College and university, with subject matter experts, industries, and accrediting bodies we will take advantage of digital learning technologies and thoughtfully blend their current strengths with future-focused pedagogies to maximise student learning and professional development. These courses develop an understanding of STEM-related megatrends and the impacts these will have on professional disciplines and society. By equipping our students with both a deep understanding of their chosen discipline and a breadth of knowledge across STEM applications they will demonstrate a greater range of graduate skills desired by industry and be better prepared for life and work.
|Multi/trans Disciplinary design and curriculum elements||Learning activities consolidate subject matter with envisioned skills of the STEM Professional (students are not just passive learners and content consumers but also knowledge creators and problem-solvers).|
|Industry Relevant||Partners from industry contribute content and continue to demonstrate interest and relevance in our courses.|
|Authentic, purposefully designed activities and assessments||Activity-based learning framework with extensive opportunities for interaction, reflection, and collaboration with peers from across STEM disciplines and year levels.|
|Pushing the boundaries of innovation - digitally in the first instance but also in all other aspects.||Navigation and design are digitally and pedagogically innovative.|
|Modular||Each module has its own assessment, with the potential for stacking.|
Developing world-leading practice in STEM teaching through digital innovation, RMIT's STEM Centre for Digital Innovation sets the standard.
The Centre's mission is to foster a culture of innovation in learning and teaching in STEM at RMIT through strategic partnerships, research-informed leadership, and digital solutions.
Enhancing program and course offerings, and associated processes, to continuously improve the student learning experience and outcomes.
The Quality Enhancement Team is responsible for managing STEM College strategies for program development, quality, and enhancement. The team works with educational and functional leaders across the College to monitor program and course alignment with university policy frameworks and external regulatory standards. The team works collaboratively with Internal Audit Compliance Risk and Regulation (IACRR), the Centre for Academic Quality and Enhancement (CAQE), STEM College academic leaders and operational teams to strengthen practices and program offerings in response to the changing educational landscape and regulatory environment.
A primary objective of the team is to monitor that actions aimed at enhancing programs have been implemented and establish if these actions have had the desired effect.
Celebrating and recognising outstanding learning and teaching contributions through Awards, Grants and Scholarships.
The annual STEM Learning and Teaching Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of our diverse STEM teaching community. They recognise individuals and teams who have made outstanding contributions to student learning and the student experience, based on evidence-based practice and scholarship. They are mapped to the University and National award schemes to enable staff to achieve external recognition for their work.
The STEM College also encourages and supports its staff to apply for external teaching grants, fellowships, and scholarships, especially in areas of digital innovation and contemporary teaching practice. We offer support in designing and delivering research projects, drawing on expertise across the Learning Teaching and Quality portfolio to develop cutting edge innovations and solutions to emergent teaching challenges. Working in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Innovation, a key priority is to translate the outcomes of funded research into practical ideas which can be used across our 22 STEM disciplines.
Support for awards, grants and scholarships is led by the Academic Capability Development Team. We offer a lively programme of development workshops and facilitated writing retreats to help staff articulate their teaching philosophies, frame their practices in the literature and to evidence impact. We also assist staff to widen the impact of their practices though contributions to seminars/showcases, exemplars and other professional development resources.
Sharing a passion to improve the student learning experience and advancing teaching practice
The STEM College has Communities of Practice in the following areas:
Engineering and Technology Cluster
Health and Science Cluster
Developing our future workforce through industry partnering and Work Integrated Leaning opportunities
RMIT offers multiple opportunities for industry to influence and support our future workforce's education and ensure that our students are well prepared to become our future industry leaders.
The channels by which RMIT work with industry includes:
If you are interested in working with the STEM College to develop opportunities for your organisation, please contact the Industry Engagement Team STEM-W&E-Industry@rmit.edu.au and we will book in a time to talk to you.
Students at RMIT have a variety of opportunities to gain work experience throughout their degrees. These fall under the following categories:
1. Simulated WIL
a. students undertake practical training in high end simulated work environments
b. industry case studies are used in class the development of real life solutions
c. guest industry speakers take part in lectures and tutorials
d. industry experts mentor students
e. students undertake Hackathons with industry posed problems
a. Industry collaborators present challenges to Capstone student to resolve, the outcomes being presented back to the industry partner
b. Research teams develop research questions in line with their funded research that forms projects for Capstone students
c. Students undertake remote projects with international industry partners
a. Students undertake short unpaid placements with industry partners
b. Students undertake paid internships with industry partners
c. International placement opportunities (under COVID normal practices)
Ensuring our Academic staff are at the forefront of contemporary, evidence-based teaching practice.
To ensure that STEM College students receive the highest quality education possible, the College supports academic and teaching staff to transform practice and strive for excellence in learning and teaching through a program of professional learning opportunities that draws on evidence-based strategies, cutting edge pedagogy, and scholarly innovations. The College supports staff at all career levels to improve and recognise teaching excellence and to build confidence, capacity, and capability in all areas of teaching, learning, and assessment, leading to a distinctive and high-quality student learning experience.
In addition to this, the Learning Design and Development team facilitates highly interactive BYOiD (Bring Your Own Ideas) incubator sessions with staff. The practical sessions invite academic staff to bring their own ideas on a topic of inquiry to share, receive feedback on and gain insights from the dialogue to further shape their ideas and build capability.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.