What is mixed-mode?
Mixed-mode refers to a unit delivered online, with the inclusion of a compulsory, on-site residential school or work placement component. These compulsory, site-specific learning activities are what differentiate a mixed-mode unit from a distance unit.
What were the old terms?
You may have previously encountered terms such as internal, external, and FLEX. With the release of MyCentre on 17 October, you will notice the use of new terminology to describe these delivery or attendance modes. Mixed-mode delivery will also be introduced from this date, leaving us with three terms - on-campus, distance and mixed-mode.
When will the change happen?
With the release of MyCentre on 17 October, you will notice the use of new terminology – ‘Mixed-mode’ is one of these terms.
There are no changes to the delivery of mixed-mode units. The on-site components included in these units were already compulsory. We’re just labelling them differently.
Why are we changing things?
The shape of university education in Australia is changing. Many distance education units are now including a compulsory, on-site component to meet accreditation and learning requirements. It’s important that we label and communicate these requirements effectively.
From 17 October, you will start to encounter mixed-mode units when enrolling online and visiting the CQUni Handbook. Remember, the delivery of these units is not changing, just the terminology.
If you are confused about the inclusion of a compulsory, on-site component within a unit, contact the Unit Coordinator or the Student Advice Team at contactus.cqu.edu.au.