Online Programs Pearson Partnership

Online Programs

The University of Adelaide have launched a strategic partnership with Pearson to develop a portfolio of online graduate programs. 

Aligned with the University of Adelaide’s strategic plan, Future Making, we are creating a strong online education presence with a commitment to student-focused delivery. This exciting initiative sees the launch of the first online programs in the portfolio in 2019, with new opportunities for student engagement and lifelong learning.

Online programs

Why partner with Pearson?

Pearson was chosen as the University's partner due to our aligning values and vision

Both the University of Adelaide and Pearson have shared values of strategic alignment, transparency, collaboration and trust. Our partnership enables rapid and scalable delivery of new programs aligned with learners’ needs, and is part of our commitment to student-focused delivery with flexible pathways, tailored teaching periods, and innovative modes of delivery. This collaboration positions the University effectively to embrace and create new opportunities within the digital disruption of the higher education sector.

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Programs in progress

The University is currently working on the following programs:

  • Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Data Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Industry engagement priorities

Aligning with the University of Adelaide Strategic Plan, the portfolio will have a focus on these five industry priority areas:

  • Defence & security 
  • Energy & resources
  • Agrifood Futures
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Creative & cultural

Frequently asked questions

  • How are programs determined for inclusion in the portfolio?

    Program Concept Proposals are submitted to the Joint Alliance Board (comprised of University and Pearson colleagues) for generation of thorough market analysis and consideration. For programs that indicate strong market demand, program content and assessment will be further explored collaboratively with academic staff. This information forms the New Program Proposals submitted to APEAC and Academic Board for approval, similar to other programs at the University.

  • What is the model for online delivery?

    Programs will be delivered in a carousel model which allows students to enter at multiple times during the year and complete courses in the order best suited to their circumstances. There are six online terms per year, each spanning six weeks, and students will engage with one course per term.

  • How are the programs in the portfolio connected?

    Across the portfolio, 25% of courses will be used by one or more programs offered by the University. This will provide students with opportunities to engage with, and receive credit for, courses aligned with their program of study.

  • How are courses developed?

    Each course has a Course Coordinator collaborating with a team of learning designers, data analysts, and multimedia resource developers to create rich and engaging online learning experiences. The team approach leverages the subject matter expertise of academic staff in partnership with the design and delivery expertise of learning professionals.

  • What is the funding model for online programs?

    These programs are an iterative expansion of the University curriculum, with associated funding for academic workload in Program Coordinator and Course Coordinator roles.