Federal government delivers higher education grants

Finalises $5.8 million for projects using mobile and online apps

Delivering equitable education

Delivering equitable education

The Federal government has weighed in with support for higher education under a $5.8 million grants program that leverages mobile and online learning tools.

This latest funding grant will support up to 30 projects nationally with an acknowledgement of mobile and online learning.

Among the current seed grant recipients for ICT projects, Bond University is recognised for a technology-enhanced learning initiative. Charles Sturt University gains kudos for the design of mobile education.

The delivery of open source learning, mobile apps and data management is acknowledged at the Queensland University of Technology. The University of Adelaide gains support for an online learning initiative.

The government’s ongoing grants’ selection criteria acknowledges projects that enable students to use their personal devices, smart phones, tablets or on-line content for learning or coursework. Campus-wide connectivity and integrated communication is gaining support.

New grants

Details about the 2015 Seed Grants are now available through to year’s end.

Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Payne, said in an earlier statement that the recipients of these grants were carefully targeted with a focus on core areas and 21st century teaching tools.

“The projects we are funding will explore and develop new ways of teaching,” Payne said. “Through these projects we will learn about the best in the world so that our institutions can better help students get the most from their higher education."

These grants also build on Australia’s plans to attract international students. This sector is currently valued at $15 billion and continues to grow, noted Payne.

The grants’ focus is to also improve the experience of students that are studying at regional universities. This will be done by developing new resources.

Global connections are encouraged between international inbound students and domestic outbound students.

The Office of Learning and Teaching has peer-reviewed all grants that were supported by the Australian government.

The administration had earlier committed $57.1 million in funding over four years towards the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching programme in Higher Education. This program was being administered by the Office for Learning and Teaching inside the federal Department of Education.

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