Curtin Learning Experience
Higher education is in the midst of a global revolution and Curtin is among those leading the challenge! Our ambition is to be a global university, recognised for innovation in learning and teaching; offering the opportunity of a quality and prestigious Curtin education to learners anywhere in the world.
Already Curtin has a significant presence in the international education arena with an extensive network of national and international partnerships, more than 90 fully online courses and 60,000 enrolled students participating remotely or at one of seven campuses in four countries.
Another 60,000 learners registered for one of Curtin’s four Massive Open Online Courses following the 2015 launch of our partnership with edX, a consortium of elite higher learning institutions.
Our long term vision is Greater Curtin, a vibrant urban hub and knowledge city at Bentley with an intricate network of on-campus and online educators, researchers and students engaged with learning at Curtin from all over the world.
Already the Curtin Learning Experience is much different than it was just a few short years ago. Lecture theatres and didactic teaching modes are replaced by Curtin Converged, a suite of traditional and digital techniques comprising on-campus and online lectures, flipped classes, real world problem solving and game-based challenges, as well as remote learning through CurtinX (Massive Open Online Courses), available on the edX platform.
Students are able to join face-to-face workshops and tutorials through high end video and web technologies, explore concepts, theories and alternative viewpoints through social media think tanks, and participate in game-based challenges to practice skills and test their knowledge.
Opportunities to study at a partner university, undertake Work Integrated Learning, gain leadership experience and Indigenous cultural awareness are available within Australia and overseas, both as part of the curriculum and as extra curricular activities.
Our unique Curtin Extra Certificate formally lists and recognises leadership and Work Integrated Learning experiences students undertake outside the course requirements.
As the needs and expectations of employers continue to change there is increasing pressure on both new graduates and institutions of higher learning for greater flexibility in the design and availability of specialised qualifications.
With this in mind Curtin is gradually unbundling its courses to offer learners the flexibility to build their own qualification, mixing and matching courses from different faculties and across any number of partner universities. A hierarchy of options will be available to both validate and recognise the successful completion of Massive Open Online Courses, professional development workshops, courses offered via other universities and more, to build a qualification that enhances and supports the student’s personal, professional and career aspirations.
More flexible assessment processes will also mean students will have the opportunity to work at their pace without penalty.
While the expansion of the global economy means our student base will extend far beyond Australia’s borders, the learning experience at Curtin will become increasingly personalised. Initiatives such as Curtin’s student relationship management system and learning analytics programs will give our staff an insight into the challenges and achievements of each individual student. It means we will be able to proactively engage with our students, making recommendations to promote and enhance their personal and professional development.
Ultimately, remote participation in assessments and exams will be possible from any location and on any device using invigilation technology.