The Research Skill Development (RSD) framework brings together areas and roles that have traditionally been perceived as distinct in the university. Librarians and learning skills advisers work with academic staff to embed skills development within the curriculum.
Collaboration benefits both academic staff and students.
Benefits for academic staff:
- evidences research skills, Monash graduate and professional attributes throughout curriculum
- assessment design that explicitly connects to skills development
- informs diagnostic assessments to incorporate learning and feedback
- sustainable formative assessment tasks
- marking rubrics that incorporate explicit and transparent feedback
- fosters student-centred learning
- students transition to independent learning
- improves unit evaluations
- quality assurance under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Benefits for students:
- greater awareness of themselves as learners and researchers
- greater understanding and confidence with research
- consistency of approach
- predictable pathway to completing a research task
- incremental development of research skills within the curriculum to a context of relevance
- research skills are made explicit rather than implicit
- the development of a set of transferable skills
- clearly articulated assessment task expectations
- enables self-assessment against explicit criteria
- quality, timely feedback.