Following the massive open online course (MOOC) format, Murdoch University will offer free taster courses in which learners can experience the required level of learning, knowledge and workload before committing to further study. Students can then opt to complete fee-paying units towards a post–graduate degree qualification.
Murdoch is set to launch its first online degree course in May – a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership – with a free, open module, Healthy Futures: How Can We Create the Most Effective Healthcare System?
Participants will glimpse ways to solve some of the world’s biggest healthcare problems and can go on to study additional units in health policy, economics and finance, data analytics and health informatics to complete the full qualification.
During the year, Murdoch will offer a Graduate Certificate in One Health, which will utilise the University’s expertise in agricultural, environmental, animal and human health.
A mid-year, four-week free MOOC in security, terrorism and counter-terrorism will offer participants a pathway into completing an online degree with Murdoch University, including an option to study through Open Universities Australia.
Murdoch Deputy Vice Chancellor–Education, Romy Lawson, said: “The clean, media-rich FutureLearn platform will extend the accessibility of Murdoch’s expertise beyond our traditional geographic borders and deliver a high-quality, engaging learning experience.”
FutureLearn Partnership Director, Mark Lester, welcomed Murdoch University as one of the social learning platform’s first degree partners alongside Deakin and Coventry Universities.
“Learners value the flexibility offered through MOOCs. In the postgraduate space in particular, the ability to gain accreditation at your own pace, in a location of your choosing, is key,” he said.