HERDSA Victoria Branch ‘Opportunity through online learning’ workshop with Dr Cathy Stone
Australian Catholic University, Daniel Mannix Building, room 403-7-02 . See ACU map Building 403
11 September 2017 3:29 pm
Opportunity through online learning: Improving student access, participation and success in higher education
Dr Cathy Stone, Conjoint Associate Professor, The University of Newcastle,
2016 Equity Fellow and 2017 Visiting Research Fellow, The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
HERDSA Victoria Branch held a workshop with Dr Cathy Stone on 11 September 2017, where Cathy provided an overview of a national research project funded by the Australian Government DET, in which 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. The implications for institutional practice from both the key findings and the National Guidelines were discussed and explored during this workshop.
Workshop participants were invited to contribute their own experiences and practices within online education; to discuss the extent to which these findings resonate with their experiences; and to consider how the guidelines could be applied within their institution.