Enhancing student experience in large classes through purposeful design

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The Scientia Education Academy is delighted to welcome Associate Professor Elaine Huber and Dr Stephanie Wilson from The University of Sydney.

Large-scale delivery of learning and teaching is now a shared challenge and opportunity across the higher education sector – whether large cohorts or classes. This SEA lecture will focus on the practical design of engaging students in large-scale courses, building on a comprehensive strategic project being conducted at The University of Sydney Business School called Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS). Underpinned by a co-design approach and connected learning theory and practice, the project aims to transform the teaching and learning experience in all large undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Through presentation and discussion, we will share critical learning from delivering innovative teaching to 1000s of learners by presenting the team’s approach along with some examples from a range of design patternsThese have been developed to address the biggest problems of scale – which participants can adapt to meet their own needs.


About the Speaker

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Associate Professor Elaine Huber

Academic Director Business Co-Design at The University of Sydney

Elaine Huber is a leader in technology enhanced learning and teaching and has been teaching adults for almost 30 years. Her philosophy of teaching takes a student-centred approach and incorporates active and collaborative learning to improve the student experience. 

Elaine has received a number of awards for educational programs, for leadership and mentoring and for her scholarly contributions. She is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE, the Vice President of ASCILITE, and has led a wide range of learning and teaching communities as well as leading and supporting colleagues through institutional change.

Elaine currently leads a large team and a strategic initiative at The University of Sydney Business School on teaching large classes and her research interests include co-design, evaluation and online assessment.


Dr Stephanie Wilson
Dr Stephanie Wilson

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Business Co-Design at The University of Sydney

Stephanie Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development and Deputy Director of Business Co-Design at the University of Sydney Business School. She leads a team of educational developers working on a large strategic educational project called Connected Learning at Scale. Stephanie is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA). Her research spans the areas of networked learning, co-design, sonic pedagogies, studio learning, and the designed environment in higher education.