Learning Focus Area (LFA) Hub

What is the LFA Hub?

The Learning Focus Area (LFA) Hub plays a critical role in La Trobe's two-college model by providing a focus point for cross-college innovation in teaching and learning and interdisciplinary curriculum development.

The LFA Hub is an intellectual meeting point for a wide array of staff already engaged in the teaching and learning work associated with the Future Ready strategic agenda. It also provides a scholarly 'home' for the Hallmark Program and academic oversight for the Essentials.

How does it operate?

The LFA Hub is led by an Academic Director reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The Academic Director works closely with the College-based Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors (Coursework), the Regional Academic Coordinators, Heads of Schools and Departments and other stakeholders to decide priority projects and initiatives in line with the La Trobe Framework. The Academic Director plays a role in the distribution and monitoring of project and innovation funding and negotiate the deployment of resources from the relevant support areas as needed.

What are its first priorities?

  • Evaluating progress on meeting the Teaching and Learning Performance Pool targets on student retention, interdisciplinary Essentials subjects, and blended and online learning.
  • Working with the Colleges to consider Performance Pool Outcomes, available data and research on effective strategies and decide how to meet improvement targets;
  • Brokering suitable innovation and/or interdisciplinary projects and initiatives particularly around the delivery of the Essentials.
  • Reviewing and refreshing the University's Hallmark Program for high-achieving undergraduates.