On this page you will find links to useful resources related to capstones including capstone grant and fellowship projects, the Australian discipline-based academic standards and recent projects on benchmarking.
The annual Australasian Conference on Undergraduate Research is a great opportunity for capstone students working on research projects to publicly disseminate their work. Abstract submissions are generally mid year, see more at: http://www.acur.org.au/
Capstone related resources
Business capstones and practice guide
See the good practice guide and a wide range of information, advice and case studies about capstones from the project website for Capstone Courses in Undergraduate Business Degrees: Better Course Design, Better Learning Activities, Better Assessment, funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
See principles, models, case studies and information about design for capstone curriculum at the project site for Curriculum Renewal in Legal Education, funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
Rethinking Final Year Projects and Dissertations
Insights into characteristics of capstones and case studies at the project site for Rethinking Final Year Projects and Dissertations funded by the Higher Education Academy. Up to date resources are available at: http://www.mickhealey.co.uk/resources
See also the final project report and book, downloadable at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/ntfs/ntfsproject_Gloucestershire10
Graduate Capabilities and developmental capstone portfolios
The website for the Office for Learning and Teaching-funded National Senior Fellow Beverley Oliver’s work on Assuring Graduate Capabilities, including tools for mapping and assessing graduate capabilities in higher education and a comprehensive description of developmental approaches to capping courses through individual, course-wide, digital portfolios.
Best practices in supporting honours and coursework dissertation supervision
The website for the Office of Learning and Teaching-funded National Teaching Fellow Lynne Roberts’ program in developing honours and coursework dissertation supervision practices. Lynne is working with supervisors now and continues to add resources to the site.
Developing professional identities
The website for the Office for Learning and Teaching-funded National Senior Fellow Dawn Bennett’s work on transitions and pathways in higher education. Particularly useful for its relevance to the development of students’ emerging professional identities during the final year of study. Includes network, tools and resources.
The US ‘senior year”
The resource page on the senior year experience from the National Resource Centre, based at the University of South Carolina.
AIPPEN – Interprofessional education resources for the Health Sciences
http://www.aippen.net/index.htmlAn Australasian website about interprofessional education, interprofessional learning and interprofessional practice in healthcare. Includes information about current projects, resources and international/national networks.
Discpline Academic Standards (Australia)
In 2010 and 2011 the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) conducted the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS) project, with the goal of articulating academic standards in several broad discipline areas. Carried out by the Discipline Scholars, this work resulted in a series of ‘LTAS’ statements, which include the threshold learning outcomes (TLO) expected of graduates of a course in those disciplines. Below are the links to the discipline-based LTAS statements:
Building and Construction
Environment & Sustainability
Creative & Performing Arts
Health, Medicine and Veterinary Science
Recent projects on benchmarking (Australia)
Learning and Teaching Standards
Information about the Office for Learning and Teaching-funded Learning and Teaching Standards project which piloted inter-university peer review and moderation processes across disciplines. Includes tools and user guides.
Assessing standards in Accounting
Information about the Office for Learning and Teaching-funded Achievement matters: External peer review of accounting learning standards project which piloted a review process designed to facilitate consensus in the assessment of accounting learning standards. More information about threshold standards in the business disciplines can be found here: http://www.abdc.edu.au/18.104.22.168.1.0.htm