OES has a proven reputation in the fast-growing online education space, managing the recruitment, enrolment, learning design, teaching and support of over 50,000 students on behalf of our university partners. OES provides a full suite of services from marketing and recruitment through to graduation, including student administration and support, course design, learning management system hosting and optimisation, assessment management and market insights. We can also tailor our services to meet a university’s specific needs.

 

A unique combination

Founded as a joint venture between leading, global digital employment platform SEEK (an ASX listed company) and an Australian university, OES is a unique combination of academic rigour and commercial expertise. Our university heritage ensures we place a particular emphasis on quality teaching and learning and our approach is informed by student behaviour insights and an evidence-based pedagogical model, ensuring the student is at the centre of all aspects of learning and teaching. We are experts in designing and delivering learning journeys that reflect the specific needs of online students and this combined with world leading expertise in technology and innovation, we can help our university partners develop and deliver online programs of the highest calibre.

OES offers multi-channel marketing capability and our co-founder, SEEK, has relationships with over 1 million hirers and 245 million candidates globally, connecting millions of individuals with job opportunities and relevant educational pathways. Through SEEK and our in house marketing and recruitment expertise, we offer our partners global student recruitment capabilities and unique employment market insights to inform new and emerging education programs.

Leveraging our depth of experience, capability and scale, we transform the student experience to produce work-ready graduates through accessible, engaging and authentic online learning.

Who we are

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Wendy Thorpe

Chair (Non-Executive)

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Jason Lenga

Non-Executive Director

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Belinda Robinson

Non-Executive Educational Institution Director

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Josh Nester

Non-Executive Director

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Kate Koch

Non-Executive Director

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Chris Sheppard

Non-Executive Director

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Denice Pitt

Chief Executive Officer

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Gavin Fleer

Executive Director - Partnerships (APAC)

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Claire Sadler

Executive Director, Growth

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Andrea Burrows

Managing Director – UK

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Mark Doughty

Chief Financial Officer

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Liz Malady

Executive Director, Human Resources

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Ivar Berget

Executive Director, Strategy

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Sue Kokonis

Executive Director, Academic

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Sacha Nouwens

Executive Director, Student Experience and Insights

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Michael Smolders

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing

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Matt Parker

Executive Director, IT & Operations

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Dr Lucy Elliott

Director, Learning Design

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Arlene Stewart

Director, Academic and Operations - UK

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Dr Nikki Rickard

Academic Director

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Heather Russell

Program Director, Business, Law and IT

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Rhonni Sasaki

Program Director, Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, Design, Media and Communications

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Catherine McKellar

Program Director – Nursing and Health, Academic

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Joe Lynch

Team Lead, Learning Design - UK

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Nicola Cresp

Academic Director

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Kathy Garabelli

Business Growth Manager

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Dr Erin Jancauskas

Academic Director

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Diane Robbie

Director of Learning

Our History

2021

feb

OES acquires a minority share in Studiosity, the leading online academic study support platform for nearly 100 university and tertiary institutional partners across ANZ and Europe.

2020

feb

OES enters into a strategic partnership with Monash University, a top 100 university in the world and member of the Group of Eight to deliver end-to end OPM services. The first intake of a suite of postgraduate courses targeted at the needs of professionals who want to accelerate or change their career are to commence in June.

mar

OES partners with Irabina Autism Services (IAS) to provide discrete learning design services. IAS is Australia’s largest paediatric Autism specific service provider, to create a new course on Applied Behaviour Therapy. The project is supported by the Victorian State Government Workforce Training and Innovation Fund. The course receives a LearnX award for Best Agile eLearning Design in September 2020

apr

OES partners with Queen Mary, University of London’s for discrete learning design and production services, working closely with the University’s academic staff to create engaging and educative, underpinned by academic excellence. The partnership spans learning strategy, design, development and production for online and blended programs

apr

Swinburne Online launches Diploma of Nursing in response to government priority areas

oct

OES enters into a strategic partnership with Engineering Education Australia (EEA), the training and development arm of Engineers Australia, Australia’s peak body for the engineering profession. OES will assist EEA to build a bespoke learning platform and to develop and provision a suite of online professional development for engineers, professionals, and engineering organisations.

oct

OES partners with Teach for Australia, a not-for-profit organisation working to break the cycle of disadvantage through teaching and leadership in education. OES provided Simulation services to Teach for Australia to prepare educators for challenging classroom behaviours through immersive virtual learning experiences.

nov

OES expands its operations in the US, Middle East and South Africa through a majority investment in Construct Education, a global leader in online learning design. Construct helps organisations create cutting edge digital learning experiences.

2019

may

OES partners with Auckland Online to provide discrete learning design services to assist them in developing a range of high quality, engaging online postgraduate programs.

nov

The first University of Aberdeen MBA and MSc Finance graduate (16)

dec

First QUT Online students graduate (36)

2018

apr

OES’s first international office opens in London, United Kingdom

oct

OES enters into a strategic partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for end-to end OPM services. QUT Online launches six weeks after the partnership is announced, offering postgraduate courses across health, communications, business and education.

nov

OES acquires UK online program management provider the Interactive Design Institute (IDI). IDI is an end-to-end online education provider, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through partnerships with the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Aberdeen.

2017

mar

SEEK increase ownership in OES from 50 percent to 80 percent

jun

2,190 Swinburne Online students graduate

jul

OES named ‘Best of the Best’ in Aon Hewitt Best Employer awards and accredited as a Best Employer for fourth consecutive year

aug

Over 10,000 students enrolled

sep

OES enters into a strategic partnership with Western Sydney University for end-to end OPM services. Five undergraduate degrees across Business and Social Science launched through Western Sydney University Online

2016

mar

First three international students commence

may

AON Hewitt Best Employer for 3rd consecutive year

aug

1,100 Swinburne Online students graduate and join the ranks of the 140,000 strong Swinburne University Alumni

aug

Over 9,500 students enrolled at Swinburne Online in 20 higher education programs

2015

mar

Moved locations out of SEEK Head Office to OES-branded office space to accommodate growth

may

AON Hewitt Best Employer 2nd year running

sep

Swinburne Online TAFE courses launched with five business diplomas

sep

Courses available for international students to study online

oct

OES named #1 on the 2015 BRW Fast 100 for outstanding business growth

nov

Over 8,000 students enrolled at Swinburne Online in 20 higher education programs

dec

545 Swinburne Online students graduate for the year

2014

mar

First six Swinburne Online students graduate

mar

Swinburne Online launches Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Professional Accounting; Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Education (Primary)

may

OES awarded AON Hewitt Best Employer Award

nov

Over 6,000 students enrolled at Swinburne Online in 15 higher education programs

dec

First TVC launched for Swinburne Online (We’ll see you through)

dec

82 Swinburne Online graduates for the year

2013

mar

Swinburne Online launches first postgraduate course: Master of Teaching

jun

OES’ remote workforce experiences significant growth to meet the growing demand of online courses with 120 eLAs

nov

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) added to Swinburne Online suite of courses

nov

Over 4,000 students enrolled at Swinburne Online in 11 programs

nov

First Swinburne Online students graduate

2012

feb

First eLearning Advisor’s hired for Swinburne Online remote workforce

mar

First Teaching Period commences with over 500 students enrolled across eight programs at Swinburne Online.

mar

Swinburne Online launches first postgraduate course, Master of Teaching for November intake.

sep

Direct sales channel launches for Teaching Period 3 recruitment

nov

Over 1,000 students enrolled at Swinburne Online

2011

jul

SEEK and Swinburne University of Technology launch joint venture Online Education Services (Trading as Swinburne Online), operating out of the SEEK Head Office

jul

OES Leadership Team and Board established

oct

Build of Swinburne Online units commences

nov

Student enrolment commences