Image: Dr Michael Savvas (Flinders University) and Jane Habner (FFSP Adelaide and Noarlunga) assist a student to enrol into the Foundation Studies Program at the TAFE SA Adelaide Campus last week.
The Flinders Foundation Studies Program, delivered by TAFE SA, has proved very
popular this semester with a significant increase in student numbers in both metropolitan and regional areas.
The partnership between Flinders University and TAFE SA began in 2011 with TAFE SA staff delivering the Flinders Foundation Studies Program (FFSP) on TAFE SA campuses. Semester 1 2014 saw an 11% increase in enrolments compared to the previous year, and enrolments at TAFE SA Noarlunga Campus increasing by 10%. To date, 673 students have successfully completed this training.
The Flinders Foundation Studies Program is a preparation program for undergraduate degrees at Flinders that enables people from all backgrounds to begin their university studies. The program equips students with the skills to be a successful university student and also introduces them to some of the major fields of study available at Flinders University. There are no prerequisites or entry requirements, and on successful completion you can apply for admission to a range of Flinders undergraduate courses
TAFE SA lecturer Jane Habner said that the Foundation Studies Program began in 1983 and is also delivered in the evenings at Flinders University.
“It was the first of its kind in Australia and by offering it at TAFE SA campuses in the daytime, it became much more accessible to many people,” Ms Habner said.
“We are currently running classes at Adelaide, Noarlunga, Mount Barker, Barossa, Berri, Clare, Gawler, Port Pirie, Renmark and Victor Harbor and this year’s intake has been the largest to date which is exciting. While students at Adelaide, Noarlunga and Mt Barker enjoy a traditional face-to-face learning environment, those on regional campuses are offered a unique distance education experience.”
TAFE SA lecturer Dr Diana Walter said that distance education by video conference allows students at regionally based campuses to participate in the course in real time.
“Students attend the face-to-face class at Mount Barker and at the same time it is streamed to other campuses allowing for full interaction,” Dr Walter said.
“This method has shown to have a far greater student retention rate than wholly online courses because the lecturer will stop to answer any questions, provide examples and explanations as required. It is therefore a tailored system to bring education to each student’s home and can assist them with any questions and special needs, ” she said.
As registered Flinders University students, students can access and borrow e-books and articles for their studies through the Flinders University, UniSA and the University of Adelaide reciprocal borrowing rights. In addition, they can use the Flinders Learning Online facilities to start up discussion sessions within their own groups.
Those who completed the course with TAFE SA last year have commenced further study at Flinders in 2014 in a wide-range of degrees, the most popular being Arts, Nursing, Science, Education and Psychology.
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