Higher education faces strong support in Alice Springs 

Alice Springs business lecturer Michael Drew

Students enrolled in Charles Darwin University’s Bachelor of Business in Alice Springs will benefit from more face-to-face lectures and tutorials in 2007.

The move is part of CDU’s commitment to higher education students in Alice Springs and will see Darwin based lecturers flying to Alice Springs on a regular basis, complementing delivery by locally based lecturers.

Head of School, Law and Business, Dennis Clark says the School is committed to Alice Springs higher education and students.

’It has taken into account the desires of the students to have full service delivery consistent with Darwin,’ he said.

The business program makes available around 12 units each semester and a typical semester will see nine units delivered by local lecturers with the remaining units delivered by Darwin lecturers in intense ‘block modes’.

During these block mode days, lecturers will teach and tutor.

‘CDU has been interested in feedback on the student experience in Alice Springs over recent years, has listened to the customer and this is what they want – to have full service delivery in Alice Springs and in 2007 we are pleased to be able to provide this service,’ Mr Clark said.

Alice Spring based business lecturer Michael Drew said the new arrangements would give local students access to lectures on a regular, ongoing basis.

‘Class sizes are small, which means accessibility to lecturers is on par, or greater than much larger campuses.

‘Our university is recognised for access to resources and the approachability of lecturers,’ he said.

Pro Vice Chancellor, Community and Access, Don Zollner, said local and fly in lecturers will offer a combination of personal interaction with a variety of flexible delivery modes.

‘This ensures students who study here at the Alice Springs campus are receiving the best of both worlds,’ he said.