What’s Uni Like?
Wednesday 29 July 2015
University can be challenging, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Charles Sturt University (CSU) has recently launched What’s Uni Like? This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is designed to help students and their families explore key aspects of the transition to university.
"The MOOC is free-of-charge, accessible, and self-paced, and addresses the key areas of academic writing and reading, student expectations, digital literacy, and online learning skills", says CSU project manager, Craig Billingham.
The project was funded by the Federal Government through its Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to help increase participation in tertiary education by students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds and its development was informed by current research and best practice, and in particular by the national Office for Learning and Teaching-funded project on the Effective Teaching and Support of Students from Low SES Backgrounds. Development of the course also included collaborations with partners in the HEPPP-funded CSU Future Moves program, including government and independent schools and the Department of Education and Communities.
After being launched at the recent Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success (STARS) conference in Melbourne, the What's Uni Like? MOOC is being promoted to Australian universities, other higher education providers, and to high schools and TAFEs across the nation with the aim that stakeholders will use it as a resource to broaden participation in Australia's higher education sector.
Access What’s Uni Like? here and click on ‘register’ to create your login.