Thank you for your assistance and patience during what has been a period of unforeseen and considerable change. Over the past two weeks, I have personally spoken to Executive Master of Public Administration students from New Zealand and each Australian jurisdiction to get a sense of the current situation and views on future program delivery. We are aware that the current environment is challenging on a personal, professional and organisational level.
The recent survey of all current EMPA students has played a crucial role in informing our decision making on the mode and timing of subject deliveries. Once again, I thank all students for their open and honest feedback on the best approach to progressing their studies.
The survey results demonstrated an appreciation for the traditional face-to-face delivery of the EMPA, but also indicated a strong willingness to pursue delivery in an online format. Importantly, a majority of students indicated they were keen to progress their studies in 2020, as opposed to deferring subjects to 2021. With much uncertainty for governments and individual students around travel, we do not anticipate studies returning to full face-to-face delivery in 2021 and remain committed to providing education continuity for our students regardless of the delivery mode.
Taking this into account, and recognising that restrictions on international and domestic travel and mass gatherings will continue for some time to come, all remaining EMPA subjects listed below will be delivered online in 2020.
1st Year Subjects
2nd Year Subjects
We have been working with experienced eLearning designers and our Subject Leaders to develop an online delivery model that will continue to provide the world-class education which ANZSOG is renowned for and, as part of that, an EMPA that centres on learning and collaboration.
Each EMPA subject (with the exception of Work Based Project) will be delivered over a four-week teaching period, with a short introduction and orientation session prior to the subject delivery, concluding with one week for the completion of assessment tasks.
Below is additional information on how subjects will be run to help you plan and manage your time:
Below are the dates for each subject:
*Please note, online sessions for WBP scheduled for May, June and September remain unchanged and will continue as planned.
The dates and times for synchronous engagement for each subject are currently being finalised. As the timing for these live online sessions are locked in for each subject, students will be advised immediately to allow them to block these dates in your calendar. For some subjects, lead faculty will be teaching from international time zones; the times set aside for live sessions may vary by subject to accommodate their availability as well as the multiple time zones across Australia and New Zealand.
We recognise that this is a significant change for students, and will be holding some Q&A sessions via Zoom over the coming weeks.
We look forward to working together as we embark on this EMPA online learning journey.
- Dr Christopher Walker
Associate Dean, University Relations
Academic Director, Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)