Skills development

Library staff work in conjunction with academic staff to develop research and learning skills resources, activities and curricula, based on three frameworks:

  • The Research Skill Development (RSD) framework (Willison and O'Regan, 2006, 2014, 2018) is aligned with the blended learning approach being adopted by Monash under the Digital Education strategy. The original RSD framework presents a conceptual, non-prescriptive model for curriculum and assessment design that explicitly and coherently develops students' research skills within disciplinary content, at the course and unit levels. Librarians and learning skills advisers apply RSD-informed learning approaches within curricula through rich collaborative partnerships with academics.
  • The related Work Skill Development framework (Bandaranaike and Willison, 2009, 2014, revised by Monash University Library, 2019) addresses work-readiness as part of Higher Education teaching and learning agenda, and enables the interpretation and articulation of students’ work skills gained through study and participation at University.
  • The Digital Skill Development framework (Torres et al, 2018) addresses the explicit, incremental development of contemporary digital skills and practices for collaborating, learning, researching, working, and functioning in society.

If you would like to explore any of these frameworks in your teaching practice in collaboration with Library staff please contact Lyn Torres or Barbara Yazbeck.

Social inclusion

As a result of Monash University's receipt of Federal Government funding through the Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP), the Library is developing services and programs that focus on improving access, participation, retention and success for students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds.

The social inclusion-related programs are being implemented across campuses. Please contact Lenise Prater and Susannah Phillips to find out more.

Library staff have developed the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit for staff to help all students succeed at university..

Do you want to partner with the Library?

Early successes in Library-Faculty partnerships speak of the quality outcomes of our embedded programs and have created increased interest in collaborative education models.

We welcome opportunities to collaborate with academic staff across faculties. Please contact the relevant Library staff.