The Digital Learning Strategy of the University is focussed on a balanced suite of initiatives, which together provide diverse student groups with exceptional learning experiences. The strategy responds to student demand for flexibility, while strengthening Melbourne's reputation for educational quality.

The original eLearning Strategy of the University (2012-2014) set out key strategic and enabling priorities in the area of technology supported teaching, learning and assessment. This strategy underpinned three operational strands which were:

  1. Campus-based eLearning and mobile learning: develop and integrate within a range of curricula, technology based learning resources and applications to enhance the learning experiences of existing campus-based students;
  2. MOOCs: develop and deliver a portfolio of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in partnership with Coursera; and
  3. Graduate online learning: develop a suite of premium quality wholly online graduate courses.

A review of the Learning and Teaching Initiatives supported the first operational strategy. Download (staff only)Learning and Teaching Report 2014(PDF )

The Digital Learning Strategy was revised in early 2015 in response to the changing context of higher education nationally and internationally. This strategy explicitly builds on the foundation of the previous three years and is closely aligned with Growing Esteem 2015-2020.
Download (staff only)Digital Learning Strategy 2015(PDF )


Flexible Academic Programming

The Flexible Academic Programming Project (FlexAP) was initiated to consider the challenges the University faces in designing and delivering the highest quality teaching and learning experiences for both staff and students in the 21st century. The project is guided by three overarching aims, which are to determine how academic programs at the University of Melbourne can be structured and delivered to:

  • enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the broader university experience of students at Melbourne;
  • provide more flexible study options and choice for different segments of the student body; and
  • make more effective and efficient use of the University's infrastructure and resources throughout the entire calendar year.

The FlexAP Implementation Program is now underway 2019-2023, supporting curriculum and assessment enhancement, development of Flexible Learning Spaces, and developing online, blended and alternative-mode delivery options for students.

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Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grants

Chancellery (Academic) oversees the distributions of Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grants to staff of the University in alignment with its strategic priorities. The Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grants award funds to staff in a range of categories including general curriculum initiatives and in the area of technology enhanced teaching, learning and assessment. The focus of the scheme is to improve the teaching, learning and assessment practices of the University for staff and students. The funding program has been running since 2006 with 273 projects receiving funding over the last 9 years. Information about projects that have been funded and details of how to apply can be found on the LTI website.

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Strategic Focus Areas

Chancellery (Academic) develop strategies and policies that enable the goals and strategic priorities set out in the Digital Learning Strategy and Growing Esteem 2015-2020 to be realised. The strategic focus for the Digital Learning Strategy and Flexible Academic Programming include:

  • Continued development of the Digital Learning Strategy
  • Innovation in academic program delivery
  • Quality and flexibility of the student experience
  • Use of physical and virtual infrastructure



Professor Jamie Evans

Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)
Assistant: Ms Julie Ciccone
Phone: +61 3 9035 4800
Email: jciccone@unimelb.edu.au

Mr David Israel

Director, Educational Innovation and Commercial Development
Assistant: Ms Julie Ciccone
Phone: +61 3 9035 4800
Email: jciccone@unimelb.edu.au

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