Western Australia’s Curtin University plans to abolish all face-to-face lectures and replace them with three 15-minute videos a week by the end of next year.
A draft proposal to redefine the way the university teaches its 50,000-plus students also says that no more exams will be held after mid-next year, except in special circumstances, and undergraduate units can have no more than three assessments.
It also dictates that all units must be delivered 30 per cent online and 70 per cent in person, but a certain number of weekly face-to-face contact hours are no longer required.
Recently circulated among staff, the proposal has sparked concerns that forcing all students to experience more of their student life online could dampen the buzz of campus life and reduce the quality of education.
One Curtin humanities academic, who did not want to be named for fear of losing his job, said he was