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Online communications teacher with 20 years’ experience

Swinburne’s eLearning Advisors (eLAs) bring their professional experience to teach. After more than 20 years as a professional working in communications, media, writing and consulting, Susannah Oddi joined Swinburne Online in 2012 as an eLA and Unit Coordinator for communications subjects.

“I have been working remotely as a freelancer for five years and I have young children, so the role and flexibility of Swinburne Online offered was a perfect match”

Susannah was attracted by the collaborative approach that Swinburne Online’s model delivers for the learning experience of students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

“I have had the privilege of working with many inspirational students, from a woman restarting her life after a troubled background, to a man maintaining his motivation while undergoing chemotherapy.”

Drawing on years of industry practice, eLAs provide insight and relevance to the learning environment; ensuring students develop strong career-ready skills.

“By knowing the current market and identifying future trends, eLAs are able to link theory to real life applications. Due to skills developed in activities and assessment, the roles of many students have expanded, and others have taken on new positions,” Susannah says.

“One student recently discovered her talents in a specialist area of communications. Encouraged by peer feedback on her live digital portfolio, she is now developing her career as an online content and communities specialist.”

Online learning accommodates different lifestyles and provides the opportunity for a wide range of diverse learners to access higher education.

“Most of our students would not be able to attend a bricks and mortar campus. Many are juggling work and family commitments, live in regional areas or cannot afford childcare and transportation costs associated with attending a traditional university,” Susannah says.

“Swinburne Online provides a welcoming and supportive environment where we learn from one another’s perspectives. This results in deeper learning and promotes awareness and acceptance, which is so vital in today’s technologically connected society.”