|When and where students learn
||Mostly formal study in class.
||Lots of independent
study outside the classroom.
||Time is arranged and managed for you.
||Time is self-managed. Time
management becomes a vital skill.
| Class hours
||Set hours for class attendance. Fixed timetable.
||Depending on your course, contact hours can appear
low. Flexible and varied timetable that you arrange yourself.
|The amount of feedback students receive
||Constant feedback on your progress.
||Less frequent feedback.
|Different kinds of information
||Learning what is already known.
||Critical and analytical thinking: extending and speculating
on what is known.
|Types of assignments
||Limited forms of assessment.
||Varied forms of assessment.
|Amount of contact with teaching staff
||Frequent access to teaching staff.
||Less frequent access to academic
|Kinds of lessons
||Face-to-face teaching. Mostly takes place in the classroom.
||A range of different classes taught in different ways.
Lectures, tutorials, computer-based or online learning, laboratory or
field work, sit-down or take-home exams.
||Limited class sizes.
||Classes might be very large, especially in first year.
||High school grounds are limited in size to a few hectares.
||Universities are usually much larger than even the
biggest high schools. They often have more than one campus. along with
numerous research centres and facilities, plus colleges and residences.
||Set and co-ordinated program. What is learned in one
subject tends to support things learned in another.
||Flexible and variable program. What is learned in
different subjects can offer different, even conflicting views.
|Opportunity for assessment
||Years 11 and 12 build towards a single set of exams.
||Continued assessment over three to five years. Building
|What is expected from student work
||Limited range of acceptable responses to assignments
- often indicated by teachers.
||Broader range of acceptable responses to assignments.
Students have more opportunity to offer their own analysis.
||Students are all the same age. May live in the same
locality. Mostly Australian residents.
||Students are from different socioeconomic, age and
cultural groups. Lots of international students.