Improving student outcomes in online learning – the development of national guidelines for Australian universities

11 Feb 2019 2:00 PM
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The Office of the Provost invites you to attend the presentation,

Improving student outcomes in online learning – the development of national guidelines for Australian universities

Dr Cathy Stone

Conjoint Associate Professor, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Adjunct Fellow, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Curtin University, Australia

Dr Cathy Stone is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of post-secondary student equity, retention and success. For many years Cathy held senior management roles in student support services at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she continues as a Conjoint Associate Professor in Social Work. As an active researcher, Cathy’s publications focus particularly on the experiences of mature-age, first-in-family and online students. Cathy’s work with Open Universities Australia between 2011-2014 developed her strong interest in the online student experience. In 2016, as an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University, Cathy undertook a national research project into improving outcomes for online students. Further details about Cathy’s background and publications can be found here:

This presentation provides an overview of the project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education & Training, under the 2016 NCSEHE Equity Fellows Program. For this research,151 members of staff involved in online education were interviewed, across 15 Australian higher education institutions and the Open University UK. The interviews investigated the types of practices, supports and retention strategies being developed and implemented within these institutions, by academic and professional staff, with the aim of improving student retention and academic success. Together with evidence from the international literature, the research findings have informed a set of National Guidelines for Australian institutions, for improving student outcomes in online learning.

The full report and National Guidelines can be accessed at: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/publications/opportunity-online-learning-improving-student-access-participation-success-higher-education/

Date: Monday 11 February, 2-3.30pm

Venues: Albany AT4 | Manawatū GLB1.14| Wellington: 5C17

Spaces are limited so please register your interest here advising which campus you wish to attend: g.gulbransen@massey.ac.nz

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