The inaugural Collaborative Education Program at Intersect aims to establish, coordinate, and manage collaborative online graduate teaching for Australian higher degree research students. Renowned professors, researchers, and scientists will be invited from multiple institutions on the basis of expertise to contribute voluntarily to graduate-level courses.
The main driver is the manifest need within the Australian research sector – particularly graduate research students and early career researchers – for open access to comprehensive, high quality, advanced online graduate education. This can be delivered as a collaborative research community endeavour encompassing contributions from nationally leading scientists and large national scientific facilities. This driver aligns with Intersect’s strategic plan to widen our traditional services from short skills-based training courses into larger scale collaborative advanced education for the research community in a way that both assists – and is complementary to – the higher education institutions’ agendas.
A key element in uplifting this collaborative higher education and research community initiative is engaging with and bringing on board numerous strategic stakeholders including national computational facilities; organizing committee members; hands-on tutorial experts, teaching professors and so forth to ensure effective operation and successful delivery.