Sub Dean TOL Update

Phase #1 Course Workshops and Subject Development

Greetings all.

TOL workshops have now been held for all nominated Phase #1 courses in the Faculty. The full list of courses that are the focus of Phase #1 TOL development are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Organisational Change
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration (with specialisations)
  • Master of Cyber Security
  • Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations
  • Master of Dispute Resolution (with specialisations)

The aim of these workshops has been to determine the exact TOL elements which should be given priority within subjects that are part of the Faculty’s Phase #1 course list.

In addition to subjects that form part of the courses above, TOL development is also occurring on selected mathematics and statistics service-teaching subjects. In total, there are now 20 subjects currently under active TOL development, with several more ready to enter into the production phase.

Marketing TOL

It is important that prospective students of our TOL courses are aware of the subject design improvements that are occurring as development work unfolds. Enhancements such as flexible assessment options, the increased use of social media and adaptive learning technologies, and mobile-device friendly subject designs are all likely to be attractive features for those considering study at CSU.

As a first step towards ensuring that prospective students hear about some of the great work occurring as part of TOL, I will soon be delivering a presentation to the CSU Contact Centre that will showcase our design work. This information can then be used by Contact Centre staff to explain the key features of the Phase #1 TOL courses to prospective students.

Six Intakes for 2018 and 2019

The final enrolment figures for the IT Masters’ courses that were part of the Faculty’s 2018 six intake trial are as follows:

Applications: 202
Offers: 120
Acceptances: 88
Converted Enrolments: 71

At the outset of the trial, the aim was to achieve a 19% net increase in yearly enrolments for courses having six intakes (amounting to 70 new postgraduate students). I am happy to report that this target has been successfully reached. I can also report that, for courses involved in the trial, there was no apparent reduction in converted enrolments for the standard 30, 60 and 90 sessional offerings which surrounded the additional intake terms. This is good news all round.

Given this success, the use of 6 intake sessions will be continued for the IT Masters’ courses in 2019. We are also actively exploring the inclusion of additional courses as part of the 2019 implementation of the six intake model. Further information around the use of six intakes for selected courses in 2019 will be available in the next update.

TOL Staff Profile: David Barrett, Online Editor

From this month, I will commence introductions to the TOL team through a series of one-on-one interviews. This month, our highlighted team staff member is David Barrett, the Online Editor for the TOL project. David started at CSU in July this year.

Brief career profile

I am an online editor with a background in news and current affairs. Prior to joining the TOL team I worked as a digital editor with SBS World News based in Sydney. A former journalist, I have worked for newspapers, magazines and websites in Australia and abroad, including a five-year stint with Sky News in London. I am also a part-time postgraduate student in CSU’s Master of Information Studies course.

Best part about the job so far:

Getting to know the TOL team, discovering the exciting work already underway at CSU in the digital space, and meeting talented academics engaged across a wide range of disciplines.

Experience you want to bring to this new role:

I want to help CSU make a big impact online. There is so much fantastic learning material for CSU students to engage with already. The TOL team can enhance the delivery of this material to improve learning outcomes for students.

What are students going to like about what you’re doing in this space?

A fresh focus on delivering online learning that’s engaging, accessible and inspiring for students. We want CSU students to get the best possible online learning experience available.

What are staff going to like about your new role?

The opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with students online in the most powerful way possible.


That’s all for this update – see you again next month.