e-Grad School programs
The e-Grad School (Australia) (eGSA) is a virtual graduate school operating in Australia and internationally. eGSA provides postgraduate students, their supervisors, post doctoral fellows and universities with online access to resources and activities relevant to their needs.
Focusing on the development of career-enhancing skills and knowledge, it brings together a wide range of online-accessible activities and resources that are specifically designed for early career researchers, whatever their home university or location.
eGSA is offered jointly by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN): Curtin University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney. Its pilot (2005-7) was funded by the Australian Government's Department of Education, Science and Training through its Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund.
RMIT provides support for the following three key programs:
- Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation
- Research Methodology Online (MORE)
- Employability skills (LEAP)
Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation
Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation (GCRC) is a course jointly launched by the five universities comprising the ATN and is coordinated by eGSA. It uses online opportunities to provide skills and knowledge in research commercialisation and in the associated areas of research project management, entrepreneurship, leadership and workplace communication and the public policy/research interface. Units on offer are:
- Knowledge transfer and research commercialisation (mandatory)
- Project management for research
- Leadership and workplace communication
- Public policy and research
- Entrepreneurial foundations
Research Methodology Online (MORE)
These online Modules on Research Education (MORE) are about issues identified as being of paramount importance to early researchers. The modules are self-paced and can be undertaken by research students independently. Alternatively, supervisors and students may choose to use the models together for discussion and engagement.
Topics covered in these modules addressing issues in research design and methodology:
- Risk Management
- Critical writing
- Critical and creative thinking
- Practice-led research in Creative Arts, Media and Design
Employability skills (LEAP)
More than 3,000 Australian and international research students have taken part in the series of modules on employment related skills that form the Learning Employment Aptitude Program (LEAP). In 2007 LEAP received an award from The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), formerly The Australian Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, for the outstanding contribution it makes to student learning and experience (in the Postgraduate Category of Programs that Enhance Learning).
Working online and with a highly qualified moderator facilitating interaction, the research students have the opportunity to engage in the activities and content of the employment-related modules and to build up relationships with colleagues beyond their home universities.
Modules undertaken in the moderated form receive the award of a Certificate of Completion..
ATN LEAP Modules cover these Employability Skills
- Leadership and communication
- Research commercialisation
- Project management
- Public Policy
- Global Sustainability
Contact: Mrs Helen Lennox
Related information:Current research students