Campbell University is preparing to launch its new online learning platform in April 2019, in the face of mounting pressure from students who say they’ve been left frustrated by the university’s lack of support.
Campbell University chief executive Greg Maughan said the new platform would provide an alternative to online classes and would help to address the “long-standing” challenges faced by students who choose to attend a full-time university.
“The Campbell University community is a tight-knit group of students, parents and alumni who love our campus,” Mr Maughal said in a statement.
“Campbell is committed to providing a community of carers for students, who are facing the pressures of a modern world and facing the challenge of finding employment.”
Mr Maugha said he hoped the new course would help students find a job while also offering them a better understanding of the work they could do at home.
“We’re also offering the opportunity for students to have a discussion on what they can learn from these courses, and to make their own decision about what they want to pursue in their career,” he said.
“Students are very supportive of what we’re doing, and we’re pleased to be bringing the course to them.”
Campbell has struggled to gain traction with students after it was forced to close its online classes for the second time in a decade in October 2019 following an audit that found it had failed to meet minimum standards.
The university was forced by the Government to close the online classes, and its student union voted in favour of a resolution to close all courses by the end or early 2020.
Campus chief executive Mr Moughan said he was “optimistic” the new online course would provide students with an alternative option.
“There’s a lot of challenges that students have had to deal with, and it’s difficult for students who are struggling to find a place to study in Campbell,” he told The Australian Financial Review.
“I’m really confident that we can make a difference in that area.”
Campus students have long complained about being unable to access courses online, despite Campbell having one of the lowest enrolments in the country.
Campon’s online learning courses had been offered for about a decade but in September 2018, the university closed the online option for a second time after it found it did not meet the minimum standards set out by the government.
Campown students said they were disappointed the online learning option would be shut for a third time, and that students who had already taken classes online would continue to use the online platform.
“This is just another sign of how the Campbell University system is crumbling,” student and former lecturer Michael Hodge said.
The move has been met with criticism from students, with many students saying the closure of the online courses was a major blow to their education.
“For the first time in years, it looks like we’ll be unable to take online classes on campus.
It’s really frustrating,” Mr Hodge told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
It seems like we’re not being given any kind of education.
It seems like the only option is to sit in a class.”
Campown student Rachel Brown said it was frustrating that the online course was now closed.
“These are students who were trying to learn online, and they’ve just been put on a pedestal,” she said.
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