Moving an Australian Dual Mode University to the Online Environment: A Case Study
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AbstractThis paper discusses an educational initiative, USQOnline which has enabled theUniversity of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, to deliver multiple courses via the Internet tostudents worldwide. The paper briefly outlines the underlying structure and philosophy of distanceeducation at USQ and then describes how the online initiative has evolved from this existingdistance education infrastructure. The paper reflects on the conceptualisation and initiation of theUSQOnline project and the consequences of an apparent shift in the pattern of teaching andlearning in a higher education institution following the introduction of online teaching. An interimevaluation conducted by the authors makes the following recommendations: open communication,consultation and collaboration should form the basis of such a major institutional initiative; rolesand responsibilities of all stakeholders should be clearly defined; synergies and alliances withstrong partners are essential; and there should be sound technological support at all levels.