This project is funded by a USC Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant. It is aimed at enhancing the communication and engagement of staff involved in the delivery of USC programs across multiple teaching sites including Sippy Downs, Gympie, South Bank and Fraser Coast. The expansion of campus and study locations beyond small satellite facilities within driving distance from the main Sippy Downs campus requires an increase in ‘staff capability for the deployment of digital technologies’ and investment in ‘emerging technologies to support innovation and efficiency’. Multi-site differs from small satellite campuses in that they comprise ‘multiple geographically dispersed campuses, each with a substantial student load’ (Scott et al. 2007, n.p.). Current literature about multi-site delivery assumes that this will be enacted predominantly through online methods, however, the School of Business programs at USC are different in that they will still be delivered face-to-face with online elements in a blended learning genre. Within programs designated to these campuses, staff will teach the same course content and are expected to maintain equal quality standards. This project will provide insights into how course co-ordinators engage with teaching teams across different locations using videoconferencing software options offered by USC. The key project deliverable will be a good practice guide, informed by pedagogical literature and primary research data collected from teaching staff through interviews and questionnaires. The presentation will provide an outline of the work undertaken to date during 2016, as well as the proposed plan for the remainder of the project.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016