Talk:Open Universities Australia

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Improvements[edit]

Um, this page is simply advertising. I'm going to drastically cut it up. Please don't think this is vandalism. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.171.83.244 (talk) 14:10, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Agreed! It still reads like an advert though. Guaranamo (talk) 15:06, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Improvements made to the article. Biggest problem seemed to be references, which I've tried to address. Verdict78 (talk) 10:36, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

Virtualisation of database[edit]

In August 2013, the organization simplified their IT infrastructure with the help of Oracle VM. This included converting the database layer of its IT infrastructure into a virtualized environment running Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database, and Oracle Real Application Clusters.[10]

Is it just me, or does this sound more like spam for Oracle than useful information the average person is going to want to know about Open Universities? 219.90.136.235 (talk) 10:40, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Good Edit - After reading the sentence back you are probably right. I did think the fact that Oracle wanted to mention Open Universities IT Infrastructure did make the point notable, however it did come across slightly like spam so apologies for that! Verdict78 (talk) 11:19, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Inaccuracies[edit]

Hi. I work at Open Universities Australia and I'd like to bring up quite a few inaccurate bits of information currently on this page.

I have no intention of trying to change wording to paint the organisation in a better light or to subtly sneak marketing messages into the entry. I'd just like to bring up several instances where details are out of date or simply incorrect.


In the information box: there are more like 420 staff than 150.

The Chairman of the board is currently Professor Bruce Dowton.

The makeup of the board has changed recently. The second paragraph would be more accurate if it were to change to something like "Seven Australian-based universities control the ownership of the organisation. A board of directors, consisting of nominees from the those universities which own the organisation, governs OUA. In addition, there are also up to five independent directors on the board at any one time."


The organisation makes more than 140 qualifications available online. (This changes annually.)

OUA is still owned by the same seven universities, however it has connections and partnerships with a slightly different list of other education institutions to the one currently on the page:

"OUA also has connections and partnerships with a number of other institutions, including: • Australian Computer Society • Charles Darwin University • La Trobe University • Learning Network Queensland • UniLearn • Murdoch University • Polytechnic West • The University of New England • The University of Western Australia"

Elite athletes certainly still study through OUA, however this specific list is most likely no longer strictly accurate: "Professional athletes studying with OUA come from a range of sports including all football codes, tennis, athletics and diving."

Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

JRRivett (talk) 05:36, 23 March 2015 (UTC)