Adult learners are increasingly seeking out the ability to engage in continuing professional learning through online postgraduate study. Teaching online is not a simple process of replicating a face to face experience for online learners. The learners in an online space are often very different to the group of students who choose to undertake their study face to face. Many of these learners come to their postgraduate studies with a wide range of experiences and expectations of their continued learning journey at the postgraduate level. Learning and teaching online has many benefits including the ability to communicate and create flexible networks of learners from the local to the global scale. Postgraduate students are increasingly identifying the need to improve their content knowledge in particular areas as well as develop their digital literacy, communication and information literacy skills. Education, Business and Public Health at the University of the Sunshine Coast offer opportunities for postgraduate students to study courses and programs entirely online. The purpose of this session is to promote discussion about the opportunities and challenges academics experience in designing, delivering and administering both individual courses and whole programs of study. How will we as a postgraduate education provider meet the challenges identified by the New Media Consortium Horizons Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition? Join us to discuss the wicked challenges of balancing connected and unconnected lives and keeping education relevant in a context of competing models of education and a call for more personalised learning. Topics for discussion will delve into issues including the importance of facilitating non-task related conversations that engage postgraduate students in collaborative learning. It will also explore capitalising on postgraduate application of learning to the workplace, developing online learning activities, managing large classes, diversity of international students, using peer assessment in an online context and the implications of online learning for academic administration of courses. Students, academic staff, administrators, learning designers, librarians can all be involved in the conversations that will take forward online postgraduate learning environments and USC.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016