To ensure the student body was consulted throughout this process, the Curtin Student Guild conducted three consultation workshops and ran a survey to gather student feedback on the Learning For Tomorrow Strategy 2020-2022.
Thank you to all those students who participated in this process.
The Guild has compiled a report based on student feedback which has been submitted to the university.
The report is available here.
Students prefer in-person learning
The majority of students want to keep in-person lectures with access to live streaming and recorded lectures and they want them to be engaging, interactive and shorter
Students needed more information about the digital resources proposed to support learning, and felt that the “podcasts, learning objects; video content and other digital objects” were not adequate replacements for lectures
Mature age and postgraduate students tended to be in favour of removing lectures due to increased flexibility to balance career and family with studies
82% of respondents said they would not be satisfied paying the same fees if more of their learning was delivered online
Do not continue to use recycled content
Online platforms are not meeting student expectations
Online lectures are not engaging or interactive and disconnect students from the university experience with their peers
Students preferred learning ratio was 70-80% in person
84% of students said an increase in online learning would result in less time spent on campus with 13% saying it would have no impact and 3% indicating they would spend more time on campus
Students agreed that Curtin University should increase collaborations with industry partners when designing university courses
Students were not convinced enhanced online learning would increase their preparedness for employment with 69% of respondents believing it would not. Only 8% of respondents felt it would assist them
What is the estimated percentage of your learning experience that you would prefer to be online vs in person?
How satisfied would you be with paying the same fees if more of your learning was delivered online?
There was support for additional online resources but not as a replacement for in-person learning
More support for online and regional students was welcomed
There was concern about internet connectivity, campus WiFi and Curtin technology
Online study was identified as an accessibility issue for many, especially equity groups
Participants highlighted the importance of transparency and clear communication from the university during consultation processes
Here are the Guild's recommendations: