The Inspire program continues on its bold vision to become Australia’s first Digital Doctorate system. In November the Inspire team release the ability for Students to upload their Thesis for grading via Inspire.
This functionality adds to the features previously released in Inspire which allow Students to notify their HDR supervisors they Intend to Submit their Thesis and for Supervisors to Nominate Examiners online. The Submission of Thesis functionality has allowed Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) to decommission the ageing and no-longer supported REX system.
Students have already provided early feedback on the new Submission process stating…
“I do like the new system a lot. Inspire made the requirements a bit clearer than the old form/ the REX system (which I had started a submission in too). For example, I knew I needed to write a justification for the length but was not sure where to put it on the old form, whereas it was really clear in Inspire. LOVED the confetti!! Made a little video of it, and sent a photo of it out to all my family and friends who have been waiting for me to submit!”
In January the Inspire team released the ability for Researchers to access HDR Supervisor Training. Previously there had been no one clear system that captured the requirements and compliance of HDR Supervisors training. The new system will provide a single interface for Researchers to be able:
- to find HDR Supervision training
- book into courses
- be awarded compliance points for activities provided by the University or external providers (E.g. at Conferences)
- award certification for HDR Supervision training to support professional development.
This functionality not only provides improved capabilities to current and prospective HDR Supervisors, it also ensures consistent quality is being applied for HDR Supervisor training and enables the OGR to provide government reporting and meet Audit requirements.
The Inspire team will continue to deliver high value outcomes to the HDR Student, Supervisors, Colleges and the Office of Graduate Research throughout 2020 with plans to deliver the following:
- An online register of HDR Supervisors, allowing Researchers to become Supervisors and providing a mechanism to finding registered HDR Supervisors;
- HDR Scholarship forms;
- Delivering an end-to-end online HDR Exams experience, realising the vision of providing a full Digital Doctorate experience to HDR Students;
Providing a mechanise to create tighter connections between HDR Students and target Industries to improve skills and employ-ability outcomes for HDR Students.