Recommendations for student success and student wellbeing in modern higher education

Jennifer Chung, Stephen P. McKenzie, Matthew E. Mundy

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There has been a significant increase in the demand and acceptance for online education as a mode of higher education delivery in recent years. There is also global evidence of university students experiencing poorer mental health and wellbeing compared to the general population. Research demonstrates that psychological distress impacts on outcomes such as academic performance, attrition, motivation, and engagement. A recent PhD undertaken at a large, research-intensive, public, Australian university explored and evaluated success in online education and supporting student wellbeing across all modes of education delivery. This book chapter presents the key learnings of this PhD research, including the combined implications of a systematic review, academic book chapter, and two large experimental evaluation studies. This chapter proposes future directions in the best practice of digital teaching and learning, as well as future recommendations to advance this important field of education research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Online Education
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9798886971804
ISBN (Print)9798886971187
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022


  • Learning design
  • Online education
  • Student success
  • Student wellbeing
  • Wellbeing interventions


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