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Improving student outcomes in online learning – the development of national guidelines for Australian universities: Dr Cathy Stone

Event Details
Albany AT4 | Manawatū GLB1.14| Wellington: 5C17
11 February 2019 2:00 am

A presentation by Dr Cathy Stone (the University of Newcastle) at Massey University, New Zealand will provide 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:

About the speaker

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 2011-14 developed her strong interest in the online student experience. In 2016, as an Equity Fellow with the NCSEHE, Cathy undertook a national research project into improving outcomes for online students.

More information and registration here.

Posted 31 January 2019