Keypath Education's new partnership with UNSW Sydney will expand the University’s digital learning portfolio with the launch of new, fully online master’s programs by 2019.
Combining UNSW’s strengths in curriculum design and delivery with Keypath’s expertise in immersive online educational experiences, the partnership will see the development of a number of fully online programs as part of the University’s digital education strategy.
“Digital education facilitates a global experience,” says Professor Geoffrey Crisp, UNSW Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).
“Our students need to be able to engage with other students, industry, and community groups or organisations all around the world, and our technology will enable them to do that.”
Keypath Education Global CEO, Steve Fireng, sees UNSW Sydney and Keypath as working together towards a common goal.
“Our partnership with UNSW is exciting because our missions align. UNSW is Australia’s Global University and our mission is to create global access to online learning.
Postgraduate online learning is becoming increasingly attractive to mid-career professionals wanting to move into executive roles or new disciplines at a time when they are balancing work, family life, and other commitments. Between 2011 and 2015, there was a 25 per cent increase in postgraduate education online and the trend continues to grow.
Professor Nick Wailes, Director of AGSM and Deputy Dean at the UNSW Business School, says that UNSW’s subject-matter expertise coupled with Keypath’s industry best-practice in online learning is key to developing quality programs in a competitive emerging market.
“UNSW has world-class faculty at the cutting-edge of their field and the cutting-edge of research. The thing that really appeals about Keypath is their emphasis on educational design and development. The Keypath team work closely with subject-matter experts to understand what they want the students to learn, what the skills and activities are, and then break that down to make sure we are leveraging the online environment.”
In an era when many of a student’s daily interactions can happen in the palm of their hand – whether it’s ordering groceries, catching a ride, or streaming music – the opportunity for Keypath is to take the high-quality courses and face-to-face experience UNSW offers and make them engaging and effective online.
“Students aren’t comparing their online education experience to their experience on campus; they are comparing it to their online banking experience or their online real estate experience,” says Ryan O’Hare, Keypath Education CEO, Australia & Asia-Pacific.
“So, if it isn’t as intuitive and user-friendly, flexible, and accessible as that, then they won’t have a quality experience learning online. We need to cater to that, and also ensure they are having a memorable and rewarding student experience.
“With UNSW we have the opportunity to take best-of-breed from an academic and university perspective and our expertise in online learning, and bring them together to continue to push the boundaries of what can be done in online learning.”
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