The Centre for Learning and Scholarship Skills (CLASS) is as a hub for scholarship and research in Christian higher education. In alignment with the mission, vision and values of Alphacrucis College (AC), the Centre’s mission is to equip educators and learners to excel in Christian higher education. CLASS features the three distinct functions of training, research, and development.
Brief HistoryPrioritising Learning and Teaching is not new at AC. From development of original curriculum with AC’s inaugural Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry degree (commenced in 2008) to programs such as junior faculty lunches, colloquia (commenced in 2009) and professional development workshops for faculty, AC’s commitment to excellence in learning, teaching, and scholarship has been an ongoing pursuit. In 2017, AC hosted the inaugural conference of the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance, with a focus on envisioning best practices and innovative ideas in Christian higher education. This, in addition to increased demand for a focused outlet for faculty and student scholarship have been the catalysts for the introduction of CLASS. While the centre in its current form was introduced in 2017, its activities have been ongoing for a number of years.
Article by Dr David Hastie, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences here