Term 1 - Online
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In this subject, participants will engage in a series of webinars, online discussion groups, online multiple choice tests and an essay to develop their understanding of two main themes.
Comparative Tertiary Education Policy Studies: How have different tertiary education systems and institutions met the pressures and dynamics of the late 20th and early 21st century tertiary education? Key issues examined are: the broadening of access, mass higher learning, internationalisation, system governance, quality assurance and approaches to financing.
Trends and Challenges in Tertiary Education: Funding constraints, the rise of online study options, the emergence of massive open online learning (MOOC) platforms, new entrants to the sector, and the emergence of micro-credentials. Key issues examined are market and policy changes in different national systems, the future of campus-based study and the 3-4 year degree, opportunities to expand enrolments across national boundaries, and threats of disruptive change to existing institutional models of organisation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Analyse history and nature of tertiary education sectors and institutions;
- Locate tertiary education policy issues in a broader and complex international context;
- Evaluate the implications of policy change or market developments for tertiary sector performance.
Last updated: 16 March 2020