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Teaching and Learning

Learning Environment

Learning EnvironmentThe Learning Environment is one element of the Inclusive Curricula & Teaching model developed by SCU, based on the literature and insights from students and staff. Learning Environment is located within the second key enabler identified by the research for student success within the teaching context: Empowering Delivery.

An empowering learning environment supports and enables student independence. It provides students with the strategies, tools, social contacts and resources that allow them to direct and manage, or self-regulate their learning.

Key ways to create an empowering environment

Based on the literature, here are some useful ways to create an empowering environment for students. Click on the PDF resources below to find out more.

Information sheets:

PDF Support self-regulation

PDF Develop social connectedness

Challenges of delivering in the learning environment

In early 2014, SCU staff were asked what challenges inclusivity held for them for delivery in a complex learning environment. Three key areas of challenge arose:

  • delivery that meets the needs of time poor students
  • dealing effectively with different modes of delivery and campuses, and
  • gaining more student engagement.

See the students' thoughts on creating learning environments which they felt would help their learning. The postcard details have been taken from the survey comments as expressed by the students.


Funding for the Inclusive Curricula and Teaching Project (2013 - 2014) was provided by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP).