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Swinburne welcomes Group of Eight's online focus

Swinburne welcomes a proposal by the Group of Eight for the establishment of an Online Advisory Group to help government tailor policy and regulation for the higher education sector as it adapts to the rising importance of online delivery, said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations), Professor Gilly Salmon.

“The development of entirely digital learning is making it possible for more Australians to benefit from higher education. This is particularly the case for those who can’t access traditional campus learning or those who are looking for a more convenient way to study consistent with their existing life commitments,” said Professor Salmon.

“With the rise in importance of online delivery, it’s important that Government is well informed so that policy formulation, data management, infrastructure support and quality assurance can enable the rapid developments in online educational delivery.

“Governments, regulators and providers will need to work together to ensure that students benefit from new forms of learning as technology changes the university landscape in the years ahead, and to ensure that Australia maintains its leading position.”

Swinburne Online is now in its second year of offering full degree programs online to students throughout Australia. Its courses are increasing in popularity, especially among working adults who are looking to add to their qualifications or prepare themselves for a career change.

“Swinburne Online has developed excellence in learning design and teaching and we have operationalised these within an organisation which is highly student-focused,” said Kay Lipson, Academic Dean of Swinburne Online.

“We have the means to design, develop and deliver learning and teaching online which is underpinned by clear principles, and delivers a high quality learning experience to a wide diversity of new learners.”

Swinburne Online programs cater especially well to regional, rural and remote students from all over Australia looking to remain in their community while gaining a formal qualification. 23% of Swinburne Online students come from regional Australia.

Online students also receive a high level of academic and technical support services to assist with better learning outcomes.