Curtin University will soon launch a new series of online
classes, commencing with a mining business course in mid-June.
The WA university has been accepted to join edX, which is a
consortium of higher education institutions offering interactive online classes
and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The edX platform was established
by Harvard and MIT universities in 2012.
Curtin’s partnership with edX expands the consortium’s range
of offerings with MOOCS in Mining, Digital Marketing and Transmedia
Storytelling due for release in the next 12 months.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry
said Curtin was the only Western Australian university in the edX Consortium,
and the fourth in Australia.
“Curtin is transforming its learning experience to become an
international leader in education and research, and becoming a member of the
edX consortium opens many opportunities for Curtin to collaborate in teaching
and learning with leading international universities,” Professor Terry said.
“The partnership will enhance our campus-based teaching and
learning and build a global community of online learners who will be actively
engaged with Curtin.
“We are creating new pathways to education that certify and integrate
formal and informal learning through flexible learning opportunities that
integrate existing MOOCs with online degree programs. To be competitive, Curtin
must become global while being innovative and progressive.”
The ‘Business of Mining’ MOOC, to be launched in mid-June,
was developed in collaboration with industry and education experts, and uses
interactive challenge-based techniques to provide an introduction to the
lifecycle of mining.
Topics covered in the Business of Mining MOOC include exploration, legislation, regulation, licencing, environmental and heritage management, financial feasibility, mine closure and rehabilitation.
The MOOC provides a high-level introduction to mining business
studies for non-operational staff, government employees, suppliers and other
contractors to the industry.
“It will be a valuable teaching and learning resource for
the industry that showcases WA’s mining excellence and promotes awareness and
understanding of the complexities and fragility of the minerals, exploration
and business sectors,” Professor Terry said.