New Transformation Grant to prepare students for life, in an online world

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Monash Psychological Sciences is leading an Inter-Faculty Transformation Grant, which will not only provide educational support for students, but will also help prepare them for life after study.

Monash Psychological Sciences is leading an Inter-Faculty Transformation Grant, which will not only provide educational support for students, but will also help prepare them for life after study.

Awarded annually by the Monash Education Academy (MEA), this grant scheme supports and champions projects that have the capacity to result in impactful change in education across more than one Faculty.

The key output for the Psychological Sciences-led project will be a university-wide intranet, where students across all Faculties can access information about resources, skills and academic support. The aim will be to consolidate existing information that is currently offered via a variety of platforms, and extend this with new and innovative content such as online student wellbeing and online-specific learning tools relating to work readiness, employability, and resilience.

With the new site in place, Schools and Departments within Monash will not need to create their own resources to support online student orientation and, as such, our students will be provided with a consistent and high quality educational experience.

Leading the project will be Monash Psychological Sciences Director of Education A/Prof Matthew Mundy, supported by Dr Filia Garivalis and Dr Stephen McKenzie, who will work with key personnel across the University – extending to Malaysia, and including experts from the Monash Online-Psychology Education Division (MO-PED) team. Since MO-PED’s establishment, this team has achieved the formation of international and Monash online education research networks, including a Memorandum of Understanding and research collaboration with Kings College London, and membership of a Monash digital education informing Community of Practice – the "Monash Online Education Community' (MOEC); a group of academics from across the university who are engaged in online teaching, and who aim to bring knowledge and learning on the challenges of online education into one place, to create an evidence-based gold standard for teaching in this mode. The MO-PED team’s experience and passion in online education places them in an excellent position to lead this initiative.

“MO-PED research will be embedded into the orientation intranet, including findings from our own studies on student readiness to learn, as well as data collection for future studies on enhancing digital learning,” A/Prof Mundy said.

“Our intranet project was considered by MEA to be innovative, highly transferable across the university, and aligned with the university's desired growth in digital education. We are delighted that formal recognition of this came via the award of this grant. The new tool will also enhance our support of digitally-connected students, ensuring that they are ready to learn in this new and evolving way. We are so excited to be undertaking this project and thank MEA for their support.”

We congratulate A/Prof Mundy and team on this fantastic achievement and wish him and the team all the best with developing the new intranet site.

To find out more on this initiative, contact A/Prof Matthew Mundy on t: 03 9905 1035, e: Matthew.Mundy@monash.edu.

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