The Transform Online (TOL) Project aims to ensure that CSU continues to maintain a sector leadership position and to grow online learning into the future through transformative innovations in student learning experiences, student recruitment, course and subject design and development, and teaching and student support.
We will ensure we are at the forefront of innovative, quality online teaching and learning that delivers a rewarding and flexible student experience. CSU Online will be the largest provider of online higher education in Australia through to 2030.
University staff interested in discussing CSU’s future directions in online learning are encouraged to read the background document, Transforming Online Learning at CSU: Background Paper on the Transform Online Project within the 2017-2022 CSU Strategy. The document explains the proposed changes and the sector developments which the changes respond to as well as summarising the outcomes and emergent challenges from recent improvement initiatives which Transform Online builds upon. A Yammer thread has been created to allow an online discussion about the Transform Online initiative.
The TOL initiative is one of nine major initiatives or projects within the CSU 2017-2022 Strategy. TOL builds on initiatives within the 2015-2016 strategy sub plans, including, the development and implementation of the Online Learning Model, the Quality Learning and Teaching initiative, the Smart Learning Course Design process, and various HEPPP funded initiatives. These earlier initiatives were framed in the context of recommendations from the 2015 Distance Education Strategy and the 2015 CSU Online Market Repositioning Strategy.
The following are the major elements of the TOL plan:
- Prioritisation of our largest courses in establishing high quality and distinct learning experience models, as well as refining the overall online course profile;
- University Transition strategies including proactive support and bridging courses to improve success for non-traditional students or students commencing through new pathways;
- Flexible study options including six starting dates per year for all subjects, flexible assessment to allow accelerated or gradual progression through a subject, and cohort based or individual study options;
- Increased time/resource allocation to the design process to ensure high quality online materials, and specialised online course and subject development teams working within a product development methodology;
- High quality subject content including a blend of static and interactive digital learning resources, using individual and cohort-based learning experiences to cater for different learning styles and life circumstances;
- Teaching undertaken by a team including academics, learning support, work-place specialists and general support staff, using analytics to inform responsive teaching and proactive support;