Swinburne Online and the Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) have formed a partnership to offer OTEN students stronger pathways to full degree programs.
OTEN, the distance education arm of Western Sydney Institute (WSI), part of TAFE NSW, is the largest provider of vocational qualifications in Australia delivering over 200 programs online and through correspondence to close to 96,000 students.
Through this partnership, OTEN students who have successfully completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma will receive maximum credit exemptions to further their studies with Swinburne Online.
“We are pleased to partner with Swinburne Online. This partnership will bring together and build on the strengths of two innovators in online learning,” said Susan Hartigan, Institute Director, TAFE WSI.
A significant portion of Swinburne Online’s current students have been admitted into a course based on previous TAFE qualifications, said Swinburne Online CEO, Denice Pitt.
“Formalising these pathways demonstrates the many opportunities Australians have in creating more career options through online education,” said Ms Pitt.
OTEN students will be able to choose from a range of specialist degrees across the Business, Social Science, Communication and Education disciplines delivered fully online so they can work and study concurrently.
Both education providers are leaders in delivering flexible study options enabling students to gain qualifications alongside other commitments such as work and family.
Around 2.3 million Australians are interested in participating in more formal study. However, time, work and family commitments are a large barrier to entry.
“This partnership aims to help students overcome these barriers by providing flexible, quality higher education learning options that are accessible to most Australians,” said Ms Pitt.
“At OTEN we focus on meeting the changing educational needs of our students by offering individualised learning pathways that complement their lifestyles,” said Ms Hartigan.
“OTEN provides nationally accredited qualifications that enable our graduates to not only articulate into higher education but to gain employment in their chosen field,” she said.
Students transitioning from OTEN to Swinburne Online will already be familiar with off-campus, flexible study. Online students are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place and also have the benefit of accessing Swinburne Online’s 7 day a week student support services.
“Swinburne Online has been successful in creating an online learning community with a strong support network. We are completely student-centric and focused on providing students with high level support and a strong social community,” said Ms Pitt.
All students will complete a transition unit – Learning and Communicating Online designed to further provide students with skills to be successful in online learning outcomes.