Welcome Dr Jay Cohen!


It is a great pleasure to be welcoming Dr Jay Cohen to the position of Director of Online Subject Development. Jay comes to CSU from Online Education Services (OES), part of the SEEK corporate group, which encompasses Swinburne Online and Western Sydney Online as well as partnerships with a number of other Australian universities. At OES, where he is Director of Learning Design, Jay has led a team of 35 staff including educational technologists, learning designers and quality assurance officers. Jay’s team, design and develop online units using innovative online learning strategies that reflect cutting-edge pedagogical practice, using contemporary project management and quality assurance methodologies. Jay has led the development of hundreds of subjects over the past few years within the Blackboard, Canvas and Moodle Learning Management Systems, building on his experience as a lecturer at RMIT, Federation University and the University of Melbourne.

Jay will commence in the position of Director of Online Subject Development as of Monday 19 November 2018.

During the next two years Jay will report to Tracey Green, Executive Dean within the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and will work closely with Jason Howarth, Sub-Dean (Transform Online) and Jenny Kent, Associate Dean (Academic) in leading the design, development and delivery of subjects within the Transforming Online (TOL) initiative. From 2021, Jay will move into a University-wide leadership role relating to the scaling up of the Transforming Online initiative, reporting to the PVC (Learning and Teaching). Please make Jay welcome to the Faculty and to the University.

The Transform Online Learning team continues to gain momentum with three subjects being offered in session 201890 and another 30 subjects in development.  See Jason’s project update for more detail.

In other news…

Tailoring our courses for community needs

In the next two weeks, CSU is hosting a series of community resilience, recovery and future health and human services workshops on various campuses to engage community and industry leaders in generating ideas for future CSU courses, programs and products.

Hands holding plant

The workshops are the next step in ensuring our future graduates are equipped with the skills communities are looking for to ensure regions thrive. The workshops are timely, following on from the recent launch of the Bachelor of Business (Industry Professional Practice) – our new, innovative course that has been the product of extensive consultation with industry professionals.

A/Prof Jenny Kent has been working with colleagues in other Faculties to plan the workshops, and says, “Each workshop will assist in defining the critical skills and knowledge areas required in our graduates, to ensure a sustainable future for our communities.”

Workshop participants will include CSU academics and prospective students and community leaders from each region, across a broad range of sectors such as government, agriculture, business, media and communications and health. We will use the feedback from the workshops to develop tailored industry products and processes as part of our ongoing student strategy.

An international policing and security conference!

This month we are partnering with the NSW Police Force to present the CSU International Policing and Security Conference 2018 in Sydney. It will bring together leading practitioners and academics – both nationally and internationally – from a range of policing fields to discuss emerging challenges and innovative solutions.

“It will be a practical symposium, designed to share ideas and common areas of interest, I encourage all who are committed to advancing policing and security practice to attend.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Acting Commissioner Jeffery Loy, APM, NSW Police Force
  • Mr Peter Vaughan, QPM, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police, UK, and Director of Policing and Security at the University of South Wales, UK
  • Professor Bernhard Frevel, Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration of North Rhine, Westphalia (Germany).
  • Mr Hugh Mackay, renowned Australian researcher, social commentator and author
  • Professor Nick O’Brien, Head of the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at CSU in Canberra
  • Professor Roger Bradbury, National Security College at the Australian National University, Canberra
  • Professor Colin Rogers, Professor of Policing and Law Enforcement at CSU
  • President of the Police Federation, Mark Carroll

Find out more about the CSU International Policing and Security Conference 2018

The conference will be preceded by a two-day international workshop at the Australian Institute of Police Management at Manly on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November.