Friday, August 6, 2021

Open Universities Australia Delivering Online Education Through Australia's Universities Before and During the Pandemic

Much has been written on the need for universities to suddenly move to online education in the last year and a half. What has been largely forgotten, or deliberately ignored, is that many traditional bricks and mortar Australian universities, were already involved in online education for decades through Open Universities Australia (OUA).  This consortium of universities has been delivering online degrees since 1993, with a staff of less than 200. OUA are so comfortable with their low key online approach that they seemed to have stopped producing new TV ads for their courses, and are just running the same one with the voice overdubbed.

The course design and delivery for OUA is done through traditional universities, including:

  1. Australian Catholic University
  2. Australian National University
  3. Bond University
  4. Charles Sturt University
  5. Curtin University
  6. DeakinCo
  7. Edith Cowan University
  8. Flinders University
  9. Griffith University
  10. James Cook University
  11. La Trobe University
  12. Macquarie University
  13. Murdoch University
  14. RMIT University
  15. Southern Cross University
  16. Swinburne University of Technology
  17. The University of Adelaide
  18. The University of Newcastle
  19. University of New England
  20. University of New South Wales
  21. University of South Australia
  22. University of Tasmania
OUA's pick and mix approach, where you can combine courses from different universities (within limits), then choose one to graduate from, I suggest is the future of higher education. This has potential for expanding Australia's export education industry, as well as providing a better, more cost effective education for Australians.

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