At Flinders University, offshore teaching refers to the design and delivery of ongoing face-to-face and online academic programs for audiences overseas. These programs meet the needs of international students who are either unable or prefer not to come to Australia for study purposes. Flinders University staff meet the needs of these students by travelling abroad to teach and by using information communication technologies.
Offshore teaching is an important area of focus for Flinders University which offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various locations overseas. These programs help to strengthen our seventh graduate quality; our commitment to producing graduates who are able to "connect across boundaries" and "engage positively with people and ideas beyond the limits of their own geographical, disciplinary, social, cultural or other boundaries, and to span the boundary between the world of study and the world of work."
Our offshore teaching programs also help expand our international profile and provide an environment where we can work closely with our international partners engaging in a mutually rewarding academic environment.
Staff involved in offshore teaching need to be provided with both the resources and information to help them succeed. Staff require:
- an appreciation of how delivering courses offshore may differ from teaching onshore
- a good understanding of the way Flinders University provides programs offshore.
The teaching offshore factsheet has been produced to provide some guidance and support for offshore teaching.