Online Resources and E-Learning

Airport – University of Melbourne

This online resource provides a range of interactive materials to assist students to develop their use of language in an academic context. It has three areas of focus: transition to university study, academic skills, and discipline-specific resources. Highly visually appealing, airport is the result of collaboration between a number of areas, including disciplinary units, the Academic Skills Unit, Transition and Orientation Programs and International Student Services, as well as the (now defunct) Melbourne Experience Instructional Design team. It has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It was identified by a number of project participants as such, and includes on its website testimonials from named academics from outside, as well as internal to, the University.
  • The 2010 AUQA Report commended the University for its initiatives in developing English language proficiency for all students (a commendation broader than airport itself).
  • It has been identified within the scholarly literature. Examples include:
    Beaumont, T. (2011). One on one to thousands: Expanding the conversations of the ALL practitioner. Journal of Academic Language and Learning 5(5), A35-A43.

Airport addresses English Language Standard 4.

WRiSE – University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales

The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales have collaborated to create the Write Reports in Science and Engineering (WRiSE) website. The resource reinforces the contextual nature of academic language and provides specific information in writing reports in areas such as chemistry, microbiology, civil engineering and molecular biology. It has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It was identified by a number of project participants as a valuable tool.
  • It received an Australasian Engineering Education Excellence Award in 2010.
  • It has been reported on in the research literature. References include:
    Drury, H. & Jones, J. (2010). Transforming the teaching of report writing in science and engineering through an integrated online learning environment, wrise (Write reports in Science and Engineering). In Proceedings of ASCILITE 2010 Conference, Sydney, 6-8 December 2010.

WRiSE addresses English Language Standard 4.

SNAPVU – Victoria University

Reported under the ‘peer-to-peer’ category.