Curriculum and Quality

About Non-Traditional Education

The changing higher education landscape has forced Universities to rethink traditional teaching and learning services and products in terms of disaggregation (unbundling and re-bundling). In the traditional bundled model, Universities are responsible for the full range of activities to deliver: programmes, curriculum design, marketing, recruitment and enrolment, delivery, and assessment and accreditation. The UTAS Senate endorsed paper, Enabling the Development of the Business of Learning and Teaching (2015-2018), has introduced strategic direction enabling UTAS to take advantage of non-traditional approaches. Acting on the endorsed strategy, The Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) has developed an approval policy and procedures with guidance and service for Faculties and Centres to engage in the development of non-traditional offerings. The information contained here and the companion intranet site Overview of the NANT proposal process (UTAS login required) were developed to assist the approval and development of new non-traditional offerings, such as a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) or short courses.

Benefits of non-traditional education

Realising the potential of our learning and teaching resources has numerous benefits including:

  • Potential improvement in the quality of the learning environment and student learning outcomes;
  • Connecting students to each other, their teachers and to the world in new and innovative ways;
  • Improving access to, and flexibility of, university study for students;
  • Building University of Tasmania reputation and brand in a global education market;
  • Increasing student enrolments through targeting new groups of students; and
  • Meeting the service expectations of students, staff and stakeholders.

Offerings at the University of Tasmania

Non-traditional (award) units are units that are not included in a major or a minor of a degree program. They are:

  • delivered for, or by a third party;
  • designed for very large enrolments;
  • part of the Bachelor of General Studies;
  • contribute to the University College Program for pre-tertiary students ;
  • 100% online; or
  • offered only in the Bachelor of Philosophy.

Non-traditional (Non-Award) Offerings include new types of informal short courses, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), freemium and paywall courses. The main characteristic of a non-traditional offering is that it makes higher learning more open or accessible.